Holiday parties are the time to pull out all the stops. While we all love a thoughtful bottle of wine or a six-pack of seasonal ales, nothing can beat holiday-themed cocktails when it comes to setting the mood. Holiday cocktails are the equivalent of turning the festive cheer dial from Rudolph’s red nose to Rolf’s Christmas pub.

Rolf's, NYC. Photo_ ChrisGoldNY, Flickr
Rolf’s, NYC. Photo: ChrisGoldNY, Flickr

If you’re a new hand at making cocktails or sweating just thinking about adding another item to your holiday to-do list, fear not: these cocktails are easy-breezy and require minimal ingredients, absolutely zero emulsions or complicated syrups, and give maximum good cheer.

Holiday Cocktails that Bring Good Cheer

Sparkling Pomegranate

  • Croft Tawny Reserve 2 oz. (6 cl)
  • Triple Sec 1/2 oz. (1,5 cl)
  • Pomegranate Juice 2 oz. (6 cl)
  • Champagne or other sparkling wine 2 oz. (6 cl)
  • Pomegranate seeds, for garnish

In a wine glass or champagne flute, add triple sec, Port, and pomegranate juice. Swirl glass to combine. Top with champagne and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Sparkling Pomegranate holiday cocktail
Sparkling Pomegranate holiday cocktail

Holiday Mimosa

  • 1 part chilled Caposaldo Prosecco
  • 1/2 part cranberry juice
  • A squeeze of orange juice (optional)
  • Fresh cranberries

Pour cranberry juice in glass of your choice, then top with Prosecco. Squeeze a slice of orange overtop and garnish with fresh cranberries.


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Sparkling Red Sangria

  • 1 bottle of sparkling red wine, such as Tutto Mio
  • 1 cup of orange liqueur
  • 1/2 bottle of bubbly, such as Poema Cava Brut
  • Berries or other bright red fruit for garnish

Combine sparkling red wine, orange liqueur, and Cava in a pitcher. Add fresh berries or other fruit, stir, and serve.


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