Nothing gets a holiday party off to a great start than a good drink. When the drinks are good at a party, the guests are more relaxed and open to freely enjoy themselves to the fullest. A great host or hostess will make sure that as soon as their guests enter the door, a drink is in their hands and the party is ready to start. To get you started on your search for holiday drink recipes for parties, here are 9 recipe ideas that should help to get everything off on the right track and show some of that holiday spirit at the same time.

1. Peppermint Flavored Cosmo

If your guests love cosmos then they'll love this mixture of pomegranate juice, lime and Vodka. Simply combine all the liquids, shake it all up, and strain into shot glasses. Stick a few candy canes and a mint in each one and watch the party happen.

2. Vanilla/Peppermint Martini

Martinis should be shaken not stirred but if you crush a few candy canes to rim your glasses and make your martini with Vanilla Vodka and Peppermint Schnapps you can really shake up a party.

3. Grinch Spritzer

With a little lime sherbert, Sprite, and Vodka you have a winning combination that will impress even the most discerning taste buds at your party. For an added bit of holiday flair, coat the rim of your glass with holiday colored sprinkles and you have a perfect combination.

4. Hot Chocolate With Coconut

Not all of the holiday drink recipes for parties need to have alcohol, and nothing says winter holiday more than hot chocolate. Substitute coconut milk and add in some chopped dark chocolate along with some cocoa and you have a winning combination. Top it all off with a few marshmallows and coconut whipped cream and you won't even think about the cup of coffee you're missing.

5. Candy Cane Mojitos

With a few shots of rum, some crushed peppermint, sparkling water, and a peppermint stick you have the makings of a delightful holiday Mojito.

6. Jelly Shots

What a fun way to say "Happy Holidays!" Take some green apple soda, mix with some vanilla vodka, add a packet of gelatin, coconut milk, sugar, and you've got a perfect way to celebrate those special days together. Garnish each shot with a sprig of mint and you're good to go.

7. Peppermint and Eggnog Milkshakes

What's a holiday without eggnog? Add a little peppermint ice cream with white chocolate and you have a delicious holiday drink you won't ever forget. Rim the glass with crushed peppermint and you have a perfect holiday drink.

8. Cake Batter Shots

Try a little spiced rum with some creme de cacao, heavy cream, and a dash of cinnamon schnapps for a spicy holiday way to warm your insides. Garnish with some frosting sprinkles to give it a nice holiday look.

9. Gingerbread Apple Cocktail

The last of our ideas for holiday drink recipes for parties is this beautifully delightful liquid version of a gingerbread cookie. Mix Vanilla Vodka with some apple cider, a little lemon juice, orange zest, and agave syrup to make this a spicy way to warm up your holidays. Line the glass with spiced graham cracker crumbs and your festivities will be a rousing success.