christmas cocktails

The best cocktails to serve this Christmas

These are the best seasonal tipples to start shaking around the Christmas tree...

We’re calling it here: it is officially time to stop your efforts of resistance and start preparing for Christmas. The season of festive soirées is well and truly upon us — bringing with it countless opportunities to get well oiled before midday (and experimental with the Akvavit sitting at the back of your dusty drinks cabinet).

If you’re looking for a little seasonal inspiration, we’ve done the hard work of sourcing the festive favourites sure to impress even your Scroogiest guests. Whether you prefer your tipple gin-based or flambéd; fruity or fragrant — read on for our curation of the best.

The Adru Martini

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Created by Tom Jolly of The American Bar, Gleneagles Hotel, this cocktail blends Orange Bitters and Vanilla Pods to complement the coastal flavours of the Isle of Harris Gin, creating a Christmassy concoction too delicious to resist.

Ingredients
50ml Isle of Harris Gin
25ml Lillet Blanc
1.5ml Sugar Syrup
2 dashes of Orange Bitters
1 dash of Vanilla Saline
Lemon peel

Method

  • Make the vanilla saline by adding 40g of sea salt to 100ml of water and 3 split vanilla pods, then leave to infuse for 24 hours
  • Add all the ingredients, except for the lemon, to a chilled mixing glass
  • Add a large block of ice and stir until the liquid is chilled and suitably diluted
  • Strain into a frozen coupe glass
  • Squeeze oils from lemon over the drink and rub the stem with remaining peel
  • Drop peel into drink as a garnish

Cointreau’s The Sofa

The best cocktails to serve this Christmas

To celebrate Maison Cointreau’s 170th Anniversary and the brand’s collaboration with Vincent Darre, Alfred Cointreau, sixth generation of the Cointreau family, was inspired by the places that make – and are – Vincent Darre, those in which he lives and those he designs.

Complete with Cointreau, fresh lime juice, macadamia nut syrup and pineapple juice, The Sofa makes for the perfect cocktail to enjoy this Christmas season, perfectly balanced with a hint of nutty syrups and citrus freshness.

Ingredients
40ml Cointreau
20ml Fresh lime juice
20ml Macadamia nut syrup
80ml Pineapple juice

Method

  1. Pour all ingredients directly into a shaker
  2. Shake vigorously before serving in a chilled martini glass
  3. Garnish with an orange peel and pineapple leaf
  4. Enjoy!

Metaxa Hot Sun Mug

The best cocktails to serve this Christmas

Why not mix up your usual warm seasonal drinks with a Metaxa Hot Sun Mug – the perfect warming cocktail for those cold winter nights. Packaged up in a tin mug or copper mule, this winter warmer features Metaxa 12 Stars, hot apple juice garnished with a cinnamon stick and a slice of apple. This delicious twist on the usual mulled wine brings with it hints of dried fruits and spices, making it the perfect warm treat for the Christmas season.

Ingredients
4cl Metaxa 12 Stars
Hot Apple Juice
Cinnamon stick and a slice of apple (to garnish)

Method

  1. Lightly heat natural apple juice and pour it in your favourite mug
  2. Fill 2/3 high
  3. Add 4cl of Metaxa 5 Stars
  4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a slice of apple

The Botanist Bramble

The best cocktails to serve this Christmas

A renowned festive tipple, The Botanist Bramble, complete with The Botanist Gin, lemon and honey water, drizzled with Aelder Elixir and garnished with bramble and rosemary, is the perfect cocktail for a cosy winter night and a guaranteed favourite at any festive party. 

Ingredients
50ml Botanist gin
150ml lemon and honey water
Drizzle Aelder Elixir
Bramble and rosemary to garnish

Method

  • Keeping the bramble syrup back, shake the other ingredients with ice
  • Pour into a rocks glass over crushed ice
  • Drizzle the bramble syrup over the top
  • Garnish with freshly picked berries and a young bramble leaf

For an alcohol-free alternative: Three Spirit Social Spritzer

The best cocktails to serve this Christmas

For those not drinking this Christmas, The Three Spirit Social Spritzer is ideal for those who don’t want to miss out on the fun. Made using herbs and plants Three Spirit is bittersweet with a savoury bite, ideal for making this non-alcoholic tipple based on the Espresso Martini. Mix espresso-strength coffee, Three Spirit and maple syrup – you can also add an optional 15ml dark rum to make it slightly boozy!

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