5 Cocktail Recipes With A Christmas Twist

Tired of the same old spiked eggnog and mulled cider? Here are five classic cocktail recipes with a wonderful holiday twist!

Christmas Mule

Moscow Mules are back in style. There’s something about that copper mug that just makes everything taste better, but you could honestly make them in a mason jar and they’d still be perfect. Who says they’re only a summer drink?


  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 oz gin or vodka (depending on your preference)
  • 2 oz chilled ginger beer
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • Orange slice, for garnish
  • Sugared cranberries, for garnish (see below for instructions)


Combine simple syrup, cranberry juice, and gin or vodka. Fill your copper mug or mason jar or whatever you’re using with ice, pour mixture over it, and top off with the ginger beer. Add a sprig of rosemary and an orange slice, and skewer a few wonderful sugared cranberries (if you want to make them) and lay them across the top of the mug.

Sugared cranberries garnish:

The sugared cranberries garnish is optional and takes some time to prepare beforehand but if you’re entertaining it’s totally worth the work, because they can be used for many other holiday treats, so you may want to make a batch and keep them on hand.

Make a sugar syrup (1:1 sugar and water, at least 2 cups of each) and bring it just under a boil. Put the cranberries in a dish and pour the syrup over them. Refrigerate overnight. Drain away the excess syrup, let them sit 5 minutes until they are semi dry and sticky. Dip them in sugar (the finer the grade the better) and set them on a tray to finish drying for 2 hours. Once they’re set, you can use them immediately or put them away for use all holiday long!