5 Festive Drinks for Your Christmas Brunch

Now that you have picked out your sure-to-please brunch menu, you must consider what drink to pair with your main dish. Whether it is for the 21+ crowd or just a family friendly version, the drink is key to setting the vibe for your holiday. Here are some fail proof recipes to make your holiday meal planning a little bit easier and ensure that everyone has a good time.

Plum Sangria

Recipe by Meg Spaeth

Source: Delish

This spicy sweet drink will take your festivity up a notch. Don’t underestimate the pear-ginger ale pairing, with a side note of rich sweet wine. Absolutely delightful with a rich Christmas ham meal! Total Prep Time: 4 hrs 20 min Servings: 12


  • 2 bottles dry red wine (suggested: Rioja)
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • ½ cup Brandy
  • ½ cup orange juice or 2 oranges squeezed
  • 4 purple plums
  • 4 red plums
  • 6 strawberries
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 bottle of Ginger Ale (2 Liter)


  • In a large container, stir together wine, triple sec, brandy, and orange juice.
  • Add fruit and cinnamon sticks.
  • Refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours or even all night.
  • Serve in glasses with ice and top off with ginger ale.

Texas Santa Punch

Source: My Recipes

Total Prep Time: 5 hrs 45 min

Servings: 3 ¾ quarts

This drink is perfect for those that don’t like drinks that are overly sweet. The pomegranate and dry wine give it flavor without the sugar. A little squeeze of lime, some tequila, and a ring of frozen cranberries and you have the perfect mix to make this big flavored Texas-big drink!


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 quart pomegranate juice
  • 3 cups tequila (blanco/white)
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 bottle of dry sparkling wine, chilled (750 ml)


  • Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  • Cool syrup completely (takes about 45 mins).
  • Stir together pomegranate juice, next 3 ingredients, and simple syrup. Chill for 4 hours.
  • Pour mixture into a punch bowl and gently stir in sparkling wine just before serving.

Sorghum Eggnog

Source: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

Source: My Recipe

Prep Time: 5 min

Servings: 12 ½ cups

This twist on the classic eggnog is sure to be a winner with your guests. Spicy, sweet, and creamy is the name of the game and it will be one you remember for years to come.


  • 1 cup bourbon
  • ½ cup sorghum
  • 2 quarts refrigerated eggnog
  • 3 cups milk
  • Crushed gingersnaps


  • Whisk together bourbon and sorghum.
  • Stir in eggnog and milk
  • Chill until ready to serve
  • Sprinkle individual servings with crushed gingersnaps

Slow Cooker Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate

Source: Delish

Recipe by Erin Phraner

Total Prep Time: 2 hours

Servings: 12

Everyone loves hot chocolate! And this recipe will make all our guest merrier. Can’t go wrong with the comfort drink go-to with a splash of something that makes you feel a little lighter this Christmas season. Try a family friendly version too.


  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup creme de menthe or vodka
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Peppermint extract
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • Sweetened whipped cream
  • Crushed candy canes


  • Put the milk, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips. Creme de menthe or vodka, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and salt in a 7-quart slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on high 2 hours or until combined, whisking vigorously halfway through to help chocolate melt.
  • Switch to warm for serving. Set out whipped cream and crushed candy canes for toppings.

Block Island Fog

Source: Delish

Recipe by: Alan Richardson

Need a kick Christmas morning? This brunch coffee special will wake you up and give you a strong dose of chill despite the hectic morning that follows opening all the presents under the Christmas tree. Serves: 16


  • 2 cups coffee liqueur
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 5 cups espresso or strong black coffee
  • 3 pints high-quality ice cream


    • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until smooth
    • Refrigerate until ready to serve
    • Serve chilled