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Christmas Cocktail

by Adrianne

Christmas Cocktail that will bring the festive cheer! Start the party with our Baked Brie, some Coconut Prawns, our best ever holiday salad and for dessert our Wreath Pavlova. Your Christmas menu is going to be fully sorted!

2 Christmas Cocktails side by side in tall glasses

Easy Christmas Cocktail recipe

Classic Christmas Cocktails are the best as they allow us to relax and celebrate the festive season! Throw some appetizers into the mix, a few of these and you will be feeling merry for sure.

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What is the best drink for Christmas?

Christmas is a time of plenty and that includes drinks! You might like to try egg nog, Christmas Punch, a scotch or 2 and a mulled one.

You can’t really go wrong in choosing a holiday drink to please a crowd. If i doubt, stick to the old faithful like Hot Buttered Rum or a Gingerbread Hot Chocolate.

What are holiday drinks?

Part of the fun is decorating our drinks and planning mixers. For an easy Christmas Cocktail, start with proscecco and combine it with ginger beer and fresh lime juice. You can’t go wrong with this combo!

Christmas will be here before we know it! So let’s so a little prep work and plan accordingly.

Mixers are great as you can get them in advance. Ginger beer brings flavour and a bit of fizz. Lime juice can be zesty especially if you use freshly squeezed limes!

What do you drink on Christmas Eve?

Our Christmas Cocktail recipe is perfect for Christmas Eve!

As it has ginger beer and lime juice mixed with the prosecco, you will be able to have a good few drinks, but stay on an even keel for longer!

You know how Christmas day is super busy with lots of comings and goings and you want to have a few drinks, but also not go too hard too soon….well this Christmas Cocktail is perfect for you!

The best thing about this recipe is that it is SUPER SIMPLE!! You only need 3 liquids, some cold ice, rosemary and cherries and you are good to go. You might already have some of the ingredients in your pantry already.

Here is how to make our Christmas Cocktail with step by step photos:

Christmas Cocktail 2 | Sweet Caramel Sunday

Your rosemary is best added at the start rather than trying to squeeze it in at the end!

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Christmas Cocktail Quick Info:

About the recipe:

  • This is the PERFECT cocktail for Christmas!!
  • We use Prossecco as our main alcohol, then ginger beer and lime juice for the mixers
  • We use heaps of fresh ice for that cold, thirst quenching drink effect!
  • This recipe is SUPER EASY

To answer your questions:

  1. The drink is best served on ice!
  2. The cocktail is best made just before you wish to serve it (ie not an hr earlier)
  3. We need 1 bottle of Prosecco to makes 6 cocktails
  4. This cocktail has a light fruity taste and is not too sweet

Expert tips:

  • Grab a bit more alcohol than you think you will need.
  • You never know who will want to quench their thirst on the day, so plan accordingly
  • Have some non alcoholic choices for those gets that want to stick to the light stuff!
  • Choose garnish that has the festive touch!

Christmas Cocktail in tall glasses with fresh rosemary sprigs and cherries

If you are wondering just how many of these I drank along the way to get the taste just right, you are going to keep guessing, that is the chef’s secret!! Haha!!

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Christmas Cocktail with fresh cherries on top of tall glasses

Christmas Cocktail Recipe

Christmas Cocktails  are on the menu on Sweet Caramel Sunday! With simple ingredients and instructions, you will be able to make this drink for Christmas! 
4.77 from 17 votes
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Course: Appetiser, arrival, Drinks, entree
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: christmas cocktail, cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 10kcal
Author: Adrianne


Christmas Cocktail

  • 1 750ml Pink Prosecco
  • 1 750ml Ginger Beer
  • 1 250ml Lime juice
  • fresh rosemary sprigs
  • fresh cherries
  • ice cubes


Christmas Cocktail

  • Start by adding your rosemary springs and ice to all of your glasses 
  • Then add your lime juice (1 tbs/20ml per glass) , repeat for each glass Note 1
  • Then pour your prosecco into each class leaving about 1/4 of the glass at the top empty, repeat for all glasses Note 2
  • Add your ginger beer and fill almost to the top Note 3
  • Garnish with fresh cherries Note 4


  • Note 1 A tablespoon in Australia is just a bit bigger than in America...so for my USA friends add a bit more than a tablespoon (approx 20ml) An Australia 1/2 tablespoon is 10ml.
  • Note 2 you can get prosecco in a yellow colour too, but I tried in for this recipe and I didn't like it as much as the pink one.  
  • Note 3 You can choose to make a stronger alcohol based drink by skipping the ginger beer. This also looks very pretty for if you start with the lime juice, you will get 2 separate layers when pouring the prosecco on top.
  • Note 4 Consider using fresh cranberries in place of the cherries! 


Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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This recipe was published on 2nd December 2018 and updated on 26th November 2019

Christmas Menu Planning

We have talked in detail about our drinks for the festive occasion, but what other recipes do we need?

A good Christmas menu is comprised of easy appetizers, meat like glazed ham and turkey and winning side dishes.

If you love this recipe and are looking for more Christmas inspo, here are my favourites from the blog:

Stay cool, Aussies, stay warm my American friends, stay yourself everyone else 🙂 Sing out if you have questions, I am only ever a dinner plate away.

