The Ultimate Latin Holiday Cocktail Guide

We've lined up and tried (Seriously, it was exhausting) the best Latin cocktail recipes to get creative with this holiday season. Whether you're a novice bartender or a master mixologist, these cocktails will surely please and definitely impress at any festive party! Check out all 27 and pick your favorites to make for your guests (Or try them all - just don't hold us accountable.).

1. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Spicy Posada

Spicy Posada

This drink was created exclusively by mixologist Luis Villegas for Latina and we could not wait to share it with you (Just look at it!). It pairs excellently with Mexico-Style Mole Tamales.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Reposado

1/2 oz Sangrita

3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 oz Agave Nectar

3 Slices Fresh Jalapeños

Slice of Fresh Jalapeño for Garnish

 
Preparation:

Combine Tequila Don Julio Reposado, sangrita, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and fresh jalapeños in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.  Double strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of fresh jalapeño.

Ideal Glass: Collins


2. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Big Apple Cider

Big Apple Cider

Nothing reminds us more of the holidays than cider. Not in the mood to make your own cocktail? You can head to NYC hotspot, Hudson Lodge, to try this delicious holiday drink.

Ingredients:

4 oz apple cider

1 oz Plymouth Sloe Gin

1/2 cup white sugar

5 allspice berries

5 cloves

1 stick cinnamon.

Instructions: 

Prepare Apple: Cut top off apple and take out core. Combine all ingredients into a pot over medium heat. When sugar has dissolved, strain. Pour ingredients into hollowed apple. Garnish with sprig of mint.


3. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Ginger Snap

TY KU Ginger Snap

Trying to stick to your diet this holiday season? This TY KU mix is low-calorie and exactly what you're looking for! Ditch gingerbread cookies for this tasty concoction instead. 

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. TY KU Sake Silver

2 oz. Ginger Ale

.5 oz. Gin

Directions:

Mix ingedients, add gingerbread Cookie Rim,  and garnish with Cinnamon Stick.


4. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Salt Wife

Salt Wife

This great cocktail comes from Kahlua's brilliant mixologists! If you’re looking for a minty drink for the holidays, this is the one to choose. You’ll love the hint of orange featured here mixed with tequila to kick up the sabor.

Ingredients:

1.5 parts Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila

.75 part Cynar

.5 part Kahlua

Pinch of Sea Salt

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass and garnish with an orange zest and a mint sprig.


5. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Black Grape Margaritas

Black Grape Margaritas

If you're not using Grapes From California for your margaritas, you don't know what you've been missing! Try this more nutrient-enriched verision of the classic beachside beverage, because who ever said margaritas were just for summer?

Ingredients

1 cup California black table grapes
2 shots (3 ounces) tequila
2 shots (3 ounces) sweet and sour mix
2 cups ice
Lime slices for garnish

Directions

Place all ingredients into the bowl of a good blender and puree until blended and slushy, about 2 minutes. Serve in margarita glasses and garnish with a lime slice. 


6. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Cinnamon Sipper

Cinnamon Sipper

This drink is for all the cinnamon lovers out there. Make sure to serve this on the rocks to get the best taste of Zacapa Rum. Gaze at your beautiful tree, sip and enjoy.

Ingredients:

1.5 ounces Zacapa Rum 23

.75 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

.5 ounce Cinnamon Bark

Sugar, to rim glass

Preparation:

Rim martini glass with sugar. Combine Zacapa Rum 23, fresh lime juice and cinnamon bark into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain contents into rimmed glass.

Ideal Serving Glass: Martini glass


7. Holiday Latin Cocktails - SVEDKA Banana Snowman

SVEDKA's Banana Snowman

This drink captures the classic taste of SVEDKA Vodka, mixed with a creamy banana blend and delicious caramel. It's like a dessert that gets better with each sip.

Ingredients:

1 part SVEDKA Vodka

1/2 part banana liqueur

1 part heavy cream

1/4 part Black Velvet Toasted Caramel

Muddled banana chunks

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice, shake and fine strain into a martini glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a skewer of banana chunks and salted caramel pieces.


8. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Winter Star Nog

Winter Star Nog

Everyone will go crazy when they see one of these! This a a Latin twist on tradtiional eggnog using crisp SKYY Vodka to give it that smooth taste.

Ingredients: 

2 oz. SKYY Vodka

4 oz. Abuelita Hot Chocolate (prepared and cooled)

1/2 oz. Espresso

1/4 oz. Agave Syrup

1 Sage Leaf

1 Red Jalapeno

1 Green Jalapeno

White Chocolate for Garnish

Directions:

Score the red and green jalapeno peppers. Muddle all ingredients together in a shaker and shake vigorously. Double strain into a white chocolate rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with red and green chilies.


9. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Spicy Sage Margarita

Spicy Sage Margarita

Avión's blend of spicy Elderflower liquer takes this marg to the next level. This drink is sure to be a hit at your next party.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Avión Silver

3/4 oz. Jalapeño-Infused Elderflower Liqueur

1/2 oz. Orange Juice

1/4 oz. Lemon Juice

1/2 oz. Lime Juice

3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

3 Sage Leaves

1 Sage Leaf and Salt for garnish

Directions: Cut and place jalapeno pepper (without seeds) into Elderflower Liquer bottle overnight & let marinate. When preparing the cocktail, muddle sage in a shaker. Add all ingredients. Shake. Double strain. Pour over ice in salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with sage leaf.


10. Holiday Latin Cocktails - North Star

The North Star

Highlighting its intense and fruity character, Hennesey V.S. has come up with an instant classic for this holiday season!

Ingredients:

2.5 oz Hennessy V.S

.25 oz maple syrup

1 dash Fee Brothers black walnut bitters

1 dash angostura bitters

Garnish: 1 star anise

Glass: Rocks

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled. Strain into an old fashioned glass without ice and garnish with a star anise.


11. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Ponche Crema

Ponche Crema

Kick old holiday traditions and start a new one with this Caribbean twist on egg nog! This recipe comes to us from the Hyatt Regency Aruba.

Ingredients:

1 tsp. fresh nutmeg
1 ½ cups plus 2 tbs white Bacardi Rum
3 eggs and 3 egg yolks
1 tin condensed milk (about 1 ½ cups)
1 small tin evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup)
1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

Grate fresh nutmeg into 2 tbs. white Bacardi Rum and set aside. Beat eggs and yolks until light and frothy. Add condensed milk, an equal amount of Bacardi rum (about 1 ½ cups) and evaporated milk and whisk until combined. Strain rum and nutmeg mixture into egg and milk mixture to ensure nutmeg grains do not find their way into finished product. Add vanilla.

Pour mixture into the top of a double boiler and cook over gently boiling water, stirring constantly, until the liquid thickens (about 15 minutes). Set aside to cool. Funnel into a decorative bottle and refrigerate indefinitely.

12. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Elevated Margarita

Elevated Margarita

This recipe is perfect for someone who is short on time! It's a tasty, traditional recipe using Avión that you can whip up quickly before your guests arrive.

Ingredients:

2 parts Avión Silver or Reposado

1 part Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 part Agave Nectar

Directions:

Combine ingredients in shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Fine strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

13. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Coquito

Coquito

It's not the holidays without a little coquito! This Puerto Rican recipe comes from La Concha Resort in San Juan. They've captured all the flavors of the island in just one recipe. 

Ingredients:

2 egg yolks, beaten

2 15-ounce cans cream of coconut 

1 15-ounce can of evaporated milk

2 14-ounce cans condensed milk 

1/2 cup of rum

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 

1 teaspoon coconut (or vanilla) extract

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving. Serve cold.

14. Holiday Latin Cocktails - EFFEN® Salted Caramel Holiday Pie

Salted Caramel Holiday Pie

Salted caramel? Pie? We're in! EFFEN®Vodka is a beautifully smooth vodka that makes this drink  - created by NYC mixologist Niccole Trzaska - truly stand out.

