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Candy Cane Cocktails and 11 Other Crazy Holiday Drinks

Candy Cane Cocktails and 11 Other Crazy Holiday Drinks


Deck the halls with these festive drinks

In the days leading up to Christmas, you may be planning a holiday get-together or prepping for a big meal. These visually stimulating cocktails will impress not only with their good looks, but with their decidedly Christmas flavor, too. Get ready for some Santa-licious cocktails that would make even Ebenezer Scrooge giggle with holiday joy.

Deck the halls with these festive drinks

In the days leading up to Christmas, you may be planning a holiday get-together or prepping for a big meal. Get ready for some Santa-licious cocktails that would make even Ebenezer Scrooge giggle with holiday joy.

Candy Cane Martini

This minty fresh martini is the perfect combo of mint, crème, and vodka. Create a stripped candy effect with grenadine swirled around the inside of a martini glass and you’ve got yourself a Pinterest-worthy cocktail that will be trending all night long.

Chocolate Peppermint Margarita

‘Tis the season for peppermint everything. When you’re a tequila lover, you might feel left out in the cold. This cocktail brings you back to the party and rewards you with chocolate. Think of it as the cocktail the elves would drink if they vacationed in Mexico.

Drunken Elf

Almost every holiday movie ever made features a mandatory celebration scene at the North Pole post-sleigh takeoff. There, the elves munch cookies and toast to the end of their busy season. What exactly is in their frosty little mugs? A mix of crème de menthe, Fireball, and mashed-up candy canes, of course.

Mistletoe Mulled Wine

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Punch-style cocktails are a hit at holiday parties. This mulled wine is a make-once, serve-all-night cocktail that celebrates the flavors of the holiday. Plus, December 20 is National Sangria Day, so you’re really celebrating two holidays in one with this drink.

Mrs. Claus Wild Side Punch

We have a feeling there is a wild side to Mrs. Claus no one knows about. After all, she’s cooped up in the North Pole with a fat cookie-demander 364 nights a year. For that one wild night out, this is the perfect punch. It’s a mix of X-Rated Fusion — a blood orange, mango, and passion fruit liqueur — tequila, and pomegranate and cranberry juices, making for a crimson-colored cocktail that both looks and tastes festive.

Reindeer Tracks

Only a chef (or a moustache-wielding hipster) could come up with a cocktail that calls for fresh cranberries and rosemary. Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is responsible for this clever cocktail that is as cute as it is tasty. Gin, sweet vermouth, and cranberry make this a legit cocktail for connoisseurs and the addition of a marshmallow, cranberry Rudolph’s nose, and rosemary antlers remind you what the season is all about: ugly sweaters and themed booze.

Santa’s Little Helper

Santa’s Little Helper isn’t a rescued racing dog. It’s four types of booze mixed with cream and ice. White chocolate liquor and Kahlúa add a creamy, rich flavor to this vodka-based cocktail that’s lightened with a hint of mint from white crème de menthe. Go wild with the garnish on this one because the only thing better than a booze buzz is one that’s spiked with sugar.

Sour Grinch

It’s not Christmas without the Grinch. This cocktail pays homage to everyone’s favorite grump, not just in color, but in its slightly sour taste, too. Midori mixed with vodka and a bit of lemon juice makes for a candy-like sweet-and-sour drink that is a fun celebration of Christmas’ favorite villain. Add a maraschino cherry to remind you that even the Grinch has a heart.

St. Nick Shooter

Santa has to get the courage to keep sliding in and out of dark, dirty chimneys from somewhere. This layered shot is a mouthful of Christmas in one gulp. Three flavor zones go from sweet to minty in red, white, and green.

Sugar Plum Fairy

The Food Network’s Sandra Lee created this plum wine cocktail as part of her holiday party menu. It’s easy-as-pie to make, and calls for cute gumdrop garnishes, perfect for recalling the Sugar Plum fairy scene from The Nutcracker.


18 Fun Cocktails Every Bachelorette Party Needs

Bachelorette party cocktails should be as fun and strong as the squad you're celebrating with. So, if you're looking for just that, here you go! The options are colorful and fun (spoiler: lots of edible glitter) and I say if you can't chose, make them all!

Rim a shot glass with Nutella and sprinkles. In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 tablespoon Nutella, 1 ounce Bailey's, and 1 ounce vodka. Shake and pour into shot glass.

Dip a Champagne flute into icing and rim glass with sprinkles. Add ½ ounces vodka, one scoop birthday cake ice cream, and top off with sparkling rosé.

