21 Festive Signature Cocktails for Your Winter Wedding

Winter wedding cocktail with "Jingle Juice" tag

Photo by Abby Jiu; Planning and Design By Lauryn Prattes

When it comes to winter weddings, they're perfect for all things warm, comfy, and cozy. And, naturally, that extends to what you serve—from the salad to the cake and, perhaps most importantly, the cocktails! Incorporating classic seasonal flavors into your wedding's signature cocktail will create a delicious and unforgettable experience your guests will love.

According to Kate Bolton, owner of cocktail catering company Mint & Mirth, winter is all about citrus. "A lot of people have the preconception that citrus is only for summer, but really it’s a winter fruit," she says. "Incorporating citrus will add a little brightness to dreary months.” Take Bolton's advice at your winter wedding by using Meyer lemon, clementines, and kumquats to set drinks like mimosas and hot toddies apart.

Meet the Expert

  • Kate Bolton is the owner of Mint & Mirth, an Oregon-based specialty cocktail catering company. She has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has received several awards, including Bartender of the Year.
  • Ross Steidel is the owner of The Perfect Pour Cocktail Co., a Seattle-based all-inclusive mobile craft cocktail bar.

And just as we break out certain flavors for winter baking, spices can also play a role in winter cocktail recipes. According to Ross Steidel, owner of The Perfect Pour Cocktail Co., cocktails start to feature more dark spices, such as star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg, this time of year. He says all can be easily incorporated into recipes that go well with the colder weather.

Steidel says he also sees a change in the type of alcohol used in drinks. “Gin season is coming to a close, and so you start to see more brandy and cognac in the winter months,” he explains. “Brown spirits, like aged rum or bourbon, are also big.” As a final tip, Stiedel notes the trend towards more simple cocktail recipes this time of year, meaning it might be the time to skip all the extracts and add-ons in favor of, say, a good ole' old fashioned.

Keep reading for 21 winter wedding cocktails that are sure to impress everyone on your guest list. Cheers!

Holiday Bourbon Cocktail

Woman holding red cocktail with cranberries and rosemary garnish
Photo and Recipe by The Beauty Blotter

This super simple bourbon cocktail by The Beauty Blotter combines bourbon, ginger ale or ginger beer, and cranberry juice for a gorgeous winter sipper. Garnish with rosemary and cranberries for a fresh, seasonal look.

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Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Cocktail in a champagne flute garnished with cranberries and rosemary
Photo and Recipe by Centsless Deals

Add a little bit of bubbly to your big day with this Champagne cocktail. Mixing Champagne with the tart flavor of cranberry is the perfect way to celebrate the season.

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Salted Caramel White Russian

Two salted caramel white russian cocktails garnished with herbs
Photo and Recipe by Lark & Linen

Nothing says cozy like the sweet notes of caramel. Combine the flavors of salted caramel, Irish cream, and Amaretto for a stunning winter bevy.

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Mulled Wine

Glass of mulled wine with star anise, orange and a cinnamon stick
Photo and Recipe by The Real Food Dietitians

Incorporate deep, red notes from your favorite cabernet with orange, cinnamon, clove, and star anise for a comforting cocktail. This is such a simple drink to make ahead of time and serve hot to warm up your guests.

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S’mores Kahlua Cocktail

Two creamy cocktails with toasted marshmallow and cinnamon rims
Photo and Recipe by One Broads Journey

Bring a bit of coffee flavor to a rich, summer-inspired cocktail. Your guests will love the twist on the classic s’mores flavor using a deep, rich liqueur for winter.

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Pot o' Gold Cocktail

Yellow cocktail in a glass
Photo and Recipe by Jojotastic 

There’s nothing better than combining a flavorful whiskey with a bit of ginger and honey for winter—unless you add edible gold, too! This cocktail is such an elegant way to serve up the flavors of winter.

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Cranberry Orange Whiskey Cocktail

Two red-orange cocktails garnished with orange peel, cranberries and herbs
Photo and Recipe by Crowded Kitchen

Mixing darker liquors like whiskey with a touch of Cointreau is the perfect way to incorporate the bright flavors of citrus during winter. Garnish this bevy with orange peel, cranberries, and a sprig of fresh thyme for a picture-perfect look.

