Great Holiday Themed Cocktails For Your Party

The holiday season is fast approaching, and time is traveling at such a fast pace that feels like no one is waiting around for Halloween!  This means that for most event planners, holiday party season is almost upon us. Spectrum Events staff are no strangers to providing the best event staffing to many holiday parties throughout the year.  Since we are regularly asked, we’d like to offer some of the best holiday cocktail ideas that you can use for your corporate or home holiday party:


Winter Spiced Old Fashioned

We first came across this recipe a few years ago while looking for drink ideas for a holiday party we were hired to serve at. The customer wanted a bourbon-based drink, and after searching we found the perfect mixture on an amazing foodie blog, Spoon Fork Bacon. We didn’t use every ingredient in their recipe, but the guests we served surely enjoyed this festive take on a classic cocktail!

1 Sugar cube
1 Cinnamon stick
1.5 Ouches bourbon
1 Orange wedge
Soda Water
Maraschino Cherries
A dash of bitters


·  Place sugar cube, orange wedge and cherry in cocktail glass

·  Add a dash of bitters on the sugar cube, and muddle mixture

·  Add bourbon and a small amount of soda water

·  Garnish with cinnamon stick, stir add large cocktail rock

Recipe: Spoon Fork Bacon


Candy Cane Martini

This ultra-festive cocktail is a guaranteed favorite during the holiday season. If you’re designing a drink menu for a home-based holiday party, the Candy Cane Martini will dazzle your guests with a sweet, sugary drink and festive candy cane garnish. Heads up: The candy cane garnish can be temperamental and not easily stick to the rim of the glass. Test make the drink a day before your party to make sure you’ve got a strong enough syrup to hold the garnish to the glass rim.

2 Candy canes, crushed
1 Candy cane
1.5 Ounces flavored vodka (Vanilla or whipped cream)
.5 Ounces Peppermint Schnapps
1 Ounce Irish Cream

Note: Can substitute half & half for Irish Cream. Similar receipts call for white chocolate liqueur instead of Irish cream


· Pour syrup on a small plate, put crushed candy cane on another plate

· Dip martini glass rim in syrup, then the crushed candy cane

· Fill shaker w/ ice, add vodka, schnapps & Irish cream. Shake for 20 - 30 seconds

· Pour into martini glass, enjoy!

Recipe: The Redhead Baker


Cranberry Mule

This is a perfect, easy to make version of a traditional cocktail that will delight your guests at any office or home holiday party. The cranberry mule is beautifully simplistic, festive and the rosemary infusion gives the drink a special holiday twist.  Try your best to get as many copper mugs as you can, a mule tastes best with a handle and freezing rim.

1 Ounce vodka
1 Part cranberry juice
1 Part ginger beer
1 Lime wedge
1 Rosemary sprig
A dash of lime juice


· Combine vodka, cranberry juice, ginger beer and lime juice in copper mug w/ ice, stir a bit

· Garnish with lime wedge, cranberry & rosemary

Recipe: The Blond Cook

Mulled wine an absolute favorite drink to make (and consume!) during the holiday season. We have many nostalgic memories of drinking mulled wine in Leavenworth during Oktoberfest, or just making it at home with family to drink after a holiday meal. Mulled wine is a mixed of spices and alcohol, so there are many ways to make this lovely mixture. If making for a holiday party, we suggest pre-batching all the ingredients punch-style for your guests to serve themselves, and set some dry cinnamon stick garnishes to the side.

I’m chose the following recipe from Sweet And Savory By Shine because it uses  a great recipe rather than relies pre-packaged spices.  (Plus it looks so good!)

1 Orange
10 Whole cloves
1 Cup orange juice
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup cranberries
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 Bottle Of red wine


· Cut the orange in half, and then quarter one half. Push 2-3 cloves into the outer skin of quartered oranges. Peel a few strips of orange peel from the other half of the orange for garnish

· In a large pot, combine orange juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks, orange quarters with cloves and cranberries

· Turn the heat to medium high and slowly heat the mixture, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved sugar is dissolved completely, bring it to a boil and cook until it thickened and reduced by almost half, about 15-20 minutes

· Reduce the heat to low and pour in wine

· Simmer until wine is heated through. DON’T BOIL, or alcohol will evaporate!

· You can strain the wine and pour into a slow cooker to keep it warm. Garnish with orange peel and serve warm

Recipe: Sweet & Savory By Shinee



Cranapple Sangria


This holiday inspired punch will be a great edition to your party! A mixture of two seasons, this cranberry sangria recipe hits the spot!  We are used to drinking sangria during the summer, preferably on a deck somewhere that overlooks the ocean. Sangria is fun because you can use so many different ingredients in the mixture, while sticking to staples of what makes it sangria.  We like this recipe from Jennifer Meyering’s blog because it includes one of our favorite ingredients: Brandy. 

1 Cup fresh cranberries
1 Large apple diced
1 Cinnamon sticks
2 (750ml) bottles red wine
1 Cup brandy
1 Cup triple sec or orange liqueur
3 Cups apple cider
2 Cups cranberry juice


· In a large pitcher, add fresh cranberries, diced apple, and cinnamon stick

· Pour red wine, brandy, tripe sec, apple cider, and cranberry juice over top and stir to combine 

·  Place in refrigerator for 3-4 hours to let flavors combine

Recipe: Jennifer Meyering