Whether you're throwing a party, or just want to enjoy a couple of drinks on the sofa, it's worth making the effort this Christmas.
While a bottle of beer, glass of wine or a shoddily-made spirit and mixer might pass muster during the rest of the year, Christmas is the one time when you should think more carefully about what you're drinking.
You might need a couple of special ingredients for these recipes - the almond syrup in one and the blood orange-infused gin in another, and need a little preparation time - but other than that, there's nothing to trouble even the most amateur bartender.
There's also a non-alcoholic punch, or 'punchless' if you will, for those who want something special without the booze. If you're making a few at a time, just multiply the quantities.
All you'll need, then, is some ice (and for quality and quantity's sake, it's probably best to buy a bag in from the supermarket), a couple of martini glasses, although these aren't essential if you don't mind going without, and a cocktail shaker.
Once again, the shaker isn't completely essential, you could make do with a lidded jar and a sieve, but it goes without saying you should make sure you don't spill any. With drinks this tasty, you won't want to waste a drop. Chin chin!
Share your favourite Christmas cocktail - or cocktails, you're allowed more than one - in the comments below...