Christmas Cocktail Garnish Ideas

For a festive finishing touch on your favourite drink, try these adorable ideas.

Creating festive and fun Christmas cocktail garnishes adds a delightful touch to your holiday drinks, making them visually appealing and enhancing the overall holiday spirit.

Here are some creative ideas for Christmas cocktail garnishes:

Cucumber Christmas Tree (pictured above)

  • Thinly slice or peel a cucumber length-wise. 
  • Gently weave it onto a skewer, creating a Christmas Tree shape.
  • Cut a star out of orange or lemon flesh to resemble the star. 

Candy Cane Rim

  • Crush candy canes and place the mixture on a shallow plate.
  • Wet the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge or simple syrup.
  • Dip the rim into the crushed candy cane mixture for a sweet and minty accent.

Candy Cane Garnish

Rosemary Sprigs

  • Use fresh rosemary sprigs to create a mini Christmas tree garnish.
  • Tie a small bow with red or green ribbon around the rosemary for an extra festive touch.
  • The aromatic herb will add a hint of fragrance to the drink.

Rosemary Garnish

Pomegranate Arils

  • Sprinkle pomegranate arils on top of the drink for a burst of juicy sweetness.
  • The vibrant red colour of pomegranate arils complements the Christmas theme.

Cinnamon Stick Stirrers

  • Use cinnamon sticks as cocktail stirrers.
  • The warm and spicy aroma of cinnamon will infuse into the drink as it is stirred.

Mint Leaf Snowflakes

  • Arrange fresh mint leaves in the shape of a snowflake on top of the drink.
  • Dust the mint snowflake with powdered sugar to resemble snow.

Gingerbread Cookie Garnish

  • Attach a mini gingerbread man cookie to the rim of the glass using a small clip or by cutting a slit in the cookie.
  • The spicy and sweet flavour of gingerbread complements many holiday cocktails.

Gingerbread Garnish v2

Santa Hat Skewers:

  • Thread a marshmallow followed by a strawberry onto a skewer, to resemble a Santa hat. 

Santa Hat Garnish

Note: Remember – where possible – to consider the flavours of the garnishes and how they complement the flavours of the cocktail. 

All images via Pinterest.