Adrianne xxx

If festivity is your thing, then have a look at our easy Christmas recipes for further inspiration:


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Mimi December 2, 2018 - 3:47 am

This cracks me up, cause I made. Beautiful holiday cocktail, but it was awaful! This one definitely looks like it tastesmuch better than mine. Festive cocktails are THE [email protected]

Adrianne December 2, 2018 - 4:58 am

They are Mimi aren’t they! Your a pretty handy cook, it can’t have been that bad, still drinkable at least I hope!!

Sonal December 2, 2018 - 3:56 am

That is such a pretty looking cocktail and perfect for a warm Christmas. People here in USA are crazy about the white Christmas. I have always wondered about how the Christmas feels like in Southern Hemisphere. If I can have cocktails like that…I am all for warm Christmas ?

Adrianne December 2, 2018 - 4:57 am

Thanks Sonal! It’s hot, hot, hot and you have to drink to cope with the heat, haha but true! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!

Taylor W. December 2, 2018 - 5:45 am

5 stars
These look so festive and delicious! Love the fresh cherry garnish!

Adrianne December 2, 2018 - 8:05 am

Cheers Taylor, appreciate that!!

Mary Bostow December 2, 2018 - 10:07 am

5 stars
Looks like a great Holiday Drink. Definitely going to try a few. This Christmas Cocktail is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks

Adrianne December 2, 2018 - 10:27 am

Cheers Mary! Yes, they go down rather easily!!

kim December 2, 2018 - 1:31 pm

5 stars
This sounds so fabulous! I love that it’s so festive!

Adrianne December 2, 2018 - 1:35 pm

Cheers Kim! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Chichi uguru December 2, 2018 - 3:15 pm

5 stars
Oh yes! Christmas is coming and it’s my favorite holiday yay! This Christmas cocktail is all festive and will definitely be in my to do list this season.

Adrianne December 3, 2018 - 2:25 am

Cheers Chichi, hope you have a fantastic festive season!!

Louise December 2, 2018 - 7:51 pm

5 stars
I love the simplicity of this cocktail and it’s so festive! I feel sophisticated just looking at it, can’t wait to give this one a try! Happy Holidays!

Adrianne December 2, 2018 - 7:55 pm

Thanks Louise; hope you love it!

Nicole Tingwall December 2, 2018 - 8:08 pm

5 stars
These are beautifully festive and I LOVE anything with ginger beer. Can’t wait to add these to the holiday menu!

Adrianne December 2, 2018 - 8:55 pm

Cheers Nicole, have a great festive period!

Mike Hultquist December 2, 2018 - 8:37 pm

5 stars
I very recently discovered that I LOVE ginger beer, so I am making these for the next gathering. I love the pairing with proseco. Can’t wait!

Adrianne December 2, 2018 - 8:55 pm

Awesome Mike, a fellow ginger beer lover, it’s a good drop isn’t it. Hope you love them!

Jacqueline Debono December 2, 2018 - 9:13 pm

5 stars
Love the idea of ginger beer with pink prosecco. This sounds like a great Christmas cocktail. Can’t wait to try it!

Adrianne December 3, 2018 - 2:26 am

Thanks Jacqueline, it is very thirst quenching!! Cheers

Alina | Cooking Journey Blog December 2, 2018 - 9:32 pm

5 stars
The flavor combo sounds interesting, I actually never tried to mix Prosecco with Ginger beer. Love your serving suggestion with those cherries on top!

Adrianne December 3, 2018 - 2:27 am

Thanks Alina! The cherries are fresh and beautiful in Queensland at the moment! Cheers

Rachael Stray December 3, 2018 - 11:12 am

Ginger beer and Prosecco is not a combination I would ever think to try! Interesting!

Adrianne April 27, 2019 - 9:01 pm

Sorry Rachael, I missed this comment earlier, do try it, I think you will like it.

Danielle Wolter December 7, 2018 - 11:38 am

5 stars
What a great cocktail for the holiday season! I do love me some ginger beer in drink 🙂

Adrianne December 7, 2018 - 12:15 pm

Thanks Danielle, me too, it is so thirst quenching!! Cheers

moly February 1, 2019 - 7:22 am

5 stars
Wooow, I can’t wait to try it, Thanks for sharing….

Adrianne April 27, 2019 - 9:00 pm

No problems, hope you love it!

Naveen Sohail February 22, 2019 - 12:28 pm

4 stars
This cocktail is very refreshing and tasty this is the best drink for any occasion.

Adrianne February 22, 2019 - 12:59 pm

Glad you like it Naveen! Cheers

ilona April 26, 2019 - 11:05 pm

This is such a delicious cocktail. I bet it tastes amazing!

Adrianne April 27, 2019 - 9:00 pm

Thanks Ilona, yes it is a good one! Need to use the pink prosecco, the white doesn’t taste as good in the mix. Cheers!

Jo Allison December 19, 2019 - 1:22 pm

5 stars
Served it as one of the drink options at the party last weekend and everybody loved it! Simple & super refreshing!

Unknown March 26, 2020 - 6:24 am

Looking at it, you can feel thirsty again at any time.Thank you very much for sharing this delicious recipe with us. Going to try it by myself.

Adrianne March 26, 2020 - 5:36 pm

No worries, enjoy, cheers!


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