5 Great Holiday Drink Ideas: Cocktail Recipes (and a Beer) for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve

From gorging to the point of food coma on Thanksgiving, to the strategic placement of mistletoe over a hot girl’s head, to rigging the annual Secret Santa exchange to ensure the best gift…there’s a lot for guys to love about holiday parties.

However, when it comes to drink selections, us guys are often stuck deciding between cheap wine, poorly mixed eggnog, or some form of pink punch in a wide-rimmed Cosmo that just screams estrogen overload.

But fear not.

I have come across a plethora of new drink recipes (and a beer) to help guys quench their thirst, sound knowledgeable about their holiday spirits selection, and maintain masculinity at the same time. I’ll share five with you, then feel free to hop into the comment section to share your own.

Captain Morgan Knighted Welshman


  • 1.5 oz Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
  • 6 oz. cola
  • Splash of amaretto

How it works: Add Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum and cola in ice-filled glass. Top with a splash of Amaretto.


Why it works:  The Knighted Welshman is named after the spiced rum’s namesake, Captain Henry Morgan, who was indeed a real-life Welsh privateer known for legendary adventures and epic battles on the high seas. So when the guy beside you raves about how great the cider is, turn around and walk the plank toward this awesome cocktail.

Bulleit Rye Manhattan


  • .75 oz. Bulleit Rye
  • .25 oz. dry vermouth
  • .50 sweet vermouth
  • Dash of Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters
  • 1 maraschino cheery

How it works:  In a shaker, combine Bulleit Rye, dry vermouth and sweet vermouth. Shake and pour over an ice-filled mixing glass. Add dash of bitters and garnish with a maraschino cherry.


Why it works:  Don’t let the cherry fool you.  This Manhattan is the ultimate in masculine sophistication – smooth and tasty with just enough bite to remind you why this is a great drink for men – from Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, to you and your buddies this holiday season.

Dickel Southern Belle


  • 1 oz. George Dickel Cascade Hollow Batch Recipe
  • .50 oz. triple sec
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 splash grenadine
  • 2 oz. orange juice

How it works:  Add George Dickel Cascade Hollow Batch Recipe, triple sec, pineapple juice, grenadine and orange juice in rocks ice-filled glass.  Top with grenadine and stir once.


Why it works:  Thrown by the pineapple and orange juice, fellas?  Don’t be, because nothing warms up a snowy, wintry evening like sipping this stiff whisky drink and imagining a warm beach and cool waves.  Be warned, you may need to order two of these – one for you and one for that sweet Southern Belle across the room!

Crown Royal Press 


  • 1.5 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe
  • 2 squeezed lemon wedges
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 1 splash lemon-lime soda
  • 1 lemon wedge

How it works:  Serve on the rocks and top with lemon-lime soda.  Garnish with a lemon and serve.


Why it works:  Taking a chance on a cheesy pickup line at a holiday party is one thing, but a real man never presses his luck when it comes to selecting the right spirit.  Instead, he checks out the Crown Royal Press, featuring a solid balance of sweet with the age old beauty that is a dash of bitters.

Guinness Black Lager


  • 1 bottle of Guinness
  • The balls to drink it

How it works:  Cola brown with a tan head, Guinness Black Lager emits a sweet aroma. Unlike stouts, this lager should be served cold to fully appreciate the nutty, caramel overtones.

guinness-holiday-drink-ideasWhy it works:  Let’s face it – cocktails are great, but sometimes a man just needs a good beer and what better brew to try this holiday than Guinness’ newest offering.  It’s new enough to make you seem trendy and knowledable about all things beer, but classic enough you don’t look like the annoying know-it-all reciting the number of hops in each sip!

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Now it’s your turn.

What is your favorite holiday cocktail?

Tell us below and include the recipe. We can all benefit from eachother’s selections.

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Jerod Morris

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