15 Easy and Festive 5-Ingredient Cocktail Recipes

Blood Orange, Gin & Prosecco Cocktail
Photo: Jamie Vespa, M.S., R.D.

You need a maximum of 5 ingredients to whip up one of these easy and delicious cocktail recipes. These festive drinks are tasty ways to ring in the new year and are sure to be party-pleasers. Recipes like our Classic White Russian and Elderflower Champagne Cocktail make the perfect glass to toast with.

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Baileys & Chambord Spiked Hot Cocoa

Baileys & Chambord Spiked Hot Cocoa
Jamie Vespa, M.S., R.D.

Who doesn't love a good boozy hot chocolate? Here we amped up hot chocolate with Baileys Irish Cream and Chambord, which is a raspberry liqueur. While it's certainly delicious as is, garnish with whipped cream, marshmallows or another favorite topping to take this festive drink to the next level.

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Classic White Russian

Classic White Russian

This creamy, coffee-spiked cocktail is a classic 3-ingredient drink that you really can't go wrong with. If you don't have heavy cream, milk (or a dairy alternative) will work! Mix it up for your next virtual happy hour with friends or enjoy it at your next brunch in place of a mimosa.

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Honey Buzz Cocktail


While gin lets the grapefruit shine through, this punch recipe also works with bourbon. Using the Angostura bitters is optional, but the cinnamon-clove flavor gives this drink a bit of holiday-appropriate spice.

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Elderflower Champagne Cocktail

elderflower champagne

Elderflower adds sweet and fruity notes that mingle seamlessly with mint in this refreshing Champagne cocktail.

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Red-Wine Hot Chocolate


If you love red wine and you love chocolate, you'll love this rich, full-flavored red-wine hot chocolate. It's two of your favorite things together in one warm, cozy mug.

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Cranberry-Prosecco Cocktail


A splash of cranberry juice in sparkling wine and a garnish of cranberries and rosemary sprigs makes an exceptionally festive party-ready cocktail that's easy to make, too.

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Apple Pie Mimosa

Apple Pie Mimosa

This three-ingredient mimosa combines bubbly Champagne with sweet apple cider. Cinnamon sticks add extra spice.

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Blood Orange, Gin & Prosecco Cocktail

Blood Orange, Gin & Prosecco Cocktail
Jamie Vespa, M.S., R.D.

With its deep-red color, freshly squeezed blood orange juice adds a beautiful hue to this festive cocktail. Mix in some gin and prosecco and you have yourself a simple but fancy 3-ingredient sipper. Before you juice your orange, save a nice slice of it for garnish. Garnish with a thyme sprig and enjoy!

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Old Fashioned Cocktail


Everyone should know how to make this classic cocktail. Old Fashioneds are easy to make and timeless.

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Holiday Champagne Cocktails


These cocktails are quick and easy to assemble and are the perfect addition to any holiday gathering. Have a variety of garnishes available to choose from so that guests can make this cocktail their own.

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Bourbon Caramel Apple Cocktail

Bourbon Caramel Apple Cocktail

Bourbon gets a fall makeover when combined with apple cider and sweet caramel sauce.

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Cranberry-Orange Punch


This gorgeous fruity punch is perfect for any party--serve it on its own for a fun mocktail that will please kids and adults alike. Or, set out optional alcoholic mix-ins, like tequila and/or vodka, for a mix-your-own cocktail station.

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Winter Honey Whiskey Cocktail


Stay a little warmer this winter with this riff on a classic hot toddy. Ginger gives this healthy cocktail a pinch of spice.

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Pumpkin-Spice Hot Toddy

pumpkin spice hot toddy

Flavored decaf tea adds a seasonal twist to a traditional hot toddy recipe. You can use any flavor of tea for this easy cocktail, but we love the comforting notes of pumpkin-spice in the fall and winter.

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Crisp Apple-Ginger Cocktail

Crisp Apple-Ginger Cocktail

Enjoy the taste of fall in a cocktail with this crisp combo of apple cider and ginger ale spiked with vodka.

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