The holidays are a time to celebrate, and what better way to make merry than with a festive cocktail in hand? Whether you're busy whipping up edible gifts , exhausted from all that shopping , or hosting your own amazing holiday party, here are several wonderful wintry cocktails to help you get into the spirit. Cheers to the season!
The bubbly poinsettia  is a Christmas-appropriate cocktail if there ever was one. Keep party guests guessing at the secret ingredient in this special drink. Spoiler alert: it's maraschino liqueur.
Cranberry Mint Martini
Need a pick-me-up after a long day of food prep? This seasonal and festive cranberry martini  should do the trick!
Sparkling Bourbon Cocktail
Bourbon and sparkling wine in one drink? It might sound odd, but trust us when we say you'll love the unexpected combo. Surprise guests with the cocktail recipe  that's crispy and woodsy all at once.
A mulled Manhattan  is a great cold alternative to mulled wine. It's got the same spiced flavors plus a kick of bourbon!
Try a twist on the classic eggnog this year, and class it up with an eggnog martini . It's creamy, rich, and sings of spices from cinnamon to nutmeg — and it's all topped off with a boozy graham-cracker-crust rim.
To balance out that gluttonous holiday diet, there's something called Euphoria . And there's only one way to describe the elixir with gin, citrus, and earthy leaves of sage: glorious.
Ginger, brandy, and maple syrup  imbue the flavors of cold weather on a classic, war-era libation. It won't rouse any raised eyebrows, but do prepare yourself for a night full of compliments.
Ginger, Mint, and Pomegranate Vodka Cocktail
The combination of flavors in a ginger, mint, and pomegranate vodka cocktail  makes for a seasonally appropriate libation. And the bubbles make it all the more celebratory.
Pear Essence Cosmopolitan
There's no perennial quite like the cosmopolitan, though its cranberry-flavored ambrosia is particularly apropos at the holiday table. Add a timely seasonal element by incorporating fresh Anjou pears .
Ramos Gin Fizz
A light and frothy Ramos gin fizz  may be the perfect cocktail to accompany all your holiday feasting.
Margaritas in the Winter? Por qué no? Especially when it's a festive cranberry recipe  designed to be shaken in large batches and get the party started.
Pumpkin Irish Coffee
If you find yourself still craving Thanksgiving flavors come December, a pumpkin Irish coffee  ought to set you straight!
Isle of Pines
It doesn't get more holiday-sounding than this Isle of Pines cocktail . Pomegranate juice gives the drink its deep maroon hue, while white rum gives it a kick.
Gather your nearest and dearest for a round of Apples to Apples, and make the game even more interesting with the addition of an elegant apple cider and brandy provision  served up in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
Cue the holiday by taking house-made limoncello  and mixing it with tart cranberry juice and a splash of seltzer for some extraspecial cheer .
This unusual cocktail  is great, because unlike other cocktails, it's a sparkler that doesn't call for Champagne. Instead, it makes use of cognac and sparkling apple cider — and what could be more seasonal than that?
Honeyed French 75
Love the French 75 cocktail but looking for something with even more punch? Try this version that's sweetened with honey and has twice as much gin  and still goes down almost too easily.
Hot Buttered Rum
If the weather outside is frightful, then warm up from the inside out with a steaming mug of hot buttered rum . The spiced butter is the key to this exceptionally delicious variation!
You love frozen pumpkin  and mojitos , so why not put two and two together? Muddle spiced rum with pumpkin, brown sugar, and mint for a twist on the trademark cocktail  this holiday season.
Don't let the dainty name of this gingersnap cocktail  fool you. Smooth and spicy, this warming tipple is perfect for sipping throughout the holiday season.
Keep the festivities fun — but not out of hand — by serving a wine-infused cocktail instead, like this rosé sangria  with sage leaves.
Sip on a sultry black Russian  while you celebrate the holidays. Its combination of Kahlúa and vodka is simple and satisfying.
Nothing says holiday like a sparkling Prosecco cocktail! This simple sipper recipe  brings out more of the bubbles, providing extra texture and a richness to the overall flavor.
Cherry Bounce Old-Fashioned
Add a little fruity pep to your old fashioned this Christmas with a splash of cherry bounce . And if you're feeling particularly ambitious, then make the cherry liqueur yourself , and give it as a gift to your friends and family!
The Apple Cocktail
We dare you not to smile while sipping this rustic, cozy cocktail  straight out of a juicy apple. Leave out the alcohol for a kid-friendly version!