It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to bulk buy your favourite spirits and get cocktail-making with your friends and family.
We share with you, five of our favourite Christmas-inspired cocktails.
This can be served hot or cold though we recommend the latter at this time of year.
Add the sugar and spices to 150ml water, bring to the boil slowly and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Simmer for a couple of minutes before leaving to cool. Add the fruit and alcohol, stir well, cover and chill overnight.
Simply warm through on the stove and add the zest and star anise to serve.
100g Muscovado sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
Simple yet elegant, the vivid pink colour of this cocktail looks impressive when served in a flute with raspberries which fizz as you drop them into the glass.
Bubbly at the ready!
40ml Crème de Cassis (or Chambord)
Gingerbread and Espresso Martini
15ml Gingerbread syrup
3 coffee beans
This is a delicious cocktail that has maximum impact with the least effort and is a great liquid alternative to dessert.
Simply shake together all ingredients with ice and strain into a sugar and cinnamon rimmed glass.
Add the coffee beans to serve.
Smooth, velvety and warming.
Alternatively known as milk punch, this rich and creamy concoction has been around since the 17th century.
Nothing instantly evokes the idea of Christmas and the festive season quite as much as eggnog does.
570ml whole milk
240ml double cream
An ideal celebratory drink, this intriguing whisky-based cocktail is an ideal alternative to serving neat, with citrus and spicy notes.
Stir together all ingredients and orange zest with ice, pour onto ice and garnish with orange peel, a cherry and sprinkling of black pepper to serve.
50ml Chivas Regal 12-year-old Whisky
5ml Laphroaig Whisky
5ml Maple syrup
Dash Angostura bitters
Pinch black pepper
Christmas Cake Martini
Whether you’re a fan of Christmas cake or not, we think everyone should try this delightful cocktail that is simply Christmas in a glass.
To create, add each of the ingredients and ice to a cocktail shaker, shake well and strain into a Martini glass.
Add a cinnamon dipped cherry to serve.
We promise your guests will love it.
5ml Cherry Brandy
5ml Lime juice
Rudolph’s Night Off
This cocktail looks so Christmassy – the red of the drink itself and the green of the rosemary garnish suiting each other so well. Like a Rum Buck, this ginger beer-based beverage is crisp and refreshing, slightly sour and sharp with a touch of spice.
Add ice and each ingredient - bar the ginger beer - to a cocktail shaker before shaking well, straining into a highball glass filled with ice, topping with the ginger beer and garnishing with the rosemary sprig and pomegranate seeds.
100ml Bundaberg Ginger Beer
60ml White rum
15ml Lemon juice
1 sprig rosemary (or rosemary simple syrup)
Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Espresso Martini
Strong, silky and sweet, this is the ultimate way to enjoy Jägermeister’s coffee version of this popular spirit.
Add each ingredient to a shaker will ice, shake and double strain before serving in its signature Martini glass.
12.5ml Vanilla syrup
5ml salted caramel spread
Ciroc Coconut Vodka
This cocktail is deliciously sweet and moreish.
Simply stir together each ingredient, including 15ml of lime juice and pour into a highball glass filled with ice, top up with cranberry juice and garnish with a slice of lime.
100ml Cranberry juice
40ml Ciroc Coconut Vodka
Ciroc Peach Vodka Cobbler
Creamy, sweet and nutty, this is a delicious cocktail, stylish and very simple to prepare.
30ml Ciroc Peach Vodka
30ml Frangelico Liqueur
30ml double cream
Pinch Demerara or Muscovado sugar
2 digestive biscuits
A gorgeously rich yet smooth drink where the sweetness can be adjusted with the level of ice and garnish. The ideal evening drink at Christmas or dessert idea.
Rim a tumbler, rocks or lowball glass with the sugar and crushed biscuits. Add each element to a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain and pour over your glass with ice.