If you’re new to the gluten free lifestyle, Christmas can feel like a challenge due to the festive nature of the holiday and all of the traditional foods that come along with it.
But not to worry, there are also gluten free Christmas cocktails to go with these foods.
If you’re planning to throw your own gluten free Christmas party this year, or if you’re going to attend one as an invited guest, avoid feeling left out by trying one of these delicious gluten free Christmas cocktails this holiday season!
You’ll be sure to impress your friends while staying on track with your health goals at the same time.
1. Pumpkin Pie Spice ‘Tini
The first of the gluten free Christmas cocktails is the pumpkin pie spice ‘tini. To make this easy, festive holiday cocktail, you’ll need the following:
- Pumpkin puree.
- Vanilla vodka.
- Pumpkin pie spice to taste.
Combine all three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well for about 30 seconds or until the outside of the shaker is frosty.
Strain into a martini glass and garnish with fresh cinnamon sticks (or any other desired garnish). Serve chilled.
2. Hot Apple Cider
Grab a mug of hot apple cider and get ready to enjoy the holidays with these gluten free Christmas cocktails.
The second on our list is the Hot Apple Cider. It’s super simple to make, and you can drink it anytime or at night.
This recipe will need honey, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, cloves, ginger root, and vanilla extract.
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add honey and spices to taste (1/2 teaspoon each should do) to sweeten the drink. Add 4 cups of unsweetened apple cider to your pot.
3. Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine
It is time to start thinking about holiday party drinks. And if you are looking for a great, gluten free option, then try this non-alcoholic Mulled Wine.
This recipe was published in A Woman’s World Magazine and has been around for years. It is perfect for a family celebration or gathering of friends.
- Apple cider
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground cloves
- Ground ginger
- Red food coloring (optional)
Over high heat, bring the water and apple cider to a boil in a large pot.
4. Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate
Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what these gluten free Christmas cocktails are made of. This recipe for hot chocolate is as easy as it gets.
It combines cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla extract, and milk in a pot and stirs over medium heat until the mixture is frothy.
Add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg for some extra holiday flavor. Stir in some whipped cream before serving to really take things up a notch.
5. Green Tea Non-Alcoholic Hot Toddy
It’s cold outside, and the holiday season is in full swing. What could be better than sipping a hot drink on a cold December night? This recipe is perfect for those who love green tea and also want to avoid gluten.
The perfect winter cocktail! Top with ground cinnamon or ginger if desired. This is one of the gluten free Christmas cocktails.
6. Warm Spiced Cranberry Mocktail
This warm spiced cranberry mocktail is a perfect holiday drink and doubles as one of the gluten free Christmas cocktails. It’s pretty easy to make and won’t take up too much of your time. Plus, it tastes amazing!
The best part about this recipe is that you can use whatever alcohol you want or even leave the alcohol out if you want to make it for kids or adults who don’t drink.
All you need is some vodka (or another spirit), cranberry juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and orange slices.
7. Pomegranate Cranberry Mocktail
Every year we try to find new gluten free Christmas cocktails for our guests. This year, we’re going with the Pomegranate Cranberry Mocktail.
Combine 1/2 cup of cranberry juice, 1/4 cup of pomegranate juice, 2 tablespoons of simple syrup, and 4 cups of ice in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into glasses over ice cubes and garnish with fresh mint sprigs. We’ll be serving this up at our cocktail party on December 18th!
8. Christmas Punch
Christmas punch is a festive and delicious cocktail that’s easy to make. This version is gluten-free so that the whole family can enjoy it!
Ingredients include cranberry juice, lemon juice, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, sugar, apple cider, and apple juice.
To make: In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients together until the sugar has dissolved. Pour over ice and serve in glasses garnished with slices of orange, apples, or pears.
9. Non-Alcoholic Homemade Eggnog
Do you want delicious and gluten free Christmas cocktails? Try this homemade eggnog recipe. All you need is a blender, eggs, milk, sugar, and nutmeg to make it.
You can also use vanilla extract instead of nutmeg to give the nog an extra flavor boost. It’s so easy to prepare that you’ll drink it in minutes!
- Put all the ingredients in the blender.
- Blend until smooth and frothy.
- Pour into glasses or cups and serve immediately (or refrigerate until ready to serve).
10. Frozen Hot Chocolate
Frozen Hot Chocolate is one of the best gluten free Christmas cocktails. Its ingredients are coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt.
First, blend until smooth and pour into two glasses. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Add a dash of cayenne pepper to the top for an extra kick! Light & Refreshing
11. Coconut Shandy
Looking for gluten free Christmas cocktails? Coconut shady is one. Combine 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 cup light beer (such as Corona or Miller), 1⁄4 cup coconut water, and ice in a blender. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached
12. The Pink Prancer
This festive cocktail is made with cranberry juice, vodka, and an apple cider blend. It’s the perfect holiday tipple for those who are looking for something sweet and fruity to sip on after dinner. It gets its name from The Pink Prancer’s candy cane-striped appearance.
