The Ultimate Christmas Day Cocktail Recipes
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a bartender was stirring, not even a mouse.
The glasses were set on the table with care,
In hopes that cocktails would soon be there…
The countdown is on. Christmas is just around the corner. You’ve planned the dinner, you know what to wear. But wait…you haven’t thought about what cocktails to make for Christmas Day?! If you still need to plan what to make drinks-wise on the 25th, don’t worry. Here you will find all of our favourite Christmas cocktail recipes…
After the first presents have been opened, it’s time to pop open the bubbles and pour your loved ones a simple, fruity Christmas cocktail with champagne. It’s time to celebrate!
Glass: Champagne Flute
- Peaches (fresh or tinned are fine)
- Prosecco, or champagne if you want it to be extra special!
- Add one tin of peaches, or around five peeled fresh peaches to a blender, and blend until smooth
- Spoon your puree into your champagne flutes, around 2-3cm per glass is the perfect amount
- Top up your glasses with your chosen fizz, give the drink a little stir, and enjoy with your family as breakfast is served!
Afternoon Mulled Cocktails
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas Day can be quite chilly. What you need is a drink that will warm you up from the inside out. If you’re in the South and spending the day at the beach, why not make some sangria for the afternoon?!
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Mulled Wine Recipe
- Cardamom (a few pinches)
- Raisins (a handful)
- Cloves (three or four)
- Almonds (a handful)
- Dried orange slices (as many as you like!)
- Ginger (a good few chunks)
- The zest of one orange
- Sugar (to taste)
- Red wine
- Add the cardamom, cloves, dried orange slices, ginger, and orange zest to a pan
- Pour in a healthy amount of red wine, this depends on how many people you’re serving too!
- Add sugar to taste
- Simmer all these ingredients for around 30 minutes, the longer you simmer the wine for, the better it will taste!
- Pour the mixture into your mugs and garnish with almonds and raisins
Check out #EBSPhuket’s tutorial on how to make it, we’re sure Santa would be proud
Mulled Cider Recipe
- A 2 litre bottle of traditional cider
- Cloves (4 or 5)
- Nutmeg (about ¼ of it, to grate)
- Cinnamon sticks
- Vanilla pod
- Oranges (3 or 4)
- Star anise (3 or 4)
- Sugar (to taste)
- Add the cider to a pan and start to heat it up
- As it warms, add all the other ingredients and stir as it simmers
- Simmer for around 10-15 minutes, be sure to keep tasting it as you do
- When ready, pour into your mugs, and garnish with cinnamon sticks
After a lazy afternoon of grazing on tins of sweets and biscuits, it’s time to get ready for the highlight of the day – Christmas Dinner! As you wait, how about a Christmas Negroni? You’ll need to infuse some gin before the big day, but we have a recipe for that too!
Christmas Gin Recipe
- 100g Sugar
- Cloves (3 or 4)
- Orange zest of one or two oranges
- Cinnamon sticks x 2
- Star anise x 2
- Your chosen gin
- Make a syrup with all of the ingredients apart from the gin – do this by heating them all up in a pan and bringing them to a boil as you keep stirring, this will take around 10 minutes
- Turn off the heat and allow the syrup to cool slightly
- When the syrup is cool, add it to your bottle of gin and leave to infuse until Christmas Day (five to seven days)
- Strain before using and your Christmas infused gin is ready to go!
Christmas Negroni Recipe
- EBS’s Christmas infused gin 25ml
- Sweet Vermouth 25ml
- Campari 25ml
This cocktail uses a simple build technique, simply add all the spirits and stir. Garnish with a slice of orange, and try your best to wait patiently for the turkey!
Post-Turkey Tiramisu Cocktail Recipe
For after dinner, we bring you another crowd pleasing cocktail, courtesy of #EBSPhuket.
Glass: Chilled Martini glass
- 75ml Coffee Liqueur
- 75ml White chocolate liqueur
- 75ml Dark chocolate liqueur
- 60ml Espresso
- 2 big Bar spoons of mascarpone
- 30ml Heavy cream
- A few drops of vanilla flavouring
Method: Add all ingredients together, shake, and strain
Garnish with cocoa powder and coffee beans – for a little boost after dinner!
8pm Irish Coffees
Christmas is great, but it can get pretty tiring. After a family argument over what to watch on TV, you need something to reunite everyone and perk them back up.
Glass: Glass mug
- Brown sugar (1 teaspoon)
- Tullamore DEW Whiskey 40ml
- Fresh Coffee (to fill)
- Double Cream
- Aerosol whipped cream
Method: This one is easy and quick to make. Mix the coffee and whiskey with the sugar, then float a tablespoon of double cream on the top. To make it extra naughty (Santa’s already been so there’s no need to be nice here), finish it with some whipped cream.
Now your cocktails are sorted for the big day, all that’s left for you is to finish off writing your Christmas wish list, start infusing your gin, and put on The Grinch. Have a great Christmas from all of us at European Bartender School.