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Merry & bright: 5 of our favourite Christmas cocktails

Christmas is all about indulgence – what better time to put on a bit of sparkle and treat yourself to a glam beverage? Whether throwing a glitzy party or just treating yourself at home, we’ve got some great inspiration for your new festive signature drink.

1. Love a Snowball? Try Jack Frost’s Luxury Snowball

The Snowball is the main contender for most people’s Christmas cocktail. A 70s staple, this retro classic is quaffed in homes across the nation each year. We’ve got an exciting new twist – warming ginger and a splash of old-fashioned Babycham!

You’ll need 100ml of golden caster sugar, a handful of sliced ginger, 100ml ginger syrup, 100ml advocaat and plenty of Babycham to top up the glass.

To make it, you first need to make a ginger syrup. Pour 100ml water, the golden caster sugar and the sliced ginger into a pan and bring to a boil. Once it’s gently simmering, allow the mixture to cool, then strain through a sieve.

After this, fill a tall glass with ice and pour the advocaat and ginger syrup into a cocktail shaker. Give it a hearty shake, and then pour into the glass. Top up with Babycham and serve – delish!

2. Love a Cosmo? Try a Kris Kringle

This drink is the perfect combination of sweet-and-sour; it’s tart yet surgary. Combining traditional Cosmopolitan ingredients, this little number is perfect for any party. Bonus points for the fact that it’s red – it even looks Christmassy!

Per person, allow 45ml of citrus vodka, 15ml triple sec, 30ml cranberry juice and a squeeze of fresh lime. This one is so easy; you just pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice, give it a good shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

For a little extra flair, grab some orange zest and a wedge of lime. Hold a one-inch round piece of orange zest a hand’s width away from the drink, and carefully wave it over a lit match or lighter flame. Gently fold the outer edge of the zest in towards the flame so that the orange oils are released, and then drop the zest into your drink. With the lime wedge, rub the flesh of the fruit around the edge of the glass for a good kick!

3. Love a refreshing pint of Cider? Try a Winter Warming Cider

A festive mulled cider is a great option for parties as it can be kept in a pan or slow cooker for guests to help themselves and it’s not expensive to make in large quantities. For this recipe, and to serve about 15 – 20 drinks, you’ll need 3.5 litres of dry apple cider, 3tsp freshly chopped ginger, two pieces of whole star anise, 1tsp of unsalted butter and ½tsp of vanilla extract.

Combine all of the above ingredients in sauce pot along with other ingredients except for the butter. Gently bring to a boil, then lower flame until it is happily simmering away. Strain and discard solids before you whisk in the butter. Pour the hot cider into a mug, top with whipped cream, and garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange zest.

4. Love summery Sangria? Try White Christmas Sangria

This beautiful, seasonal drink is a personal favourite of ours. Perfect for parties or a fantastic option for Christmas morning. The rosemary and whole cranberry garnish is reminiscent of an old-fashioned Christmas tree and its ornaments! If any of the herbs and fruits listed below aren’t to your liking, feel free to substitute your own, but we’d always recommend opting for something seasonal to retain the yuletide vibe.

To make eight drinks, you’ll need three Granny Smith apples, a large orange, a cup of fresh cranberries and a cup of fresh raspberries, two bottles dry white wine (it doesn’t have to be fancy), 50g of sugar, and 500ml of ginger ale or club soda.

Chop the apples (discard the cores) and orange into slices, and place into a large pitcher, and then add the cranberries and raspberries. Using a spoon, carefully stir whilst keeping the fruit intact.

Pour in all of the wine and sugar, and stir to combine. Pop the pitcher into the fridge, and allow it to chill for about half an hour. When you’re ready to serve, top the pitcher with ginger ale or club soda, and add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary to garnish.

5. Love Espresso Martini? Try a Gingerbread Latte Martini

A traditional Espresso Martini is a sumptuous blend that promises you’ll be able to keep up with the pack if you’re flagging on a social occasion. It’s most often supped in a party atmosphere, but we think it works best after a large meal… y’know, like Christmas dinner? It’s a luxurious digestif, and both the coffee and the coffee liqueur aid digestion.

Per person, you’ll need 50ml Grey Goose vodka, 35ml coffee liqueur, one shot (25ml) of espresso, some gingerbread syrup and plenty of ice.

Fill the martini glass with ice to chill, and fill the cocktail shaker with ice too. Next pour all the ingredients into the shaker. Shake it vigorously (the ice needs to smash up to cool the coffee concoction in the shaker) then strain the contents through a sieve directly into the glass – the strainer and the sieve helps create that signature smooth, frothy top.

Garnish with sprinkle of nutmeg, and welcome in the festive season!

Do you have a favourite Christmas cocktail? Let us know!

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