Pour 1½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/4 ounce each of St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount of edible gold glitter. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Cut 1 inch from both ends of a pickle, setting the tips aside. Take the larger pickle piece and scoop out the inside, leaving the bottom intact to act as the base of the shot glass. Use a toothpick to attach the pickle tips to the base of the pickle. In a shaker filled with ice, add equal parts pickle juice and tequila. Pour the pickle juice-tequila mixture into the pickle shot glass.

Shot glasses:

Dice Starbursts and line each mold in a silicone tray with different flavors. Place tray into oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. After they've cooled, pop the shot glasses out of the silicone tray.

Dice Starbursts and fill four glass bottles to the top with one flavor Starburst each. Add 3 ounces vodka to every bottle and shake. Place a coffee filter above a different cup for each flavor and pour out shaken vodka. Pour Starburst vodka into shot glasses.


18 Fun Cocktails Every Bachelorette Party Needs

Bachelorette party cocktails should be as fun and strong as the squad you're celebrating with. So, if you're looking for just that, here you go! The options are colorful and fun (spoiler: lots of edible glitter) and I say if you can't chose, make them all!

Rim a shot glass with Nutella and sprinkles. In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 tablespoon Nutella, 1 ounce Bailey's, and 1 ounce vodka. Shake and pour into shot glass.

Dip a Champagne flute into icing and rim glass with sprinkles. Add ½ ounces vodka, one scoop birthday cake ice cream, and top off with sparkling rosé.

Pour 1½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/4 ounce each of St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount of edible gold glitter. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Cut 1 inch from both ends of a pickle, setting the tips aside. Take the larger pickle piece and scoop out the inside, leaving the bottom intact to act as the base of the shot glass. Use a toothpick to attach the pickle tips to the base of the pickle. In a shaker filled with ice, add equal parts pickle juice and tequila. Pour the pickle juice-tequila mixture into the pickle shot glass.

Shot glasses:

Dice Starbursts and line each mold in a silicone tray with different flavors. Place tray into oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. After they've cooled, pop the shot glasses out of the silicone tray.

Dice Starbursts and fill four glass bottles to the top with one flavor Starburst each. Add 3 ounces vodka to every bottle and shake. Place a coffee filter above a different cup for each flavor and pour out shaken vodka. Pour Starburst vodka into shot glasses.


18 Fun Cocktails Every Bachelorette Party Needs

Bachelorette party cocktails should be as fun and strong as the squad you're celebrating with. So, if you're looking for just that, here you go! The options are colorful and fun (spoiler: lots of edible glitter) and I say if you can't chose, make them all!

Rim a shot glass with Nutella and sprinkles. In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 tablespoon Nutella, 1 ounce Bailey's, and 1 ounce vodka. Shake and pour into shot glass.

Dip a Champagne flute into icing and rim glass with sprinkles. Add ½ ounces vodka, one scoop birthday cake ice cream, and top off with sparkling rosé.

Pour 1½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/4 ounce each of St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount of edible gold glitter. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Cut 1 inch from both ends of a pickle, setting the tips aside. Take the larger pickle piece and scoop out the inside, leaving the bottom intact to act as the base of the shot glass. Use a toothpick to attach the pickle tips to the base of the pickle. In a shaker filled with ice, add equal parts pickle juice and tequila. Pour the pickle juice-tequila mixture into the pickle shot glass.

Shot glasses:

Dice Starbursts and line each mold in a silicone tray with different flavors. Place tray into oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. After they've cooled, pop the shot glasses out of the silicone tray.

Dice Starbursts and fill four glass bottles to the top with one flavor Starburst each. Add 3 ounces vodka to every bottle and shake. Place a coffee filter above a different cup for each flavor and pour out shaken vodka. Pour Starburst vodka into shot glasses.


18 Fun Cocktails Every Bachelorette Party Needs

Bachelorette party cocktails should be as fun and strong as the squad you're celebrating with. So, if you're looking for just that, here you go! The options are colorful and fun (spoiler: lots of edible glitter) and I say if you can't chose, make them all!

Rim a shot glass with Nutella and sprinkles. In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 tablespoon Nutella, 1 ounce Bailey's, and 1 ounce vodka. Shake and pour into shot glass.

Dip a Champagne flute into icing and rim glass with sprinkles. Add ½ ounces vodka, one scoop birthday cake ice cream, and top off with sparkling rosé.

Pour 1½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/4 ounce each of St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount of edible gold glitter. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Cut 1 inch from both ends of a pickle, setting the tips aside. Take the larger pickle piece and scoop out the inside, leaving the bottom intact to act as the base of the shot glass. Use a toothpick to attach the pickle tips to the base of the pickle. In a shaker filled with ice, add equal parts pickle juice and tequila. Pour the pickle juice-tequila mixture into the pickle shot glass.

