35 Best Rum Cocktail Ideas to make for Christmas

By Rachel
November 8, 2023

Looking to level up your holiday cocktail game? This post will help you find the 35 Best Rum Cocktail ideas to make for Christmas. From a Gingerbread rum cocktail to a rum berry cocktail, you will be sure to find something unique here . Perfect for a holiday meal of 2 or to add to your spread for a large group. What’s not to love about fun festive holiday themed cocktails?

Winter cocktails perfect for holiday parties or Christmas dinner! Use cinnamon sticks, star anise, lemon twist, orange peel, or a cocktail pick for garnish. Or set up bar with a cocktail shaker or mixing glass and have your guests whip up their own cocktail creation! Other cocktails like boozy hot chocolate, hot toddies, or a classic mimosa also make fun holiday ideas!

1. Christmas Rum Cocktail

This delicious Christmas rum cocktail is a perfect Christmas sharing cocktail and easy to make for parties and events. The spiced rum cranberry cocktail only needs 4 ingredients and can be made in advance.

2. Hot Buttered Rum

Why does a big sip of Hot Buttered Rum hit the spot in winter? The answer is in the name itself: It’s hot, it has butter and it has rum. It’s comfort food in a mug, plain and simple. 

3. Naughty Elf Cocktail

This Naughty Elf Cocktail is perfect for all of your festive soirees! Santa may even appreciate a glass of it with a cookie! It’s a naughty concoction of fruit juice, fruit liqueurs, and spiced rum, and is sure to be a hit with everyone who takes a sip!

4. Christmas Spiced Rum Sour Recipe

This Christmas Rum Sour recipe is everything you want from a festive cocktail. It’s elegant, slightly boozy, and full of Christmas spices.

5.Tom & Jerry

It’s not easy to figure out how many calories are in a little mug of Tom & Jerry. Sure, the alcohol is a known quantity, with the couple ounces of cognac and dark rum clocking in at about 120 calories total. And the splash of hot whole milk, the only kind you want to even consider for a Tom & Jerry, is another 20. I don’t think cloves, nutmeg and allspice have calories, so you don’t have to worry about them.

6. Christmas Punch

Drinks for one, and you have a nice evening to yourself. Drinks for two or three, and it’s happy hour. A WHOLE BOWL of sparkling Christmas Punch? We have ourselves a party!

7. Eggnog

Eggnog, the creamy classic cocktail, is an essential part of the winter holidays. The recipe can vary depending on who’s making it, but the basic formula consists of eggs, sugar, milk and cream, plus a spirit. For the latter, most people turn to bourbon, rum or brandy, and some even elect to combine a couple spirits for oomph.

8. Christmas Punch

The fresh ginger gives it a bit of zing, and the tart cherry adds depth and balance, while the allspice and nutmeg lend their holiday spirit.” Whether you decide to drink it clean or spiked, it’s surely going to get you in the festive spirit.

9. Rum and Cherry Brandy Christmas Cocktail

It’s that time of the year when life is all about celebrating, and what better way to do that than with a delicious festive-season inspired cocktail recipe? This delicious cocktail has been created by the very talented Morten Krag and takes the best of festive flavours and combines them in to one drink that packs a delicious punch.

10. Coconut rum cocktail for the holidays

Mint, simple syrup (muddle this), lime juice, lots of ice, rum, stir well, milk, garnish, serve.

11. Cranberry Dark & Stormy

This Cranberry Dark and Stormy is a classic dark and stormy cocktail (rum and ginger beer), spruced up with homemade cranberry simple syrup using fresh cranberries – a fun and festive beverage to share with your friends and family during the winter months.

12. White Christmas Mojito

I’m just going to put it out there that in order to love this drink, you have to love coconut because this is a very coconutty drink. I’m personally all about coconut, so the more the merrier! This drink is simple as can be, and perfect for all your holiday parties.

13. Santa’s Hat Coconut Rum Cocktail

A fun signature cocktail is always a welcome treat, especially during the holiday season. This Santa’s hat coconut rum cocktail is an ideal way to get into the festive spirit. The flavour is tart, sweet and fruity all at once, while the shredded coconut adds a contrasting exotic touch to the holiday drink. Serve these Christmas cocktails anytime over the holidays. It might become one of your favorite cocktails for this time of year.

14. Cranberry Ginger Mojito

This cranberry ginger mojito is the perfect festive cocktail and can be made in big jugs and served during your Christmas festivities.

15. Black Rum Manhattan

The usual Manhattan suspects – sweet vermouth, orange bitters, maraschino cherry – mixed with Ten To One dark rum in place of a rye – delicious! A perfect Christmas cocktail!

