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17 Delicious Winter Cocktails to Make at Home

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Wet your whistle with one of these festive tipples

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Lockdown or no lockdown, ’tis the season – so get into the festive spirit with one of these winter cocktails, from an aromatic Cointreau cocktail to a Botanist-infused mulled gin.

Winter Cocktails To Make At Home

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  • Tanqueray Gin - Dry Festive Gin Fizz

    Tanqueray No. TEN Dirty Martini

    50ml Tanqueray NoTEN

    10ml Dry Vermouth

    15ml Olive Brine

    Stir the Tanqueray NoTEN, Olive Brine and Dry Vermouth together, and pour it into a chilled martini glass.

    Recipe courtesy of Tanqueray

  • Tanqueray Gin - Flor De Sevilla Negroni

    Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla Negroni

    35ml Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla

    25 ml Campari

    25ml Sweet vermouth



    Pour Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla, Campari and Sweet Vermouth into a glass over ice and stir, for the finishing touch garnish it with an orange.

    Recipe courtesy of Tanqueray

  • Cointreau Christmas Margarita

    Cointreau Christmas Margarita

    30 ml Cointreau

    50 ml Blanco Tequila

    20 ml  Fresh Lime Juice

    6 drops Aromatic Bitters

    For a seasonal take on the classic Margarita, try this delicious Christmas cocktail courtesy of Cointreau. Make a cinnamon-sugar rim on your glass, then combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass, then garnish with a rosemary sprig to finish.

    Recipe courtesy of Cointreau

  • METAXA Cocktail

    The METAXA Blue Blazer

    5cl METAXA 12 Stars

    2cl Cointreau

    3cl Water

    2cl Amaretto

    1 Dash of black walnut bitter

    A fiery concoction starring METAXA, flame roll the Greek spirit with amaretto and bitters, then add water and syrup before serving. Garnish with orange zest and a burned cinnamon stick on the side.

    Recipe courtesy of METAXA

  • The Sexton Whiskey: The Night Before Christmas

    The Sexton Whiskey: The Night Before Christmas

    60ml The Sexton

    10ml rhubarb syrup

    Few dashes of angostura bitters.

    To create The Night Before Christmas – the first in the range of exclusive Noctails from The Sexton which utilise consumables that flourish under the cover of darkness – simply pour over ice, stir and garnish with fresh rhubarb (if desired). Those who intend to follow the path to darkness can expect the aroma of nuts, marzipan and dark chocolate with a pinch of spice.

    The Sexton Single Malt

  • Russian Standard Vodka - Christmas Blossom

    Russian Standard Vodka – Christmas Blossom

    ¾ cup Russian Standard Vodka

    2 cups fresh or frozen peach slices

    ¼ cup sugar

    3 tablespoons peach schnapps

    Ice cubes

    Fresh mint springs, for garnish

    Process first 4 ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add ice cubes to the mixture in a blender (to 5 cup level) and mix until smooth. Pour into a coupe glass and garnish with fresh mint.

  • Fentimans

    Rose Snowball Winter Cocktail

    75ml Advocaat

    Top with Rose Lemonade

    Garnish with cinnamon sprinkles

    Creamy Advocaat and pink lemonade fuse together with a hint of cinnamon to form the most fantastic of festive beverages.

    Recipe courtesy of Fentimans

  • Botanist Gin

    The Botanist Mulled Gin

    150ml cloudy apple

    10ml spiced syrup

    50ml Botanist gin

    Spiced syrup:

    500ml sugar

    500ml boiling water

    Half orange

    10 cloves

    4 cardamom

    1cm ginger

    1 cinnamon stick

    Ginger, cardamom and cinnamon; it doesn’t much more Christmassy than this warming mulled gin from the Botanist. Heat all the ingredients in a pan, then add 40ml of Botanist’s Islay Dry gin. Decorate with a clove studded apple wedge if you’re feeling festively fancy.

    Recipe courtesy of The Botanist

  • Slingsby Rhubarb Gin

    Rhubarb Cream

    40ml Slingsby Rhubarb Gin

    75ml Nutmeg and Clove spiced 50:50

    Cream & Milk Mix

    1 Egg White

    15ml Simple Syrup

    Cinnamon Dust

    A deliciously pink winter cocktail infused with Slingsby’s Yorkshire-crafted pink gin, the Rhubarb Cream takes a little longer to make than most, but is most definitely worth the wait. Simply combine the spiced milk and cream and place in the fridge for 3 hours (use within 2 days), then combine all ingredients in a shaker and strain into a coupe glass. Sprinkle with cinnamon dust for all the festive feels!

