10 Christmas Drinks to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

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Classic Winter Drinks and Cocktails

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Do you have a favorite holiday drink? Indulge at home this winter with our festive cocktails. Try these fun and fragrant drinks—from our Ho, Ho, Ho Cocktail to mulled wine, spiced cider, eggnog, a Christmas punch, and more!

1. Traditional Wassail 
For centuries, going back to Anglo-Saxon times, holiday revelers have wished each other, “Wes ha!”—Be Whole!—while sharing this drink. Wassail traditionally contained roasted apples, which would swell up and burst apart in the hot punch.

Traditional Wassail 
Photo: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

2. Light Wassail 
Even children will enjoy this spicy punch, which you can adopt as you wish. Taste as you go, adjusting the sugar to find a mixture you especially like.

3. Mulled Wine 
This creates a delightful aroma. Use burgundy or any other full-bodied wine. 

Mulled Wine 

4. Cranberry Punch 
Chill all the ingredients before making this colorful holiday punch. If you prefer, use unsweetened cranberry/raspberry juice and sweeten to taste with superfine sugar.

Cranberry Punch 
Photo: Irina Burakova/Shutterstock

5. Mulled Cider 
Hot cider fills the house with a delicious fragrance. Make it for brunch or just to have throughout a holiday.

Mulled Cider 
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6. George Washington’s Christmas Eggnog 
We get the word nog from noggin, a small, wooden cup that English tavern owners used for serving drinks. Once you taste homemade eggnog, you’ll never again settle for the variety sold in cartons. 

George Washington’s Christmas Eggnog 
Photo: irina02/shutterstock

7. Non-Alcoholic Eggnog 
From the chef: “This recipe has been served by my grandmother every Christmas I can remember. I’m spoiled on it now and cannot tolerate commercial eggnog. Enjoy!”

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog 

8. Ho, Ho, Ho Cocktail
Garnet red in color and filled with bubbles, our festive Ho, Ho, Ho Cocktail fairly shouts “Happy Holidays” from its glass.

Ho, Ho, Ho Cocktail
Photo: Sebastien Coell/Shutterstock

9. Christmas Punch
This punch is not only pretty but flavorful as well. A very good nonalcoholic punch. Make plenty—it’ll go fast. 

Christmas Punch

10. New Year’s Day Holiday Punch 
If you prefer, substitute ginger ale for the champagne.

New Year’s Day Holiday Punch 

Get more delicious punch recipes for any occasion!

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Catherine Boeckmann

Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprising that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann

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