Christmas comes but once a year, so what better excuse to get adventurous with your drinking and treat yourself to some truly special festive drinks.
Skiddle asked some people in the mixology business to send us their brightest and best cocktail ideas. We then picked out the most promising for you. You are encouraged to substitute the branded drinks for an equivalent if necessary, though the results may not come out as expected…
Mocktails, cocktails, the choices are nearly limitless. So to do something a bit different we chose some of the weirdest and wildest of them. Christmas is your excuse to be adventurous, and that means that wasabi and Tabasco source are all in the mix. Really.
Just remember to drink responsibly, kids!
Mount Gay Frappe Eclipse
Coffee and rum, yum yum…
1 shot of espresso
Shake ingredients hard and pour over cubed ice into a sling glass.
Garnish with coffee beans and sprinkle with chocolate. OH YES.
Amarula White Christmas
White chocolate shavings and cognac!
1/2 shot Amarula Cream
1 shot Brandy or Cognac
1 shot fresh cream
White Chocolate shavings
Place all ingredients into shaker with ice and strain into a glass.
Garnish with white chocolate shavings
OR for a Christmas touch, sprinkle with cinnamon/add a cinnamon stick.
“You could say it’s like Captain Morgan and Ginger Beer having a kiss under the
2 bar spoons of white sugar
50ml Captain Morgan’s Spiced
12.5ml Lime juice
6-8 Basil leaves
Muddle the basil, sugar and lime in your finest highball glass and fill with crushed ice.
Pour the Captain Morgan’s Spiced, top up with Ginger Beer and stir.
Garnish with a basil leaf.
We’ve heard of mulled wine, but mulled ale? Well, it could work..
2 x 500ml bottles of Badger Golden Glory Ale
300ml clear apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
5 whole cloves
Peel of half a lemon
Peel of 2 clementines
6 tbsp caster sugar
Place the ale in a large saucepan with the rest of the ingredients, and stirring
to dissolve the sugar, gently bring up to a simmer. Be careful not to boil!
Ladle the warmed mulled ale into warm glasses and serve immediately.
Vodka and toffee? Can’t go wrong.
1 part Dooley’s Original Toffee & Vodka
1 part milk
1 part double cream
1/2 part cognac
Whole nutmeg or ground nutmeg
Apple and orange peel (optional)
Latte glass or thick tumbler
Pan and serving ladle
Pour the Dooley’s, milk, cream and cognac into a pan
Add cinnamon sticks, a sprinkle of nutmeg and chopped apple (optional) and
Gently heat over a stove for 5-10 minutes
Serve with an extra sprinkling of nutmeg
Alternatively, the cocktail can be served cold over ice.
“A decadent fusion of winter-warming ingredients, this is the ultimate of all
1 x squeeze fresh orange
1 ½ shots Red Stag
½ shot Bols Dark Cacao
10ml vanilla syrup
2 shots single cream
Shake all ingredients with cubed ice for 10 seconds,.
Strain into glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a sprinkling of nutmeg.
Candy Cane Martini
Pretty Christmassy. It’s got a candy cane and everything...
35ml Absolut Vanilla
15ml Peppermint Schnapps
50ml Club Soda
Candy Cane Garnish
Stir vanilla vodka and peppermint schnapps together over ice for 1 minute.
Add soda, then double strain into a chilled martini glass and enjoy!
Frozen Pink Festival
Full of fruit and icy cold. Sounds refreshing. This one would probably suit the summer months just as well.
Handful of raspberries
Half a watermelon
5 ice cubes
Bottle of Croft Pink port.
Place a few chunks of watermelon and 4 raspberries in a blender.
Add a large measure (to taste) of Croft Pink and 5 ice cubes.
Blend everything together and serve in a cocktail glass
Garnish with a couple of raspberries.
The Ruby Bellini
Champagne and grapefruit doesn’t seem too unreasonable.
10ml Grapefruit juice
10ml Sugar syrup
120ml Champagne or Prossecco
Build the ingredients into a champagne flute.
Add the Campari, Grapefruit juice and Sugar syrup to the champagne flute.
Top off with Champagne or Prossecco.
Serve with a stirrer.
