Christmas Cocktails

These are the most festive & indulgent cocktails to try and knock up over the holidays

Need a Christmas tipple to warm you up?

There’s nothing like a few rich, festive Christmas cocktails to get you in the party mood. Here’s our round-up of the best Christmas drinks and how to make them over the winter season. Bottoms up!

Christmas cocktails recipes

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WHITE MULLED WINE
Recipe by Aubaine

Ingredients (serves 6):
1 lemon
1 orange
25g Honey
175g Sugar
3 star anise
6 whole cloves
2 cinnamon Sticks
150ml Water
1 bottle White wine

Method:
Cut the lemons and oranges into thin quarter slices and add to a pan, before adding in the honey, sugar and star anise. Next, cut the cinnamon sticks lengthways in half, then in half again, and add to the pan. Heat all the ingredients on the stove until they begin to lightly caramelise, then add the water. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, add the wine to the pan, and let it simmer for another 5 minutes. Decant into a large soup dish and keep warm. Serve in a latte glass with a star anise and a quarter slice of orange to garnish.

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MINCE PIE FREAKSHAKE
Recipe by Smith & Sinclair

Ingredients:
200ml Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold 200ml Mince Pie Syrup
500ml milk
6 scoops vanilla ice cream
Mince pies (to serve)

Method:
To create the mince pie syrup, mix 600g mincemeat in a pan with 200g sugar and 200ml water. Bring to the boil and chill for 30 mins. Then, in a blender, whizz the milk, ice cream, mince pie syrup and Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold. Pour into a mason jar or tall glass. Decorate the glass with syrup and sprinkles. Place mince pies on top of the glass and stab a straw through to drink.

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CHAMPAGNE EGGNOG
Recipe by Gleneagles

Ingredients:
1 whole egg
50ml cream
10ml crème de cacao blanc
5ml maraschino
120ml champagne
Garnish: nutmeg

Method:
In to a cocktail shaker, shake all ingredients, excluding the Champagne, then strain into a fizz glass or small wine glass. Once in the glass, fill with champagne until the foam over fills the brim of the glass. Sprinkle grated nutmeg on the top.

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THE REINDEER
Recipe by Ketel One

Ingredients:
20ml Ketel One Citroen
1tsp fresh ginger juice
12.5ml festive spice syrup (see ingredients and method below)
1tsp fresh lemon juice
Champagne

Method:
For the festive spice syrup, stir half a cup of hot water and half a cup of sugar in a pan until sugar is dissolved. Add one cracked cinnamon stick, 1/2 a split vanilla stick and one teaspoon of cracked Szechuan peppers. Cover for 15 minutes then strain and cool liquid. Next, shake Ketel One Citroen, juices and syrup with ice and strain into a flute glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with a sprig of holly and a single fresh cherry.

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CHRISTMAS CHEER
Recipe by Dirty Martini

Ingredients:
20ml Bols Genever
10ml Tanqueray Gin
20ml Cherry Heering Liqueur
20ml Raspberry Syrup
10ml Luxardo Maraschino
20ml Pomegranate Juice
2 dashes Orange Bitters
2 Amarena Cherries on Heart skewer, 1 sprayed gold

Method:
Add all ingredients to a Boston tin, then add cubed ice, shake & strain into a chilled glass. Garnish & serve.

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SPROUTING GIN FIZZ
Recipe by Smith & Sinclair

Ingredients:
50ml Gordon’s gin
2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
100ml Cranberry Syrup
200ml Cranberry Juice
100ml Honey
100ml Prosecco
Caramelised Brussels Sprouts (to serve)
Ice

Method: For the cranberry syrup, fry par-boiled Brussels sprouts with a drizzle of honey until caramelised. Take out of the pan and pour 200ml of cranberry juice and 100ml of honey into the same pan. Boil and cool. Next, in a tall glass pour ice, Gordon’s gin, lemon juice, lime juice and the cranberry syrup and stir. Top with Prosecco and garnish with a spike of caramelised Brussels sprouts.

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FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK
Recipe by Three Six Six

Ingredients (single serve):
25ml Pogues Irish Whiskey
20ml Ancho Syrup
40ml Orange Shrub
20ml Aperol
3 spays of Cynar

Method:
Add all the ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously. Pour your drink through a strainer and enjoy.

Dickie Fitz

Sam Anyanwu, head barman at Dickie Fitz in London, also has three cocktail recipes for you to try. Make sure to tweet us @marieclaireuk to let us know how you get on.

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TIM TAM

Ingredients:
50ml Smirnoff 
Wild Honey vodka
60ml espresso
25ml Kahlua
2tbsp sugar syrup
Ice cubes
Tim Tam or similar biscuit

Method:
Place a Martini glass in the freezer, then add all the liquid ingredients and ice to 
a cocktail shaker. Shake then strain into the glass, and finish with the biscuit.

dickie-fitz-fitzmas-fizz

FITZMAS FIZZ

Ingredients:
25ml Amaretto
20ml Vermouth
25ml ginger beer
A dash of ginger ale
A dash of red 
wine
Ice cubes
Cloves
A slice of 
orange
A cinnamon stick for garnish.

Method:
Add the Amaretto, 
Vermouth and ginger beer to the shaker, shake with ice and strain into a glass. Top it up with ginger ale and stir, 
before adding a layer of red wine. 
Garnish with a slice of orange spiked 
with cloves and a cinnamon stick.

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YOU BEAUT

Ingredients:
25ml Bombay Sapphire gin or green tea-infused gin (to make, put a green tea bag into the Bombay Sapphire bottle the day before)
3 tbsp lemon juice
Prosecco or Champagne
Lemon peel

Method:
Pour the gin and lemon juice into a shaker, shake well with ice and strain into a flute. Top it up with Prosecco or Champagne and stir. 
Finish with a twist of lemon peel.

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