Ah Christmas! My favourite time of the year, and the best time of year for socialising with friends, family and colleagues. I love a good knees-up but I know that not everyone drinks at all so please know that all of the alcohol in these cocktail recipes ideas can be replaced with non-alcoholic drinks.
Sparkly Raspberry Mimosas
I love mimosas because they’re so easy to make, especially when you have a lot of people coming over to your house or a party to host. I also feel like the red and white combo looks extra festive, which is why there is no orange juice in this version of my mimosas. I don’t personally drink a lot on Christmas Day but this could definitely be a breakfast drink instead of the traditional Bucks Fizz.
- Fresh raspberries
- 1/4 ounces of simple syrup (1:1 ratio water and sugar)
- 1 bottle of Champagne/Prosecco (replace with lemonade or tonic water for mocktails)
- Sugared raspberries for garnish
- Cranberry rimming sugar*
- Use a small amount of butter to cover rim of the champagne flute and dip into rimming sugar (you may have noticed that I used cranberry and there are no cranberries in this cocktail, but it tasted lovely!)
- In a champagne flute, add the raspberries and muddle using a muddler or wooden spoon until the raspberries are broken up.
- Add the simple syrup and fill the glass with chilled prosecco / replacement.
- Add some sugared raspberries on a cocktail stick for garnish.
- Serve chilled.
This cocktail reminds me of Riverdale (Southside Serpents am-I-rite?), but basically a Southside is like the gin version of a Mojito and since I love gin possibly more than I love most people, it had to be included.
- Pomegranate seeds from half a pomegranate
- 1 lime juiced (about 1)
- 1/2 cup cherry juice
- 2 shots gin* // leave out for mocktails //
- 1 tablespoon honey
Fill four rocks glasses with ice.
Place the pomegranate seeds and lime juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker or large jam jar. Use a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon to muddle the seeds by pressing them into the bottom of the shaker to release their juices.
Add the cherry juice, gin and honey to the cocktail shaker, then fill with ice. Shake for 30 seconds, then strain the mixture into each of the rocks glasses.
Top off each rocks glass with Sprite and serve.
I love a fresh drink and it doesn’t get fresher than peppermint. I know people love mint in their hot chocolates and peppermint teas but I loved the idea of drinking a minty cocktail. I also love the colours of red and green, making it super festive-looking.
- 70ml prosecco // use Sprite or lemonade for mocktails //
- 40ml vanilla vodka (or add two drops of extract with normal vodka) // leave out or add cream soda for mocktails //
- Peppermint liqueur (2 drops of peppermint oil + 3 tbsps of water)
- Peppermint rimming sugar*
- Candy canes (+ extra for garnish)
- Crushed ice
- In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, vodka, crushed candy canes and peppermint liqueur.
- Stir gently and strain into a chilled martini glass or flute rimmed with peppermint rimming sugar.
- Top with prosecco and garnish with a candy cane.
Spiced Apple Fizz
Add spiced to the beginning of any cocktail in this festive season and all of a sudden it becomes a Christmas cocktail! But yes that is exactly what I’ve done here (no shame here whatsoever). I love a bit of fizz and a bit of cinnamon, and I know that apple and cinnamon go well together and the rest was history.
- 50ml gin* // leave out for mocktails //
- squeeze of lemon juice
- 4 tbsp apple juice
- spiced apple bitters*
- 2 pinches of ground cinnamon
- handful ice cubes
- 200ml bottle prosecco // add Sprite or lemonade for mocktails //
- ½ small apple cored and thinly sliced
- Pour the gin into a cocktail shaker or large jam jar. Add a good squeeze of lemon juice, the apple juice, a generous pinch of cinnamon and a handful of ice cubes, pop on the lid and shake well.
- Strain into 2 fluted glasses and top up with prosecco. Sprinkle the apple slices with the remaining cinnamon and thread onto 2 cocktail sticks. Balance a cocktail stick across the rim of each glass and serve straight away.
Merry Mulled White Wine
Last, but certainly not least, we have the festive favourite of mulled wine. This can also be made with cider and I think I might have to try that because I love red wine and I’m not the biggest fan of mulled wine, it kind of tastes like it’s gone off (wow, doing a great job of inspiring you to make these aren’t I?), so I think cider might taste better? Anyways, I know lots of people love mulled wine at this time of the year and it’s one of the easiest to make, as well as turn into a mocktail. Also, I was so prepared to make this with red wine and then I realised that mulled wine can be made with white wine yay!
P.S. Can we please not judge this pinker-than-pink mason jar? I know it belongs in the summer but my clear glass one broke literally moments before I began making cocktails *cue heartbreak*!
- 2 bottles of white wine // use hot apple juice for mocktails //
- 500ml cider // use lemonade for mocktails //
- 2 apples, cored and sliced
- Orange peel
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Orange bitters*
- 2 tbsps elderflower cordial
- 75g sugar
- Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan.
- Stir over a low heat for 10-15 minutes – don’t boil.
- Transfer to a serving bowl if you wish and ladle into glass mugs.
So that was it for my festive cocktail ideas! I hope this has inspired you to make some Christmassy-themed drinks for when you have Christmas parties, or even if you want a cosy night at home with some friends and family. I’d love to see you re-create any of these drinks, so if you do make any of these, please post them on Instagram and tag me @thedizzyingheights – and do give me a follow whilst you’re there too (cheeky little plug – but it is Christmas right?).