Amarula Mint Snow
Vanilla ice cream and mint? In YOUR cocktail? Yes.
1 shot Amarula Cream
1/2 shot Crème de Menthe
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
Garnish with a couple of mint leaves
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Pour into a tall glass.
Very Adventurous Cocktails
The real fun begins here. Here be recipes that probably shouldn't work, but somehow do. For the adventurous and fearless amongst you!
For those who need reminding, wasabi is a Japanese mustard garnish. And it’s going in your drink, heeheehee…
12 Parts ABSOLUT Vodka
3 Parts Lemon Juice
2 Parts Simple Syrup
1 Paste Wasabi
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with wasabi paste.
The Hennessy Winter Tea Cocktail
Yes, you can put earl grey tea and jam into your cocktails at the same time. Here’s (complicated) proof.
40ml Hennessy Fine de Cognac
5g Loose Earl Grey tea leaves
50ml Boiling water
3ml Simple syrup
5ml Fresh lemon juice
3 dashes Old Fashioned bitters
2tsp Black cherry jam
Garnish: Whole star anise and orange/ lemon peel
Warm a tea cup with hot water.
Fill a tea strainer with the tea leaves and add to the warm cup.
Pour the boiling water through the tea strainer and leave to infuse for 1 minute.
Remove the tea strainer, add the jam and stir gently until dissolved.
Now add all the remaining ingredients and stir.
OPTIONAL: Garnish with a whole star anise and add orange or lemon peel for a zestier drink.
Absinthe Egg Nog
You read it right. This cocktail is a staple at The Old Absinthe House in New Orleans. It is also one of the finest 'morning after' remedies you will ever taste. Try it.
1½ ounces (40 ml) Enigma verte absinthe
½ ounce (15 ml) orgeat (almond) syrup
1 egg white
½ ounce (15 ml) single cream
4 ounces (120 g) shaved ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender
Blend for 5 seconds and serve in a chilled cocktail glass
The Perfect Bloody Mary
The old classic.
250ml tomato juice
1 tps Worcesterhire sauce
Lime juice to taste
A dash of Tabasco Pepper Sauce
Lime slices to garnish
Blend and serve in a highball glass packed with ice and garnished with the
Paloma Faith's Keep the Faith
Did you know that Paloma Faith is also pretty nifty behind the bar? Here’s one of her creations: chilli, chocolate and Tia Maria!
25ml Tia Maria
30ml Dark Mozart Liqueur
25ml Sugar Syrup
5-6 Slices of Whole Red Chilli
¾ parts Tia Maria
1 part dark chocolate liqueur
¾ parts sugar syrup
5 – 6 slices of whole red chilli
Add all the ingredients into a shaker with lots of ice.
Shake well & strain into a martini glass.
Make a cut on the side of the whole red chilli, place on the rim of the glass.
(Extra chilli can be added for more spice!)
Garnish: Whole Red Chilli
Method: Shake and strain
RC Really Christmassy Cocktail
Cola, ice cream and vodka infused with cinnamon? Doesn't sound too bad, does it?
37.5 mls cinnamon-infused vodka
150 mls RC Cola
2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
2 cinnamon sticks
Infuse the vodka with cinnamon sticks by leaving the cinnamon in the vodka for 4 days.
Fill a tall glass with ice and add all the ingredients APART from the ice cream and putting the RC Cola in last.
Add the ice cream scoops at the top and garnish with the cinnamon sticks and cherries.
Green Tea and Gin Detox Cocktail
After all that wasabi, jam, absinthe, chocolate, egg nog (you get the picture) you may be thinking of a detox? Well, here’s a detox cocktail! It’s got green tea AND gin (go figure).
50ml Hoxton Gin
20ml Elderflower cordial
7 mint leaves
50ml Twinings Green Tea with citrus.
Add 50ml of boiling water to 1 tea bag and wait until water infuses. Then place in fridge to chill.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with mint leaf floating on the surface of the drink.
So. We hope there’s something here to tickle your fancy this Christmas. Has anyone got the guts (literally) to try the absinthe eggnog? Why not tell us which recipe you enjoyed most, or better yet, share your own fine cocktail combinations in the comments?
Words: Jack Oughton
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