Christmas Drinks: Simple Cocktails to Make for a Party

Wow your guests with these classic Christmas drinks and ensure you'll be throwing the best party of the festive season

Show off your mixology skills by making your party guests some delicious and simple Christmas drinks for your party.

Whether you fancy something traditional and festive or are looking to impress with bubbles, we’ve got the perfect list of cocktails that’ll keep your guests merry.

 

 

  • Mulled Wine
    Mulled Wine

    Serves: 10

    What you’ll need:

    2 Clementines

    1 Lemon

    1 Lime

    200g Caster Sugar

    6 Whole Cloves

    1 Stick Cinnamon

    3 Fresh Bay Leaves

    1 Whole Nutmeg

    1 Vanilla Pod

    2 Star Anise

    2 bottles Chianti or other Italian red wine

    Method:

    Mulled wine tastes like Christmas in a glass. No other smell encompasses the festive season than the mulling of fruits and spices.

    To begin, peel large sections of peel from your clementines, lemon and lime.

    Place the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice.

    Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg.

    You’ll then want to halve a vanilla pod and stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.

    Simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine and then bring to the boil until you’ve got a thick syrup.

    When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, ladle it into glasses and serve.

  • Mimosa
    Mimosa

    Serves: 6

    What you’ll need:

    1 chilled bottle of Champagne

    1 litre of chilled, freshly squeezed orange juice

    Method: 

    Just half-fill each of 6 glasses with Champagne, then carefully pour in the orange juice until the glass is full. Easy-peasy.

    Remember you don’t have to splash out on an expensive bottle of Champagne. A bottle of sparking wine will work just as well.

     

  • Orange and cranberry spritz
    Orange and cranberry spritz

    Serves: 4

    This is a great, refreshing ‘mocktail’ to make for your guests who don’t drink.

    What you’ll need:

    500ml smooth Orange Juice

    500ml Cranberry Juice

    400ml sparkling Elderflower drink

    Method:

    Mix together orange juice and cranberry juice in a large jug. Slowly pour in the sparkling elderflower drink, as it will fizz up. Mix together and serve in tall glasses with ice.

  • Kir Royale
    Kir Royale

    Serves: 4

    What you’ll need:

    4 tablespoons of Chambord

    1/4 cup of fresh raspberries

    1 chilled bottle of Champagne

    Method: 

    Place 4 Champagne flutes in the freezer for 15 minutes.

    Remove and add 1 tablespoon of the Chambord to each flute and a few raspberries.

    Fill each flute to the top with Champagne and serve immediately.

  • Salted caramel rum hot chocolate
    Salted caramel rum hot chocolate

    Serves: 1

    What you’ll need:

    25ml of Dark Rum

    2 tsp Dulce de Leche or thick caramel

    150ml whole milk

    50g Milk Chocolate, chopped

    Method:

    In a small bowl, mix together the rum and the Dulce de Leche until smooth then set aside.

    Warm the milk in a saucepan over a medium heat until simmering. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate and stir until melted. Pop the pan back on the heat until warm then add the rum mixture and a pinch of flaky sea salt.

    Pour into a mug and serve.

  • Eggnog
    Eggnog

    Serves: 4 to 6

    What you’ll need: 

    50g golden caster sugar

    4 egg yolks

    1 tsp vanilla essence

    400g can of condensed milk

    100ml Brandy

    Method:

    Put the sugar in a saucepan with 75ml water. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved, then cool and chill.

    Beat the yolks with the vanilla until smooth. Add the condensed milk, brandy and cooled sugar syrup, mixing well. Pour into a jug and chill for at least 2 hrs. Serve within 24 hrs, over ice.

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