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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.

Christmas Margarita   

Christas cocktails Cointreau Christmas Margarita
Credit: Cointreau

The team at Cointreau have come up with a festive twist on the classic Margarita – and it looks simple but fabulous once served.

Serves 1

Ingredients
30 ml Cointreau
50 ml Blanco Tequila
20 ml  Fresh Lime Juice
6 drops Aromatic Bitters

Method
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.

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Christmas Stocking Spritz

Christmas cocktails Christmas Stocking Spritz
Credit: Maverick Photo Agency

This Christmas cocktail recipe is from London EDITION Hotel’s barman Arnaud Volte, who thinks brandy is the perfect festive aperitif.

Serves 1

Ingredients
35ml Bardinet French Brandy 
10ml Orange Liqueur (such as Cointreau)
5ml Caramel Syrup (such as Monin) 
Very cold Champagne 

Method
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.

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Mistletoe Mule

Christmas cocktails make at home Mistletoe Mule
Credit: The London Essence Company

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.

Serves 1

Ingredients
25ml of your favourite Spiced Rum
50ml Mulled Wine
London Essence Ginger Beer

Method
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.

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Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini

Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini cocktail
Credit: Mr Black

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.

Serves 1

Ingredients
45ml Mr Black Coffee Amaro
30ml Vodka
30ml Fresh Espresso
15ml Giffard Creme De Cacao

Method
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’.

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1847 Champagne Cocktail

Searcys 1847 cocktail Christmas cocktails
Credit: Searcys

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.

Serves 1

Ingredients
20ml Sipsmith vodka
15ml Grand Marnier
5ml Elderflower Liqueur
Searcys Selected Cuvée Brut

Method
Build all the ingredients in a champagne flute and top up with Searcys Selected Cuvée Brut. Top with a 23ct edible gold leaf (optional).

Buy Searcys Selected Cuvée Brut here

King’s Pear-Ogative

Christmas cocktails pear cocktail
Credit: King of Soho

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.

Serves 1

Ingredients
35ml King of Soho London Dry Gin
15ml Grand Marnier
50ml Pear Juice
4 drops Madagascan Vanilla Extract

Method
Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and a cinnamon stick.

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Gin Bramble

The Botanist Gin Bramble cocktail
Credit: The Botanist

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.

Serves 1

Ingredients
50ml Botanist Gin
20ml Lemon Juice
15ml Honey Water
Aelder Wild Elderberry Elixir for drizzling

Method
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.

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Raspberry Bellini 

Christmas cocktails raspberry bellini
Credit: Sol Duc

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.

Serves 1

Ingredients
75ml Raspberry puree
25ml Chambord
100ml Sol Duc Hard Seltzer Raspberry & Rose
Dash of Rose Essence 

Method
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.

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Bakewell Tart Fizz

Christmas cocktails Bakewell Tart Fizz
Credit: Roundwood Gin

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.  

Serves 2

Ingredients
60ml Roundwood Cask Aged Sloe Gin
60ml Amaretto
Prosecco or Sparkling Wine

Method
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. 

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Hot Christmas Cocktail

Lost Christmas rum cocktail recipe Christmas
Credit: Lost Years/@servedbysoberon

A real winter warmer, this Christmas cocktail has been created by new rum brand Lost Years and cocktail blogger Matthias Soberon.

Serves 1

Ingredients

30ml Lost Years Four Island Rum
90ml Hot Coffee
15ml Unsweetened Coconut Milk 
15ml Simple Syrup (or alternative sweetener)

Method
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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