Warm Christmas Cocktail {with coconut milk & bourbon}

This cold-weather cocktail with bourbon and coconut milk is my all-time favorite! Keep it warm on the stove or in the slow-cooker...delicious with or without the booze.

Today we’re bringing home our Christmas tree. Boxes of decorations will be brought up from the dusty basement. We’ll have a warm fire with some Christmas music playing, and – of course – some sort of cold-weather stew will simmer on the stove…along with a pot of this warm Christmas cocktail. I just love this season!!

I’ve made this Christmas cocktail five times over the past few weeks. The first time I made it when my folks were still visiting; my mom loves coconut and this seemed like something she’d like while we sat around the fire. Everyone loved it so much that I just kept making it! After the fourth time, I realized I’d better grab a quick photo and get this bad boy posted so that you could start enjoying it, too.

I love that this is one of those Christmas cocktails that is delicious without any alcohol added so that everyone can indulge, from age 4 to 104! My daughter Katie especially loves it. I add just 1 0z. of bourbon to mine but Alan loves his with a full shot. But keep a pot warm on the stove and everyone can make it any way they like. Cheers! {clink}

recipe adapted from Toby Cecchini for Saveur.


  1. says

    We love this season too! Just unpacked our Christmas bins and we were all laughing because we have a full week left in November. At least snow arrived in the mountains…the ski area in our area opened 2 days before Thanksgiving-yipeee!
    Thanks for a new beverage recipe…adding bourbon to the shopping list.

    • says

      It does seem strange that we have so much extra time this year! I could easily wait until next weekend but our 6-yr-old keeps asking, “when? when? when?” and it’s hard to say no when it’s such a fun thing to do. Hope all is great with you, Frieda! xoxo

  2. says

    We haven’t busted out the Christmas decorations yet…hopefully this coming weekend. Paul refuses to get a fake tree, but last year we bought the tree way too early and then I had pine needles to contend with for weeks. I vote for fake tree! Can I get a second?

  3. Sally A. says

    I just pinned this and sent it to my sister who is the cocktail lady in the family. I rarely drink, but this one sounds fabulous!

    • says

      It is SO good, Sally! I’ve been making it for a few years now and I always look forward to it as the weather gets colder. I love that the booze can be added after, too, so everyone can enjoy it! Thanks for pinning, it’s much appreciate!


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