I want a few cocktails I can serve on Christmas Eve for folks who don't like spirit-forward or overly bitter drinks.

Cocktail Colin says:

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I found a couple of cocktails that would be great for Christmas eve for folks who don't like spirit forward or overly bitter drinks. These cocktails have a nice balance and are not too overwhelming in terms of alcohol or bitterness.
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Christmas Eve

You asked: Christmas Eve cocktails for those who dislike strong or bitter drinks. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.

Christmas Cake Martini

The Christmas Cake Martini is a festive cocktail that embodies the rich flavors commonly found in a traditional Christmas cake....

Lime juice (Teaspoon), Cherry Brandy (Teaspoon), Whiskey (60ml), Sugar Syrup (Teaspoon), Cognac (Teaspoon), Almond extract (Dash)

6 ingredients
4.8 / 5

Christmas Punch

With vodka and Cointreau providing the alcoholic kick, the fruit juices are perfectly balanced in this Christmas-orientated punch.

Vodka (240ml), Cointreau (240ml), Cranberry Juice (240ml), Lemon Juice (240ml), Sugar Syrup (120ml), Pomegranate Juice (480ml), Soda water (120ml)

7 ingredients
4.6 / 5

Christmas Coffee

As a fan of speciality coffees, I wanted to make the Irish coffee a little more festive. I added a...

Cointreau (15ml), Creme De Cacao (15ml), Coffee (180ml), Whiskey (22.5ml)

4 ingredients
4.6 / 5


Eggnog is a creamy cocktail made of milk, sugar and eggs, as well as either brandy, rum or bourbon. It...

Cognac (75ml), Milk (60ml), Cream (15ml), Sugar Syrup (15ml), Egg (1 egg white), Egg (1 egg white)

6 ingredients
4.5 / 5

Christmas candy

Was playing around with my advocaat, and this was my fantastic result.

Cream (60ml), Vodka (60ml), Advocaat (20ml), Chocolate Ice Cream (4 tablespoons), Cinnamon (Teaspoon)

5 ingredients
4.5 / 5

Brandy Eggnog

There’s nothing complicated or extravagant about this recipe.

Brandy (30ml), Milk (37.5ml), Sugar Syrup (15ml), Egg (1 egg white)

4 ingredients
4.47 / 5

Mocha Eggnog Latte

The Mocha Eggnog Latte is a festive, non-alcoholic beverage that combines the rich notes of coffee and chocolate with the...

Coffee (30ml), Whipped Cream (Top up), Chocolate Syrup (30ml), Eggnog (Top up)

4 ingredients
4.32 / 5

Holiday Almond

A cocktail so fine and delicate and rich in flavour that you'll always want another one…One of the finest drinks...

Lime juice (Dash), Gin (30ml), Amaretto (15ml), Angostura Bitters (Dash)

4 ingredients
3.86 / 5

Candy Cane Martini

The Candy Cane Martini is a festive cocktail that captures the spirit of the holiday season through its distinctive sweet...

Vodka (37.5ml), Grenadine (Dash), Peppermint Schnapps (22.5ml), Coffee liqueur (37.5ml)

4 ingredients
3.64 / 5

Santa's Milk

Santa's Milk is a creamy, holiday-inspired cocktail that captures the essence of Christmas in a glass. Combining the warming notes...

Brandy (30ml), Milk (120ml), Advocaat (60ml)

3 ingredients
3.55 / 5


We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What are some Christmas Eve cocktails that aren't too strong?

For Christmas Eve, consider cocktails like the Eggnog with cognac and milk or the Christmas Candy with cream and vodka, both of which are not too spirit-forward.

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How can I make festive cocktails that aren't overly bitter?

To avoid bitterness, use sweet liqueurs, fresh fruit juices, or creamy ingredients like Baileys Irish Cream and Advocaat in your festive cocktails.

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What ingredients are good for making mild Christmas Eve drinks?

Mild Christmas Eve drinks can be made with ingredients such as cream, milk, Baileys Irish Cream, sweet liqueurs like Advocaat or Cointreau, and coolers like soda water or ginger ale.

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Are there any traditional Christmas cocktails that are not very strong?

Traditional Christmas cocktails that are mild include various types of Eggnog, which use milk, cream, and a small amount of spirits like brandy or cognac, and are often sweetened and spiced for flavor.

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How can I ensure my holiday cocktails are enjoyed by guests who dislike strong alcohol?

Ensure your holiday cocktails are enjoyed by selecting recipes that use more mixers and less alcohol, such as punches, creamy drinks with moderate spirit content, and offering non-alcoholic versions as well.

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