5 Amazing Gluten-free, Dairy-free, & Vegan Christmas Cocktail Recipes!

Amara Andrew- Christmas Cocktails

Whether you’re rocking around the Christmas tree or snuggling up to your fireplace this year, these 5 Christmas cocktail recipes will keep you feeling warm and festive!

Cuddled under exquisitely soft blankets next to the warmth of an ornate 19th-century fireplace; escaping to the soft, white sands of a warm, sunny island; and drinking seasonal cocktails like it’s my day job are a few of my favorite ways to stay warm in the Chicago winter.

Amara Andrew- Christmas Morning Mimosas
Christmas Morning Mimosa

Christmas is the best (and only) excuse I have for drinking my body weight in fun, festive drinks without feeling bad about myself.  I don’t typically indulge in sweet or sugary drinks, preferring a high-quality tequila or vodka neat, but I splurge when it’s the holiday season.

Last year, in the quest for the perfect gluten-free and dairy-free Christmas cocktails, I unintentionally turned our clean, minimalist kitchen into a deranged scientist’s laboratory…we’re still finding champagne flutes to this day… *shudders* Even though the kitchen was a mess, I was able to create a few amazing cocktails that were not only pleasing to the eye, but also totally delish!

These cocktails are now an essential part of our Christmas tradition (along with making a gluten-free & dairy-free Gingerbread House and melt-in-your-mouth gf/df Sugar Cookies!) and I hope they can be part of yours, too!

The Recipes

Christmas Morning Mimosas

These mimosas are to die for! Not only are they super easy to make, but they’re also not too sweet and an absolutely beautiful Christmas red! Imagine sitting around the tree opening presents on Christmas morning while drinking one of these Christmas Morning Mimosas…so perfect!

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Amara Andrew- Christmas Morning Mimosas

Christmas Morning Mimosas

  • Author: Amara Andrew
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Mimosa 1x
  • Category: Cocktail

Description

Ahh, nothing says Christmas morning quite like the heavenly combination of cranberry juice and Prosecco! These mimosas are so simple to make that you’ll be back in front of the tree with your peeps before you can say “Ho ho ho!”


Ingredients

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  • 1 organic lime, sliced into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut sugar (or white cane sugar if you’re on the naughty list!)
  • 2 ounces organic cold pressed cranberry juice
  • LaMarca prosecco*
  • Fresh organic cranberries
  • Rosemary sprigs (or toothpicks)

Instructions

  1. First, rim your champagne flute with coconut sugar.
  2. Next, pour cranberry juice into your glass and top with Prosecco.
  3. Using a toothpick, poke a hole through the cranberries. Thread the rosemary skewer through three cranberries and garnish your mimosa.
  4. Voila, breakfast is served!

Notes

*If you aren’t doing alcohol this season, you can always sub the LaMarca with sparkling cider!

Keywords: Christmas, Christmas cocktail, cocktail, brunch, mimosa

Christmas Wreath Cocktail

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Christmas Wreath Cocktail

  • Author: Amara Andrew
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Beverages, cocktails, drinks
  • Method: Shaken

Ingredients

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For the Mocktail:

For garnish:

  • Frozen cranberries
  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary

Instructions

  1. First, on a heatproof plate, light a rosemary sprig on fire. 
  2. Blow out the flame, and place your lowball glass over the rosemary to capture the smoke. 
  3. While your glass is being filled with delicious rosemary smoke, pour the cranberry juice, rosemary simple syrup, lemon juice, and vodka into a drink shaker or mason jar filled with ice.
  4. Shake for about 15-20 seconds.
  5. Flip over your lowball glass now that it’s filled with rosemary smoke and strain your cocktail over it. Top with Topo Chico.
  6. Garnish with frozen cranberries (to keep your drink cold without watering it down!) and a sprig or two of rosemary! 🙂 

Keywords: cocktail, christmas, christmas cocktail, rosemary, cranberry, simple syrup, rosemary simple syrup, lemon juice, topo chico, sparkling water, tito’s vodka, vodka

Gingerbread Christmas Cook-tail

Ho ho ho-ly shit is this cocktail delicious. I definitely forgot that there was whiskey in this when I was developing the recipe and ended up downing glass after glass. Let’s just say that Santa wasn’t the only one who was merry this year!