You’ll need 1/2 cup of cranberry juice, 1/2 cup of vodka, 3/4 cup of apple cider blend (cider mixed with water), ice cubes, a handful of fresh cranberries, and a candy cane or two.
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice cubes. Stir until the drink is well mixed and pour into glasses filled with ice cubes.
13. Vanilla Chai Tea White Russian
Some of the most popular drinks for the holiday season are those that are boozy and warm, like hot chocolate and eggnog.
But plenty of other tasty choices will also get you in the spirit without being heavy on calories.
Here is one such recipe: a vanilla chai tea white Russian. It’s gluten free and has only 1g of sugar per serving! So if you want gluten free Christmas cocktails that are tasty and low on calories, you could try this out.
14. Spiced Apple Cider Moscow Mule
The best thing about this cocktail is that it can be made with or without alcohol. You’ll need to omit the vodka and ginger beer if you’re going for a nonalcoholic option.
And yes, I know it’s not technically a Moscow Mule; but the spiced apple cider gives it that festive feel.
If you want your drink to be on the sweeter side, add a few tablespoons of sugar. If you want your drink to be on the tart side, use lime juice instead of lime wedges in the middle.
The whole spices such as cinnamon sticks and star anise give this drink of the gluten free Christmas cocktails that unique flavor we all love about the Christmas season.
15. Sparkling Pomegranate Rose Cocktail
This festive, sparkling rose cocktail is a celebration in a glass. It is easy to make and gorgeously pink, but it also boasts the lovely fragrance of fresh pomegranate and rosewater.
With just a squeeze of fresh lime juice and adding ice cubes, this drink is as refreshing as it is delicious.
Topped with chopped pomegranates, the final touch will have your guests oohing and ahhing in delight.
The best part? It’s so easy to whip up that you’ll be able to relax and enjoy their compliments. Above all, it is not left off the list of gluten free Christmas cocktails.
16. Peppermint Espresso Martini
The Peppermint Espresso Martini is a festive drink that’s perfect for the holidays. It features espresso, peppermint vodka, and chocolate liqueur for a sweet flavor. With just three ingredients, it takes almost no time to prepare.
The directions to follow to make this particular one of gluten free Christmas cocktails are:
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Add the peppermint vodka and espresso coffee liqueur to the shaker.
- Put on the lid and shake vigorously for 10 seconds or until everything combines well.
- Strain the mixture into martini glasses filled with ice cubes.
- Then top off each glass with whipped cream (optional).
17. Peppermint White Chocolate Martini
This Peppermint White Chocolate Martini is a festive, gluten-free twist on a classic drink.
The peppermint flavor pairs well with the chocolate and white rum, while adding some vanilla extract to the mix balances it out.
If you want to add an extra kick to this cocktail, use peppermint schnapps instead of vanilla extract.
This is one of the gluten free Christmas cocktails, and its ingredients are:
- White chocolate liqueur (such as Godiva).
- Milk or dairy-free milk alternative.
- Peppermint extract or peppermint schnapps
To make: Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice until chilled. Pour over ice into a martini glass and garnish with whipped cream if desired.
18. Salted Caramel White Russian
A Salted Caramel White Russian is a delicious, gluten-free twist on the classic cocktail that can be enjoyed by all your friends and family this holiday season.
The salty, sweet flavor of the caramel pairs well with the smoky, creamy taste of vodka and Kahlua. In order to make this drink gluten free, we recommend using alcohol that is distilled from corn rather than rye or wheat.
Once you have all your ingredients ready to go in front of you, start by adding a few tablespoons of heavy cream to a saucepan over medium heat.
Next, add in some sugar until it dissolves completely, and then remove from heat once it turns an amber color. Let’s surgeon this list of gluten free Christmas cocktails.
19. Cranberry Old Fashioned
The Cranberry Old Fashioned is a favorite holiday drink and is gluten free. You can make one by combining the juice of one orange, two tablespoons of honey, a quarter cup of fresh cranberries (or dried), and four ounces of bourbon in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Next, shake well and strain into an old-fashioned glass half-filled with crushed ice. To make it even better, add a dash of bitters to the ingredients before shaking well. Garnish with a slice or orange peel and enjoy this specialty of gluten free Christmas cocktails!
20. Bailey’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Bailey’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate, as one of the gluten free Christmas cocktails, cannot be underestimated.
This delicious recipe is perfect for the holidays and will delight any guest. It is gluten- and dairy-free, making it all the more wonderful!
- Almond milk (or another dairy-free milk).
- Cocoa powder.
- Peppermint extract.
- Vanilla extract or vanilla beans (I used vanilla extract, but you can also use a whole pod).
- Salt (or less if you are sensitive to salt).
21. Spiced Orange Hot Chocolate
This hot chocolate is made with just four ingredients: milk, dark chocolate, orange zest, and cinnamon. The recipe is so simple that it will become your go-to for winter.
It combines the flavors of cinnamon, spice, and orange in a rich and creamy way that you can enjoy any time of the year.
