There’s no better excuse for a round of festive cocktails than a Christmas do. Here are four of our favourite seasonal, party-ready serves.
Flutes full of bubbly, toasty hot serves, and drinks made with sugar and spice: Christmas is the perfect excuse to give your bartending skills a spin. For your next holiday soirée, impress your guests—and toast the season—with these four festive cocktails.
Blood Orange Negroni
The Negroni’s enduring popularity shows no signs of waning. For your next Christmas do, serve a seasonal twist on the classic, which makes use of vibrant blood orange juice and aromatic rosemary.
25ml freshly squeezed blood orange juice
Dried blood orange slice and rosemary sprig, to garnish
Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add the first four ingredients and stir well. Strain into a chilled rocks glass, and garnish with a dried blood orange slice and rosemary sprig.
If you’re after festive cocktails, it’s hard to do better than the fun and fizzy Sloe Royale. Even better: this deliciously simple drink looks impressive, but takes just seconds to make.
15ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin
100ml Champagne or Prosecco
Lemon twist, to garnish
Add the gin to a chilled flute. Top with Champagne or Prosecco and garnish with a lemon twist.
Sloe Gin Flip
At your next Christmas party, skip dessert and instead serve a round of indulgent Sloe Gin Flips. This festive cocktail melds berry-rich sloe gin with cream, nutty Amaretto, and a delicate dusting of cinnamon.
40ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin
25ml sugar syrup
Cinnamon, to garnish
Combine the first five ingredients in a shaker and dry shake. Add ice and shake again until emulsified. Double strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a dusting of cinnamon.
Every Christmas party needs a toasty serve to keep things cosy. Enter the Hot Clementine: citrusy and bright, it’s a perfect dose of winter sunshine.
35ml freshly squeezed clementine juice
50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
10ml gomme syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Sage leaf, to garnish
Warm clementine juice gently in a pan until hot but not boiling. Remove from the heat. Add the other ingredients and stir well before serving. Pour into a mug and garnish with a sage leaf.