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Top 10 Christmas cocktails

‘Tis the season to get hosting, and what better way to entertain your nearest and dearest than with a Christmas cocktail. Here, we’ve assembled the top jolly tipples.

13926-christmas-cocktails-1680x1050-holiday-wallpaperCombining the evocative tastes of warm spice, orange sweetness, honey, oak and a variety of other festive flavours, these Christmas cocktails will help see you through the season in style – thanks no less to the alcohol they can pack!

With examples based both on classic Christmas treats as well as innovative show-stoppers, using this list should leave no guest wanting at your celebratory bash.

So take a flick through and get inspired by our Top 10 Christmas cocktails, and if we’ve left out your favourite, please leave a comment below…

Thanks to Staritsky Levitsky and Alexander & James for their suggestions

10. Hot Tanqueray Cider

656683 midThis winter warmer is packed with sweet apple flavours and a hint of cinnamon – a simple, spicy, refreshing treat.

Ingredients:
35ml Tanqueray No. Ten
15ml Fresh lemon juice
15ml Simple syrup
3 Dashes bitters
3 Dashes hot apple cider

Method:
Combine the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters in a clear glass mug.
Top with hot apple cider and stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

9. Grand Spice Coffee

205127 midThe fragrant notes of ginger, cinnamon and orange are the epitome of festivity in this cognac-fuelled pick-me-up.

Ingredients:
22.5ml Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
Espresso shot
Whipped cream
Cinnamon powder
Ginger powder

Method:
Combine the espresso and Grand Marnier in a cocktail glass, with a pinch of powdered cinnamon.
Top with a thin layer of whipped cream and sprinkle with powdered ginger.

8. Charente’s Mulled Wine

CHARENTE'S MULLED WINE - WARM COCKTAILThis warm cocktail is full bodied using sweet honey and fragrant orange cognac. The nutmeg garnish adds a touch of spice, making a great winter warmer.

Ingredients:
35ml Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
10ml Sugar syrup*
10ml Honey (or 20ml honey syrup)
100ml Red wine
1 Egg yolk

Method:
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker, shake and pour into a pan, then warm until the mixture gets a smooth appearance.

Serve in a goblet, garnish with and a slice of orange.

*How to make the sugar syrup:
Dissolve 1kg of caster sugar in one litre of water and bring to simmer slowly. A one to one sugar is best for this recipe.

7. Mince Pie Martini

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An inventive take on the classic Christmas treat, you’re recommended to enjoy this cocktail with its solid pudding namesake.

Ingredients:
50ml of Staritsky & Levitsky Reserve Vodka
1 Heaped tablespoon of mincemeat
50 ml Pressed apple juice
Double cream
Brown sugar

Method:
Chill your ingredients beforehand. Add mincemeat, apple juice and vodka to shaker, muddle all ingredients’ together well and strain into chilled martini.

Float a layer of double cream and finish with a sprinkle of brown sugar.

6. West Park Smoky Gingerbread Manhattan

West Park Smoky Gingerbread ManhattanCreated by Mark Young, bar manager at West Park Hotel, Harrogate, this show-stopper is perfect for a pre-Christmas bash that will get everyone talking.

Ingredients:
30ml Whisky
30ml Pain d’Epices Gingerbread Liqueur
15ml Vermouth
15ml Apple Juice
Gingerbread men to garnish

Method:
Place all ingredients into a mixing glass. Shake with ice then stir until combined and strain into a carafe.

Add a 1 inch cube of food grade dry ice* to the carafe, leave to smoke for one minute then strain into a chilled martini glass (with ice ball).
Serve with freshly baked gingerbread men

*NB Follow safety precautions when handling dry ice. Do not add directly to the drink and do not consume.

5. Spiced Mulled Staritsky

Frosty-Mule-1-290x290When we think of the term “mulled”, we don’t automatically have to think of wine…

Ingredients:
1  70cl Bottle of Staritsky & Levitsky Reserve Vodka
2 Cinnamon stick
2 Star anise
2 Cloves
3 Orange, sliced
2 Lemon, sliced
50g/1¾oz brown sugar
Orange slice

Method:
Decant vodka into a jug, add all ingredients to jug, stir until sugar is dissolved.
Leave for flavours to develop for 24 hours. Serve with cranberry juice or on the rocks. Garnish with a slice of Orange.

4. Cîroc Velvet

Ciroc_VelvetThis champagne-topped sophisticated cocktail is perfect for Christmas parties.

Ingredients:
35ml Cîroc vodka
20ml Peach nectar
5ml Vanilla syrup
15ml Apple juice
Champagne

Method:
Shake all ingredients together, find strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Top with Champagne

3. Bigardia Eggnog

BIGARADIA EGG NOGThere’s no better way to get ready for Christmas than sipping on an evocative Eggnog cocktail.

Ingredients:
35ml Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
15ml Tanqueray No. Ten
1 Dash port or Lillet Rouge
1 Dash of sugar
1 Egg
25ml Half & half cream

Method:
Pour all ingredients in a shaker, shake with ice cubes and double cream strain into a goblet.
Grate some nutmeg on top.

2. Gin Twist

Gin-cocktail

This classic mix harks back to the era of A Christmas Carol, when cocktails were in their infancy and gin was the soak of choice, especially in cold snaps around Christmas.

Ingredients:
London dry gin 30ml
Fresh-squeezed lemon juice 30ml
Hot water 30ml
Sugar to taste

Method:
Combine the gin, lemon juice, and hot water in a punch cup.
Add sugar to taste and garnish with a lemon twist to prove the juice was fresh not bottled.

1. Christmas Puddingtini 

salvatore-calabrese-Christmas-pudding-tiniThis is one to pull out the bag if you’re one to show off at a Christmas party. Created by Salvatore Calabrese, and served at his bar at The Playboy Club in London, the Christmas Puddingtini is certainly a fire starter.

Ingredients:
75ml frozen Tanqueray Gin
10ml Courvosier Cognac
10ml White Creme de Cacao
Dash of Sambuca
Miniature Christmas pudding

Method:
Pour all of the ingredients, except for the Sambuca, into a mixing glass with ice and stir, before straining into a chilled cocktail glass.
Using either spoon or a metal cocktail stirrer, dip a mini Christmas pudding into a small liqueur glass filled with Sambuca and soak, before lighting your pudding and dropping it into the prepared cocktail.

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