With temperatures dropping and the price of cocktails a daunting sight, why not enjoy a tipple in the comfort of your own home? Warm up this winter for half the price with our guide to the best festive cocktail recipes, perfect for if you’re entertaining guests.
- Mulled Wine Cocktail -
Turn your mulled wine into a cocktail with this recipe for the perfect party drink. Make it ahead of time and serve straight from the fridge for a take on the traditional hot drink.
- 100g/4oz light muscovado sugar
- 1 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves
- 150ml water
- 1 lemon
- 2 clementines
- 150ml Cointreau
- 750ml light red wine
- Orange zest and a star anise, to serve
1. Put the muscovado sugar, star anise, cinnamon stick, cloves and water in a pan and bring slowly to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
2. Simmer for 2 mins, then pour into a large jug and leave to cool. Add the lemon and clementines, thinly sliced, to the jug along with Cointreau and a light red wine. Stir well, then cover and chill overnight if possible, or for as long as you can.
3. Serve chilled or over ice, with a twist of orange zest and a star anise to decorate.
- Orange Blossom Gin and Tonic -
Everyone knows a gin and tonic, but as good as they are, they’re pretty basic. Spice up a favourite with a touch of orange for an added Christmas scent.
- 20 ml orange blossom honey
- 100 ml gin
- 200 ml tonic water
- a twist of fresh orange peel, to serve
1. In a tall glass, drizzle the honey and then add the gin. Stir to mix before adding plenty of ice. Finish off with the tonic water and stir to combine the ingredients.
2. Finish off by curling the orange peel over the top and sides of the glass then feed the peel around the ice to create a spiral effect.
- Spiced Cranberry Punch -
For the ultimate festive feel, why not try this cranberry punch, full of Christmassy spices. Make a big batch to warm your guests at a party, or enjoy by yourself in front of the TV!
- 2 litres cranberry juice
- 600 ml apple juice
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp dried allspice berries
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- 50 g caster sugar, optional
- orange wedge, to serve
1. Combine all ingredients, except the orange wedge, in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Strain to remove the spices and then place in a heatproof bowl.
3. Finish off with orange slices and cinnamon sticks. Best enjoyed hot.
- Apple and Blackberry Pie Cocktail -
What could be better than an alcoholic apple pie this Christmas!? This recipe is great as it only requires one type of alcohol, vodka, meaning you don’t need to splash out on exotic bitters and spirits. If you don’t have a shaker, never fear! Try using an empty jam jar or coffee flask - it does exactly the same job.
- 7 fresh blackberries
- 1 tsp seedless blackberry jam
- 60 ml vodka
- 30 ml apple juice
- 10 ml double cream
- ground cinnamon, to serve
1. Mix together the blackberries and jam in the base of your shaker. Add the vodka, apple juice and a handful of ice, shake and then strain into a chilled glass.
2. Slowly pour the cream over the back of a spoon to allow it to float on the surface, then swirl the glass gently to form a thin layer of cream. Dust with a pinch ground cinnamon to serve.
- Pomegranate Cocktail -
For a more sparkly drink that is sure to impress your friends, check out this pomegranate cocktail. With only 3 ingredients, it’s super easy to make, especially if you’re a bit strapped for time. Why not decorate the rim of the glass by dipping it in lime juice and then swirling in granulated sugar.
- 60ml pink vermouth
- 30ml pomegranate juice
- 30ml ginger ale
- ice, to serve
1. Stir together the vermouth and pomegranate juice. Pour into martini glasses, adding an ice cube if desired.
2. Top up with ginger ale and serve