The Classic Christmas Cocktail Guide

Timeless, tasty – and above all – simple

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As we all know, if you’re drinking anything other than an elaborately garnished glass of warm alcohol on Christmas Day, you’re doing it wrong.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled our favourite winter cocktails that you can throw together quickly, using ingredients you’ll likely already have in, from that bottle of Advocaat at the back of the cupboard to that festive basket of oranges your auntie brought round in place of proper presents.

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Happy drinking.

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1 | Classic Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients

1 x sugar cube
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 x bottle Brut champagne
1 x lemon

Method

1 | Place a single sugar cube in your champagne flute and add three dashes of bitters.

2 | Fill the glass with champagne and squeeze a twist of lemon peel on top, before adding the peel to the glass.

3 | Knock it back and make another.

For an added twist: replace the bitters with absinthe and add a tablespoon of cognac with the lemon.

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2 | Eggnog

Serves 10

Ingredients

A dozen eggs
¾ cup sugar
500ml cognac
250ml pint dark rum
500ml milk
250ml cream
Nutmeg

Method

1 | Separate the eggs like your mother taught you, and put aside the whites. Beat the yolks, slowly adding in the sugar until dissolved.

2 | Slowly add the cognac, then the rum, remembering to stir continuously. This will cook the yolks, making it safe to drink.

3 | Add the milk and cream. Don’t bother to whip the cream unless you like your eggnog extra rich.

4 | Beat the whites until stiff, then fold into the rest of the mixture along with grated nutmeg. You can keep this mixture for a few days, or drink immediately.

For an added twist: Use half Baileys / half milk and replace the rum with bourbon.


3 | Snowball

Serves 14

Ingredients

1 x bottle Advocaat
6 x limes
4 litres lemonade
1 x packet maraschino cherries
 

Method

1 | Put the advocaat in a cocktail shaker with ice and three times as much lemonade. Shake.

2 | Add a squeeze of lime juice to taste. Garnish with a single cherry.

For an added twist: To really liven up that afternoon game of Monopoly, add a generous glug of cognac to the mixture.


4 | Old Fashioned

Ingredients

1 x orange
1 x packet maraschino cherries
1 tsp sugar syrup (if you don’t have it, it’s easy enough to dissolve granulated sugar in water on a medium heat over 7 minutes).
1 x bottle Angostura bitters
1 x lemon
1 x bottle whisky
Ice cubes

Method

1 | Peel an orange, then squeeze the peel and rub it around the inside of a rock glass. Place the peel inside the glass with a single cherry, 2-3 drops of bitters and 1 tsp of sugar syrup.

2 | Add three ice cubes.

3 | Add half a serving of whisky, then stir. Add more ice and the rest of the whisky measure and serve again.

4 | Garnish with lemon peel.

For an added twist: Try replacing whisky with brandy, rum or even gin. If you’re on your fifth cocktail of the day, throw caution to the wind and add a bit of each, you won’t remember it anyway. 


5 | Rum Punch

Serves 10

Ingredients

6 oranges
Cloves
1 x bottle rum
½ cup fine sugar
2 liters apple cider
Cinnamon
Nutmeg

Method

1 | Stud the oranges with cloves and bake them under a low heat until softened.

2 | Place the oranges in a punch bowl with the rum and sugar.

3 | Make sure a crowd is gathered, a camera is ready and a beautiful girl nearby, then set fire to the rum.

4 | Remain calm and extinguish the flames by slowly adding the cider.

5 | Add grated cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.

For and added twist: Add a dash of Amaretto and a solid glug of Grand Marnier for an extra kick.


Any we've missed?


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