5 Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Eat Drink Eat Holiday Cocktail party recipes

It’s getting to be that time of year again, to prepare for a fun and festive holiday season.  I’ve paired some super cute invitations from Tiny Prints with signature cocktail recipes that go with each one to really pull your holiday parties together.

I enlisted a few friends to take a card and create a cocktail to match.  Everyone came over and one at a time made their concoctions for us all to taste.  Have I mentioned how much I love my job?

Below you’ll find recipes for a Cosmopolitan, Champagne Fizz, Lavender Sidecar, Coco Snowball and a Thin Mint Martini.

I went first with a somewhat classic Cosmopolitan:

Holiday Cosmo Martini Recipe from Eat Drink Eat

Cosmo Recipe: In a shaker, add 3 oz. vodka, 1 1/2 oz. cranberry juice, 1 oz. cointreau, 1 oz. fresh lime juice and ice.  Shake it up and pour it in your favorite martini glass.  I added a sugar rim and lemon peel swirl for garnish.

Gina came next with a fabulous Champagne Fizz – perfect for a new years celebration!

Holiday Champagne Fizz from Eat Drink Eat

Champagne Fizz Recipe: Using a shaker, add 1 1/2 oz. gin, 1 oz. fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. sugar.  Shake well and pour into a champagne flute.  Top it off with champagne.  Gina also rimmed the glass with agave honey and colored sugar.  The agave really made the sugar stick – great tip!

Carissa got fancy with a Lavender Sidecar and she even made her own lavender infused honey by heating up 5 Tbs. raw honey, 1/4 cup dried lavender and 1/4 cup hot water.  Once you heat to combine, turn off heat and let sit for 30 minutes and then strain into a container.

Holiday Lavender Sidecar Recipe from Eat Drink Eat

Lavender Sidecar Recipe: In a shaker, combine 1 1/2 oz. bourbon, 1/2 oz. orange liquor, 1 oz. lavender infused honey, 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice, and a dash of orange bitters.  Add ice and shake up!  She rimmed her glass with purple sugar and poured in her cocktail with a little ice to keep it nice and cold.  This one made us feel like we were relaxing in an old, low-lit speakeasy in the 1930’s.

My sister and former Eight By Five blogger, Lesley, came next with a colorful Coco Snowball - very Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Holiday Coco Snowball Cocktail Recipe from Eat Drink Eat

Coco Snowball Recipe: Shake up 2 oz. vanilla stoli, 2 oz. malibu rum, 2 oz. coco lopez (found at BevMo), 1/2 oz. blue curacao and ice.  Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel swirl.  You can also rim the glass with honey and dip into fresh shredded coconut for a real “snowball” effect.

And last but certainly not least, the Thin Mint Martini.  Perfect sweet treat for your Christmas gathering.

Holiday Thin Mint Martini Recipe from Eat Drink Eat

Thin Mint Martini Recipe: In a shaker, combine 2 oz. creme de cacao, 1 oz. creme de menthe, 1 oz. baileys, 1 oz. chilled hot chocolate, 2 1/2 oz. cream, and ice.  Shake and pour into a martini glass.  She sugared her rim and placed some fresh mint for garnish.

There was no way we could pick a favorite, they all were so unique and really tasty.

Eat Drink Eat Holiday Signature Cocktail recipes

Which would you, or have you tried?

Some other of my favorite cocktails are this strawberry margarita and this blackberry lemon gin and tonic from one of our dinner parties.


All photos taken by my friend and fabulous photographer, Amber McGee out of Folsom, CA



  1. Yummy! And the photos look amazing, too! :)

  2. I can’t even get over how adorable these all are – they match the invites PERFECTLY! Not to mention that all the drinks look incredible! SO fun!
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  3. I tried three of these after I brought our daughter home and they were all three awesome!

  4. I loved Jenna’s Thin Mint Martini! Tasted just like the cookie! Can’t wait to make it at out Christmas party. Remember to make the Godiva hot Chocolate with Whipping Cream!

  5. So excited to see this featured on Tiny Prints blog: http://blog.tinyprints.com/diy/holiday-party-cocktail-recipes/


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