Ultimate Guide To Economical Christmas Drinks

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Serving Christmas Drinks at your next holiday party can and should be economical for the budget but fancy enough to say you put the effort in.

Today, you’ll find my ultimate guide to cheap Christmas drink recipes for the holiday season.

The Ultimate Guide Of Christmas Drink Recipes
The Ultimate Guide Of Christmas Drink Recipes

Delicious Christmas Drinks Don’t Have To Cost A Fortune

Serving economical Christmas drinks during the holidays doesn’t mean they must be non-alcoholic.

You can offer your guests an array of fancy, frugal beverages by keeping them simple or jazzing them up with alcohol.

Of course, non-alcohol will always be cheaper than buying booze, and it is perfectly acceptable to serve non-alcoholic drinkers.

However, I have our top Christmas drink picks if you want to offer drinks with a splash of buzz.

Budgeting For Christmas Drinks

Recently, I’ve had readers of this blog ask me if they should include Christmas drinks in their holiday budget planning, and the answer is yes.

If money comes from your bank account, you always include it in your budget.

One problem that could arise is that hosting a Christmas party might be a last-minute arrangement.

When you set your Christmas budget for the year, you may or may not have considered hosting expenses.

However, this is one of those cases of being unable to budget for all projected expenses.

Related: The Ultimate Guide For Christmas Desserts

When creating your yearly budget, planning to factor in projected expenses for the what-ifs could save you in the long run.

Worst case, if you don’t use the money you have saved by the end of the year, you roll it into your savings or another bank account.

Bringing  A Gift For Your Host

Whether you plan to host a holiday party or attend parties, it’s always nice to be armed with a few bottles of something special for your host.

You don’t have to bring alcohol as a hosting gift, but for most, it’s the easiest gift to grab on the way to the party.

Hosting guests over the holidays, including New Year, can get pricey if you include alcoholic Christmas drinks in the menu plan.

That doesn’t mean you must avoid offering your guests alcohol, delicious holiday teas, and other yummy drinks.

We’ve covered you, from traditional Christmas drinks that make you warm and fuzzy to holiday beverages that will entice your guests this festive season.

Related: The Ultimate Guide For Christmas Host Gifts

Christmas Gatherings

Now that we are parents and have made friends with other parents in our community, we’ve been invited to a few Christmas cocktail parties.

We weren’t sure what to expect as we aren’t party-goers like we used to be in our younger years, but I don’t mind a few good Christmas drinks.

This year, we will be hosting a holiday gathering that includes ten people for dinner, so we will have to stock up on drink essentials to serve our finest guests, our friends.

There’s nothing worse than being invited to a dinner party and offered drinks without a selection.

Am I being too picky? Not at all.

Suppose you want to have a successful party. Ensure you can afford all the essentials, including Christmas drinks for your guests.

You don’t have to go over the top and out the window with your holiday budget, but offering a small variety for your guests is always welcome.

Just because you don’t drink alcohol doesn’t mean your guests won’t enjoy a drink or two.

It’s your choice whether to serve it or not.

Taking Care Of Your Guests At Gatherings

Some of you may be worried about serving alcohol at your party, but adults need to be held accountable for their actions.

If you see someone drinking too much, offer them a couch, ride home, or help hand into a vehicle that will get your guests home safe.

I haven’t been to dinner parties where the guests get sloppy drunk, as many of our friends are casual drinkers.

There’s always that odd one, though. Ha!

Since we wanted to offer our guests an array of Christmas drinks, I thought I’d turn to my most trusted gang of online friends, my CBB fans, for suggestions.

Besides the basic Christmas drinks below, why not glam up your holiday beverages?

It’s easy to do and shows your guests that you were thinking about your party’s details.

  • Sparkling Water with slices of lemon and lime available
  • Tea Selection
  • Coffee
  • Pop with diet options
  • Juice
  • Eggnog
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Dalgona Coffee

Offer cream, milk, almond milk (unsweetened), and coconut milk for coffee or tea beverages or to drink alone.

I was more than impressed to see that the Christmas drinks suggested did not all contain alcohol.

This made me happy because it’s essential when hosting a holiday party to consider your guests and the little ones that might come along for the evening.

Not everyone drinks alcohol.

If you are hosting a party and have no plans to offer alcohol, you could offer your guests the option to bring their alcohol to mix their favorite Christmas drinks.

Ultimate Economical Christmas Drinks

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The Economical List Of Christmas Beverages

While planning our holiday gathering, Mrs.CBB and I decided to purchase a few bottles of wine and offer a few alcoholic mixed Christmas drinks to our guests.

Not all are alcoholic, but they certainly, offer that holiday flare. Keep in mind that when adding alcohol to beverages, it doesn’t have to be heavy.

The most economical Christmas drinks include juices, spices, milk, cream water, tea, and coffee mixers.

All of these ingredients are relatively inexpensive to buy during the holidays.

The cream prices have come down to under $2.00 at Costco and for flyers sales at grocery stores.

Here are our Christmas drinks picks, although we have to chop it down to at least four glasses for the offering.

