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

Christmas drinks: what to drink and when

From the presents to the food, Christmas is all about the timing. Check out our guide to what to drink and when to drink it and get your Xmas Day plans sorted


Aperol mimosa


The spritz was the drink of 2016 and this Italian twist on the traditional buck’s fizz is a great way to give a nod to that trend on Christmas morning. The Aperol lends a great colour and bitter edge to this classic.

Aperol mimosa


Christmas is a time for indulgence, so put the pyramid tea bags to one side and treat yourself to something special. The single estate English Breakfast from the Rare Tea Co. uses black tea from the Shire Highlands, Malawi. It’s deep, rich and malty with hints of caramel and will be your new favourite. £7/50g,


Pre-lunch aperitif

Negroni sbagliato

Fed up of the same old mulled wine? Check out our mulled white wine recipe for an updated twist, 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.

None alcoholic tipples

Being the designated driver doesn’t have to mean missing out. There are plenty of top-quality soft drinks available. Try Seedlip (£27.99/70cl), the first non-alcoholic distilled spirit that, when mixed with a splash of tonic, tastes just like G&T, or pour a grown-up soft like Thomas and Evans’ No.1 made with over 20 botanicals (£3.95/33cl). Or, if you don’t want to miss out on cocktails, try our orange and rosemary fizz.

Orange and rosemary fizz

After dinner


Sherry and port are both wines and will oxidise so, once opened, they’re only good for about a month. Treat yourself to a new bottle and make the most of it while you can (as if you needed an excuse to have another glass).

Dream by the fire

We’re bombarded with whisky at this time of year, but if you’re new to the game, Haig Club Clubman is a good place to start. Light, with notes of vanilla, toffee and coconut it can be enjoyed on the rocks, in a cocktail or with mixers. Plus, it comes in a sexy bottle. £25/70cl,


Homemade Irish cream


Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas for us without a bottle of Baileys on standby. This homemade version makes a great present to take to hosts over the festive season and is great on its own, or when used to pimp-up hot chocolate.

Homemade Irish cream