Best ever festive cocktails

A round of Christmas cocktails is a great way to celebrate the festive season - from mulled wines and festive fizz to spiced negronis and warming chai cocktails, we have 22 easy recipes for your festive drinks parties

Campfire cocktail

The nights are drawing in and the last of the bonfire smoke is hanging listlessly in the air, conjure up the essence of cosy winter evenings with this smoky campfire cocktail. It comes from the brilliant team at whisky bar Black Rock just off Finsbury Square, London EC2 and is topped with a toasted marshmallow. We’re sold.

Campfire cocktail

Chilled, mulled elderflower wine

Try a frosty twist on a classic with this chilled, mulled elderflower wine. Sweet vanilla pods, cloudy apple juice and elderflower cordial simmer with fresh lemon juice for a frosty infusion.

Chai white Russian

Amp up the festive spirit in a classic white russian with the warming spices of chai. Coffee cocktails get a wintery makeover.

Chai white Russian

Negroni sbagliato

Fed up of the same old mulled wine? Check out our mulled white wine recipe instead, or try a negroni sbagliato. Swapping the gin for prosecco makes for a lighter negroni and softens the bitterness, an ideal aperitif for those who find a classic negroni a bit much.

Negroni sbagliato: bright red cocktail served in a glass tumbler with an orange twist

Orange and rosemary fizz

If you love starting Christmas Day with a Buck’s Fizz, but fancy something non alcoholic this year, try this orange and rosemary fizz. The cinnamon and pomegranate makes it taste like Christmas in a glass.

Orange and rosemary fizz

Rhubarb and ginger negroni

This update on the classic negroni using rhubarb and ginger is a great shout for spring. It comes from Black Dice, a 1960s rock ‘n’ roll inspired bar tucked away beneath Moroccan restaurant MOMO in Mayfair. It’s open until 3am, perfect for a nightcap.

Chocolate porter flip

We’ve revived and updated a classic dating back the the 17th century with our recipe for a chocolate porter flip. Serve this hot or cold

Pom-Pimms fizz

A festive cocktail recipe to kick things off this Christmas. You’ll need a frothy egg white, sugar, chilled pomegranate juice, Pimms, lemons and ginger beer for this beauty.

Mulled beer

What’s more warming on a winter’s day than the glow of an English pub? Recreate that feeling, and better it, by brewing up this mulled beer recipe with cinnamon, cloves and clementine.

Mulled beer recipe

Ginger margarita

This twist on a classic margarita is the perfect thing to cool you down on late summer days – it would work as a jug cocktail too. The recipe comes from Spice Market, a South-east Asian restaurant in the W Hotel, Leicester Square, that serves stylish interpretations of street food.

French 75

This classic champagne cocktail is simple to make but looks stunning, perfect for the party season

Hot spiced cider cocktail

Cosy up with this soul-warming winter cocktail, perfect after a crisp winter walk. The addition of dark rum, brown sugar and cinnamon sticks provide sweet depth to this hot spiced cocktail.

Hot spiced cider cocktail

Blood orange Campari cocktails

Bitter Campari and sweet blood orange combine in festive harmony to make this refreshing aperitif. Campari usually lends its beautiful red colour to the devilishly potent negroni, this lighter cocktail is perfect for those needing a calmer night amidst the busy social season.

Blood orange Campari cocktails

Sly’s honey mule

This good-looking rum-based cocktail created by Julien Gualdoni would cause a stir at any drinks party. It combines sharpness from the limes, sweetness from the honey and a floral hit from the elderflower.

Pear-drop bellinis

Like pear drop sweets? Then you’ll love this fun way to serve fizz. Great for Christmas time, all it involves is eight pear drops and a bottle of Cava. Simple!

Marmalade and mandarin mojito

Marmalade mojitos make a deliciously jammy cocktail, made to look really delicious with mandarin slices and star anise. Try this five minute cocktail recipe for an easy refresher.

Ron de replay

Produced entirely in Guatemala, Ron Zacapa is a product of the country’s rich soil, climate, and master blender Lorena Vásquez’s hands-on approach. This cocktail recipe is taken from Bounce in Holborn.

White Russian cocktails

Round off a dinner party huddled round the fire with these indulgent cocktails. The perfect sweet finale when you’re too full for a pud.

Winter-spiced pear cocktail

This light and spicy cocktail is a great early evening treat. It’s warm, silky and the pear syrup is intense in flavour. If you’re hosting a Christmas drinks party, these would get your guests right into the festive spirit.

Winter-spiced pear cocktail

White sparkle

A great sparkling Christmas party cocktail. After you have decorated the Champagne flutes, chill them by putting in the freezer for a short while or filling with ice for a few minutes.

Christmas cake martini

All the flavours of a traditional Christmas cake in liquid form. This is bound to impress your guests over the festive season.

Aperol mimosa

There’s a reason this was the drink of 2016: fizzy, fruity and with a bitter note, it would make a great drink to see the year out with. It’s a great alternative to Buck’s Fizz and is made using only three ingredients.

Aperol mimosa

Gingerbread and espresso martini cocktail

Shake up your winter drinks party in more ways than one with this gingerbread and espresso martini cocktail. Velvety smooth coffee and festive spice syrup make this the perfect after-dinner warmer.

Elit Christmas

A really beautiful split-coloured Champagne cocktail invented by the legendary Salvatore Calabrese. If you can’t find the fraise de bols you could use another liqueur like crème de cassis.

Bitter orange and cardamom martinis

Martinis are one of our favourite mixed alcoholic drinks. We’ve added marmalade and lemon juice to this cocktail recipe for for an extra kick of flavour. Enjoy!


Clementine fizz

Can’t wait until sundown for a cocktail? Start the day right with our clementine fizz. It’s ready in just 10 minutes, more time-efficient than a bowl of porridge!

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