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15 Holiday Themed Cocktail Garnishes

15 Holiday Themed Cocktail Garnishes

Dress your cocktails in more than a candy cane or cinnamon stick. These festive garnishes are original and will surely take your merrymaking up a notch.
By Kate Wilke

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This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as 15 Creative Garnishes for Your Holiday Cocktails on Relish

Sugar-Coated Cranberries

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Sugar coat cranberries to give your cocktails a glistening red punch of color. Make them even more festive by pairing with green, fresh mint.

Pomegranate Arils and Rosemary

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When Pomegranate arils are added to sparkling wine, the drink will blush and the bubbles will coat the seeds for an-extra sparkly appearance. Oh, and don’t forget to add a sprig of rosemary!

Mini Gingerbread Men

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What better way to garnish a gingerbread martini than with mini gingerbread men? Make the little gingerbread look right at home atop cocktails by rimming them with vanilla frosting and white nonpareils.

A Festive Straw and Sprinkles

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These fun holiday shots are decked out with candy cane straws and a rim of white sprinkles.

For Chocolate-Lovers


A chocolate garnish is super easy to achieve. Just dip the rim in chocolate and then in chocolate sprinkles. And what kind of cocktail should you pour? We’re thinking something with Bailey’s Irish Cream…

Sugar Cookies

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Say hello to the ultimate adult version of milk and cookies.

Candy Canes Galore

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Nothing spreads holiday cheer quite like a candy cane. Melt white chocolate for the rim, dip glasses in crushed peppermint candies, pour some White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Martinis and finish with a top of whipped cream.

Bite-Sized Donuts

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A bite-sized donut may not be the first garnish to came to mind when slinging cocktails, but the satisfying addition pairs exceptionally well with an eggnog martini!

Vanilla Macaroons

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If you really want to impress your guests, try a lavish garnish of vanilla macaroons, whipped topping, and pomegranate arils. To top it off, add some sparkly, holiday sticks.

Cinnamon, Pomegranate, and Apples

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To increase the appeal of the cinnamon stick garnish, add pomegranate arils and chopped apples. Perfect for spiked apple cider.

Gingersnap Crumble

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For an easy, yet creative garnish, add a cookie rim with agave nectar and crumbled gingersnap cookies.

Gingersnap Cookies

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Take the gingersnap rim one step further by adding a soft gingersnap cookie. Gingersnaps will go perfectly with any eggnog mixed drink.

Hot Chocolate Toppings

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It doesn’t get more decadent than this. Kahlua Hot Chocolate topped with mini marshmallows and drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce.

Graham Cracker Crumbs

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Graham cracker crumbs are one of the easiest ways to quickly dress up a creamy cocktail.

Rock Candy

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Add crystal rock candy to a champagne cocktail or any sparkling beverage for extra bubbles.

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