This year, don’t turn down your beloved G&Ts or Negronis—just serve them on the steamy side. Here are five hot gin drinks to keep you cosy in the interim between Christmas and the New Year.

A crackling fireplace, twinkling candles, and a steaming mug of gin: there’s much to look forward to this celebratory season. To guide your seasonal sipping, we’ve picked out five of our favourite hot gin drinks, from spice-laden mulled sloe gin to a toasty cousin of the Espresso Martini. They’ll warm you from the inside out (and offer no shortage of festive cheer).

Hot Negroni

The bracing punch of a Negroni pairs perfectly with bright red berry tea in this warming serve. 

25ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

25ml Campari

25ml sweet vermouth

Red berry tea

Dehydrated orange or fresh orange slice, to garnish

Pour all ingredients into a mug and stir. Top with hot red berry tea and garnish with a dehydrated orange or a fresh orange slice. 

Hot G&T

No, G&Ts aren’t just for the summer months. Our ginful take on a toddy, this Hot G&T will keep you cosy all winter long.

50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

20ml Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup

10ml sugar syrup

Boiling water

Orange twist, to garnish

Combine the first three ingredients in a mug or heatproof glass and stir well. Top up with boiling water and garnish with an orange twist.

Hot Mulled Sloe Gin

Making Christmassy drinks for a crowd? Hot Mulled Sloe Gin is simple to batch (and is quite the crowd-pleaser besides).

Cloudy apple juice

Assorted spices (cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, and cardamom pods)

1 vanilla pod, sliced down the middle

50ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin (per serving)

1 cinnamon stick (per serving), to garnish

Half an orange slice (per serving), to garnish

To make your mulled mixture, add a generous amount of cloudy apple juice, the assorted spices, and vanilla pod to a saucepan, and heat until just before boiling. Ladle into your mugs and add the sloe gin to each. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and half an orange slice. 

Hot Apple VJOP

Another mulled option, our Hot Apple VJOP adds up to one extra-warming serve (you can thank the overproof gin).

Cloudy apple juice

Assorted spices (cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, and cardamom pods)

1 vanilla pod, sliced down the middle

50ml Sipsmith VJOP (per serving)

1 cinnamon stick (per serving), to garnish

Half an orange slice (per serving), to garnish

To make your mulled mixture, add a generous amount of cloudy apple juice, the assorted spices, and vanilla pod to a saucepan, and heat until just before boiling. Ladle into your mugs and add the VJOP to each. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and half an orange slice. 

Hot Pharmaceutical 

Need a boost during the Christmas festivities? With a dose of fresh espresso, coffee liqueur, and maple syrup, this delectable cocktail is sure to warm up and revitalise.

50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

20ml maple syrup

20ml coffee liqueur (such as FAIR Café)

60ml fresh espresso

Fresh cream

3 coffee beans, to garnish

Add the first four ingredients into a glass vessel you can seal. Place the vessel inside a hot water bath and leave until it has warmed to 70 degrees C. Remove and pour into a coupette. Float slightly whipped fresh cream on top and garnish with the coffee beans.

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