Written by Christina Chrysostomou

7 great Christmas cocktail recipes

Need some inspiration for the holiday season ahead? Treat your friends and family to a selection of classic cocktails with a Christmas twist. By introducing flavours such as cinnamon, gingerbread, rosemary and cranberry, your guests will certainly feel the warmth and spirit of Christmas.

1. Mince Pie Martini

As Christmassy as a cocktail can get, this Mince Pie Martini uses actual mince meat. An alcohol-rich but pastry-free alternative to a festive favourite.

Ingredients:

For the Mince Pie Vermouth
  • 200ml Sweet Vermouth (Cocchi di Torino)
  • 200ml Dry Vermouth (Dolin Dry)
  • 100g Mince Meat mix, from the jar
For the Martini
  • 50ml 58 Gin English Berry
  • 30ml Mince Pie Vermouth
  • 5ml 1:1 Sugar Syrup
  • Orange slice

Method:

  1. To make the Mince Pie Vermouth, shake all three ingredients well and immediately strain
  2. Combine the mince pie vermouth with the 58 Gin English Berry and sugar syrup in a Nick & Nora glass
  3. Light the orange with a flame and squeeze for the zest – discard the zest at the end
A Mince Pie Martini in a Nick & Nora glass topped with a flamed orange slice - christmas cocktails recipes - goodhomesmagazine.com

Photo: 58 Gin

2. Plymouth Christmas Buck

Buck the trend this Christmas by using ginger ale as a mixer, instead of your usual tonic.

Ingredients

Method

  1. Combine 50ml of gin with 150ml of ginger ale and 20ml of lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for 15-20 seconds
  2. Using a strainer, serve over cubed ice
  3. Top with sprigs of rosemary and a couple of fresh cranberries and star anise to garnish
Plymouth Gin bottle with Christmas Buck cocktail by Pernod Ricard

Photo: Pernod Ricard

3. Chocolate orange martini

Ingredients

Method

  1. Combine 30ml of the vodka with 30ml of the coffee liqueur
  2. Next, add 15ml of the orange liqueur, 5ml of sugar syrup and 25ml of  the prepared espresso
  3. Pour into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice and shake for 15-20 seconds
  4. Strain into martini glasses and garnish with fresh orange slices
Absolut-Kahlua-Chocolate-Orange-Martini: Credit: Pernod Ricard

Photo: Pernod Ricard

4. Rhubarb and apple hot toddy

Ingredients

Method

  1. Pour 50ml Absolut Rhubarb and 75ml of cloudy apple juice
  2. Add 75ml of hot water and 15ml of maple syrup
  3. Serve in a mug, channeling the festive season by garnishing with a cinnamon stick and/or dehydrated lemon slice
Absolut Rhubarb Hot Toddy Bottle - Credit: Pernod Ricard

Photo: Pernod Ricard

5. Festive espresso martini

Ingredients

Method

  1. Combine 25ml coffee liqueur and 25ml vodka
  2. Add 10ml cinnamon syrup, 10ml of gingerbread syrup and 25ml of the prepared espresso
  3. Serve in a chilled cocoa powder dusted glass, reminiscent of a snowy winter setting
 Festive Espresso Martini with Absolut vodka and Kahlua bottles - Credit: Pernod Ricard

Photo: Pernod Ricard

6. Whiskey hot toddy

Ingredients

Method

  1. Combine 50ml of the whiskey with 10ml of the sugar syrup
  2. Top up with hot water
  3. Add 3 dashes of angostura bitters
  4. Garnish with a lemon wedge (studded with cloves if using)
 Whiskey hot toddy with Glenlivet bottle - Credit: Pernod Ricard

Photo: Pernod Ricard

7. Irish coffee

Take the classic Irish Coffee to the next level by adding Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition for extra chocolatey tones.

Ingredients

Method

  1. Pour 40ml of the whiskey and stir in 2 tsp Demarara sugar into a warmed glass until dissolved
  2. Add 75ml of the prepared dark roast coffee
  3. Gently float the whipped cream onto the coffee
  4. To garnish, sprinkle the grated nutmeg from a height
 Irish Coffee with Jameson Caskmates Stout Bottle - Credit: Pernod Ricard

Photo: Pernod Ricard

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