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Cranberry Cuddle

Red cocktail in a clear mug with cranberries, lemon, and cinnamon sticks
Photo and Recipe by Baked Bree

Warm everyone up with this fun and festive cocktail, which mixes the flavors of seasonal cranberries with dark spices like cinnamon and clove for a great hot cocktail option. This can be prepped ahead of time and served on the spot for wedding guests.

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Pimm’s Winter Cup

Two orange cocktails in clear mugs with orange slices and cinnamon sticks
Photo and Recipe by Culinary Ginger

The Pimm’s Cup is typically a summer drink that uses a gin-based fruit liqueur and is almost always decked out with plenty of fruit garnishes. Put a twist on this sunny classic by mixing up the flavors of fresh orange and cinnamon and serving it hot, as the Culinary Ginger suggests.

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Bourbon and Spiced Pear Cocktail

Two pear cocktails in glasses with sliced pear and herbs
Photo and Recipe by Holly & Flora

Bring a bit of bourbon to the party. Darker liquors work so well during the winter season, especially when paired with the flavors of pear, orange peel, allspice, and cinnamon.

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Campfire Cocktail

Creamy cocktail in a glass with a toasted marshmallow and a caramel and sugar rim
Photo and Recipe by Lark & Linen

Who says campfires are only for summer? Notes of Bailey’s, graham cracker, and chocolate can also make for a solid drink, so ask your bartender to serve this option hot or cold depending on your preference.

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Tequila Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

Two hot chocolate cocktails in clear mugs
Photo and Recipe by Lively Table

Tequila can often be considered the perfect shooter for warmer months, but try pairing it with hot chocolate to elevate your winter bar options. The flavors of cinnamon and cayenne add the perfect punch of flavor for winter.

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Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned

Two old fashioned cocktails with cinnamon and orange peel
Photo and Recipe by Salted Plains

Put a spin on an old classic with this great winter option. A seasonal cinnamon rosemary simple syrup is mixed with bourbon and bitters to make this wonderful winter drink by Salted Plains.

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Pink Peppermint Cocktail

Three pink peppermint cocktails
Photo and Recipe by How Sweet Eats

There’s no shame in adding a splash of pink and a little candy to your big day! This drink brings the nostalgic flavors of winter into the mix with candy cane vodka and crème de cacao for a fun addition to the party.

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Apple Hot Buttered Rum

Four mugs of hot buttered rum with apple and cinnamon
Photo and Recipe by Yes to Yolks

Carry the flavors of fall into winter with bold cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Hot buttered rum is a classic winter drink and a delicious way to offer a warm cocktail in a mug for your big day.

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Rosemary Vodka Gimlet

Rosemary vodka martini
Photo and Recipe by Our Salty Kitchen

Gimlets are often an easy summer sipper with gin and lime juice. Make a winterized version incorporating the earthy flavors of rosemary and vodka for a unique seasonal spin.

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Boozy Mint Hot Chocolate

Two mugs of hot cocoa with marshmallow and mint
Photo and Recipe by Honey and Birch

Bring your bar selections back to winter basics with hot chocolate—but add a twist! This boozy hot chocolate uses crème de menthe.

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Dirty Chai Martini

Two dirty chai martinis with star anise
Photo and Recipe by With Food and Love

The rich flavors and dark spices of chai tea are the perfect base for a winter cocktail. Bring espresso and maple syrup into the mix, and you have the perfect seasonal martini.

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Tom and Jerry Cocktail

Two mugs of creamy cocktails with shaved nutmeg
Photo and Recipe by The Rustic Foodie

Sipping this cocktail is a tradition for many families. Make it the same at your wedding by serving the classic with rum, brandy, and the deep, bold flavor of nutmeg.

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Moscow Reindeer Cocktail

Two moscow mules with peppermint candy
Photo and Recipe by Freutcake

Obsessed with Moscow mules during the summer months? There’s no reason you can’t incorporate your faves into winter! Offer a spin on the summer classic by simply adding candy cane garnish.

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Cranberry Orange Cocktail

Two pink cocktails with orange and cinnamon
Photo and Recipe by The Almond Eater

Winter is all about incorporating bright citrus to lift your spirits during those darker months. Highlight this bold winter fruit by combining the flavors of orange, cinnamon, and cranberry all in one gorgeous cocktail.

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