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Holiday Cocktail Recipes That are Both Naughty & Nice!

Holiday cocktails bring out the naughty and nice in us. They fill our cups for days full of “cheers!” and nights full of frolicking and sexy fun. There’s nothing like pairing a perfectly made hot toddy, eggnog cocktail, or sexy nightcap with opening holiday gifts with family, friends, fuck buddies, and lovers alike. So, whether you’ve been nice this year or plan on getting naughty this holiday season, I’ve found cocktail recipes perfect for every mood. Now let’s raise our glasses and drink to the season of giving and getting off! The following are my favorite naughty and nice holiday cocktail recipes.

9 Holiday Cocktail Recipes to Serve from Christmas to New Year’s Day

naughty elf holiday cocktail recipe

Naughty Elf on the Shelf Holiday Recipe


Cranberry Juice
2 Oz Grapefruit Juice– You will need this in the color red.
1 Oz Sprite
1 Oz Pomegranate liquor and Orange Liquor.
1 Oz Spiced Rum.
1 Oz Ice Cubes


Make It:

Add a few ice cubes to the glass. Mix liquors, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice and pour into the glass.

Top with sprite. Garnish with sprinkles.

Dirty Santa holiday cocktail recipe

Dirty Santa Holiday Recipe


1 oz. amaretto
1 oz. vanilla vodka
2 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream
2 cups milk
white icing – for rim
green sprinkle
red sprinkles

Make It:

On the rim of a glass place a small layer of icing around the rim. Place sprinkles in a bowl and roll the rim into it.

Pour in amaretto, vanilla vodka, and Irish cream into a shaker cup. Pour in milk and shake or stir. Serve cold.

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Lit Reindeer Holiday Recipe


1 Rosemary, Sprig
8 oz Cranberry sauce, Homemade
2 oz Lime juice
1 oz Simple syrup
4 oz Vodka or cranberry vodka

Make It:

Combine cranberry sauce, lime juice, vodka, and simple syrup into a shaker. Fill with ice to the liquid line. Give it a hard shake for 1 minute.

Strain into a rocks glass or martini glass without ice. Add garnish.

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Classic Hot Toddy Holiday Recipe


2 ounces boiling water
1 ½ ounces whiskey

1 teaspoon honey
3 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 slice lemon
1 pinch ground nutmeg

Make It:

Pour boiling water, whiskey, and honey into a mug. Add cloves, cinnamon, and lemon slice. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes so flavors can mingle, then sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg before serving.

Classic Eggnog Holiday Cocktail Recipe


1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
6 large egg yolks
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 c. heavy cream
1 c. bourbon or rum (optional)
2 c. milk

Whipped cream, for serving

Make It:

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla and slowly bring mixture to a low boil. Whisk egg yolks with sugar until yolks are pale in color in a large bowl. Slowly add hot milk mixture to egg yolks in batches to temper the eggs and whisk until combined. Return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat until slightly thick (and coats the back of a spoon). Do not let boil! but does not boil.

Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream and, if using, bourbon. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon.

The Grinch Cocktail


1/2 oz. (15ml) Vodka
1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Melon Liqueur
3 Lime Wedges
Top with Ginger Ale
Rim: Green Sugar
Garnish: Lime Wheel, Candy Cane

Make It:

Rim the edge of a rocks glass using lime juice and green sugar. Drop 3 lime wedges into the base of a shaker and muddle. Add ice and pour in vodka and melon liqueur. Shake. Pour mix into the prepared glass and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a lime wheel and a candy cane.

Mulled Wine Holiday Cocktail Recipe


1 (750 ml.) bottle of red wine (I love this one)
1 orange, sliced into rounds, plus more for garnish
6 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
3 star anise
1/4 c. honey
1/2 c. brandy

Make It:

To get started, make this Thanksgiving cocktail recipe in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and combine all ingredients. Bring to a simmer, not a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer gently over low heat for 10 minutes. Serve warm and garnish with more citrus slices and cinnamon sticks.

Naughty and Nice Cocktail Recipe



Ginger Syrup 

Cranberry Juice 

Orange Juice 

Grapefruit Juice 

Garnish – grapefruit wedge, orange wedge, fresh cranberries, rosemary sprig, cinnamon stick, and colored sugars to rim the glass.

Make It:

Rim the glasses with sugar. Fill the glass with ice. Then add ice to a cocktail shaker along with the whiskey, ginger syrup, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice. Shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty! Pour into our prepared glass. Top with orange juice and add garnish.

Sloppy Santa Cocktail Recipe


1 cup eggnog

1 and 1/2 ounce brandy

1 ounce spiced rum

whipped cream

freshly grated nutmeg

Make It:

Heat the eggnog in a small saucepan until it barely comes to a simmer. Add the brandy and rum and pour into a mug. Top with the whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.

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Annette Benedetti
Annette Benedetti
Annette is a writer, editor and photographer from Portland, OR. Her work appears in a variety of publications including Bust, Red Tricycle, Motherly and Domino. When she’s away from her desk she can be found teaching women yoga at wilderness retreats, exploring new cities across the states and hiking the trails at Mt. Rainier—one of her favorite places on earth.