Christmas Cocktails

Christmas cocktails

Create classic and warming winter drinks from the comfort of your kitchen with our pick of the best cocktail recipes this festive season!

Mulled Wine – the perfect recipe

mulled wineIngredients

1 bottle Tall Horse Merlot
60g/2oz demerara sugar
1 cinammon stick
grated nutmeg
1 orange , halved
1 dried bay leaf
60ml/2fl oz sloe gin (optional)


  1. Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bayleaf and the spices.
  2. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Taste to see if you want the wine sweeter, and add more sugar to taste.
  3. Off the heat, stir in the sloe or damson gin if you are using it.
  4. Strain into heatproof glasses and serve at once.

GINGER_SPICE_V5B5736HD-ACMartell Ginger Spiceit’s got nothing to do with Geri Halliwell!


35ml Martell VS
15ml Blackcurrant Pear or Blackberry Liquer
10ml Lemon Juice
Top up with Ginger Beer

Build in a hi-ball glass over cubed ice and garnish with a lemon slice.

Jolly Holly – from the mixology maestros at CartizzeIngredients
20ml Holly and Vanilla infused Vodka
20ml Kings Ginger Liqueur
20ml Somerset Cider Brandy
20ml Agave Nectar


Mix together all ingredients in a brandy glass and garnish with a holly leaf, using a miniature peg to connect it to the glass. Et voila!

Robust Cognac Coffee – Peps you up and warms the cockles


50 ml Martell VSOP
10ml Simple Syrup
3 Dashes Coffee
Bitters Branca Menthe Rinse


Use a Rocks glass with Branca Menthe rinse. Combine cognac, simple syrup and bitters in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain double into rocks glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Sparkling Cherry Bakewella tasty mocktail with no alcohol for the non-drinkers!

Sparkling cherry bakewellIngredients

100ml Shloer White Grape,

Raspberry & Cranberry
25ml lemon juice
4 stoned cherries
10ml cherry syrup
10ml almond syrup


Muddle the fruit with the cherry and almond syrup, then add freshly squeezed lemon juice and plenty of Shloer White Grape, Raspberry & Cranberry. Shake and strain then serve chilled in a rocks glass with a cherry garnish.


Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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