Festive cocktail recipes
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...
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.
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...
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.
Amp up the festive spirit in a classic white Russian with the warming spices of chai. This coffee cocktail is the perfect Christmas drink.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Sancho panza cocktail recipe
Stir 3 tbsp cream sherry, 1½ tbsp Campari and a dash of Angostura bitters in a short glass with ice.