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17 Christmas cocktails and fabulous festive drinks to make this holiday season

Discover how to make several imaginative festive tipples this party season


Christmas cocktails
Georgia Brown
Senior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
Updated: December 21, 2023
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Whether you're hosting a glamorous soirée over the festive season or snuggling up at home with The Holiday, there's nothing like a Christmas cocktail or two to toast the start of the celebrations.

From mulled sloe gin to espresso martinis and something to give your prosecco a festive twist, these Christmas drinks are sure to impress your guests over the holidays. Scroll on for 17 deliciously simple cocktail recipes to level up your mixology repertoire…

Gingerbread Gin cocktail

gingerbread cocktail

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml Whitley Neill
  • 25ml Gingerbread Syrup
  • 25ml Egg White

METHOD

Dip the rim of a glass in gingerbread syrup, then coat in gingerbread cookie crumbs. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the Whitley Neill, gingerbread syrup and egg white. Shake until the contents are well combined and chilled. Strain into prepared glass.

The Festive Star

cordon negro

INGREDIENTS

  • 25ml Grand Marnier
  • 10ml Honeycomb Syrup
  • 1-2 Dashes of Chocolate Bitters
  •  75ml of Freixenet Cordon Negro
  • Cinnamon Sugar Garnish / Freeze-Dried Orange [for garnish]

METHOD

Sugar the rim of your glass with lemon juice and cinnamon sugar and fill your glass with large chunks of ice. Add your Grand Marnier, Honeycomb Syrup and Chocolate bitters to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Gently strain into your champagne glass and top with Freixenet Cordon Negro before garnishing with a freeze-dried orange.

The Pomi

della vita prosecco rose

INGREDIENTS 

  • Chilled Della Vite DOC Rosé - 100ml
  • Belvoir Mulled Winter Spice Cordial - 15ml
  • Pomegranate Juice - 25ml
  • Garnish: Orange Zest

METHOD

Simply add all of the ingredients to a coupe glass, stir gently and garnish. The easy-to-make cocktail is perfect for those who want the great taste with minimal effort. 

EDITOR'S NOTE 

"The Della Vite prosecco was really delicious, dry, light, fresh and so drinkable. The pink was my particular favourite - who doesn't love a glass of sparkling pink at Christmas. And knowing that this prosecco is sustainably produced is even better."

Slingsby Rhubarb Rocker

slingsby rubharb rocker

INGREDIENTS

  • 35ml Slingsby Rhubarb Gin
  • 50ml cranberry juice
  • 15ml bourbon
  • Mint Leaves
  • 5 cranberries

METHOD

 Fill the glass with crushed ice and add ingredients, stir vigorously. Garnish with a mint spring and a dusting of icing sugar.

Chase Espresso Martini

chase espresso martini

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml Chase Espresso Vodka
  • 5ml runny honey
  • A pinch of coarse sea salt

METHOD

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, stir until the honey is dissolved. Add ice. Shake hard with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

EDITOR'S NOTE 

"A unique twist on the classic Espresso Martini, the Chase cocktail combines sweet and salty for a rich, addictive taste. Whether you're putting your feet up over the festive period or getting together with friends, this is a drink that you'll want to savour."

White Christmas Negroni

negroni

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 25ml Yuletide Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company
  • 25ml White Vermouth
  • 25ml Luxardo Bitter Branco

METHOD

Build over ice and stir to chill. Garnish with a clove studded orange wedge. It can also be batched into a pitcher for a group serve.

Hayman's Mulled Sloe Gin

haymans sloe gin

2 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 100ml Hayman's Sloe Gin
  • 250ml Red Wine
  • 2tsp Honey
  • Half a teaspoon of Allspice
  • To garnish: cinnamon stick, apple slice and/or blackberries

METHOD

Set a metal-based saucepan over a medium heat. Pour the Hayman’s Sloe Gin and red wine into the saucepan. Add in the honey and Allspice. Bring to a simmer and allow the mixture to simmer gently for 2-3 minutes. Pour into a handled glass, and garnish with a cinnamon stick, apple slice and/or blackberries.

The Ramos gin fizz cocktail

gin fizz cocktail

INGREDIENTS

  • 60ml gin
  • 15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 15ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 250ml sugar syrup
  • 3 drops vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 25ml double cream
  • Ice

METHOD

Put all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake hard. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a few cranberries, and a sprig of rosemary and serve. Recipe courtesy of Waitrose.

