How to make your favourite Christmas cocktails at home
Impress your guests this festive season by serving them one of these six delicious seasonal drinks, all of which can be created in the comfort of your own home - whether you’re a cocktail making pro or a complete novice.
Remember to make sure you have plenty of nibbles on hand, and water for between rounds - it’s more fun for everyone if you drink responsibly!
Baileys Chocolate Martini
This is a simple cocktail which can be shaken up in mere moment, but it tastes amazing.
To make it, all you have to do is add the Baileys, chocolate liqueur, vodka and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with some shaved chocolate.
This cocktail has been popular since 1970s, and it keeps being loved year after year. Its the ultimate retro drink to celebrate the festive season.
To make it, simply fill a glass with ice and if using, add the lime cordial to your taste, if using, pour in the advocaat and lemonade and stir gently.
Classic Champagne Cocktail
If you enjoy a glass of champagne, then this cocktail is a way to make it super sweet for the festive season. The best thing is this recipe always works well with prosecco and cava too so you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get an enjoyable tipple.
There are three simple steps to creating this delicious cocktail; put the sugar cube on a small dish, then drizzle with the bitters, turning a few times so it’s fully coated, drop the cube into a champagne flute, then top up with the cognac. Finally, slowly pour over the champagne, prosecco or cava and twist the orange peel.
There are just two steps to make it too; tip all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, then shake along with ice and strain the mixture. Finally, discard the ice, then return the drink to the shaker and shake again until the egg white is frothy.
Christmas Pudding Vodka
If there’s one thing that is the signature taste of the festive season, it’s a Christmas pudding - the clue is in the name. So, why not taste it in a truly unique seasonal tipple?
Be aware though, this one takes a couple of weeks to create overall, so if you want to enjoy it this Christmas and New Year, it’s a good idea to make it now.
This one is a bit more complicated to make, but it will be worth it. It features all the classic festive flavours we love; oranges, lemons, cinnamon, dried fruit, amaretto and brandy.
To create your new seasonal favourite drink, begin by tipping the dried fruit, citrus zests, sugar, spices and vanilla pod into the jar. Pour half the vodka into the jar, seal the lid, then turn the jar upside-down and give it a good shake to evenly distribute the sugar. Remove the lid and add the remaining vodka, the brandy and amaretto.
Then re-seal the jar and store in a cool, dark place, turning or shaking it once a day for the first week. After two to three weeks, strain the vodka through a sieve lined with a clean kitchen cloth. Use the soaked fruit in festive bakes such as a fruit cake, pudding or mincemeat.
What other drinks can I serve to my guests this Christmas?
One of the most popular festive drinks this year is the M&S Snow Globe Gin 2021 and other light-up gin alternatives. There are also two newly-released festive liqueurs from Aldi.
If you fancy making even more drinks yourself, check out our video which will talk you through how to make your own mulled wine.