Mulled Wine with Elderflower Recipe

Best ever Christmas cocktails

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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 27 easy recipes for your festive drinks parties


Try our Christmas cocktails recipes. Make your Christmas drinks party extra special with our easy Christmas cocktails recipes, including Christmas martini recipes.

Whether it’s for Christmas day, New Year’s Eve or the party season in the lead up to Christmas, you’re sure to find a Christmas cocktail drink that your friends will love. From classic negronis to mulled beer and pear drop bellinis, as well as other inventive martini and champagne based cocktails.

We also have a super on-trend bottled Christmas cocktail for you to try, a special olive blend for the festive season. 

Plus, we’ve created quick and easy cocktails that will use up the left over booze from the festive season.



  • Our Christmas cocktails recipes include festive ingredients such as sloe gin, sherry and cloves

Festive cocktail recipes

The olive Christmas cocktail

The ultimate Christmas cocktail from the olive magazine team. Make this easy spiced cocktail recipe with tequila and elderflower for a festive drink to serve friends and family over the Christmas season. Look for vintage bottles and add a pretty ribbon and label to complete the look. Click the link for more exciting edible Christmasmtas gifts...

Christmas Drink Recipe

Sherry sour cocktail recipe

Want a simple Christmas cocktail recipe to serve over the festive season? Impress friends and family with our easy-drinking sherry sour. More cocktail recipes here.

Sherry Cocktail Recipe

Bourbon cocktail recipe

Cosy up by the fire and make this campfire cocktail recipe with bourbon and marshmallows for a warming drink over the festive season. 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. Check out other bonfire night inspired cocktails...

Campfire cocktail

Mulled wine with elderflower

Want a change to mulled wine at your Christmas drinks party? 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 festive infusion.

Chai white Russian

Amp up the festive spirit in a classic white Russian with the warming spices of chai. This coffee cocktail is the perfect Christmas drink.

Chai white Russian

Negroni sbagliato

Our negroni sbagliato is a great festive fizz. Swapping gin for prosecco makes for a lighter negroni and softens the bitterness, an ideal aperitif over the festive season for those who find a classic negroni a bit much.

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

Rosemary fizz with orange

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. Looking for Christmas day recipes? Check out our must make trimmings recipes here...

Orange Fizz Mocktail Recipe with Rosemary - non-alcoholic cocktail served with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, rosemary and pomegranate seeds

Rhubarb and ginger negroni

This update on the classic negroni using rhubarb and ginger is a great shout for christmas time. It comes from Black Dice, a 1960s rock 'n' roll inspired bar tucked away beneath Moroccan restaurant MOMO in Mayfair.

Chocolate porter flip

We've revived and updated a classic dating back to the 17th century with our recipe for a chocolate porter flip. Serve this hot or cold for an easy festive drink. Check out other chocolate recipes here...

Pomegranate and pimms cocktail recipe

Looking for 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 for an easy Christmas drink.

Mulled beer recipe

Ginger margarita

This twist on a classic margarita is the perfect thing to serve at a festive drinks party. 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 cocktail

Jazz up your Christmas morning champagne with this classic champagne cocktail, it's simple to make but looks stunning, perfect for the party season. Check out more of our champagne cocktail recipes here.

Hot spiced cider cocktail

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

Mulled Cider Cocktail Recipe

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.

Campari cocktails Recipe with Blood Orange

Sly's honey mule cocktail

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

Sly’s Honey Mule Recipe

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 at Christmas.

Mojito Recipe with Marmalade and Mandarin

Ron de replay

Want an easy Aperol cocktail reipce? 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 drink is taken from Bounce in Holborn.

White Russian cocktails

Round off a Christmas dinner party huddled round the fire with these indulgent cocktails. The perfect sweet finale when you’re too full for a pud. Check out our best ever dinner party mains here.

White Russian Cocktail Recipe

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

Champagne cocktail recipe with Cointreau

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. Click the link for all our Christmas baking recipes.


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.

Check out our best ever Christmass breakfast recipes to have alongside your morning mimosa here.

Aperol mimosa

Espresso martini cocktail with gingerbread

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. Check out our best ever Christmas dessert recipes to indulge in this Christmas... 

Espresso Martini Recipe

Champagne cocktail recipe with fraise de bois

Want a really beautiful split-coloured Champagne cocktail? Check out this festive drink 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 martinis with and cardamon

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

Vodka Martini with Bitter Orange and Cardamom

Clementine fizz

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

Sparkling Orange Cocktail Recipe

How to use forgotten bottles from the drinks cupboard over Christmas

Baileys white Russian cocktail recipe

Mix 3 tbsp Baileys, 1 tbsp Kahlúa and 2 tbsp vodka with 4 tbsp whole milk, then serve over ice in a short glass.

Baileys White Russian

Cherry sling cocktail recipe

Pour 2 tbsp gin, 1 tbsp cherry brandy and ½ tbsp lemon juice over ice in a tall glass.

Finish with soda and a maraschino cherry.

Cherry Sling

Sancho panza cocktail recipe

Stir 3 tbsp cream sherry, 1½ tbsp Campari and a dash of Angostura bitters in a short glass with ice.

Sancho Panza