Mulled wine at romantic fireplace

Say cheers to this holiday season with our take on some festive drink classics. Grab your friends and family, toss on your ugly Christmas sweater, and stir things up!


Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Look no further for a winter cocktail to kick off the holiday festivities. This recipe calls for the perfect combination of chocolate and Kahlua with smooth hints of pumpkin.

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  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces coffee liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Whipped cream, crushed pecans, and graham cracker crumbs, for garnish


  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice, then add vodka, coffee liqueur, cream, and pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Shake well. Strain into chocolate syrup-rimmed tall glass.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs.

Add a subtle variation

Substitute your favorite flavored coffee creamer for the heavy cream. Add some finely crushed pecans for additional garnish.

Snow day!

If you have a nut allergy or just want to add a creative touch, substitute white chocolate shavings or mini morsels for the pecans.

Food pairing

Serve the Pumpkin Spice White Russian with an assortment of Irresistible Desserts and other sweet treats.


Spiced Rum Cider

When the temperature drops, warm up with a sweet and spicy cider. This delicious recipe is a palate pleaser—we promise!

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  • 2 ounces spiced apple cider
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce triple sec (or other orange liqueur)
  • 1 ounce club soda
  • Apple cubes or cinnamon sticks, for garnish


  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice; add cider, rum, and triple sec.
  2. Shake well; pour into a serving glass. Top with club soda.
  3. Garnish with apple cubes or cinnamon sticks.

For a touch of sweetness

Dip the rim of a rocks glass in cinnamon sugar before adding the cider mixture.

Spice things up

Try substituting cinnamon bourbon for the dark rum.

Food pairing

Serve with Cranberry Almond Chicken With Beet Spinach Salad.


Maple Bourbon Nog

For a drink filled with holiday spirit, you’ll want to reach for this spiked eggnog.

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  • 5 ounces eggnog
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg, for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients except nutmeg in a highball glass.
  2. Stir well. Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

 Spice it up

Before mixing the drink, dip the rim of a highball glass in crushed ginger snaps for an unexpected flavor explosion.

 Multiply the maple

Replace the bourbon with a maple bourbon to intensify the flavor.

Food pairing

Serve with chocolate-covered strawberries or a rich chocolate dessert from the Publix Bakery.


Cranberry Screwdriver

Toast to the holidays while enjoying our twist on this classic beverage. With refreshing ingredients such as cranberry and orange, it will make any dreary day a little brighter. Let’s raise our glass to another wonderful season!

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  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces orange juice
  • Orange wedge, for garnish


  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice; add all ingredients except garnish.
  2. Stir well. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Enhance the flavor

Use a berry blend juice or a dark grape juice instead of cranberry juice for heightened taste.

Vary your citrus

Use a lime or lemon wedge, instead of an orange wedge, to add a little tartness.

Food pairing

Pick up a Publix Deli rotisserie chicken and potato salad for a quick weeknight meal.


Champagne Flamingo

Out with the old and in with the new! Cheers in the new year with this unique champagne cocktail.
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  • 3/4 ounce vodka
  • 3/4 ounce Campari
  • 5 ounces chilled Champagne
  • Orange twist, for garnish


  1. Fill shaker glass with ice; add vodka and Campari.
  2. Shake well; strain into a chilled Champagne flute or cocktail glass of your choice.
  3. Top with Champagne. Garnish with an orange twist.

Make it a fruit sensation

Garnish this cocktail with a selection of seasonally fresh berries.

Food pairing

Serve with a selection of Publix sushi, Publix Deli fried chicken tenders, and other Party Hors D’Oeuvres.



Let us know what you think of our holiday cocktails. Don’t forget to swing by your local Publix Liquor Store for everything you’ll need to serve up your holiday favorites.

*Drink responsibly. Be 21.

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