Cocktails and Mocktails to Get You in the Festive Spirit

Despite the fact we’re not even halfway through November, it’s fair to say a lot of people have definitely got into the Christmas spirit; the shops are stocked with Santa chocolate, and cheesy Christmas movies are playing on our TVs. So, here’s six recipes that you can try out and enjoy this year!

Cocktails

Mulled Wine Cocktail
Mulled wine is a must-have drink on Christmas, and although you could settle for the classic, why not spice it up a bit and create a mulled wine cocktail? It might take a little extra effort but I promise you it’s worth it. mulledwine

Ingredients – Serves 4-6

  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 150ml water
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 clementines
  • 150ml Cointreau
  • 750ml red wine
  • Twist of orange peel and star anise to serve
Method

Put 100g light muscovado sugar in a pan with 1 star anise, 1 cinnamon stick, 4 cloves and 150ml water. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Simmer for 2 mins, then pour into a large jug and leave to cool. Add 1 lemon and 2 clementines, both thinly sliced, to the jug along with 150ml Cointreau and a 750ml bottle of light red wine, such as a Beaujolais. Stir well, then cover and chill for at least 2 hrs or overnight if you can.
Serve chilled or over ice, with a twist of orange zest and star anise. If you’d like to serve a traditional warm mulled wine, there’s no need to chill – simply warm through without boiling and serve in heatproof glasses.

 

The Snowball
This one is a classic, both simple and tasty, it’s perfect for Christmas festivities! Advocaat gives the Snowball creates a smooth and creamy drink that helps ignite the childlike wonder of Christmas. snowball christmas cocktail drinks

Ingredients – Serves one

  • 10-15ml lime juice
  • 50ml advocaat
  • 50ml sparkling lemonade
  • ice, to serve
  • a maraschino cherry or cinnamon stick to serve

Method

Fill a glass with ice and if using, add up to 15ml of lime juice or lime cordial (or to your taste). Pour the advocaat and lemonade over the ice and stir gently until the outside of the glass feels cold.

Finish cocktail with the garnish of your choice.


 

Clementine Martini

Clementines may not always spring to mind as a quintessential part of Christmas, but they’ve always reminded me of sitting by the fire with family as we ate clementine syllabub. So of course I had to add a clementine cocktail recipe in here, and I went with a clementine martini, a tasty twist on a cocktail classic.

clementine christmas martini cocktail drink

Ingredients – Serves about 10

  • Juice of 6 clementines
  • 100ml vodka
  • 100ml Cointreau
  • A bottle of Prosecco

Method

Put some Martini glasses (or champagne flutes) into the freezer. Mix the clementine juice, vodka and Cointreau in a jug, then chill for 1 hr (or up to 1 day). Thinly slice the 2 clementines to use as a garnish.
To serve, put a clementine slice into each frosty glass. Fill almost halfway with the chilled jug mixture, then open the bottle of fizz and top up the glasses.

 

Spiced Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitans are a favourite cocktail worldwide and with the addition of spiced sugar syrup, we’ve transformed a standard cocktail into a fantastically festive edition of a popular modern classic.

christmas spiced cosmopolitan cocktail cosmo Ingredients – Serves one
For the cocktail
  • 50 ml Fruity Tipples captivating cranberry liqueur
  • 25 ml Fruity Tipples luscious lemon liqueur
  • 50 ml cranberry juice
  • 25 ml Fruity tipples Orange liqueur (triple sec)
  • 15 ml Lime juice
  • 10 ml xmas spiced sugar syrup
  • ice

For the sugar syrup

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • a sliced orange 10 cloves
  • 5 star anise 1/2 grated nutmeg
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger cut into slices
Method

To make the spiced sugar syrup, add all of the aromatics, sugar, and water into the pan and put on the heat to a boil. Once it’s reached a boil, lower the heat and leave it to simmer for 5 minutes. Once the sugar syrup has come together, strain the liquid into a heatproof glass jar, or a sterile bottle until cooled.

For the Cosmopolitan, half fill your cocktail shaker or the closest equivalent you have on hand with ice. Add all of the cocktail ingredients into the shaker, and place on the lid firmly holding it in place as you vigorously shake everything together for at least 20 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker is visibly frosty. Once well shaken, strain your cocktail into your prepared glass, and optionally garnish with a  twist of orange peel and some spices.


 

Mocktail

Alcohol-Free Gin and Tonic

If you’re skipping on the alcohol this year, but don’t want to be left out of the festivities, don’t worry, I’ve done some research into the tastiest mocktails for this festive season. To start us off, how about an alcohol-free version of a classic, the G&T?

gin and tonic alcohol free mocktail chritsmas spiced g&t

Ingredients – Serves 6-8

  • 5 cardamom pods
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 chamomile teabag
  • ½ bunch mint leaves
  • 1 strip lemon zest
  • 5 cloves
  • ½ bunch rosemary
  • tonic water, to top up
  • ice

Method

Bruise the cardamom pods and slice the cucumber. Put them both in a large jug and add the chamomile teabag, mint leaves, lemon zest, cloves and rosemary. Top up with 500ml cold water. Leave to infuse in the fridge for 2-4 hrs. To serve, strain the infused water and pour 50ml of it into each glass. Top up with tonic water and lots of ice.


 

Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail

Pomegranate is absolutely an underrated fruit for cocktails, and this pomegranate mojito mocktail highlights just why we should be using them more often, just without the consequence of a headache the next morning!

pomegranate mojito mocktail christmas drink

Ingredients – Makes 1.5 litres

  • 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • Large bunch of mint
  • 2 limes, quartered
  • 1-litre pomegranate juice
  • 500ml lemonade

Method

A day ahead, divide the pomegranate seeds between the holes in an ice cube tray, top up with water and freeze.
Reserve half the mint for serving, and tear the rest into a large jug with the lime quarters. Using a rolling pin, bash the mint and lime to release the flavours. Add the pomegranate juice and lemonade. Put ice cubes in each glass, then strain over the pomegranate mix through a small sieve.

 

Eggnog

Would a blog post listing Christmas cocktails be complete if eggnog wasn’t included? And just for those who can’t, or don’t want to drink, this is alcohol-free eggnog, so you can enjoy the classic flavour of Christmas no matter what!

eggnog mocktail alcohol-free christmas

Ingredients – Serves 4-6

  • 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 100ml sugar syrup
  • 100ml double cream
  • 500ml whole milk
  • ice

Method

Put the vanilla seeds in a large bowl. Add the egg yolks and sugar syrup, and beat with an electric whisk until pale, about 2-3 mins. Add the cream and milk, and beat again until just combined.
Fill a large jug with ice, then strain in the eggnog mixture. Stir gently until the outside of the jug feels cold, then pour the eggnog into tumblers to serve.

And there you have it! Six recipes to try out this Christmas. If you’re interested in looking at more cocktail recipes, you can find a whole array of them on our website, completely for free! We’ll consider that our Christmas gift to you all this year, so don’t say we don’t do anything for you.

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