Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail

If you’re looking for a fun holiday treat, this Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail is perfect. This is such a festive cocktail!

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With all the stresses of the year, why not put up your feet and have a few sips of this delicious holly Jolly Christmas citrus cocktail? This is one of our favorites and we think it’s going to be one of yours, too. 

The holidays are a special time of the year for everyone, but for some people, it means a lot of hosting and time with family and friends. This year being a very different one for many. If you are able to celebrate weather with 2 or more this drink is a must. Think of this simple cocktail recipe as a way to give everyone a tasty beverage AND to sip away a bit of the fear and worry as well.

Now I’m not condoning drinking to escape from the stresses of the holiday season but in my mind, it’s okay to have a glass while you’re trying to settle in and relax.

And I can promise you that the flavors of this Christmas cocktail are going to take your tastebuds over the moon. Not only is it delicious and chilled, but it really does go perfectly with so many different things.

You can easily serve this for a before-dinner drink, an after-dinner drink, or just a fun sipper with friends. You might as well make a double batch because everyone is going to want you to keep refilling their cups! 

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Christmas Cocktails

Christmas is such a fun time of year for us. The decorating, the cooking and baking. All the traditional foods that bring back so many memories. And of course the cocktails! We like the try a new cocktail that we maybe haven’t tried before. And Christmas cocktails are so comforting. And this Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail was an instant hit!

Sometimes we even make a summer cocktail on a Saturday night during the holiday season. One of our favorites is Banana Rum Punch. It doesn’t have to be a Christmas cocktail to be delicious. We like to bring back summer memories too once in awhile.

Holiday Cocktails

We have a list of holiday cocktails that we love. I would suggest keeping a little list of your favorites. Most of them, such as this one is made in a batch or 2 cocktails. It can be easily doubled or tripled ect. Depending on how many people you need it for you can make a pitcher.

Once you have your favorite cocktails depending on the holiday and how many people you have you can easily make 2 cocktails or a pitcher.

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What is Archer’s liquor?

If you’ve never heard of Archers, it’s a liquor that tastes just like Peach Schnapps. It just adds a bit of that fruity flavor that combines perfectly with the vodka. 

What fruits are in this holiday cocktail recipe?

We have to keep it healthy, right? A little fruit juice (we use fresh squeezed) mixed with your beverage of choice just means that you’re doing what it takes to keep your body happy this holiday season. 

In this drink recipe, you’ll find grapefruit juice and orange juice, both of which go very well with the peach schnapps and vodka.


Drink for the holidays on a red napkin on black marble

How long does this cocktail take to make?

Did I leave out the best part? This simple cocktail recipe takes about 5 minutes of time to make. It’s really that simple.

In fact, this is one of those drink recipes that as long as you have the ingredients on hand, you can easily whip it up during the holidays when people just happen to pop over to visit.

It’s always nice to be able to offer your guests a drink and this drink recipe makes that super simple. 

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Ingredients needed to make this Holly Jolly Citrus Cocktail Recipe

All you need are the few ingredients listed below to get started.

  • Vodka
  • Archers
  • Orange Juice
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • A sprig of thyme or mint
  • Soda or Ginger Beer
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Ice
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That’s it. Just those few ingredients will make a cocktail drink that no one will ever forget. 

Can you make this cocktail ahead of time?

You can but you really don’t have to. Since it takes just a few moments of time, whipping up a fresh drink is certain to impress your family and friends. But if you do make it ahead of time, just be certain to store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

You’ll also want to be certain to give it a good stir again before you’re ready to serve so that it’s all mixed up really well, too. 

Fun Ways to Share this Christmas Cocktail 

Since this drink is so good, you’re really going to want to share it with family and friends. There are a few ways that you can easily make this happen as well. 

First, you can invite them over to share a glass or two of this tasty cocktail. The company during the holidays is always fun and this drink makes it even better.

Secondly, you can give them the ingredients that they need to create this drink themselves and deliver it to them in a cute gift basket as a fun gift as well. This will give them the chance to make it and drink it when they’re ready to and they’ll think of you every sip of the way. 

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How to store leftovers

You may or may not have leftovers of this drink but if you do, that just means you get to enjoy it again later! All you have to do is store it in the fridge until you’re ready to drink. Then just put it over ice, stir, and have fun.

When it comes to finding a great Christmas cocktail recipe that everyone is going to like, there’s no denying the taste and flavor of this drink recipe.

We LOVE the citrus flavors that are quite prominent in this recipe as it warms our tummy and treats our taste buds.

Even though we’re drinking this during the colder months of the year, it makes us think of spring and summer, too! And YES we have made this in the summer months also. We add chopper strawberries instead of the pomegranate arils.

drinks on a red napkin Christmas tree in background

If you’re ready to cheers your glass and snuggle up in front of the fireplace with a tasty cocktail, this Holly Jolly Citrus Cocktail Recipe is the one for you!

Other cocktails you will love:

Citrus Plum Whiskey Smash

Cuban Peach Cocktail

Bourbon Cherry Cola Smash

White Russian Eggnog

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Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail

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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Cocktails
Author: Rob


  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • ½ ounces Archers
  • 2/3 cup fresh squeezed orange grapefruit juice
  • 2/3 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Soda or Ginger beer for the topping
  • Pomegranate arils for topping
  • Lemon slices (Optional)
  • 1 spring Fresh thyme or mint 
  • As much ice as you like


  • Fill the cocktail glass with ice.
  • Add Vodka, Archers and the juices.
  • Top with soda or ginger beer and stir with a spoon.
  • Top with lemon slice (optional), pomegranate arils, thyme or mint.
  • Cheers!

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