Make this Christmas spiced negroni, then check out our sloe gin fizz, Christmas hot chocolate and more Christmas cocktails.

A negroni lends itself well to a festive makeover as all its component parts – gin, Campari and sweet vermouth – are bold enough to take extra flavourings. The DIY infused gin in this recipe uses festive spices such as cinnamon, cloves and star anise, with extra whole spices and citrus peel to garnish the final cocktail. If you don't have time to make the gin, use a shop-bought spiced or festive gin instead – we've got some lovely gins with Christmassy flavours here.


  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 strips of orange peel
  • 500ml gin


  • 25ml spiced gin
  • 25ml Campari
  • 25ml sweet vermouth
  • star anise, cinnamon stick and orange twist or wedge, to garnish


  • STEP 1

    To make the spiced gin, put the spices, bay leaves, orange peel and the gin into a clean mason jar and leave for 24-36 hrs to infuse, then strain out the spices.

  • STEP 2

    Pour 25ml each of spiced gin, Campari and vermouth into a chunky, heavy-bottomed tumbler filled with ice. Garnish with a star anise, cinnamon stick and orange twist or wedge

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