Christmas Cookies To Serve With Drinks

You will notice two types of shots on the list, one of which will be an after-dinner sweet treat with our Christmas cookies.

Snowballs, Coconut Balls, buttery shortbread cookies, one batch of each, and our guests can take the leftovers home since we don’t eat sugar. Win-win.

The Best Christmas Drinks To Serve

Create A Mimosa Bar

We also talked about offering a mimosa and found this blogger with the How to Make a Mimosa Bar down for anyone else interested in Christmas drinks this way.

You could make this an alcohol and non-alcohol beverage-making station.

Just remember, if you’re hoping to keep your Christmas drinks on the frugal side, watch the types of fruit you serve.

Choose In-Season Fruits For Christmas Drinks

I also found this great list of non-alcoholic holiday drinks that might inspire your beverage list.

During the off-season, prices rise for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.

You could also plan and flash freeze your berries in the summer, so you have them for your winter Christmas drinks.

Frozen Fruits Are Economical For Christmas Drinks

Stick to the in-season fruits and weekly fruit specials, and you’ll be fine.

We tend to find cranberries, apples, pomegranates, oranges, pineapples, bananas, or grapes that might be better options.

There’s nothing wrong with stashing away a few bags of frozen fruit when it goes on sale.

The President’s Choice brand of frozen fruits at $2.99 a bag on sale is a steal.

  • Pomegranate Mimosa
  • LimeAid Mimosa
  • Raspberry Lemonade Mimosa
  • Cranberry Orange Mimosa

Christmas Drinks For The Kids

Over at Modern Parent, you’ll find a fabulous list of 9 Kid-Friendly holiday drinks, such as Grinch Punch.

We also plan to serve our Keto-friendly, sugar-free roasted Maple Bourbon Almonds.

Ultimate Christmas Drinks By CBB Friends

My CBB friends have shared their favorite Christmas drinks they enjoy during the holidays.

  • Cathleen Roy– My favorite holiday drink is the Chocolate Cherry Baileys with milk.
  • Colleen Knudsen My favorite would be a big bottle of Riunite Lambrusco for about $10 for a small bottle, eggnog followed closely by apple cider.
  • Susan Drouillard I like Baileys in my hot chocolate. It also works well in chocolate milkshakes. Hiram Walker used to make Swiss Chocolate Almond liqueur that was good in milkshakes, but I don’t think they make it anymore.
  • Mary CampbellMy favorite holiday drink is Stash’s White Christmas tea, with a hint of peppermint and ginger.
  • Pat Comeau Ciulka I don’t have a favorite holiday drink, but hubby likes eggnog.
  • Beth Anne My favorite beverages at this time of year are Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Tea, Apple Cinnamon Tea by Stash, Stash Wintermint Tea, and Tazo Tea Green with Ginger.
  • Sharon E Pratt Voskamp My favorite drink is eggnog and fireball whiskey. 2 oz fireball whiskey to about 14 oz eggnog. It’s awesome.
  • Patricia Legault My favorite holiday drink is Shirley Temple or just a punch (I don’t drink anything kid-friendly, lol)
  • Christine Weadick I’m not a big drinker, but I love Gourmet Village Hot Chocolate. I love the French Vanilla and white chocolate!!
  • Judy Finch Conte My favorite drink is water, tap water. I rarely have a tipple, but I like Frangelico or Disaronno, especially in coffee.
  • Della FergusonMy favorite holiday drink doesn’t exist, but my family likes to have a bunch of bottles of Sprite (or some ginger ale) and frozen juice mixed.
  • Barry Robinson I love eggnog straight or mixed with Bourbon, Scotch, or even Rum.

Discussion Question: What are some of your favorite economical Christmas drinks to serve?

Check out our full Free Recipe Index on CBB for tonnes of recipes, including Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Low-carb/keto-friendly.

December Grocery Game Challenge

Congratulations to Mary for winning the $50 Gift Card in the Grocery Game for 2017!!

To end the year off right, I will also extend this $50 gift card to Dee.

You have both been inspiring to grocery shop this year and throughout the years from start to finish.

Many people have joined the grocery game challenge, but only a few finished.

Keep on saving, ladies!!

New monthly prize: See the Grocery Game Rules  (GGC has ended)

Grocery Shop Results

Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2017: $3180 or $265/month (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.

Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)

  • Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $265
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $265
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 750,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
  • Shoppers Optimum: 995,000 points

Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

  • Zweet to cash out: $18.25 I have no idea where the money went, but it seems we have $0.
  • Checkout51 to cash out: $24.50 we cashed out, so we’re back at $0.

Our Grocery Shop This Week

Costco

  • Double Pack Extra Large eggs $4.99
  • Milk 2% $4.27
  • 2 x 10% Cream $1.85 each
  • Bananas $1.49
  • Mozzarella $20.99
  • Avocados $7.99
  • Double Brie $8.99
  • Asiago Cheese $19.99
  • Pillers Sausage Whips $10.99
  • Organic salad greens $3.79
  • Organic Spinach $3.79

Total Out-of-Pocket $90.98

Zehrs

  • Romano Cheese Lupa Fresh $5.99-50% $3
  • Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar $9.49
  • Gala Apples $3.58
  • Krisda sugar-free chocolate chips $8.99
  • Laughing Cow triple pack $12.99-50% $6.50
  • 2 x Fresh ground lamb $6.98-50% $2.49 each
  • 2 x Truvia Sugar Blend $10-50% each $5.00 each

Total Out-of-Pocket $49.03

Note: All totals below already have tax factored into them.