Shot glasses:

Dice Starbursts and line each mold in a silicone tray with different flavors. Place tray into oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. After they've cooled, pop the shot glasses out of the silicone tray.

Dice Starbursts and fill four glass bottles to the top with one flavor Starburst each. Add 3 ounces vodka to every bottle and shake. Place a coffee filter above a different cup for each flavor and pour out shaken vodka. Pour Starburst vodka into shot glasses.


18 Fun Cocktails Every Bachelorette Party Needs

Bachelorette party cocktails should be as fun and strong as the squad you're celebrating with. So, if you're looking for just that, here you go! The options are colorful and fun (spoiler: lots of edible glitter) and I say if you can't chose, make them all!

Rim a shot glass with Nutella and sprinkles. In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 tablespoon Nutella, 1 ounce Bailey's, and 1 ounce vodka. Shake and pour into shot glass.

Dip a Champagne flute into icing and rim glass with sprinkles. Add ½ ounces vodka, one scoop birthday cake ice cream, and top off with sparkling rosé.

Pour 1½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/4 ounce each of St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount of edible gold glitter. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Cut 1 inch from both ends of a pickle, setting the tips aside. Take the larger pickle piece and scoop out the inside, leaving the bottom intact to act as the base of the shot glass. Use a toothpick to attach the pickle tips to the base of the pickle. In a shaker filled with ice, add equal parts pickle juice and tequila. Pour the pickle juice-tequila mixture into the pickle shot glass.

Shot glasses:

Dice Starbursts and line each mold in a silicone tray with different flavors. Place tray into oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. After they've cooled, pop the shot glasses out of the silicone tray.

Dice Starbursts and fill four glass bottles to the top with one flavor Starburst each. Add 3 ounces vodka to every bottle and shake. Place a coffee filter above a different cup for each flavor and pour out shaken vodka. Pour Starburst vodka into shot glasses.


18 Fun Cocktails Every Bachelorette Party Needs

Bachelorette party cocktails should be as fun and strong as the squad you're celebrating with. So, if you're looking for just that, here you go! The options are colorful and fun (spoiler: lots of edible glitter) and I say if you can't chose, make them all!

Rim a shot glass with Nutella and sprinkles. In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 tablespoon Nutella, 1 ounce Bailey's, and 1 ounce vodka. Shake and pour into shot glass.

Dip a Champagne flute into icing and rim glass with sprinkles. Add ½ ounces vodka, one scoop birthday cake ice cream, and top off with sparkling rosé.

Pour 1½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/4 ounce each of St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount of edible gold glitter. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Cut 1 inch from both ends of a pickle, setting the tips aside. Take the larger pickle piece and scoop out the inside, leaving the bottom intact to act as the base of the shot glass. Use a toothpick to attach the pickle tips to the base of the pickle. In a shaker filled with ice, add equal parts pickle juice and tequila. Pour the pickle juice-tequila mixture into the pickle shot glass.

Shot glasses:

Dice Starbursts and line each mold in a silicone tray with different flavors. Place tray into oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. After they've cooled, pop the shot glasses out of the silicone tray.

Dice Starbursts and fill four glass bottles to the top with one flavor Starburst each. Add 3 ounces vodka to every bottle and shake. Place a coffee filter above a different cup for each flavor and pour out shaken vodka. Pour Starburst vodka into shot glasses.


18 Fun Cocktails Every Bachelorette Party Needs

Bachelorette party cocktails should be as fun and strong as the squad you're celebrating with. So, if you're looking for just that, here you go! The options are colorful and fun (spoiler: lots of edible glitter) and I say if you can't chose, make them all!

Rim a shot glass with Nutella and sprinkles. In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 tablespoon Nutella, 1 ounce Bailey's, and 1 ounce vodka. Shake and pour into shot glass.

Dip a Champagne flute into icing and rim glass with sprinkles. Add ½ ounces vodka, one scoop birthday cake ice cream, and top off with sparkling rosé.

Pour 1½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/4 ounce each of St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount of edible gold glitter. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Cut 1 inch from both ends of a pickle, setting the tips aside. Take the larger pickle piece and scoop out the inside, leaving the bottom intact to act as the base of the shot glass. Use a toothpick to attach the pickle tips to the base of the pickle. In a shaker filled with ice, add equal parts pickle juice and tequila. Pour the pickle juice-tequila mixture into the pickle shot glass.

Shot glasses:

Dice Starbursts and line each mold in a silicone tray with different flavors. Place tray into oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. After they've cooled, pop the shot glasses out of the silicone tray.

