Best Christmas cocktail recipes - ever!

Try these festive recipes for drinks that will give Santa's ruddy red cheeks a run for their money.

 
 
 
  • Woman drinking Christmas cocktail
    Andy Welch
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    Last updated: 26 December 2014, 12:16 GMT

    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...

     
     
     

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  • Cointreau winter berry fizz
    Andy Welch
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    Last updated: 26 December 2014, 12:16 GMT

    50ml Cointreau
    10ml Almond syrup (This can be made in advance using a cup of water, two cups of sugar and half a teaspoon of almond extract. Place the water in a pan, bring to a boil, add the sugar, keep stirring while it dissolves then remove from the heat and add the extract. Refrigerate before using.)
    3 or 4 fresh blackberries
    20ml lemon juice
    Soda water

    Instructions

    • Shake and strain the ingredients into a glass, then top with soda water.
    • Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon peel.

     

     
     
     

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  • Clove kiss gin and tonic twist
    Andy Welch
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    Last updated: 26 December 2014, 12:16 GMT

    50ml Bombay Sapphire (infused with blood orange and cloves)
    100ml tonic water
    2tsp caster sugar
    1 green cardamom pod

    For the blood orange-infused gin:

    • Take a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin and pour out 50ml.
    • Replace with 35ml of fresh blood orange juice, eight large peels from the skin of a blood orange and 10 cloves (adjust to taste).
    • Replace the cap, shake well, and place in the fridge until you're ready to drink it, but for at least 24 hours.

    For the flavoured sugar:

    • Take the seeds from one green cardamom pod and place in a pestle. Crush well with the mortar until there's a fine powder and then add a couple of teaspoons of caster sugar. Mix well with a teaspoon. Reserve to one side on a saucer.
    • Take a chilled balloon glass. Wipe some blood orange juice on the rim of the glass, then turn the glass upside down and roll the rim around the saucer of cardamom infused caster sugar until it's fully covered. Shake off any excess.
    • Turn the glass the right way up and fill with cubes of ice, being careful not to knock off the sugar. Pour in 50ml of the blood orange and clove-infused Bombay Sapphire. Stir briefly.
    • Top the glass with 100ml of tonic water, being careful to retain the fizz. Stir again very briefly. Finally, add a wheel of blood orange, studded with five cloves, to the top of the glass.

     

     

     
     
     

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  • Baileys cinnamon spice
    Andy Welch
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    Last updated: 26 December 2014, 12:16 GMT

    25ml Baileys Hazelnut flavour
    25ml Baileys Original
    20ml Smirnoff vanilla vodka (Or make your own with plain Smirnoff and ¼tsp of vanilla extract)
    120ml milk
    1 stick cinnamon
    Ground cinnamon to garnish

    Instructions

    • Fill a jug or cocktail shaker with ice.
    • Measure both of the Baileys, vodka and milk into the jug or cocktail shaker (if you don't have the flavoured Baileys, use 50ml of Baileys Original instead).
    • Shake the mixture vigorously until the surface of the cocktail shaker feels chilled, or stir for several minutes to get the same effect.
    • Use a cocktail strainer to strain the mixture into a martini glass.
    • Sprinkle cinnamon powder on the surface of the drink, and place a cinnamon stick at an angle in the glass to garnish.

     

     

     

     

     
     
     

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