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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}

Warm Christmas Cocktail {with coconut milk & bourbon}

Warm Christmas Cocktail {with coconut milk & bourbon}

Yield: 2 -3 cocktails


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 - 6 oz. bourbon, or to taste
  • freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish


  1. Heat all ingredients (except nutmeg) in large saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming. Whisk until frothy.
  2. Heat mugs in microwave. Add bourbon (I start with 1 oz. per mug and let others add more if desired). Top with milk mixture and garnish with grated nutmeg.
  3. Serve immediately.

recipe adapted from Toby Cecchini for Saveur.

Kristy Bernardo
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Mary Frances

Friday 4th of December 2015

Such a welcoming drink! Love it :)

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 7th of December 2015

Thanks so much, Mary Frances!

Sally A.

Saturday 15th of November 2014

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!

Kristy Bernardo

Sunday 16th of November 2014

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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Kristi Rimkus

Sunday 2nd of December 2012

The guys in the family with love this!

the wicked noodle

Sunday 2nd of December 2012

Awesome - thanks, Kristi!


Saturday 1st of December 2012

Oh, yum! I love decorating christmas trees. Wish I had me a cup of this while decorating one.

the wicked noodle

Saturday 1st of December 2012

Thanks, Lynna!

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