16. Holiday Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

Nothing says holiday party like a creamy eggnog cocktail. This boozy eggnog cocktail will be the hit of your party.

17. Gingerbread Cocktail

In this pretty Gingerbread Cocktail, the cozy, festive flavors of gingerbread and eggnog blend with vanilla ice cream and spiced rum for a holiday treat that’s equally decadent and delicious. And it’s easy to make it into a nonalcoholic gingerbread milkshake for the kids!

18. Hibiscus Hot Toddy

Combine all ingredients in a mug and warm it up. Top with a lemon wheel with and sorrel flowers.

19. Dirty Horchata

Add the first 3 ingredients to a glass. Top with ice and stir gently. Top with the Oat Milk Horchata. Garnish with Cinnamon.

20. Hot Apple Cider & Rum

Combine all ingredients in a mug and warm up. Top with apple slice and grated cinnamon.

21. Ponche Navideño

This sweet and fragrant punch can be found simmering away on stovetops and at outdoor markets all across the country. Its name directly translates to Christmas Punch, and while there are many variations of it, with households having their own recipes and personal touches, its main elements are winter spices, fresh fruits and dark spirits.

22. Spiced Eggnog

Ask your nearest bartender, friend or relative for their preferred version, and you’ll get an array of base ingredients (rum, bourbon, brandy) and techniques that range from hand-whisking eggs to throwing everything in a shaker with ice. This Spiced Eggnog recipe charts its own course, employing brandy, spiced rum and a blender.

23.Tea & Krampus

Forget tea and crumpets. This drink by Martin Cate of famed Smuggler’s Cove is named for the mythical dark companion to St. Nicholas.

24. Rum & Smoke

The Rum & Smoke is part of a divisive trend of smoked cocktails. There are those who dismiss smoked drinks as a mere fad, but there’s a reason cocktail bars across the world are still burning rosemary and sage and slipping them under glass covers. When done correctly, smoking a cocktail can lead to a delicious result.

25. How to Make Spiced Rum

Take a 750-mL bottle of your rum and pour it into a wide-mouthed, airtight container, like a Mason jar. (You can use the bottle itself, but extracting the orange peel and swollen cinnamon stick when you’re done can be vexing.) Then add a selection of herbs and spices—exactly which and how much are your call—and let it sit. 

26. Hot Buttered Rum

A classic holiday Hot Buttered Rum drink that’s been around a long time; meant to be sipped by a fire or in a cozy setting. Make ahead for holiday gifts!

27. Coquito

Coquito translates to little coconut, and the cocktail is traditionally enjoyed on Christmas in Puerto Rico. Recipes vary from family to family, but the one constant is that a bottle of homemade coquito is a presence on the table throughout the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.

28. Hot milk punch

Did you ever drink a glass of warm milk, maybe spiced with some nutmeg or cinnamon, to help you relax and fall asleep before bed as a kid? Well, this is the grown-up version of that drink. Warm enough to help you get cozy on a cold night with a touch of sweetness and spice, this creamy cocktail is a classic in the South.

29. Rum and Ginger Christmas Cocktail Recipe

Transport yourself to the Caribbean by making a batch of these delicious rum and gingerChristmas cocktails. Our rum and ginger cocktail is packed with delicious ingredients to give it a festive twist including warming honey, cranberry juice and a grating of fresh nutmeg.

30. Spiced Rum Milk Punch

Spiced Rum Milk Punch is a creamy and spiced cocktail, perfect for the holiday season. This classic New Orleans cocktail has been around for centuries and is a popular choice for brunches and holiday gatherings. 

31. Rum Eggnog

Set your eggnog apart from the rest with some smooth, dark rum and a hint of nutty almond. Feel free to keep your secrets to yourself. Unless someone you like has a nut allergy. Then, definitely tell them your secret.

32. Christmas Rum Punch

The bright flavors of a rum punch aren’t just for you and a sandy beach. They’re also for you, your couch, and the warmest blanket too.

33. Jolly Hot Buttered Rum

Feeling cold? No need to shiver me timbers when you’ve got a mug of hot buttered rum in your hand. Average, traditional hot buttered rum is for the cold months that aren’t December. But for December, add a special touch. You’ll dream of this hot buttered rum when you hear those first notes of a Christmas carol.

34. Coquito

Traditionally a Puerto Rican drink enjoyed around Christmas, you can easily prep the coquito ahead of time and keep it refrigerated all holiday season long, ready for you to pour over ice at a moment’s notice. This will make approximately eight servings.

35. Christmas Mules

Dark rum gives vodka the season off. Want to know more for your friends that are hesitant to try new things? Let them know it’s a smooth, rich riff on their reliable mule.

These holiday cocktails will be sure to impress your guests and get everyone into a festive spirit!

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