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December 2020 / Food & Drink / by Felicity Williams

10 Christmas Cocktail Recipes

Add some Christmas cheer with this round up of the best cocktails to add to the festivities.

1. Tanqueray No. TEN Dirty Martini – a classic cocktail

 Ingredients

  • 50ml Tanqueray NoTEN
  • 10ml dry vermouth
  • 5ml olive brine

Method

  1. Stir the Tanqueray No. TEN, Olive Brine and Dry Vermouth together, and pour it into a chilled martini glass.

2. Junimperium Spiked Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 50ml Junimperium winter edition gin
  • 150ml Fresh, cold milk
  • 40g of Rococo dark chocolate
  • 25ml sugar syrup
  • Whipped cream to garnish

Method 

  1. On the saucepan, mix together, milk, sugar syrup and grind in the chocolate.
  2. Stir the mix until the chocolate has dissolved, leaving only pinch left on top, turn off the stove.
  3. Pour in the glass and add the gin. Stir, until it is mixed.
  4. Add a bit of grinded chocolate and a slice of dehydrated orange.
  5. Finish with 10cl of whipped cream on top.

3. Palm Beach Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 50ml Palm Beach Banana and Butterscotch Rum Liqueur
  • 25ml Hotel Chocolat Cream Liqueur
  • Top with hot chocolate

Method

  1. Add 50ml of Palm Beach Banana and Butterscotch Rum Liqueur and 25ml of the Hotel Chocolat Cream Liqueur to a mug.
  2. Separately, create your hot chocolate and when ready, also add to the mug.
  3. Top with mini marshmallows and enjoy.

4. The Copper Dog Copper Toddy

Ingredients

  • 40ml Copper Dog
  • 20ml Fortnum’s X Conker Distillery Cold Brew Tea Liqueur
  • 125ml medium cider
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 lemon wedge 

Method

To make the Earl Grey syrup

  1. To create the Earl Grey syrup steep an Earl Grey tea bag in a cup of boiling water for 3 minutes.
  2. Mix equal parts caster sugar and boiling tea, stir until all sugar is dissolved.
  3. Let stand for 5 minutes and stir again and pour into a mug (the VonShef Copper Moscow Mule Glasses add further to the theme).
  4. Heat all ingredients in a small saucepan on a gentle heat and make sure not to boil.

5. Woodford Reserve – Old Fashioned

Ingredients

  • 50ml Woodford Reserve
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • 3 dashes of angostura bitters

Method

  1. Add the sugar syrup to the glass with the bitters.
  2. Add roughly 1/3 of the Woodford Reserve with 3 ice cubes and stir. Keep repeating until the Woodford Reserve is finished.
  3. Garnish with an orange twist, cherry and serve.

6. Hawkes Winter Cider

Ingredients

  • 1 litre Hawkes Winter Cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 6 cloves
  • Small cube of fresh ginger
  • Orange peel

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients into a large pan on a medium/low heat. Simmer for 30 minutes to release flavour from ingredients.
  2. Leave spices and peel in the pan and ladle cider into a heatproof glass (Muji offer heat-resistant glasses).
  3. Add a slice of orange to garnish.

Hawkes Winter Cider 3L box, £16.95 (brewdog.com)


7. Bala Baya Spirit of Christmas

Ingredients

  • 50ml Smokey Monkey Shoulder
  • 15ml cherry heering liqueur
  • 15ml antica banana liqueur
  • Freeze-dried cherry powder

Method

  1. Add the smokey spirit to the liqueurs, and shake till everything is combined.
  2. Finish with a sprinkling of Freeze-Dried Cherry Powder (it can be picked up online and health food stores).

8. J&B Rare Clementine High Ball

Ingredients 

  • 50ml J&B Rare
  • 125ml Franklin & Son’s Mandarin mixer
  • 4 dashes of orange bitters
  • 5ml sugar syrup
  • Zest of an orange and star anise

Method 

  1. In a highball glass add ice and build the ingredients.
  2. Garnish with the zest of an orange and one star anise.

9. Aluna Martini

  • 50ml Aluna Coconut Coffee Liqueur (vegan)
  • Double Shot Espresso Martini

Method 

  1. Shake all ingredients with cubed ice. Strain into a coupe.
  2. Garnish with coffee beans and grated chocolate.
  3. If you’re looking for something a little stronger, add 15ml of Aluna Coconut to keep the coconut coming.

Aluna Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur is vegan and bottled at 25% abv. Available in 50cl bottles, £20 (alunacoconut.com)


10. Smokehead Snow Ball

The 5cl bottles of Smokehead original, High Voltage and the brand-new expression Rum Rebel, are the ideal measure to sample and enjoy Smokehead neat or mix it up in a daring Christmas cocktail, such as:

Ingredients

  • 25ml Smokehead
  • 50ml Advocaat
  • 12.5ml gingerbread syrup
  • Lemonade

Method

  1. Add Smokehead, Advocaat and gingerbread syrup to an ice-filled glass.
  2. Stir and top up with lemonade.