Dice Starbursts and fill four glass bottles to the top with one flavor Starburst each. Add 3 ounces vodka to every bottle and shake. Place a coffee filter above a different cup for each flavor and pour out shaken vodka. Pour Starburst vodka into shot glasses.


18 Fun Cocktails Every Bachelorette Party Needs

Bachelorette party cocktails should be as fun and strong as the squad you're celebrating with. So, if you're looking for just that, here you go! The options are colorful and fun (spoiler: lots of edible glitter) and I say if you can't chose, make them all!

Rim a shot glass with Nutella and sprinkles. In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 tablespoon Nutella, 1 ounce Bailey's, and 1 ounce vodka. Shake and pour into shot glass.

Dip a Champagne flute into icing and rim glass with sprinkles. Add ½ ounces vodka, one scoop birthday cake ice cream, and top off with sparkling rosé.

Pour 1½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/4 ounce each of St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount of edible gold glitter. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Cut 1 inch from both ends of a pickle, setting the tips aside. Take the larger pickle piece and scoop out the inside, leaving the bottom intact to act as the base of the shot glass. Use a toothpick to attach the pickle tips to the base of the pickle. In a shaker filled with ice, add equal parts pickle juice and tequila. Pour the pickle juice-tequila mixture into the pickle shot glass.

Shot glasses:

Dice Starbursts and line each mold in a silicone tray with different flavors. Place tray into oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. After they've cooled, pop the shot glasses out of the silicone tray.

Dice Starbursts and fill four glass bottles to the top with one flavor Starburst each. Add 3 ounces vodka to every bottle and shake. Place a coffee filter above a different cup for each flavor and pour out shaken vodka. Pour Starburst vodka into shot glasses.


18 Fun Cocktails Every Bachelorette Party Needs

Bachelorette party cocktails should be as fun and strong as the squad you're celebrating with. So, if you're looking for just that, here you go! The options are colorful and fun (spoiler: lots of edible glitter) and I say if you can't chose, make them all!

Rim a shot glass with Nutella and sprinkles. In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 tablespoon Nutella, 1 ounce Bailey's, and 1 ounce vodka. Shake and pour into shot glass.

Dip a Champagne flute into icing and rim glass with sprinkles. Add ½ ounces vodka, one scoop birthday cake ice cream, and top off with sparkling rosé.

Pour 1½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/4 ounce each of St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount of edible gold glitter. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Cut 1 inch from both ends of a pickle, setting the tips aside. Take the larger pickle piece and scoop out the inside, leaving the bottom intact to act as the base of the shot glass. Use a toothpick to attach the pickle tips to the base of the pickle. In a shaker filled with ice, add equal parts pickle juice and tequila. Pour the pickle juice-tequila mixture into the pickle shot glass.

Shot glasses:

Dice Starbursts and line each mold in a silicone tray with different flavors. Place tray into oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. After they've cooled, pop the shot glasses out of the silicone tray.

Dice Starbursts and fill four glass bottles to the top with one flavor Starburst each. Add 3 ounces vodka to every bottle and shake. Place a coffee filter above a different cup for each flavor and pour out shaken vodka. Pour Starburst vodka into shot glasses.


18 Fun Cocktails Every Bachelorette Party Needs

Bachelorette party cocktails should be as fun and strong as the squad you're celebrating with. So, if you're looking for just that, here you go! The options are colorful and fun (spoiler: lots of edible glitter) and I say if you can't chose, make them all!

Rim a shot glass with Nutella and sprinkles. In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 tablespoon Nutella, 1 ounce Bailey's, and 1 ounce vodka. Shake and pour into shot glass.

Dip a Champagne flute into icing and rim glass with sprinkles. Add ½ ounces vodka, one scoop birthday cake ice cream, and top off with sparkling rosé.

Pour 1½ ounces vodka, 1 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/4 ounce each of St. Germaine, Carvella Limoncello, and Suze into a mixing glass with ice. Sprinkle in a small amount of edible gold glitter. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Cut 1 inch from both ends of a pickle, setting the tips aside. Take the larger pickle piece and scoop out the inside, leaving the bottom intact to act as the base of the shot glass. Use a toothpick to attach the pickle tips to the base of the pickle. In a shaker filled with ice, add equal parts pickle juice and tequila. Pour the pickle juice-tequila mixture into the pickle shot glass.

Shot glasses:

Dice Starbursts and line each mold in a silicone tray with different flavors. Place tray into oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. After they've cooled, pop the shot glasses out of the silicone tray.

Dice Starbursts and fill four glass bottles to the top with one flavor Starburst each. Add 3 ounces vodka to every bottle and shake. Place a coffee filter above a different cup for each flavor and pour out shaken vodka. Pour Starburst vodka into shot glasses.


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