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8 of the Best Christmas Cocktails to Sip this Season

in Mixology December 3, 2018
Hot Negroni

Whether you favour hot gin drinks, prefer sloe gin serves, or are after other winter-ready tipples, these eight easy gin cocktails are perfectly suited to any festive occasion.

From holiday parties to Secret Santa gift exchanges, from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve, the festive time of year includes numerous cocktail-ready occasions. To inspire your mixing, we’ve gathered eight of our simplest and most delectable Christmas drinks. Take a look—and, for further inspiration, browse the other delightful serves in our cocktail library.

1. Hot Gin & Gingerbread

Hot G&T

One of the best cocktails to enjoy during the colder months, Hot Gin & Gingerbread is toasty and warm, and perfumed with winter spices.

25ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

50ml Sipsmith Gingerbread Syrup for Gin

Hot water

Orange wedge, to garnish

Combine the gin and gingerbread syrup in your most festive mug. Top up with hot water and stir to combine. Garnish with an orange wedge.

2. Winter G&T

Winter G&T

How does one go about making a Christmas gin and tonic? Our Winter G&T—which features Sipsmith Sloe Gin and an orange-wedge garnish—is the answer. 

25ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

25ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin

Good-quality tonic (like Fever-Tree)

Orange wedge, to garnish 

Fill a highball with ice and add the Sipsmith London Dry Gin. Top up with tonic. Drizzle over the Sipsmith Sloe Gin, and garnish with an orange wedge. 

3. Sloe Royale

Sipsmith Sloe Royale

One of the easiest gin cocktails you could make for Christmas, our Sloe Royale is the perfect drink to reach for when you have a special occasion to toast to. 

15ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin

100ml Champagne

Add the sloe gin to a chilled flute and top up with Champagne.

4. Hot Winter G&T

Hot Wiinter G&T

Gin and tonics don’t always have to be served ice-cold, as this cocktail shows—in fact, we like ours steaming hot in the winter. 

25ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

25ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin

25ml Sipsmith Tonic Syrup

Hot water

Orange twist, to garnish

Combine both gins and the tonic syrup in a mug. Stir well and top up with hot water. Garnish with an orange twist.

5. Hot Negroni

Hot Negroni

Still vibrantly red thanks to the addition of red berry tea, our Hot Negroni is the perfect way for cocktail aficionados to keep cosy this winter. 

25ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

25ml Campari

25ml sweet vermouth

Red berry tea

Dehydrated orange or fresh orange slice, to garnish

Add the gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth to a mug, and stir. Top up with hot red berry tea and garnish with a dehydrated orange or fresh orange slice. 

6. French 75 

French 75

The French 75 can be enjoyed throughout the year, but we particularly appreciate its jubilant fizz during the festive period. 

40ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

15ml cane or gomme syrup


Lemon twist, to garnish

Combine the gin, lemon juice, and syrup in an ice-filled cocktail shaker, and shake well. Strain into a flute or coupe and top up with Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

7. Gingerbread Sour

Christmas Cocktails | Gingerbread Sour

Inspired by the world’s first recorded food and drinks pairing—gin and gingerbread—this Christmas cocktail is a perfectly decadent seasonal treat.

50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

25ml Sipsmith Gingerbread Syrup for Gin

1 egg white

1 dash Regans’ Orange Bitters

Fresh ginger slices, to garnish

Add all ingredients—except the ginger—to a cocktail shaker and dry shake. Open the shaker, fill with cold ice, seal, and shake again. Double strain into a chilled glass, and garnish with fresh ginger slices.

8. Chocolate Orange Old Fashioned

Chocolate Orange Old Fashioned

This serve may well be the ultimate Christmas cocktail. Made with our limited-edition Chocolate Orange Gin, it’s a warming and indulgent drink that can counteract even the chilliest nights.

30ml Sipsmith Chocolate Orange Gin

30ml bourbon

Double dash of Angostura bitters

Orange twist, to garnish

Add the Chocolate Orange Gin and bourbon to a mixing glass filled with ice, and stir well. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

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