The festive season is all about parties. And we all know that at heart of any good party, you'll find cocktails. After all, what better way is there to get into the Christmas spirit, than with a menu bursting with yuletide drinks?

So, whether you’re hosting or toasting over the holiday season, kick off the party in style with our favourite, easy Christmas cocktails...
 

Festive Eggnog

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Eggnog is a typical, easy Christmas cocktail that one might serve up at this time of year, with a delightful creamy froth perfect for those cold, dark nights.

And this great recipe can be kept in the fridge for up to three weeks - so you can enjoy it long after the holiday season has finished...
 

Ingredients

500ml Whole milk
400ml Double or whipped cream
350ml
Bourbon, brandy, rum (or combine your favourite blend, there are no rules!) 
150g Caster sugar
6 Large free-range eggs
1 tbsp White sugar
  Freshly grated nutmeg

 

Method

  1. Separate out the egg yolks into two bowls
  2. Whisk the egg whites using a mixer until you get soft peaks. With the mixer still whisking, gradually add 1 tablespoon of sugar until you get stiff peaks
  3. Next, mix the egg yolks and a ¼ cup of sugar together, beat until dissolved before adding the milk, cream, liquor and a few sprinkles of grated nutmeg. Beat together fully mixed.
  4. Using the mixer, fold the beaten egg whites into the mix and chill before serving


Christmas Pudding Vodka

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A Christmas party calls for signature Christmas cocktails, and they don’t get more delightful than the Christmas pudding vodka.

This beautifully fragrant Christmas drink brings out all the festive-feels with seasonal fruits used to give it an unmistakably sweet flavour.

Serve with your favourite mixer or drink it neat.

Ingredients

1 litre Vodka
450g Light muscovado sugar
320g Currants and cherries for decorating
200g Mixed peel (chopped)
2 tsp Ground mixed spice
2 Sticks of cinnamon
1 Orange
1 Lemon
  Freshly grated nutmeg


Method

  1. Grate your citrus fruit into a bowl, then squeeze in 2 tablespoons from each of the lemon and orange.
  2. In the meantime, using a dry pan, gently warm up the spices on a very low heat for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Once heated, add all the ingredients to the pan and take off the heat.
  4. This is best left to rest for a few days in the fridge, stirring the mix daily.
  5. When ready to serve, sieve the liquid and enjoy neat over ice, or combine with club soda or sparkling lemonade for a fruity festive treat


Christmas Morning Bucks Fizz

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A classic cocktail, you know you’re all grown up when the first thing you reach for on Christmas morning is a glass of Bucks Fizz, and not the presents!

The perfect way to start your Christmas Day, this easily-quaffable combination of fresh orange juice laced with champagne, dates back to the early 1920s, taking its name from the infamous Bucks Club in London. It’s also one of the easiest drinks to serve, and will turn your holiday brunch into something special.

Ingredients (for 2)

200ml Champagne or Prosecco
100ml Orange juice

 

Method:

  1. Add three parts champagne (or any festive fizz) and two parts orange juice to a champagne glass. And that's it!

 

A bottle of Heidsieck & Co. Monopole 2007 Gold Top Champagne (£19.99 from Majestic Wine Warehouse) is the perfect tipple to pour.

You could also use Comte de Senneval Brut from Lidl which is a steal at just £11.99.

Alternatively, you can use Prosecco, or just buy a shop-bought mix, but where’s the fun in that?

Love Bucks Fizz? Take a look at the best champagne cocktails here.


English Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch

Get into the festive spirit with some hot punch! One of our favourite Christmas cocktails gets its name from the sheer amount of tea added to it! And what could be more English than that?

It also one of the few winter punches best served warm - and is much more interesting than mulled wine...

Ingredients

750ml Dry red wine
700ml Of brewed tea (any will do)
50ml Dark rum
265g Of caster sugar
125g Orange juice
125g Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  Seasonal fruits sliced for garnish
  Optional – a bag of berry spices for extra flavour

Method

  1. Gently heat all the ingredients together in a saucepan ensuring they never boil.
  2. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, transfer to a punch bowl and add seasonal fruits for extra flavour.
  3. Serve warm using a ladle and enjoy with good company...

Hurrah for Christmas cocktails!

 

Cranberry Old Fashioned

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If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas snuggled up by the fire, then a Cranberry Old Fashioned is the perfect winter drink for you. With the unmistakable notes of cranberry, this brings a festive twist to a much-loved favourite. Its warming bourbon undertone is perfect for those brisk winter nights! A whisk

Ingredients (per glass)

60ml   Bourbon
30ml Club soda
2 Tablespoons of cranberry sauce (whole berry)
1 Sugar cube
1 Orange wedge
  Bitters
  Crushed ice
  Cranberries to garnish


Method

  1. Mash the orange wedge with the sugar cube and a dash of bitters using a muddler, in an old-fashioned glass
  2. Fill glass with the crushed ice and add the bourbon, cranberry sauce and a dash of club soda
  3. Give a quick stir, top with cranberries and serve!

Bottoms up!

 

Winter Pimm’s Punch

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Just like summer… but without the sun! Why should Pimm's just be reserved for a handful of sunny days every year?

This fruity summer cocktail is perfect any time and lends itself particularly well to the festive period, with all those fragrant spices. Making it another one of our favourite Christmas cocktails...

Ingredients

500ml Pimm's (Blackberry and Elderflower)
500ml Brandy
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 Star anise
1.5 litres Apple juice
  Sliced oranges and apples


Method

  1. Mix ingredients together in a jug
  2. Serve in wine glasses, with a side of mince pies and whipped cream! And don't forget the Christmas music.

 

Fancy learning more about cocktails? Read our comprehensive guide to what is a cocktail?