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  1. Week 47 – Dec 8 – 14, 2017
    Name Your Store: No Frills
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points = 500
    Total Out Of Pocket: $8.83

    Human
    Christie’s Vegetable Crackers = $1.88
    Bananas – 1.150 Kg = $1.41
    2 pkg Bacon = $5.54

    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points = 14,400
    Total Out Of Pocket: $87.91

    Human
    3 Classico Sauces – $2.00 (PM Food Basics @ $1.97) = $5.91
    Maple Leaf Smoked Ham – $9.98 (PM Giant Tiger @ $5.97) = $5.97
    2 boxes Turtles – (10,000 PC Points) = $23.96
    4 Knorr Sidekicks = $5.00
    2 NN Cheese = $7.54
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    PC Meatballs – (2,000 PC Points) = $10.00
    5 lbs Clementines = $2.98

    Cats
    40 Garbage Bags – (800 PC Points) = $6.19

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1820.00, for the pay period – $70.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $56.07
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $1,577.71 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $1,411.32

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $6.19
    Total Cats to Date: $374.60

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($507.69)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $
    Total Stockpile to Date: $163.05

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $19.16
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $268.41

    Total Grocery Budget for Meat ($499.98)
    Total Meat this Week Period: $21.51
    Total Meat to Date: $428.61

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $22.48

    Total Grocery Savings for this Week Period: $
    Total Grocery Savings to Date: $89.64

    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $6.70
    Total Price Match to Date: $88.14

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 14,900
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 17,778

    Overview: Another stock up week. Really only have to deal with perishable items for the rest of this year.

  2. Wow, your grocery bills are amazing! And you’re feeding a toddler too? Looks like I need to join the GGC! 🙂

    Personally, I would do the mimosa bar. Most affordable and practical for my friends! 🙂

    PS. I had to rewrite this comment 5 times because Captcha isn’t working. I gave up on my first comment and have now copied and pasted this 5 times. 🙁

  3. Wow, your grocery bills are amazing! And you’re feeding a toddler too? Looks like I need to join the GGC! 🙂

    Personally, I would do the mimosa bar. Most affordable and practical for my friends! 🙂

  4. DECEMBER – Dec 11-17, 2017

    2017 GROCERY BUDGET / STOCKPILE BUDGET AND US RESERVE:

    •Total Grocery Budgeted For Year: $190.00 x 12 = $2,280.00 for 2 adults

    ========================================================================================

    REMARKS FOR THE MONTH:

    We are really enjoying our time off together…hubby even took me for a nice brunch yesterday in the US!

    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    What can I say…it’s another NO SHOP WEEK!

    We ALMOST shopped yesterday but we were only going to pick up 4 “sale” items. Unfortunately all 4 of those items were priced incorrectly in their system. I hate RCSS for so many reasons and this is one more of them. Hubby was doing a self-checkout, so we kept calling for a staff override but that meant running back to where we found the item to show the gal the correct price. My back was giving me grief after a long and busy day, so when the 4th item came up at the wrong price…I’d had enough and told her to keep the whole darned lot! I was not running to the far end of the store for a 5th time!!!

    Unfortunately we do have doctor’s appointments this week plus the dropping off and picking up of our new prescriptions at the pharmacy that we need refilled before Christmas so we’ll be battling the mall parking lot a couple more times this week. Yuck! 🙁

    With all food we still have in the fridge to eat up, thankfully I can get away without shopping again until after Christmas. I do have a substantial list for our New Years Eve celebrations though.

    ========================================================================================

    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING:

    OUR NEXT SHOP IS SCHEDULED FOR AFTER CHRISTMAS

    ========================================================================================

    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING:

    OUR NEXT SHOP IS SCHEDULED FOR AFTER CHRISTMAS

    ========================================================================================

    2017 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $308.47
    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year: $0.00
    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year: $0.00
    •Total More Points Earned This Year: 324 Points
    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: 58 Air Miles
    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year: 20,000 Points
    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year: 4,100 Points

    ========================================================================================

    SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 2,280.00 Grocery Budget JAN-DEC
    ($ 604.57) NET RESERVE SAVINGS
    ($1,675.43) Actual CASH SPENT
    $ 0.00 AVAILABLE Y-T-D GGC SPENDING NOT INCL RESERVES

    RESERVES Y-T-D:

    $ 505.69 Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 170.70 Holiday Season Fund + $210 RCSS POINTS + $10 Dream Air Miles + $10 RCSS Gift Card (TOTAL $400.70)
    $ 649.59 Summer Season Fund
    $ 511.87 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 41.56 GGC Savings Reserve
    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,879.41. This means the $1,274.44 that we carried forward from 2016 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $1,635.94 that we have added in 2017, LESS $1,030.97 that we have drawn out for use in 2017.

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