1 1/2 parts EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka

3/4 part Pumpkin and Apple Puree (Half Pumpkin Pie Filling and Half Apple Sauce)

1/4 part Cinnamon Simple Syrup

1/4 Fresh Lemon Juice

1/4 Egg White

Garnish: Cinnamon Stick

Garnish: Ground Cinnamon

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and cinnamon over the frothy top.

Optional: Use a round edge to create an apple shape over the froth.

15. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Yuletide Spruce

Yuletide Spruce

This cocktail is a blend of Christmas smells! If you or your friends are on a gluten-free diet, Vikingfjord Vodka, which is part of this recipe, is the spirit for you! 

Ingredients:

2 oz Dill Infused Vikingfjord Vodka

.75 oz Lillet Blanc

3 Dashes Elixir de Chartreuse

Lemon

Directions:

Stir and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Dill Infusion:

10 g of fresh dill per 700ml Vodka. Leave overnight at room temperature. Strain and refrigerate.

16. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Rosé Sparkler

Rosé Sparkler

Courvoisier Rosé is a smooth cognac blend with red wine grapes and this easy-to-whip-up New Year's Eve cocktail will be an amazing compliment to any delicious appetizers you're serving.

Ingredients:

1 part Courvoisier® Rosé

1 part Prosecco

Lemon twist garnish

Directions:

Combine Courvoisier Rosé and Prosecco in champagne flute. Garnish with lemon twist and serve.

17. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Strongbow Spice

Strongbow Spice

This cocktail will surely warm your soul if you're craving something hearty this holiday season. It's made with Strongbow Cider - a beautiful blend of bittersweet cider and apples. 

Ingredients:

4 oz. Strongbow Hard Cider

1.5 oz. Cinnamon Whiskey 

1 oz. Pomegranate Juice

1 tsp. Pomegranate Seeds

Directions: Build in a tall glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish. 

18. Holiday Latin Cocktails - EFFEN® Cucumber-Cranberry Yuletide

Cucumber-Cranberry Yuletide 

Cucumer and cranberry, an unlikely pair, come together flawlessly to make this drink thanks to NYC Mixologist Niccole Trzaska.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka 

1/4 part Fresh Lime and Simple Syrup (Half Lime and Half SImple Syrup, Combined)

1 part Ginger Beer

1/4 part White Cranberry Juice

Garnish: Red Cranberries

Garnish: Slice of Cucumber

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and stir. Garnish with red cranberries and a slice of cucumber.

19. Holiday Latin Cocktails - The Balvenie Christmas Cake Martini

The Balvenie Christmas Cake Martini

Are you a fan of fruitcake, but don't feel like baking it? The Balvenie has whipped up a cocktail that features all the classic Christmas cake flavors.

Ingredients:

2 ounces The Balvenie DoubleWood, Aged 12 Years

1 bar spoon cherry heering

2 bar spoons orgeat

1 bar spoon fresh lime juice

Orange peel, for garnish Cinnamon sugar, for garnish

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir well. Strain the drink into a chilled, stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel and a pinch of cinnamon sugar.

20. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Diablo's Fire

El Diablo’s Fire

Hennessy V.S. is back with a hot one! This is definitely one of the more creative ways to get into the holiday spirit and your guests will love it. 

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Hennessy V.S.

.75 oz Crème de cassis

.5 oz fresh lime juice

½ tsp of Chipotle powder

Pinch of salt

Splash ginger beer or ginger ale

Garnish: Blackberry

Directions: Combine all ingredients except the ginger beer in a shaker tin with ice. Shake until chilled and serve over ice; add splash of ginger beer and garnish with a blackberry.

21. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Coco Walker

Coco Walker 

This delicious recipe featuring Johnnie Walker Black Label was created by award winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana, who has been named UK bartender of the year twice!

