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…
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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’s Sofa Cocktail
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.
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The Botanist Mulled Gin
150ml cloudy apple
10ml spiced syrup
50ml Botanist gin
500ml boiling water
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.
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’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.
15ml peach puree
5ml jasmine syrup
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 Hot Sun Mug
4cl Metaxa 12 Stars
hot apple juice
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.
The Botanist Bramble
50ml Botanist gin
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.
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.
30ml Grey Goose l’Orange
100ml milk at 65-70º
15g 70% hot chocolate
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 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.
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