Food & Drink /

11 Winter Cocktails to Make at Home

Wet your whistle with one of these delicious winter cocktails...

This post may contain affiliate links. Learn more


Fancy a cocktail but don’t want to venture out into the cold? Hosting a festive feast and want to impress with an array of homemade ‘bevs’? From an aromatic Cointreau cocktail to a Botanist-infused mulled gin, prep for the festive season with these party-ready recipes…

London’s Best Festive Afternoon Teas | The Best Creative Courses for Christmas

Photo 1 of
  • Fentimans

    Rose Snowball

    75ml Advocaat
    Top with Rose Lemonade
    Garnish with cinnamon sprinkles

    Impress your party guests with a dreamy Rose Snowball cocktail for desserts. Creamy Advocaat and pink lemonade fuse together with a hint of cinnamon to form the most fantastic of festive beverages.

  • Cointreau Cocktail

    Cointreau’s Sofa Cocktail

    40ml Cointreau
    20ml fresh lime juice
    20ml macadamia nut syrup
    80ml pineapple juice

    A classic cocktail to warm the cockles, the macadamia infused in this citrusy ‘Sofa’ cocktail – inspired by the french interior designer Vincent Darré – makes this the ideal tipple to indulge in this Christmas. Simply pour all ingredients into a shaker, then give it a good shake  before serving in a sophisticated martini glass – chilled, if possible. Top with an orange peel and pineapple leaf for added glamour.

    Featured image: Jennifer Pallian

  • Botanist Gin

    The Botanist Mulled Gin

    150ml cloudy apple
    10ml spiced syrup
    50ml Botanist gin

    Spiced syrup:
    500ml boiling water
    500ml sugar
    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.

  • 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 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!

  • 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.

  • Royal Bellini

    Royal Bellini

    15ml peach puree
    5ml jasmine syrup
    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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.