6 Juice Cocktails & Christmas Punch Recipes For Your Winter Holiday PartyPublished Date:
The holiday party season is upon us, and you know what that means… Delicious drinks!
Whether you opt for alcoholic drinks or alcohol-free “mocktails” for your holiday festivities, we’ve got some mouthwatering recipes for juice cocktails and Christmas punch. These drinks will get you on the dance floor GUARANTEED. And with delicious cold-pressed juice as the base, you can rest assured you’re getting some nutrients too!
Our feel-good juice cocktail recipes include pineapple juice cocktails, cranberry juice cocktails, and orange juice cocktails. There’s something to suit all tastes, meaning you can be sure to keep all of guests happy. Whether you’re throwing a big holiday party, a cozy winter movie night, or looking for something to serve alongside Christmas dinner, our juice cocktails will keep the vibes merry and bright!
Read on to learn how to make the best juice cocktails for the festive season! We’ve got cold-pressed juices that will ensure you get the best out of each of these juice cocktail recipes.
6 Juice Cocktails & Christmas Punch Recipes for Your Winter Holiday Party
1. Fireball Hot Toddy
You can’t get much better than a hot toddy for warming your body and soul when it’s cold outside. Historically, in Scotland, hot toddies were used as a health tonic for all kinds of ailments.
While we don’t recommend treating any illnesses with this juice cocktail, we’ll show you how to make a delicious, immunity-boosting version made with Little West Fireball!
With powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients such as turmeric and ginger, this warming juice cocktail will help you soothe the winter chills. Perfect for a night alone by the fire, or a get-together with friends and family. It’s sure to put a glow on your face and some color in your cheeks!
- 2 oz. Little West Fireball juice
- 8 oz. hot water
- 1 tsp. raw local honey (or maple syrup)
- A splash of bourbon, whisky, or dark rum
Pour a serving of Fireball into a coffee mug, whisky glass, or teacup, then add hot water, honey or maple syrup, and your alcohol of choice. Whisky is the classic drink used in this cocktail, but bourbon or dark rum will also taste great.
Give it a good stir and add a squeeze of lemon if you like it zestier. Garnish with a wedge of fresh lemon -- and a dusting of cayenne, if you’re feeling fiery!
Mocktail Version: Omit the alcohol and it’s just as warming.
2. Gingersnap Mule
Ever wonder why it’s called a Moscow Mule? This cocktail was actually invented in Hollywood, not the Russian city. It’s said that the name simply came from the fact that it contains vodka, which was associated with Russia.
Whether they drink Moscow Mules in Russia or not, you’ll certainly want to add this drink to your mixology book after you’ve tried it! This juice cocktail features ginger again, bringing it some much-needed spicy winter charm.
We put the Little West twist on this classic, using Little West Gingersnap and unflavored sparkling water as a substitute for ginger beer. Not only does this add complexity to the flavor, but it also injects a healthy dose of vitamins and nutrients. It’s a brilliant alternative to sugary, supermarket-brand ginger beers.
- 3 oz. Little West Gingersnap juice
- 3 oz. unflavored sparkling water
- ½ oz. fresh lime juice
- 2 oz. vodka
Squeeze lime juice into a glass or -- if you have it – a chilled copper mug, which is traditional for this cocktail! Add ice cubes, vodka, Gingersnap juice, and sparkling water. Stir well and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a slice of fresh lime. Serve with a cocktail stirrer, if you have one. Pure sophistication!
Mocktail Version: Simply omit the vodka.
3. Cold-Pressed Mimosas
Nothing says brunch like a mimosa! It always feels indulgent to have a cocktail before evening, but justifying such indulgence is what the winter holidays are for!
This orange juice cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate another year's passing and the promises of a new one. We love serving these up on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, or anytime in between.
This is one of the best-ever orange juice cocktails, so we like to use Little West Orange juice. But if you want something a bit different, or less acidic, The Quench watermelon juice blend will also work wonderfully!
These cold-pressed juice mimosas are super refreshing. If you don’t want booze, you can have a glass of delicious juice with sparkling water instead!
Pour your juice of choice, and champagne or sparkling wine, into a champagne flute or tall wine glass. The juice-to-alcohol ratio can be adjusted based on personal preference. What an elegant juice cocktail!
Mocktail Version: Use sparkling apple cider, sparkling lemonade, or your favorite sparkling water instead of champagne or sparkling wine.
4. Cranberry Gingersnap Mojito
This festive juice cocktail is the creation of our friends at Christmas University, who invited our cofounders Cassandra Troy and Andrew Walker for an awesome virtual happy hour in 2022. We loved it so much we needed to share it with you! A cranberry juice cocktail is perfect for Christmas and will complement any festive feast.
You can use either fresh or frozen cranberries for this recipe. If you can’t find them, try cherries or raspberries instead. This juice cocktail requires a little bit more effort but trust us, it’s worth it. We think this is the perfect drink for some post-dinner dancing and romancing. Cranberry juice cocktails are so much more than Cosmopolitans!