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Amara Andrew- Gingerbread Cook-tail

Gingerbread Christmas Cook-tail

  • Author: Amara Andrew
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cook-tail 1x
  • Category: Cocktail

Description

If you don’t have visions of sugar plums dancing in your heads after 2 or 3 of these, you’re the Christmas champ!

Ingredients

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For the rim:

For the cocktail:


Instructions

  1. To prepare your cocktail, rub the orange wedge around the rim of your glass. Sprinkle coconut sugar onto a small plate and coat the rim of your glass.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker or mason jar with ice. Add the Better Half, gingerbread simple syrup, whiskey, and vanilla extract. Cover and shake.
  3. Strain into your glass while screaming “You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!”

Keywords: Christmas cocktail, Christmas, cocktail, dessert

Mint Mocha Martini

There are few flavors that are more Christmas-y than the heavenly combo of mint and chocolate. I’ve been working for years (literally!) trying to find the perfect cocktail with peppermint extract as the star…it has finally happened! This drink is DELICIOUS with or without vodka, so if you aren’t doing alcohol this season you can still enjoy a fun, festive drink! 🙂

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Amara Andrew- Mint Mocha Martini

Mint Mocha Martini (Dairy-free!)

  • Author: Amara Andrew
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 martini 1x
  • Category: Beverages, cocktails, drinks
  • Method: Shaken

Description

There are few flavors that are more Christmas-y than the heavenly combo of mint and chocolate. I’ve been working for years (literally!) trying to find the perfect cocktail with peppermint extract as the star…it has finally happened! This drink is DELICIOUS with or without vodka, so if you aren’t doing alcohol this season you can still enjoy a fun, festive drink! 🙂


Ingredients

Scale

For the rim:

For the cocktail:

For garnish:


Instructions

  1. Rim your martini glass with the chocolate syrup, and then the cocoa powder.
  2. Add the non-dairy milk, peppermint simple syrup, cocoa powder, and Tito’s to a cocktail shaker or mason jar filled with ice. 
  3. Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. 
  4. Pour into your rimmed martini glass, garnish with a candy cane, and enjoy! 😀

Keywords: cocktail, christmas, christmas cocktail, peppermint, mint, simple syrup, almond milk, candy cane, cocoa powder, chocolate, chocolate martini, chocolate peppermint martini, tito’s vodka, vodka

Naughty Apple Margarita

Do you know of anyone on Santa’s naughty list? Is it you? Then you need to try this Naughty Apple Margarita. It’s the perfect blend of sweet apple, earthy cinnamon, and tequila. Even if you’re on the nice list, doesn’t it feel good to be a little naughty?

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Amara Andrew- Naughty Apple Margarita

Naughty Apple Margarita

  • Author: Amara Andrew
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Margarita 1x
  • Category: Cocktail

Description

If you weren’t already on Santa’s naughty list (it wasn’t me, Santa, I swear!), you certainly will be after a few of these!


Ingredients

Scale

For the rim:

For the cocktail:

  • 2 oz. Casamigos reposado tequila*
  • 3 oz. organic apple cider or organic apple juice
  • ½ organic lime, juiced
  • 3 dashes Regan’s orange bitters

For the garnish:

  • Thin slices of an organic apple 
  • Organic cinnamon stick

Instructions

  1. Combine the cinnamon, sugar, and salt together on a small plate. Wet the rim of your margarita glass with the lime wedge and roll in the cinnamon sugar and salt mixture.
  2. Next, combine the tequila, apple juice, lime juice, and orange bitters together in a cocktail shaker or mason jar with ice. Shaky shaky!
  3. Strain over your glass and garnish with an apple slice or cinnamon stick.

Notes

*If you aren’t doing alcohol this season, you can add 1 teaspoon of agave syrup to replicate the tequila flavor, or simply make this recipe without tequila!

Keywords: Christmas cocktail, Christmas, cocktail, dessert, margarita

Which recipe was your favorite? Did you try them all or did you stick with just one? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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  1. […] around each year! It’s super fun to turn this into a yearly tradition where you can sip some Christmas cocktails or mocktails and have a silly, fun time. Oh, and each ingredient in this recipe is gluten and dairy-free, so you […]

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