Our top 10 holiday cocktail recipes

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! And although COVID will probably throw a spanner in the works, the holidays are still a time of family, friends, cozy diners, and of course delicious holiday drinks. We’ve created our top 10 holiday cocktail recipes for you to enjoy before, during, or after your Christmas dinner, to boost your New Year’s Eve, and even one to enjoy during your hangover Christmas or New Year’s breakfast. Happy Holidays!


Christmas cocktails to boost your appetite


Cocktail #1: Elderflower Spritz

A bubbly cocktail to start your Christmas evening is always a good idea. And this Elderflower Spritz cocktail perfectly matches the gold Christmas décor. The Elderflower Spritz is a refreshing drink with a bouquet of floral notes. This holiday cocktail is easy to make and therefore a great cocktail to serve when all your guests arrive at once.

Check out the full Elder Flower Spritz here.

Cocktail #2: Appletini Cocktail

A little bit harder to make in bigger batches, but you can always prep this fresh holiday cocktail before the guests arrive. The Appletini is a refreshing modern classic with and a great cocktail to enjoy accompanied by some Christmas canapés. The acidic flavour of the Bols Sour Apple combines perfectly with Bols Vodka, giving this Christmas cocktail just that little alcoholic kick. A great appetite booster.

Want to read more about how to create the best Appletini? Check out the full recipe here.


Christmas cocktails to match dinner


Cocktail #3: Cosmopolitan

People often expect this cocktail to be overly sweet due to the pink colour and the Sex and the City connection. Yet, a good Cosmopolitan cocktail is a balanced mix of sweet, sour and a slight bitterness created using Bols Vodka, Bols Triple Sec, cranberry and lime. It’s a dangerously smooth and delicious holiday cocktail to enjoy during your Christmas dinner.

Learn more about how to make the perfect Cosmopolitan here.

Cocktail #4: Pornstar Martini

The Pornstar Martini is a real crowd-pleaser and therefore perfect to serve during your Christmas dinner. And to make it even more festive, you serve this holiday cocktail with a shot of sparkling wine on the side. A good Pornstar Martini cocktail starts with a deliciously fresh scoop of half a passion fruit and a shot of sparkling wine, followed by a fruity, fresh and sweet balance of passion fruit, vanilla, and lime. In one word: amazing!

Check out the full Pornstar Martini recipe to learn how to create this delicious holiday drink.


Christmas cocktails for digesting


Cocktail #5: Espresso Martini

After a good Christmas dinner, you probably need some recovering time. Then the Espresso Martini is the perfect cocktail. Created with Bols Coffee, Bols Vodka, and fresh espresso, this cocktail gives you a nice caffeine shot to get you back on your feet again. Enjoy this holiday cocktail slowly, while chatting about dinner.

Check out the full Espresso Martini recipe here.

Cocktail #6: After Eight Cocktail

The After Eight is the perfect indulging holiday cocktail to enjoy as a liquid dessert. Just like the chocolate the After Eight cocktail has the delicious mix of Bols Cacao Brown and Bols Peppermint Green, which amazingly well with Bols Vodka. Sit back, relax, and let this cocktail comfort you to the fullest.

Read the full After Eight recipe here.

Cocktail #7: Brandy Alexander

Another sweet, creamy, and comforting holiday cocktail is the Brandy Alexander. Other than the classic Alexander cocktail, the Brandy Alexander uses cognac instead of gin. This gives the cocktail more body and fewer herbs. By garnishing the cocktail with freshly grated nutmeg, the cocktail gains a little extra spice. Great for the holidays!

Want to learn how to create the best Brandy Alexander? Read the full recipe here.


New Year’s Eve party starters


Cocktail #8: Kir Royale

The Kir Royale is a great holiday cocktail and especially for New Year’s Eve. It’s very easy to make, it looks amazing and the combination between Bols Crème the Cassis and champagne is to die for. The full-bodied Bols Crème de Cassis gives an amazing sparkle to your champagne. A timeless classic and definitely a New Year’s Eve party starter.

How to create a delicious Kir Royale in an instant? Read it here.

Cocktail #9: Elderflower Royale

As champagne is inseparable from New Year's Eve, we bring you another royal cocktail. The Elderflower Royale is made with Bols Elderflower a perfect holiday cocktail to easily serve just before the clock strikes 12. A delicious drink to toast to the new year.

Learn more about how to make the perfect Elderflower Royale here.


Holiday hangover cocktail


Cocktail #10: Bellini

There comes a day when the long-expected holidays are over. But what better to treat yourself to one last holiday cocktail during your hangover breakfast? The Bellini is that cocktail for you! A little bit Bols Peach, some peach puree, and prosecco in a festive cocktail flute. Cheers to the new year and all the next holiday (drinks) to come!

Read the full Bellini recipe here.


Check out the below video to see how to build a cocktail. Want to see more cocktail techniques and tutorials? Check them here!

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