The Baileys Blush

baileys blush

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 35ml Baileys Irish Cream
  • 50ml Half and Half cream / milk
  • 15ml Cherry Heering
  • 12.5ml cherry syrup
  • Garnish with raspberry dipped in edible glitter / gold

METHOD

Add Baileys, Half and Half cream / milk, Cherry Heering, cherry syrup and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake hard!

Double strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass, use a tea strainer to remove any small shards of ice so the drink is nice and smooth.

Roll the raspberry in edible glitter or gold until it reaches your desired level of glam, cut a slit in the base of the raspberry and rest it on the edge of the glass.

EDITOR'S NOTE

"This is a wonderful twist on the classic Bailey's, particularly for those who find the cream liquor slightly too rich. The pink glitter appearance will definitely impress your party guests too, so I whipping this cocktail up for New Year's Eve."

CÎROC Chocolate and Vanilla

chocolate and vanilla

INGREDIENTS

  • 40ml CÎROC French Vanilla
  • 20ml sweet vermouth
  • 4 dashes of chocolate bitters
  • 20ml red wine (merlot/pinot work best)

METHOD

Shake all ingredients with cubed ice into a chilled glass. Garnish with cocoa beans if desired.

The White Lady 

white lady

INGREDIENTS

  • 20ml Cointreau
  • 20ml fresh lemon Juice
  • 45ml The Botanist Gin
  • Egg white (optional)

METHOD

Combine all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

The Pros-echo Falls

prose echo falls

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 25ml Echo Falls Summer Berries Vodka
  • 100ml Prosecco
  • Raspberry (for garnish)

METHOD:

Add 25ml of Echo Falls Summer Berries vodka and a raspberry to your favourite prosecco for a fruity twist to your celebrations.

Cheat's Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini Cold0 Brew

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml Conker Cold Brew
  • 25ml Vodka

METHOD

Combine vodka, ice and Conker Cold Brew. Shake and pour then adore! Garnish with coffee beans if desired.

Sparkling Peppermint Swirl

Sparkling peppermint swirl

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ½ oz. (approx. 75ml) Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE
  • 1.5 oz. (approx. 45ml) Vanilla flavoured vodka
  • 1 oz. (approx. 30ml) Crème de menth liquor

METHOD

In a shaker, combine ice, vodka and crème de menthe and grenadine. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with crushed candy canes. Top with Sparkling ICE and garnish with a candy cane.

METAXA 12 Stars Ginger Ale cocktail

metaxa

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml METAXA 12 Stars
  • Fever-Tree Ginger Ale
  • Orange Peel
  • Angostura Bitters

METHOD

Fill a long glass to the rim with ice, pour 50ml METAXA 12 Stars into the glass, Top up with Fever-Tree ginger ale and garnish with orange peel and 5-6 drops of Angostura.

The Pornstar Martini

passoa

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Slice of Juicy Pineapple
  • 1 Part Absolut Vanilia
  • 1 Half Passion fruit pulp
  • ¼ Part Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 Part Passoa
  • 1 Half passion fruit
  • 1 shot prosecco / champagne

METHOD

Muddle pineapple in a shaker. Add Absolut Vanilia, passion fruit pulp, vanilla syrup and Passoa. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnish with passion fruit. Serve with a side of prosecco or champagne in a shot glass.

The Botanist Apple Collins

 

apple collins

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml The Botanist Gin
  • Pressed cloudy apple juice
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Soda

METHOD

Pour all ingredients into an ice filled glass and top with soda. Garnish with a dehydrated apple slice and cinnamon dust.

The La Luce

della vita prosecco

INGREDIENTS 

  • Della Vite Superiore D.O.C.G - 100ml
  • Dry Vermouth - 35ml
  • Soda Water - 40ml
  • Three Basil Leaves 
  • Lemon Wedge for garnish

METHOD

Pour Dry Vermouth over ice, add the Della Vite Superiore Prosecco, three basil leaves and the soda water. Stir gently and garnish with a lemon wedge.

EDITOR'S NOTE

"The herbaceous burst in a La Luce makes it the perfect aperitif, so I'd make this if I had guests coming over for a dinner party or drinks. The basil and herb notes make the cocktail a great palette cleanser, and with its punchy taste, it's one I'll be drinking all year round."

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