Mixed drinks can often take a back seat in the chaos of Christmas cooking, but cocktails needn’t always be complicated. We’ve put together some simple, speedy and tasty cocktail recipes to inspire you for the big day. Alternatively, if you’re still submerged in the shopping bedlam, grab one en route (as we did yesterday) with a pit-stop at Harry Gordon’s bar in Selfridges and sample one of our recommendations below – the Flat White Martini. It’ll boost your spirits (and caffeine levels), and make you feel more Christmassy than a partridge in a pear tree. Or if you can’t face the Oxford Circus battlefield (we don’t blame you), swing by Ask for Janice (Farringdon) and sip on a ‘Berry Christmas’ cocktail (homemade sloe gin, cranberry syrup and prosecco – see below for a similar recipe you can make at home!) or order a G&T from their extensive gin list – we recommend Gin Mare with Fevertree Mediterranean tonic, rosemary and orange peel for a Christmas twist. West-enders should head to The Jam Tree (Clapham) for refuge and sample one of their playful and wintery cocktails such as their ‘Apple Crumble’, a combination of Zubrovka, gingerbread syrup, caramel and apple juice.
Tis the season to be merry! Here are our recommendations for cocktails you can whip up whilst the Turkey’s roasting…
To kick things off:
15ml Sloe gin
10ml Elderflower cordial
Top with prosecco/fizz
Sloe gin has a warm, winter berry flavour which is complimented by floral flavours and goes well with Christmas fizz.
Shake all ingredients, strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne/prosecco. If you want to show off, create a two-tone effect by separating the drink – pour the slow gin and elderflower into the glass, then add the fizz by pouring it very slowly over the back of a spoon.
Flat White Martini
50ml Baileys Irish Cream
Coffee beans to garnish
Baileys = Christmas, it’s as simple as that! This cocktail has a rich and indulgent taste, but will also help to settle the stomach after Christmas dinner.
Add all ingredients into a shaker, add ice and SHAKE! A good hard shake will produce a lovely thick foam over the top of the drink. Pour into martini glasses and garnish with 3 coffee beans.
To warm the cockles
Liquid Christmas Jumper (for 4)
60ml Golden Rum
60ml Dark Rum
50ml King’s Ginger Liqueur
50ml fresh lime juice
280ml Cloudy Apple Juice
Star anise, cinnamon, lime wheels, ginger slices to garnish/infuse
Festive, warming and oh-so-cosy! Pour all ingredients into a saucepan and warm on a medium-low heat. Once the mixture is hot (be careful not to let it boil), add the spices and allow to infuse for 10 minutes on a low heat. Ladle out into mugs or teacups and serve.