Our 7 Favorite Christmas Eve Drink Recipes

Christmas Eve drink recipes

Thinking about Christmas Eve Drink recipes brings me back to when we were little. My mom would get a bottle of Welch’s Sparkling White Grape Juice for my sister and me to share on Christmas Eve. We even got to drink out of the nice champagne flutes (provided we stayed at the dinner table of course!). We’re grownups now and one of the best parts of Christmas Eve is getting to enjoy a festive drink! If you are looking for a new Christmas Eve cocktail to serve this check out our seven favorites:

7 Christmas Eve Drink Recipes

Champagne Parfait Cocktail

This champagne parfait cocktail is a wonderfully bubbly, light, and festive drink that is perfect for toasting at Christmas Eve dinner. Take your favorite champagne (or any sparkling wine, Prosecco, Brut…really anything with bubbles!), with a little bit of gin, your favorite fruit liqueurs and fresh berries to create a beautiful drink. The different berries (like cranberries or blackberries) will float at different levels, creating that classic parfait look.

La Vie En Rouge

La Vie En Rouge (“Life in Red”) mixes Grand Marnier, fresh cranberry juice (use the real stuff so it’s not too sugary!), and fresh rosemary for a wonderfully fragrant Christmas Eve cocktail. It is a very simple cocktail to make, making it perfect for a big party, but its bright flavor makes for a great after-dinner drink. Float a few real cranberries in the glass for an even more festive look.

Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate (for adults)

Are you the kind of person that loves to have a coffee after dinner? Well, this recipe mixes coffee, chocolate, and liquor–so how can you go wrong?! You can obviously make the coffee flavor stronger or weaker to suit your tastes (or use decaf so you aren’t up too late), or even add a little cream to the mix to create an even smoother and silkier finished cup.

Holiday Sparkler

Don’t want to spend your night mixing individual drinks? Then go for a punch bowl of the Holiday Sparkler! With Cava, fresh mint, triple sec, lime juice, and cranberry juice, it’s a bright and festive Christmas Eve drink you can make the day before your party to let the flavors really develop. The Holiday Sparkler also makes for a great substitute for mimosas during Christmas Day brunch.

Mulled Wine

Also known as Glogg or German Glühwein, this spicy hot wine drink is perfect on a good Christmas Eve. All you really need is your favorite (and cheap!) dry red wine, Port wine, Grand Marnier, and a whole bunch of oranges and some cinnamon sticks! You can cook it up on the stove, or even make it in a Crockpot so you can keep it warm throughout the evening and ladle out glasses as needed!

Mistletoe Martini

The Mistletoe Martini is a mix of chilled cranberry tea (pick your favorite brand! orange and lemon juices, and vodka. Add a bit of sugar to cut through the tart flavors for a bright and tasty Christmas Eve cocktail.


It wouldn’t be Christmas without a cool and creamy glass of eggnog. You can buy the eggnog from the store (or make it yourself if you’re feeling extra fancy!) With bourbon (and spice rum if you like) this smooth Christmas Eve drink is a classic for a good reason, it’s delicious!

Even though my sister and I are both now well above the legal drinking age and enjoy our adult cocktails, we still have a bottle of Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice with dinner!

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