The Best Christmas Whiskey Cocktails

Holiday Drinks, Drink Guides

Christmas whiskey cocktails

As the festive season approaches, there’s no better way to celebrate than with a glass of heartwarming Christmas whiskey. Whether it’s a classic Jack Daniels Christmas whiskey or a more innovative whiskey Christmas cocktail, these drinks are perfect for adding a touch of cheer to your holiday gatherings. This comprehensive guide will explore the most delightful Christmas whiskey cocktails to enjoy this year. From traditional favorites to new and exciting blends, get ready to elevate your holiday spirit with these exceptional whiskey Christmas drinks.

Innovative Christmas Whiskey Creations

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The Yuletide Mule

The Yuletide Mule is a festive twist on the classic Moscow Mule cocktail, adapted to fit the holiday season. This cocktail typically incorporates Christmas-themed flavors and is often served during the Yuletide period. 

Preparation Time: 

  • 5 minutes


  • 2 oz Jack Daniels Christmas Whiskey
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • Cranberries and Rosemary for Garnish


  1. Fill a copper mug with ice.
  2. Pour in the Jack Daniels Christmas Whiskey and lime juice.
  3. Top with ginger beer and stir gently.
  4. Garnish with cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

This cocktail is a delightful blend of traditional Christmas flavors with a modern twist, perfect for those who enjoy a fusion of classic and contemporary.

Serving Style: 

  • The drink is typically served in a copper mug filled with ice, which is traditional for a Moscow Mule.

The Winter Whiskey Warmer

The Winter Whiskey Warmer is a cozy and comforting cocktail, perfect for the chilly winter months and especially popular during the holiday season. It’s a warm drink that combines the rich flavors of whiskey with the sweet and spicy notes of apple cider and honey, making it an ideal choice for sipping by the fireside or as a heartwarming treat during festive celebrations. 

This warm cocktail is ideal for cold winter nights, offering a comforting and soothing experience with every sip.

Preparation Time:

  • 5 to 10 minutes


  • 2 oz Christmas Whiskey
  • 1 oz Apple Cider
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • Cinnamon and Star Anise for Garnish


  1. Combine whiskey, apple cider, and honey in a saucepan.
  2. Heat gently. Do not boil the mixture to avoid burning off the alcohol and altering the flavors.


  • Serve in a mug or heat-resistant glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and star anise for visual appeal and added aroma.

Classic Whiskey Cocktails with a Christmas Twist

Christmas whiskey

The Cinnamon Spice Old Fashioned

This Cinnamon Spice Old Fashioned is a festive twist on a classic cocktail, perfect for warming up a cold winter evening and adding a touch of sophistication to your holiday celebrations.

Preparation Time:

  • 5-7 minutes


  • 2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • 2-3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Orange Peel
  • 1 Dash of Water or Club Soda
  • Ice Cubes
  • Optional Garnishes


  1. Dissolve the Sugar: Place the sugar cube in an Old Fashioned glass and saturate it with the bitters. Add a dash of water or club soda.
  2. Muddle: A muddler crushes the sugar cube until it’s fully dissolved.
  3. Add Whiskey: Pour in the whiskey over the muddled mixture.
  4. Stir Gently: Stir the mixture gently to combine.
  5. Ice: Add a few large ice cubes to the glass.
  6. Infuse with Cinnamon: Stir the drink with a cinnamon stick, then leave the stick in as a garnish.
  7. Citrus Twist: Twist a piece of orange peel over the drink to release its oils, then drop it into the glass.


  • Serve the Cinnamon Spice Old Fashioned immediately after preparation.
  • The cocktail is best enjoyed slowly, allowing the flavors to meld and evolve as the ice melts slightly, diluting and softening the drink.
  • It is ideal as a pre-dinner drink or a relaxing beverage beside a cozy fireplace.

The Peppermint Whiskey Sour (Christmas Edition)

The Peppermint Whiskey Sour is a festive take on the classic Whiskey Sour cocktail. Perfect for the holiday season, this drink combines the smooth, rich taste of whiskey with the refreshing zing of peppermint, creating a delightful balance of sweet and sour. It’s a fantastic choice for Christmas parties or as a cozy drink to enjoy by the fireplace.

Preparation Time:

  • 5 minutes


  • 2 oz Whiskey (preferably a smooth variety that pairs well with sweet flavors)
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 oz Peppermint Syrup (can be adjusted to taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh Mint Leaves for garnish
  • Optional: A small drop of red food coloring for a festive touch
  • Optional: Peppermint candy or candy cane for garnish


  1. Combine the whiskey, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and peppermint syrup in a shaker.
  2. Add a handful of ice cubes to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds or until well chilled.
  4. If desired, add a small drop of red food coloring to the shaker and give it one quick shake to incorporate (this step is purely for visual appeal and is optional).
  5. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.


  • Garnish the drink with fresh mint leaves and, optionally, a peppermint candy or candy cane on the rim of the glass for a festive look.
  • Serve immediately, offering a refreshing and visually appealing cocktail that perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas Whiskey Cocktail Pairings

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Perfect Food Combinations

Savory Pairings: A Christmas whiskey cocktail like the Cinnamon Spice Old Fashioned pairs wonderfully with savory dishes like roasted turkey, glazed ham, or rich, creamy cheeses. The spiciness of the cinnamon complements the umami flavors of these dishes.

Sweet Pairings: Try the Peppermint Whiskey Sour with Christmas desserts like gingerbread cookies or chocolate yule log for a sweet complement. The minty freshness cuts through the richness of the desserts, creating a balanced and enjoyable dining experience.

Occasions to Savor These Cocktails

Family Gatherings: Share a Winter Whiskey Warmer with loved ones as you gather around the fireplace, exchanging stories and enjoying each other’s company.

Holiday Parties: Serve the Yuletide Mule at your Christmas party. Its vibrant presentation and unique taste will surely be a conversation starter.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas whiskey cocktails offer a delightful way to celebrate the holiday season. From the warm and spicy Cinnamon Spice Old Fashioned to the refreshing Yuletide Mule, there’s a cocktail for every occasion and taste preference. As you plan your holiday festivities, remember that Zipps Liquor is your go-to source for all your Christmas whiskey needs. With a wide selection of whiskeys and cocktail ingredients, we make it easy for you to create these festive drinks at home.

We invite you to explore our whiskey collection online or visit one of our Texas liquor stores. Whether you’re picking up ingredients for your Christmas whiskey cocktails or shopping for gifts, we offer both pickup and delivery options to suit your needs. Celebrate this Christmas with the perfect whiskey cocktail and the best selections from Zipps Liquor. Cheers to a festive and flavorful holiday season! 🥃🎄🎉

Drink Responsibly!

Remember, while both Scotch and Bourbon offer delightful experiences, they should be enjoyed responsibly. Moderation is key to truly appreciating their unique qualities.

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