These drinks are perfectly suited for a weekend cocktail party, holiday brunch, or big New Year’s Eve blowout. With make-ahead components and easy ways to let guests serve themselves, you can enjoy the party instead of playing bartender all evening long.
Set out a few signature cocktails and let the toasting begin!
Cran-Apple Whiskey Punch
Nothing’s more fun at the holidays than a big punch bowl centerpiece. Make this fruity version with lemonade, cranberry, and apple juices for a brightly flavored spin on classic whiskey punch. Garnish with floating apple and lemon slices for extra flair.
Blood Orange Cosmos
Stir up a pitcher of this sweet and tangy citrus sipper a few hours in advance of your party and give yourself time to toast to your guests all night. Blood orange and cranberry juices blend with vodka for a crowd-pleasing concoction.
Get the holiday spirit going with this cinnamon-and-spice cocktail that has all the fragrance and flavor of the season. Let guests serve and garnish their own drinks for a hands-on bartending experience.
White Russian Hot Toddy
Instead of the usual vodka, this warmed-up version of a White Russian uses spiced rum for a creamy after-dinner drink that will keep the chill off all night. Feel free to use your favorite flavored coffee like hazelnut or vanilla, too.
Sangria Hot Toddy
Serving for a crowd? Make this Spanish-inspired drink for a new twist on wintry mulled wine, kept warm in a slow cooker so everyone can ladle out their own mug of magic. Star anise, cinnamon, and cloves are a perfectly seasonal spice blend.
Pomegranate Cosmo Fizz
Fresh pomegranate seeds always make for a festive cocktail garnish around the holidays, especially when they’re floating in a Champagne flute. Sparkling wine adds a bubbly touch to this juicy pomegranate-orange drink.