It’s that time of year when the evenings are chilly and things are starting to look a bit more festive! There is nothing better than a cozy drink on a cool winter evening. We rounded up some of our favorite holiday cocktails and mocktails to enjoy at the (virtual) holiday party or while listening to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas on repeat. No judgments – we’re with you!

Park Feierbach
Park Feierbach

Rosemary Gin Fizz

This first cocktail is a spin on the classic gin fizz. The rosemary simple syrup adds a nice herbaceous touch. Check out this recipe from Delish! Try an alcohol-free version with rosemary simple syrup, seltzer, and a splash of cranberry juice.


For The Rosemary Simple Syrup

For The Drink


Half Baked Harvest

Vanilla Chai White Russian

You had us at vanilla chai. Half Baked Harvest gives us all the festive holiday feels with this cocktail. Try using coconut cream for a dairy-free version!


For The Chai Tea Simple Syrup

For The Chai White Russian


For The Chai Simple Syrup

  1. In a medium pot, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the chai tea bags, cover and steep 10-15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add the honey. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Let cool. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

For The Chai White Russian

  1. Fill a glass with ice. Add the vodka, Kahlua, and chai tea syrup. Stir gently. Add the heavy cream and stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon and star anise, if desired. 
Skrewball Whiskey

The Skrew-Dolph

Love peanut butter and chocolate? You will love this spin on boozy hot chocolate. Recipe credit goes to Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey – a local San Diego creation!



Build in a mug and stir. Garnish with whipped cream or marshmallows.

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Pomegranate Mulled Wine

Warm yourself up with this pomegranate twist on mulled wine from The Spruce Eats. Make it alcohol-free and substitute pomegranate and cranberry juice!



  1. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the pomegranate liqueur, red wine, water, sugar, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Stir until the sugar and nutmeg are dissolved.
  2. Add the lemon and orange slices. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes and do not allow it to come to a boil.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat. Strain into a separate bowl through a fine-mesh strainer to remove all the fruits and spices. Return the liquid to the pan.
  4. Serve warm and enjoy!
Zestful Kitchen

Apple Bourbon Smash

This take on a bourbon smash is everything we love – bourbon, apple, and cozy spices like nutmeg, cardamom, and cinnamon. Zestful Kitchen’s recipe uses honey, but feel free to substitute maple syrup for an added maple flavor! Use apple cider and club soda to make it a mocktail!



  1. Muddle apple and honey in a cocktail shaker until completely smashed and liquid is released.
  2. Add bourbon, lemon juice, a few grates of fresh nutmeg and a pinch of cardamom. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled.
  3. Fill rocks glasses with ice and strain cocktail into glasses, garnish with a few more grates of fresh nutmeg, an apple slice, and a cinnamon stick, if desired.


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