The best cocktails to make this Christmas

These seasonal tipples promise to jingle your bells all Christmas

Over Christmas, the drinks cabinet is raided. Bottles untouched for the rest of the year are fished out, dusted off and quaffed without regret – until Boxing Day morning, that is.

But rather than swilling Advocat and old port, why not try out one of these seasonal tipples – which are certain to jingle your bells all through the season.

The best cocktails to make this Christmas

The Partridge in a Pear Tree

This Christmas, Searcys Champagne Bar at St Pancras is offering the Partridge in a Pear Tree cocktail – a warming mix of smooth whiskey, spiced with homemade christmas syrup, a touch of Orange Bitters and Searcys’ own Special Cuvee Champagne.

To recreate at home, take a measure of smokey whisky, add half a measure of spiced syrup – Searcys suggest something with cinammon, nutmeg, ginger and star anise notes – and a dash or two of orange bitters. Throw in half a measure of pear liquor, shake, decant into a champagne flute and top up with sparkling wine.

The best cocktails to make this Christmas

Spiced Mulled Wine

Begin by pouring some seasonal spices – cinnamon, star anise and cloves will do – into a pan, along with half a cup of water and three tablespoons of muscovado sugar. Simmer for two minutes, and throw in one lemon and two clementines, both thinly sliced.

Pour into a jug, and add half a cup of Cointreau and a bottle of light red wine, such as Beaujolais. Chill overnight and, when serving, subvert the mulled wine tradition by icing your cocktail in a highball glass with a twist of orange zest.

The best cocktails to make this Christmas

The Harvest Sparkle

Again, grab a saucepan, and mix half a cup of honey, a dash of ground ginger, cinnamon and cloves and a cup of orange juice over a medium heat. In a shaker, mix together two cups of bourbon with a cup of cider honey syrup over ice.

Strain into a pitcher and chill. When serving, top up with prosecco to top up glasses and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

The best cocktails to make this Christmas

The Raspberry Russian

Start by adding an ounce of vodka, an ounce of Chambord and an ounce of heavy cream to a shaker. Stir together thoroughly, and decant into a rocks glass – over ice. Top with three fresh strawberries. Simple, but seasonal.

The best cocktails to make this Christmas

Apple Pie on the Rocks

Firstly, sugar rim your rocks glasses with brown sugar. Then, in a martini shaker, pour one ounce of vanilla vodka, one ounce of Fireball whiskey and four ounces of apple juice over ice. Add a dash of cinnamon.

Shake around ten times, and pour into your prepared glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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