Ingredients:

11/2 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label

1 sliced strawberry

2 dashes orange bitters

4 cups coconut water

3 oz simple syrup 

Equipment:

Soda Siphon

Co2 Cartridge

Directions: 

Combine coconut water and simple syrup in a soda siphon and charge twice. Build Johnnie Walker Black Label, strawberries and orange bitters over cubed ice in a high ball glass. Top with coconut soda and stir briefly, allowing the layers in the Scotch whisky to unfold over time, showing off the complexity of the blend. 

22. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Frosty The Blue Mojito

Frosty the Blue Mojito

Mama Walker's is bringing breakfast flavors to the cocktail hour with this yummy concoction! 

Ingredients:

2 parts Mama Walkers Blueberry Pancake

6-8 blueberries

10 mint leaves

1 part simple syrup

1/2 cut of lime cut into wedges

Directions:

Muddle mint, blueberries, lime, and simple syrup in a shaker. Add Mama Walker’s Blueberry Pancake with ice and shake. Strain into a highball glass with fresh ice. Top with club soda, garnish with blueberries on skewer.

23. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Fortune Teller

Fortune Teller

This fantastic cocktail was developed by world-class bartender Jessica Gonzalez from The NoMad. It doesn't take a fortune teller to see this cocktail is delicioso

Ingredients:

ó oz Cynar

2 oz Santa Teresa “1796” Solera Aged Rum

ó oz Bonal

Directions:

Build in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass with a large cube of ice.

24. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Midnight Kiss Apple Punch

Midnight Kiss Apple Punch

Have you tried one of Spakling ICE's tasty flavors yet? With zero-calories, this makes the perfect guilt-free punch for all your holiday parties!

Ingredients

3 bottles of Crisp Apple Sparkling ICE

1 bottle dry white wine

1 cup apple brandy

2 apples, sliced

1 orange, sliced

1 pear, sliced

Directions

In a large pitcher combine sliced fruit with brandy and wine. Let this sit in the refrigerator for approximately 3 hours. Right before serving, top with Crisp Apple Sparkling ICE. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.

25. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Guatemalan Spice

Guatemalan Spice

This drink was created by the fabulous Venezuelan Mixologist Leo Robitscheck. He uses seasonal spirits to develop an appreciation for well-crafted cocktails. If you're looking for someone who knows their stuff, he's mixing excellence at both Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad.

Ingredients

3/4 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream

1 1/8 ounces Zacapa Rum

1 3/4 ounces Cold Brew Coffee

1/16 ounce Cinnamon Syrup

Pinch of Freshly Ground Cinnamon

Directions

Add Baileys Original Irish Cream, Zacapa Rum, cinnamon syrup and cold brew coffee to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously with ice. Pour contents into highball glass and garnish with cinnamon.

Ideal Glass: High Ball

26. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Cinn-Ful Cocktail

Cinn-Ful Cocktail from Asellina

If you're throwing a luxurious party this holiday season, CÎROC® is all you'll need in your freezer! This recipe from NYC restaurant Asellina is a smooth blend of coconut, cream, and pineapple with just a hint of cinnamon to make your tastebuds water.

Ingredients:

2 oz Ciroc Coconut

1 oz Heavy Cream

¾ oz Fresh Pineapple Juice

½ oz Simple Syrup

1 teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder

Directions:

Shak & serve over fresh ice in a rocks glass with sprinkled cinnamon on top.

27. Holiday Latin Cocktails - GM Raspberry Peach 75

GM Raspberry Peach 75

This delicious recipe was created by mixologist George Carney, whose specialities are classic and contemporary cocktails.

Ingredients:

1 oz Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz simple syrup

Moet & Chandon Champagne

Lemon twist

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except the Champagne in a shaker and shake. Pour into a flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

28. Holiday Latin Cocktails - Mountain Dove

Mountain Dove

This recipe brings us a taste of Mexico to our shores with Montelobos, the spirit of Mezcal.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Montelobos

3/4 oz Lillet Rose

3/4 oz Strawberry Simple Syrup

1 1/2 oz Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice

1 1/2 oz Soda Water

Directions:

Combine ingredients (except soda water) and shake well. Strain over fresh ice in a tall glass prepared with a half salt rim. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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