Christmas is a time to get together with your friends and family, to make a toast to the past year and look forward to the New Year. And what better way to do this than to enjoy your favourite tipple, even if it is a daiquiri, passion fruit mojito or a glass of Pimm's.
Whether you’re having friends around, or just fancy mixing yourself up a special drink to unwind, these recipes ensure you can enjoy those classic summer cocktails all the festive season.
It's not really summer until someone cracks open the Pimm's. And now, you can enjoy a taste of summer this Christmas by mixing up a hot winter Pimm's. To do so, you’ll need to heat some Pimm's with slices of orange, apple juice and cinnamon in a pan. Heat the mixture gently until warm and then serve.
Or, if you fancy making your favourite drink into a jelly, make sure you follow our Pimm's recipe here.
Festive gin and tonic
Add a Christmassy twist to your gin cocktail by adding a fig to your beverage. You’ll just need to soak the figs in the gin, ideally overnight, and then strain the following day. Then pour the fig-infused gin into a tall glass and top up with tonic or lemonade.
Raspberry Sorbet bellini
A simple raspberry bellini recipe is one you can pull out of the bag anytime of the year; however, by making it into a sorbet it adds that extra touch of Christmas glamour.
You'll only need three ingredients for this cocktail, including Smirnoff raspberry sorbet frozen cocktail, cava or other fizzy wine and raspberries, meaning there will be more time for you (as the host) to actually sit down with your guests!
Blackberry spiced mojito
This is a spicy festive twist on the mojito cocktail. Simply, put some ice cubes in a clean towel and bash with a rolling pin until they're roughly crushed (or crush them in a processor if you have one powerful enough).
Divide the berries, sugar and mint between 4 tall glasses. Add a handful of crushed ice to each. Stir vigorously using the handle of a wooden spoon until the ice has melted by one-third and the berries are mushy. Then, add the lime juice and Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. Mix again. Add some more ice so that the glasses are half full. Finally, top up with soda water, stir and serve immediately.
For this recipe, rub a piece of orange peel on the inside of a glass. Add a pinch of sugar, 3 dashes of Angostura bitters, then 2 shots of Bells Whisky and 3 ice cubes. Garnish with a twist of orange peel for a Christmassy twist and then it’s ready to serve!
The ultimate martini
This classic cocktail only requires gin, dry vermouth and instead of an olive to garnish add a cranberry. Serve this ultimate martini shaken, not stirred for a James Bond-inspired tipple.