1. The Cointreau Christmas Margarita
Complete with Cointreau, tequila, fresh lime juice and aromatic bitters, the Cointreau Christmas Margarita makes for the perfect cocktail to enjoy this season and is balanced with a hint of cinnamon and citrus freshness.
30ml Cointreau Buy
50ml Blanco Tequila Buy
20ml fresh lime juice Buy
6 drops aromatic bitters Buy
Make a cinnamon-sugar rim on your glass. Pour all ingredients directly into a shaker. Shake vigorously before serving in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and enjoy.
2. Ginato Christmas Fizz
Ginato Pinot Grigio is a fresh and bright gin distilled using Tuscan juniper berries and blended using the finest Italian-grown Pinot Grigio grape. It’s used to create the Ginato Christmas Fizz.
50ml Ginato Pinot Grigio Gin Buy
100ml cranberry juice Buy
1tbsp fresh orange juice Buy
Ginger ale Buy
Rosemary sprig Buy/cranberries Buy to garnish
Fill a cocktail glass with ice. Pour in gin, orange juice and cranberry juice. Stir and top up with ginger ale. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and/or fresh cranberries.
3. Cotswolds Cloudy Christmas Gin
Launched in October, Cotswolds Cloudy Christmas Gin is a festive twist on the distillery’s Cotswolds Dry Gin. It is distilled in a traditional copper pot still and features nine carefully considered botanicals, including sweet zesty clementine and cardamom. The result is a classic juniper-led gin with a touch of Christmas magic. Expect refreshing bursts of clementine, a hint of warm spice as well as the signature cloudy glow when ice or tonic is added.
50ml Cotswolds Christmas Cloudy G&T Buy
Tonic water Buy
Fill a large copa glass with ice, pour over gin, top with Indian tonic water and watch the cloud appear! Garnish with a slice of orange and star anise.
4. Boë Candy-Cane Christmas
Boë Gin has created a Christmas cocktail combining the flavours of Boë Violet and classic mint candy-cane. It’s all spruced up by the festive flavours of a Christmas tree cutting.
Ingredients: for the cocktail
60ml Boë Gin Violet gin Buy
40ml cranberry juice Buy
20ml lime juice Buy
20ml home-made syrup
300g ice cubes
100g icing sugar (for decoration)
For the home-made syrup
6 peppermint candy canes Buy
1 x 10cm fir tree cutting
250g caster sugar Buy
250ml boiling water
To make the syrup, add all ingredients (apart from the fir cutting) to a pot and heat on hob until candy-canes are dissolved. Once dissolved, add fir cutting and allow to cool for approximately an hour. Using tape, tape your desired pattern onto the glass, leaving gaps where you want your icing sugar “snow” pattern to go. Place glass in the freezer and leave for ten minutes. Using a sieve, shake the icing sugar over the chilled glass. Carefully remove the tape to reveal the snow pattern. Add measured ingredients to a shaker and shake for 30 seconds before pouring.
5. Old Pulteney’s Prawn Cocktail
Old Pulteney, The Maritime Malt, presents the Prawn Cocktail – the mixologist’s twist on the classic Christmas starter course. Featuring a 12-year-old scotch from the UK’s most northerly shores and tasting notes of salted honey, anise, baking spice and herbaceous backnotes, it has been designed to pair perfectly with the starter too.
Ingredients: for two servings
60ml Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt Buy
30ml sweet Vermouth Buy
15ml benedictine Buy
2 dashes bitters Buy
Grilled prawns for garnish