We can’t go out for late night cocktails this year – but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them at home.
From a festive twist on the classic Margarita to a Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini, here’s our pick of the best Christmas and New Year cocktails for 2020.
All are easy to make and some don’t require equipment, but if your home bar is in need of an upgrade we recommend investing in a Cocktail Making Set by Twice Element which has everything you’ll need.
The team at Cointreau have come up with a festive twist on the classic Margarita – and it looks simple but fabulous once served.
30 ml Cointreau
50 ml Blanco Tequila
20 ml Fresh Lime Juice
6 drops Aromatic Bitters
Make a cinnamon-sugar rim on your glass. Pour all ingredients directly into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously before straining. Serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and enjoy.
Christmas Stocking Spritz
This Christmas cocktail recipe is from London EDITION Hotel’s barman Arnaud Volte, who thinks brandy is the perfect festive aperitif.
35ml Bardinet French Brandy
10ml Orange Liqueur (such as Cointreau)
5ml Caramel Syrup (such as Monin)
Very cold Champagne
Stir ingredients for 10 seconds with some ice (except the champagne) and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne. Pairs well with olives, roasted meats, hard cheeses and vegetables.
The London Essence Company, who make luxurious tonics, sodas and gingers, have created this Mistletoe Mule, which has a festive kick and is under 150 calories.
25ml of your favourite Spiced Rum
50ml Mulled Wine
London Essence Ginger Beer
Stir the rum and mulled wine together and top with the London Essence Ginger Beer. Serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Keep chilled with large ice cubes.
Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini
The team at Mr Black have given us an updated Christmas twist on a Boutique Handbook favourite – the Espresso Martini. And it’s Chocolate Orange flavoured.
45ml Mr Black Coffee Amaro
30ml Fresh Espresso
15ml Giffard Creme De Cacao
In a cocktail shaker add all ingredients, as well as a fresh orange peel. Add ice and hard shake. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with grated chocolate. This method of shaking with fresh citrus peel is called a ‘Regal Shake’.
1847 Champagne Cocktail
Alessio Aufiero, Head Mixologist at Searcys restaurant, has created a new fizz cocktail for Christmas 2020. It’s called the Searcys 1847 – and here’s how to make it.
20ml Sipsmith vodka
15ml Grand Marnier
5ml Elderflower Liqueur
Searcys Selected Cuvée Brut
Build all the ingredients in a champagne flute and top up with Searcys Selected Cuvée Brut. Top with a 23ct edible gold leaf (optional).
The team at King of Soho Gin have created this super fancy, but so easy to make cocktail which is sure to impress Christmas guests.
35ml King of Soho London Dry Gin
15ml Grand Marnier
50ml Pear Juice
4 drops Madagascan Vanilla Extract
Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and a cinnamon stick.
A guaranteed festive favourite, The Botanist Gin Bramble is the perfect cocktail to settle in with and is filled with festive fruits and hints of sweet honey.
50ml Botanist Gin
20ml Lemon Juice
15ml Honey Water
Aelder Wild Elderberry Elixir for drizzling
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, give it a good shake and strain into a glass. Drizzle with Aelder Wild Elderberry Elixir and garnish with bramble and rosemary.
Seltzers are already massive in America and are one of the big drinks trends set to hit the UK in 2021 – but did you know they are also great for making cocktails with? Here’s a recipe from the team at Sol Duc.
75ml Raspberry puree
100ml Sol Duc Hard Seltzer Raspberry & Rose
Dash of Rose Essence
Mix Raspberry Puree, Rose Essence and Chambord together and pour into the bottom of a flute glass. Pour 100ml of Sol Duc Raspberry & Rose over a spoon to create a layered effect. Garnish with raspberries and mint and serve.
Bakewell Tart Fizz
This recipe from artisan distillery Roundwood Gin honestly tastes like a Bakewell Tart in liquid form. Here’s how you can make it at home.
60ml Roundwood Cask Aged Sloe Gin
Prosecco or Sparkling Wine
Mix the Sloe Gin and Amaretto together with ice. Once ice cold, strain into a flute glass and top with the fizz. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
Not keen on Amaretto? Try topping your glass of Prosecco with a splash of Sloe Gin for a Royale Fizz instead.
Hot Christmas Cocktail
A real winter warmer, this Christmas cocktail has been created by new rum brand Lost Years and cocktail blogger Matthias Soberon.
30ml Lost Years Four Island Rum
90ml Hot Coffee
15ml Unsweetened Coconut Milk
15ml Simple Syrup (or alternative sweetener)
Build all the ingredients in a heat resistant glass and stir well to combine. Garnish with whipped cream and cocoa powder.
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