Christmas cocktail recipes to get the party started

Christmas party season is now in full swing which no doubt means mountains of mince pies will be consumed, Wham will be played on repeat and your colleagues will start wearing garish jumpers to work.

Every year we go through the same process until these events become more of a pain than a party.

Fortunately we have a few ideas to refresh the festive season a little bit… Christmas cocktails with not a Snowball or Eggnog in sight!

We’ve pushed aside the traditional sickly sweet and creamy beverages that are so often rolled out at Christmas in favour of something a little more modern.

Choosing from our range of luxury spirits – which includes perfectly aged whiskies, spiced rums and craft gins – we’ve added a wintery twist to some classic cocktail recipes.

If you fancy something a bit more traditional take a look at our tips to make the perfect mulled wine.

Cranberry Mojito

Christmas mojito with cranberries

Create a cranberry syrup as a base for a mojito

For the drink:

For the cranberry syrup:

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 225ml water
  • 200g fresh cranberries

Method:

  1. Begin making the cranberry syrup by placing the cranberries, sugar and water in a pan and allowing to gently simmer for 10 minutes. Once all the sugar has dissolved remove the cranberries from the syrup and leave both to one side to cool. This is enough for about five mojitos.
  2. Get two shallow bowls, one filled with water and the other with sugar. Dip the rim of a tall glass into the water and then the sugar.
  3. Next place the lime, sugar and mint in the bottom of the glass and mash it all with a bar muddler (the end of a rolling pin works well if you don’t have one).
  4. Now add the ice and pour over the rum and 50ml of the cranberry syrup then top up with soda water.
  5. Garnish with a couple of cranberries and a few mint leaves and enjoy immediately.

Sloe Royale

You will need:

Method:

  1. Pour the sloe gin into the bottom of a Champagne flute
  2. Top up with sparkling wine and enjoy cold.

Yule Mule

You will need:

  • 50ml Chase Vodka
  • 50ml cranberry juice
  • 100ml ginger beer
  • 1 lime
  • handful of ice

Method:

  1. Squeeze the juice of half a lime into a cocktail shaker and pour in the vodka, cranberry juice and ice. Give it all a good shake.
  2. Place some more ice into a mug and strain over the cocktail mixture.
  3. Top up with ginger beer, garnish with the other lime half and serve.

Toffee Fudge White Russian

Toffee fudge white Russian

Add a touch of Christmas to a classic White Russian with our Toffee Fudge Vodka

You will need:

  • 50ml V Gallery Toffee Fudge Vodka
  • 2tbsp coffee liqueur
  • 1tbsp cream
  • handful of ice
  • a spring of rosemary

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together being careful not to let the cream split.
  2. Place the ice cubes in a short tumbler style glass and pour the mixture over.
  3. Garnish with a spring of rosemary and enjoy while cold.

Now you’ve got the cocktails sorted it’s time to stock up on those last minute gifts. Take a look at our blog homepage where you’ll find some suggestions to help you find the perfect Christmas gift.

About Laithwaites Wine

Laithwaite's began in 1969, when Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux... and fell in love with real wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share these delicious wines with friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that boutique wineries were soon queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from... including red, white and rosé, plus Champagne and sparkling, beer and cider.