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What to Drink: Eight Christmas Cocktail Recipes

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What to Drink: Eight Christmas Cocktail Recipes

Eight festive Christmas cocktail recipes for those who aren't fans of mulled wine...


These cocktail recipes are sure to impress your friends and family (or maybe just yourself).

Ketel One Oranje Espresso

Ketel One Espresso Martini

  • 50ml Ketel One Oranje
  • 25ml Mr Black Spirits: Cold Press Coffee Liqueur
  • 25ml Cold-brew coffee concentrate
  • One dash orange bitters

Shake all ingredients vigorously and strain into a chilled coupe, or over rocks in a large tumbler. Garnish with chocolate flakes and orange zest.

Mulled Cidre

Sassy Cidre

  • 35 ml Rum infused with fig and plum
  • 35ml Cocchi Americano
  • 125ml Sassy Brut

Stir rum and Cocchi. Strain into the glass and top with cold Sassy brut. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and flower. Sassy is gluten-free, 100% natural and strives for the ‘real taste’ of cider. This cocktail is available from the Oskar’s bar, Dabbous in Fitzrovia and is a perfect cocktail for those looking for a healthier cocktail this festive season.

Grand Spice Coffee

Spiced Coffee Flickr Y'amal

  • 22.5ml Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 1 hot espresso
  • Whipped cream
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon

The classic combination of strong coffee with orange notes of Grand Marnier is heightened by the sweet taste of cinnamon. It is Christmas after all – and these flavours encapsulate all that is festive.

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Seedlip Virgin Cocktail

Seedlip Cocktail

  • 50ml Seedlip Spice 94
  • 1/4 pear
  • 3x sage leaves
  • 3x drops of droplets non-alc Absinthe

This is the perfect cocktail for the non-drinker who wants something more exciting than an orange juice. Seedlip is the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits brand, and they do not disappoint!

Hot Tanqueray Cider

Mulled Cider Flickr Timothy Krause

  • 35ml Tanqueray No 10
  • 15ml fresh lemon juice
  • 15ml syrup
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 3 dashes hot apple cider

Referencing the original hot toddy, the hot Tanqueray takes a traditional gin and gives it a distinctly seasonal twist. A perfect warming drink to beat the chills.

Winter In Marrakech

Winter in Marrakech

  • 50ml Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
  • 25ml Amaretto
  • 25ml cranberry juice
  • 10ml lime juice
  • Orange peel to garnish

This cocktail is sure to warm you from the inside out with its hint of oriental spice. Try this at your next festive dinner party and you’ll be sure to impress your guests. Serve in a martini glass with orange peel to give it the wow factor.

Raw Ginger Martini

Raw ginger martini

  • 50 ml Our/London Vodka
  • 15 ml Lillet Blanc Dry Vermouth
  • 10 ml Rosato Vermouth
  • 2 slices of root ginger
  • Lemon zest for garnish

Our/London is a small-batch premium vodka from London’s only dedicated vodka distillery in East London. It’s perfect for mixing in a range of simple winter cocktails to kick off celebrations with friends and family, including this recipe for the Raw Ginger Martini at Blixen:

In a mixing glass, muddle two slices of raw root ginger, add Our/London, Lillet Blanc, and Rosato. Add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Squeeze lemon twist over the cocktail and rub edges of the glass with the twist.  Add the twist to the glass for garnish. 

A White Christmas The Hari A White Christmas

  • 15ml of Mozart white chocolate liqueur
  • 25ml of white chocolate ganache
  • Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne

Gently mix the white chocolate liqueur and white chocolate ganache. Top with champagne. Decorate with a candy cane (recipe from The Hari Hotel, Belgravia).

Lee Broom Cocktail

tanqueray cocktail

  • 50ml Tanqueray n.10
  •  30ml Connaught cordial ( pineapple, timur pepper and kombucha)
  •  5ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  •  5ml Galliano L’Autentico liqueur

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Add a spray of green mandarin essence as garnish. (Recipe from the Connaught Bar and Tanqueray No. TEN collaboration, served in a class created my iconic designer Lee Broom)

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