To make: Combine milk and dark chocolate in a saucepan and heat on medium until melted. Stir until smooth, add orange zest and simmer for 5 minutes.
Then, remove from heat then pour into cups or mugs. Top each cup with whipped cream or marshmallows before serving if desired.
22. Winter Citrus Hot Toddy
This is not excluded from our list of the best gluten free Christmas cocktails. To prepare: In a saucepan, combine 12 ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice, 4 ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of whole cloves, and 2 cinnamon sticks. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.
Afterward, remove from the stove and add 2 teaspoons of honey or agave syrup. Pour into a mug with one ounce of bourbon (optional) and garnish with an orange slice.
23. Brandy Flip
In a shaker filled with ice, pour 6 ounces of brandy, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 6 egg yolks. Shake until frothy.
Add 12 to 16 ounces of heavy cream, shake again until it’s frothy, and pour it into glasses filled with ice cubes. That’s how you make one of the sumptuous gluten free Christmas cocktails!
24. Spiked Hot Apple Cider
Of the gluten free Christmas cocktails, the Spiked Hot Apple Cider is a great option for your gluten free friends and family this holiday season.
The recipe is simple: cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, lemon juice, and organic apple cider vinegar to taste.
The instructions: Combine in a saucepan and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Strain out the spices, then mix in organic honey, bourbon, or vodka to taste. Pour into a mug or glass with ice cubes (optional), and enjoy!
25. Mulled Wine
A traditional mulled wine is a Christmas cocktail that can be made gluten free by substituting the beer with a gluten-free alternative. In this case, apple cider would work well.
To make a gluten free mulled wine, simply boil some organic apple cider in water and add cinnamon sticks and nutmeg. The best part about this recipe is that you can enjoy it hot or cold!
Consider a gluten-free beer as your drink of choice for the holiday season. In fact, it may be one of the best options for gluten-free Christmas cocktails for you to try on a night out with friends.
You can’t drink any other beer at a party, but there are plenty of gluten-free options. Here are some ideas to get you started: Avery’s New World Saison; Great Divide Denver Pale Ale; Allagash White; Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, and Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA.
Have you ever heard of drinking a glass of whiskey with your dinner? Well, why not try a Bourbon and Ginger Ale cocktail while you are at it? This drink is gluten free and perfect for any holiday party.
All you need to do is pour one shot of bourbon into a glass, add ginger ale, stir with ice, garnish with lemon and enjoy! There are still more gluten free Christmas cocktails we are yet to discuss. Read on!
28. Hard Cider
Hard cider is one of the perfect gluten free Christmas cocktails! It’s not only delicious but also a great alternative to wine. The best part? You can make it with or without alcohol.
This is such an easy recipe, and all you need is your favorite brand of hard apple cider (or hard pear cider if that’s more your thing), some apple juice, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and nutmeg.
- Start by heating up the hard cider over medium heat in a pot. Add the spices and stir until they are fully combined with the liquid.
- Next, add the apple juice and stir until fully combined and heated through.
- Serve hot in mugs garnished with a cinnamon stick for extra flavor.
- Enjoy while sipping on this delicious and warming holiday beverage!
Vodka is a great choice for gluten free Christmas cocktails because it is clear and odorless. This means that you can mix it with all sorts of juices, herbs, spices, and other ingredients without worrying about color or flavor.
The most popular types of vodka are potato vodka and grain vodka. Grain vodkas have a much more intense flavor than potato vodkas, but they also tend to be harsher on the throat. Both types are gluten free, so that you can use either one in your cocktail recipes.
Compared to other gluten free Christmas cocktails, Tequila is a gluten-free alcohol. It is made from the blue agave plant, rather than wheat, like traditional alcoholic drinks.
The drink’s natural sugars are extracted during fermentation and then distilled to create an alcohol content of 40%.
This means it’s perfect for mixing with other ingredients to make delicious cocktails that are also gluten free!
When thinking about gluten free Christmas cocktails, the first thing that often comes to mind is rum. Rum has been consumed for centuries and is found in many holiday drinks. Just because you’re avoiding gluten doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy these drinks!
Christmas is a time for indulging and celebrating with family and friends. And what better way to celebrate than with a festive cocktail or two?
Even if you don’t drink alcohol, there are many festive gluten-free cocktails out there that are perfect for the season. Gin is one of my favorite gluten free Christmas cocktails because it pairs well with so many flavors.
33. Hot Buttered Rum
Finally, on this list of gluten free Christmas cocktails is Hot Buttered Rum. It includes sugar, butter, water, nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks that are boiled together until the sugar dissolves.
A rum of choice is poured over a mug of hot water with a touch of butter stirred in. Top with freshly grated nutmeg and ground cinnamon for garnish. Serves 1-2 people depending on serving size preference.
It’s no secret that the holiday season has become synonymous with the consumption of alcohol, whether it be at parties or in celebration with family and friends. However, many still have to avoid consuming alcohol due to health reasons.
If you’re one of these people, don’t fret! We made an impressive list of gluten free Christmas cocktails you’re sure to love!