My Classic Christmas Cocktail Party

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Eva Amurri Martino's bar cart in her Connecticut home is decked out for a classic christmas holiday party

Entertaining during the Holidays has been some of the most fun I’ve ever had– holiday time is infamous for bringing out everyone’s best mood and a little bit of those rebellious, fun vibes as well.  I mean, SOMEBODY has to make the naughty list, right? LOL.  I always love throwing parties during this time, and this year I decided to throw it back to those old-school days and have a Classic Christmas Cocktail Party! I did some research, and there are actually SO many classic Christmas cocktails! Some you may have heard of, and some may be new to you– I’ve tasted them all, and I can tell you without a doubt that they are ALL delicious.  Get classy this Christmas, and throw a Classic Christmas Cocktail party with me! Today I’m sharing all the details.

I love serving my classic Christmas cocktails in glasses that I’ve been collecting over the years.  Some pieces are vintage (my champagne glasses and the adorable Christmas Tree tumblers from my Grandmother’s collection!) and others are things I’ve picked up over the years to add to my barware collection.  For this party, I wanted to keep the guest list short and sweet so each guest could sip from a special glass of their own, and mingle among our Christmas Decor.  A fully decked out bar cart adds to the charm!

Eva Amurri Martino shares a glass of eggnog as part of her classic christmas cocktail party


There are few cocktails more classic and Christmassy than Eggnog! While you can totally make it on your own (here is a recipe), I much prefer to buy it and add the booze! I add rum to ours! (You can also find dairy-free options at Whole Foods!)

Eva Amurri Martino serves mulled wine in her grandmother's china cups as part of her classic christmas cocktail party

Mulled Wine

I used to be a total mulled wine skeptic, and then I learned how to make it– and now I’m obsessed! It’s beyond simple to make and is SO delicious, especially during the colder months.  We drink this well in to the new year in my household, but it’s especially festive for Christmas! The following recipe makes approximately 8-10 cocktails.

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 3 pieces Star Anise
  • 6-10 cloves
  • 1 orange

Pour first six ingredients in to a large pot or dutch oven, zest the orange in to the pot and then slice it and squeeze out the juice in to a pot.  Place on the stove and bring to a boil, then simmer on low for 10 minutes.  Serve with orange twist or star anise as garnish!

Eva Amurri Martino includes a Blue Christmas cocktail as part of her classic christmas cocktail party

The Blue Christmas

This is as close to a craft cocktail experience as I’m getting at my classic Christmas cocktail party– but it’s very party accessible since you can make all the ingredients ahead of time.  I love it because it’s refreshing and gives a nice contrast to the eggnog and mulled wine options. The recipe below makes 1 cocktail.

  • 2 ounces gin (can subsitute vodka)
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon Rosemary syrup
  • Club soda
  • Sprig of Rosemary to garnish

Begin by muddling the blueberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.  Now add ice to the shaker, and follow with the gin and rosemary syrup.  Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.  Place ice in a Collins glass, and strain the gin mixture over it.  Top with club soda and garnish with rosemary.

Eva Amurri Martino shares a recipe for a Poinsettia cocktail as part of her classic holiday cocktail party

The Poinsettia

A Poinsettia is the Christmas version of a champagne cocktail! It’s bold and delicious, and the name of course evokes all the beauty of the holiday season.  These are also super easy cocktails to make for guests if you orchestrate everything in advance: I place the cointreau and cranberry juice in the champagne glasses ahead of time, and then add the champagne component as guests arrive. This recipe makes 1 cocktail

  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau orange liqueur
  • 3 ounces champagne
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish

Pour the Cointreau and cranberry juice in to the bottom of a champagne glass.  Top with Champagne and stir gently with a swizzle stick.  Add 1-3 cranberries to the glass for garnish.

Eva Amurri Martino greets her Christmas guests with a Poinsettia cocktail


Eva Amurri Martino pours champagne in to a poinsettia cocktail in the living room of her Connecticut home

Eva Amurri Martino toasts the holiday season at her home in Connecticut with a poinsettia cocktail and a classic christmas cocktail party

Don’t forget the snacks! For cocktail parties I always put out a medley of classic bar snacks.  Make sure there is a snack area in every room you expect to mingle in!

Eva Amurri Martino eats snacks and drinks classic christmas cocktails at her home in Connecticut


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  1. Kelly says:

    Love this!!! I’ve always wanted to host a fancy cocktail party at Christmas! That Poinsettia looks divine. Also — we tried coco-nog (coconut milk eggnog) and it was EXCELLENT. Much better than the traditional, in my opinion.

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    • I also LOVE the coco eggnog! Delish! Totally satisfies my holiday sweet tooth 😉


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  2. I love mulled wine! I’ll have to try the other cocktails – they sound delish!

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    • Isn’t mulled wine the best?! So festive 🙂

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  3. Courtney says:

    I can’t wait to try the Blue Christmas and Poinsettia! They’ll be perfect for a party I’m going to next weekend! And I’m going to have to start collecting glasses like yours for these kind of drinks — they are beautiful! ?

    12.15.17 Reply