We at Top Shelf Effingham know that the holiday season isn’t complete without a glass (or two) of some quality Christmas cheer. So we’ve got you covered with some festive recipes for easy holiday cocktails that will have your guests jingling all the way to the bottom of their glasses!

3 Easy Holiday Cocktails

From the finest wines to the most festive cocktails, we’ve got everything you need to keep the cheer flowing. Need some inspiration? How about a ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ cocktail or a ‘Frosty the Snowman’ martini? We’ve got recipes that’ll have your guests caroling for more!

Santa’s Little Helper Recipe 🎅🍹

First up, we’re giving Santa a run for his money with our ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ cocktail. This red delight is a perfect blend of tart cranberry juice, smooth vodka, and a splash of Amaretto for a yummy almond flavor. Garnish it with a mint or rosemary sprig for a festive color. Trust us, after one sip, you’ll feel like you’ve been gifted a ho-ho-whole lot of happiness! Nothing screams easy holiday cocktails than a yummy drink with three ingredients!


  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Amaretto
  • 3 oz Cranberry juice


Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass.

easy holiday cocktails

Frosty the Snowman Martini Recipe ⛄🍸

Next, we’re building a snowman…in a martini glass! Our ‘Frosty the Snowman’ martini is a creamy, dreamy mix of vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, and cream. Topped with a sprinkle of coconut flakes, it’s a snowy spectacle that tastes as good as it looks. One taste of this chilly concoction and you’ll be singing “Frosty the Snowman” in no time!


  • 1.5 ounces creme de cacao (light)
  • 1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 3 ounces white chocolate liqueur
  • splash of cream


To prepare a delightful martini, follow these steps:

  1. Fill your martini shaker to the brim with ice.
  2. Add vodka and liqueurs.
  3. Top it off with cream.
  4. Wet the edge of a martini glass and gently roll it in sugar (decorators sugar gives the best appearance).
  5. Pour the cocktail into the glass.
  6. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this delightful concoction!
easy holiday cocktails

Maple-Bourbon Smash REcipe 🍁🥃

Maple syrup and oaky bourbon are like BFFs in this ultimate holiday cocktail. And guess what? You can take it up a notch with a Crafthouse Cocktail Smoking Box for that extra smoky goodness. It’s like adding a little pizzazz to your taste buds!


  • 2 oz. (30 ml) bourbon
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) maple syrup
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon twist


Combine bourbon, maple syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice. Stir until the drink is perfectly chilled, approximately 20 seconds. Gently strain into a double old-fashioned glass over a large cube of ice. Enjoy!

For those who wish, utilize a Crafthouse Cocktail Smoking Box as per the manufacturer’s guidance to infuse the cocktail with applewood chips, allowing for 15 seconds or until the desired level of smokiness is attained. Add a lemon twist as garnish and serve promptly. This recipe yields one delightful drink.

A Williams-Sonoma Recipe

easy holiday cocktails

The most popular drink during the holiday season is undoubtedly eggnog! Here at Top Shelf Effingham, we offer a wide selection of festive eggnogs made with high-quality ingredients to give you the best possible flavor.

Our eggnogs have a creamy texture and delightful sweetness that will make your Christmas celebrations even more memorable.

So come by Top Shelf Effingham for your favorite holiday beverage – eggnog! We guarantee it will be the highlight of your festivities!

Christmas Cocktail Recipes Recap

We at Top Shelf Effingham are thrilled to be a part of your holiday celebrations. Remember, the essence of the season is togetherness, and nothing brings people together like easy holiday cocktails.

So here’s to a season filled with joy, laughter, and cocktails that make every moment a little

But hey, we’re not just about selling booze and getting festive with cocktails. At Top Shelf Effingham, we’re committed to making your shopping experience as enjoyable as possible. With over 6,000 products available online and personalized service in-store, we’re here to help you navigate the world of premium alcohol with ease. Want to pick up your order without leaving your car? No problem! Our convenient drive-thru service has got you covered.

Join the Fun! 🎉🍷

Feeling thirsty yet? Then join us at our tasting events or let us help you find the perfect wine for your holiday feast. We’re open every day and located at 1201 Avenue of Mid America, Effingham, IL 62401. You can also reach us at 217-342-2229 or visit our website. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more cocktail recipes, alcohol trends, and much more!

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