How to Make the Perfect Holiday Cocktail

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charcuterie board on table with candle for holiday cocktail time

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Today is Day 6 of 12 Days of Christmas. We have had a lot of great holiday-making ideas. Check back at South House Design to see all of her great DIY ideas. Yesterday she shared how to snow crust Christmas greenery. Today I’m snow-crusting cranberries and raspberries to use as a garnish on my Holiday cocktails.

It’s really simple. Dip your cranberries and raspberries into simple syrup, to coat. Then put your fruit into a bowl of sugar and gently toss the fruit to coat. Using a slotted spoon, remove the fruit from the bowl of sugar and let rest on a piece of parchment paper.

5 Holiday Cocktails for 5 Holiday Events

When you’re having company for the holidays, you’ll want to know how to make the perfect holiday cocktail.

While I want everyone who I entertain to enjoy their favorite beverage, I also like to offer a festive signature holiday cocktail.

It’s been my experience that most people will only want one and then switch to their preferred drink. That being said, you don’t need to spend a fortune on ingredients for a ton of drinks. I also only have one “special” drink per event.

I’m going to share some of my favorites and the occasion that I would serve them. If you want suggestions for clean, affordable wines, check out my post HERE.

I also love a great charcuterie board for any type of entertaining. I share how to make a perfect board HERE.

Holiday Cocktail Party

three christmas martinis

Cran-Raspberry Sparkling Martini

Prep Time5 mins
Course: Beverage
Keyword: christmas cocktail, christmas martini, Raspberry martini
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 1 oz champagne or prosecco
  • 1-1/2 oz Raspberry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Cran-Raspberry Cocktail Juice
  • 1 tblsp fresh lemon juice


  • Pour champagne or prosecco into a martini glass
  • Shake remaining ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass.
  • Garnish with sugared raspberries and fresh rosemary

Casual Football Sunday Holiday Get-Together

beer old fashioned with candle and amber bottle

Beer Infused Old-Fashion

Prep Time3 mins
Course: Beverage


  • 1 oz oatmeal stout I used Samual Smith
  • 1-1/2 oz bourbon I use Woodford Reserve
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 3 dashes bitter
  • orange peel & maraschino cherries


  • Mix all in a glass with large square ice cubes. Garnish with cherries and orange peel .
Cran-raspberry wine spritzer in vintage glass tumblers

Cran-Raspberry Wine Spritzer

Prep Time5 mins
Course: Beverage
Servings: 1 drink


  • 2 ounces Prosecco
  • 1 ounces sparkling water
  • 1 ounces cran-raspberry drink


  • Pour over ice and garnish with raspberries

Ice Skating Party

white mugs with baileys and coffee in front of the fireplace

Bailey’s Peppermint Coffee

Prep Time10 mins
Course: Beverage


  • 1-1/2 oz baileys
  • 5 oz coffee
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Crushed Peppermint candy or peppermint bark


  • Brew coffee and add to cup with baileys
  • Whip cream until stiff – spoon the whipped cream on top of the coffee mixture
  • garnish with crushed peppermint or peppermint bark

Christmas Eve

copper glasses with cranberry Moscow mules on table with candle

Raspberry Moscow Mule

Prep Time5 mins
Course: Beverage


  • 1-1/2 oz vodka
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • juice from 1/2 of lime


  • mix all ingredients in a copper mug and add ice
  • garnish with rosemary and sugared cranberries

What Do You Serve Your Cocktails In?

I love vintage! I collect all things vintage and I love to use my vintage glassware for entertaining. How beautiful is it to have a cocktail in a stunning vintage Waterford Double Old Fashioned or an etched glass Fostoria Wine Glass?

If you have beautiful things, you should use them. I believe it was Oprah who said that!

What is the point of having nice things if you don’t enjoy your treasures?

I also have glassware from Dollar Tree and I treasure them too. Everything I have, I have because I love it and it serves a purpose. There is a place in my home for both the old and new.

12 Days of Christmas Making

Earlier this week I shared our family Christmas Eve Tradition of making Swedish Potato Sausage. You can read my little sentimental journey HERE.

We will pick up with Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas Making on Monday at South House Design! I can’t wait to see what Diane is up to.

If you want to read about our Traditional Christmas Eve you can find that HERE.

I hope you are having a great weekend and I’ll see you on Tuesday!


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12 Days of Christmas Making Recap

Day 1 – DIY Vintage Lanterns for Mantel Christmas Decor

Day 2 – Christmas Lists & Holiday Organizing Made Simple

Day 3 – How to Hang Christmas Stockings from a Birch Branch

Day 4 – Swedish Potato Sausage – Our Family Christmas Tradition

Day 5 – Best Way to Add Fake Snow to Brighten Your Decor

Day 6 – How to Make the Perfect Holiday Cocktail

Day 7 – How to make a Christmas Sign out of Reclaimed Wood

Day 8 – We Love Our Frame TV

Day 9 – Charming Holiday Decor with Vintage Ice Skates

Day 10 – Casual Holiday Entertaining

Day 11 – Wood Holiday Buoys add Coastal Christmas Decor

Day 12 – Christmas Eve at Our House


  1. These all look SO yummy!! Can’t wait to try them all!!

    1. This of course was a very fun post to prepare for! We had some friends over so I didn’t have to drink them all! I did take a sip of everyone and they were all really yummy!

    1. Thank you Cindy – This was a really fun post to write. Well at least it was a really fun post to prepare for 🙂

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