    Recipe courtesy of Spirit of Harrogate

  • Three Spirit

    Three Spirit’s Herbal Stimulant

    50ml Social Elixir

    25ml espresso strength coffee

    7.5ml (a teaspoon and a half) of maple syrup

    15ml dark rum

    An espresso martini at Christmas is nothing new, but this Three Spirit’s ‘Herbal Stimulant’ is giving the coffee-themed concoction a new lease of life with its sophisticated infusion of social elixir, unrefined maple syrup and dark rum. Mix all ingredients with ice in a shaker and serve cold in a snazzy cocktail glass with raw cocoa beans to top. For an alcohol-free version, ditch the dark rum.

    Recipe courtesy of Three Spirit

  • ketelone vodka cocktail

    Ketel One Bloody Mary – Beetroot Banger

    50ml Ketel One vodka

    10ml lemon juice

    90ml juice – take a whole beetroot and two ripe tomatoes, and cut into quarters, then put them through a juicer

    One pinch of ground cinnamon, grate a pinch of nutmeg and a small pile of smashed cloves

    Add all these ingredients to your glass, stir vigorously & fill with ice. Garnish with a pickled cucumber and beetroot.

    Recipe courtesy of Ketel One Vodka 

  • Royal Bellini

    Royal Bellini

    15ml peach puree

    5ml jasmine syrup

    Real Kombucha: Royal Flush

    Lime and paprika salt rim to garnish

    You can indulge in as many of these delightful Royal Bellini’s as you wish and ensure no mishaps are made underneath the mistletoe. Alcohol free, but still brimming with flavour and mixed with fizzy kombucha, (perfect for that post-Christmas health kick), this champagne-esque bellini should be elegently served in a coupe glass, fit for a queen.

    Recipe courtesy of Real Kombucha

  • Metaxa winter cocktail

    Metaxa Hot Sun Mug

    4cl Metaxa 12 Stars

    Hot apple juice

    Cinnamon stick

    Slice of apple to garnish

    If your love for mulled wine has meant you’ve already drank your fair share before December, switch it up with this Metaxa take on the festive beverage. Fill a tin mug or copper mule with 4cl of Metaxa 12 Stars, then add hot apple juice (to taste). Finish with an aromatic cinnamon stick and a sweet slice of apple.

    Recipe courtesy of METAXA

  • Botanist Gin

    The Botanist Bramble

    50ml Botanist gin

    20ml lemon

    15ml honey water

    One of the more simpler cocktails to make, the Bramble is a classic that never steers out of fashion. Ideal for sprucing up sharp at a last-minute soirée, the Botanist’s concoction only comprises of three ingredients, including lemon and honey, ideal for staving off winter colds. Shake all together and strain, then adorn with bramble, rosemary and a drizzle of Aelder Elixir if you want to add a touch of pizazz.

    Recipe courtesy of The Botanist

  • Mince Pie Whiskey Sour

    The Little Yellow Door Mince Pie Whiskey Sour

    20ml mince pie puree (made by blitzing a jar of mincemeat with 200ml orange juice and 100ml lemon juice)

    25ml egg white

    20ml lemon juice

    15ml Canada Club

    35ml Balvenie 12

    10ml simple syrup

    What could be more festive than a boozy version of the nation’s favourite Christmas treat? To make, add all ingredients to a shaker along with two cubes of ice and shake vigorously. Add more ice and re-shake. Double strain into metal coupette and garnish with a holly sprig, with a dash of both Angostura bitters and Maraschino cherry brine. Dust with icing sugar and serve with a mini mince pie, for effect.

    Recipe courtesy ofThe Little Yellow Door

  • Vodka Hot Chocolate

    Hot Chocotini

    30ml Grey Goose l’Orange

    100ml milk at 65-70º

    15g 70% hot chocolate

    20ml espresso

    10ml Monin gingerbread syrup

    The ideal drink for those with a penchant for decadence, this spiked hot chocolate is the perfect, warming nightcap to round off the festivities. Stir all the ingredients in a mug and garnish with a toasted marshmallow. Best served when curled up on a sheepskin next to a roaring fire.

    Recipe courtesy of Grey Goose

  • Barentsz

    Barentsz Mandarin Martini and Marny

    55ml Barentz Mandarin Gin

    15ml triple sec (Grand Marnier)

    15ml dry vermouth

    Garnish: orange twist

    A flavourful twist on the classic gin martini, this cocktail is a Christmassy infusion of mandarin peel and almonds, with a delicate note of jasmine. Pour the ingredients into a shaker half-full of cracked ice. Shake well before straining into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with the orange twist.

    Recipe courtesy of Barentsz Gin

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