- ¼ cup Little West Gingersnap juice
- ¼ cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 2 tbs. sugar
- Cranberry & Gingersnap syrup
- 1 oz. rum
- Lime wedges
- Ice cubes
- Fresh mint
- Club soda or unflavored sparkling water
First, make the cranberry and Gingersnap simple syrup by adding all of the syrup ingredients to a saucepan. Bring them to a boil, then simmer for around 5 minutes before setting them aside to cool.
Whizz the mixture in a blender until it’s nice and smooth, then strain out the fruit pulp. You can actually make this simple syrup in advance and refrigerate it for up to 5 days.
Once you’re ready to make the drinks, pour the syrup (to taste) into the bottom of a tall glass. Fill the glass with ice, a few cranberries, a few mint leaves, and a wedge of lime. Add the rum and top up the glass with club soda or plain sparkling water. Now go have some fun!
Mocktail Version: You guessed it: Simply leave out the rum!
5. Go Big Scottish Beats
Yeah OK, this one might sound a little strange at first. You’ve probably never had a beet cocktail. But this is NOT a joke from Dwight on The Office, we swear. This juice cocktail is our holiday variation on the classic Blood & Sand cocktail, known as a Scottish Beats.
Beets have an amazing flavor that balances sweetness and earthiness. They’re also a superfood and contain many amazing antioxidants, vitamins, and other essential nutrients. They’re known for supporting kidney and liver health, as well as aiding digestion and circulation.
To make the Little West version of this deliciously festive juice cocktail, skip the beet puree and instead use our Little West Go Big juice, which has a beetroot base. This juice blend will bring more complexity to the flavor, with the delicate flavors (and added nutrients!) of kale, apple, carrot, ginger, and wheatgrass.
- ¾ oz. Little West Go Big juice
- 1 ½ oz. Scotch
- ¾ oz. cherry liqueur
- ¾ oz. Sweet vermouth
- ½ oz. Cointreau
Pour all the juice cocktail ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. You’ll know you’re done shaking when the shaker becomes icy cool to the touch. Then, strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of orange or lemon peel. Add an optional cocktail umbrella or a holiday-themed toothpick for fun!
Mocktail Version: Omit Scotch and vermouth, swap the cherry liqueur with cherry syrup or cherry juice, and substitute Little West Orange Juice for Cointreau.
6. Little West Christmas Punch
Punch is perfect for any party, especially when you’re expecting a lot of guests and don’t want to play bartender all night. This Christmas punch uses a selection of our delicious cold-pressed juices combined with traditional festive flavors that are sure to fill everyone with a little Christmas cheer!
By using Little West cold-pressed juices in this Christmas Punch recipe, you and your guests will enjoy added vitamins and minerals with no added sugars, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives.
You can also experiment with different ingredients to customize this recipe and make it your own. For example, you could use raspberries instead of cranberries or cherries, or substitute lemons for oranges. Either way, this punch will be a knock-out hit!
This Christmas Punch recipe serves around 20 people, so adjust the quantities as needed depending on your guest list.
- 4 bottles Little West The Quench
- 1 bottle Little West Gingersnap
- ½ bottle Little West Orange Juice
- 2 oranges, thinly sliced
- 1 cup fresh cranberries or cherries
- 1 bottle of dry sparkling wine (or sparkling water for mocktail version)
- 1 ½ cups dark rum or brandy (omit for mocktail version)
Make sure all liquids are well-chilled. In a large punch bowl, add ice, juices, and alcohol. Stir gently. Serve with a ladle and glasses, allowing guests to serve themselves. Garnish each cup with an orange slice, cranberries, or whatever else looks good!
Mocktail Version: We suggest preparing the juicy “base” before you add any alcohol. Then, you can have two punch bowls: one with alcohol and one without. (Just make sure you label them!)
To (Christmas) Wrap It All Up…
This is just a selection of some of the best juice cocktails to make this winter. Hopefully, our recipes will inspire you to get creative and find the perfect beverage for your holiday party!
You could try an orange-carrot juice cocktail as a brunch-time treat, or a green-pineapple juice cocktail for a taste of tropical sunshine in winter. Just enjoy the process and rest assured your guests will be impressed no matter which drinks you pour!
Juice cocktails can feel more special than a simple glass of wine. With just a little more effort and care, these cocktails (or mocktails) will brighten your holiday parties with some extra festive buzz.
Plus, Little West cold-pressed juices are super nourishing and packed with loads of essential nutrients to make sure you’re still getting some of the good stuff even while partying. (Using natural juice as a base can help stave off a hangover, as compared to artificially sweetened mixer.)
So whether you want an orange juice cocktail or a more festive cranberry juice cocktail, we’ve got your juicy needs covered. Hang up the mistletoe, string up the lights, and strap on those party shoes because the dance floor awaits! Cheers!