Christmas Cocktails

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

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  • 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. So add one of the season’s best winter coats to your wishlist, get clued up on the online Christmas shopping hacks and sit back with one of these delicious Christmas cocktails that are sure to keep you warm this winter.

    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.

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    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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