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Our favourite festive cocktail recipes

by Elizabeth Young

published on 29 November 2021

With a little more time on your hands to play mixologist and plenty of booze knocking around to help you get creative, Christmas is the ideal time to try your hand at making a cocktail or two. From gently spiced to suitably sparkling, these recipes promise a touch of sophisticated festive charm.

Alchemist Chocolate Orange Smasherac

Chocolate Orange Smasherac

by The Alchemist

A typically creative recipe from the team behind The Alchemist Cocktail Book, this “smasherac” is a twist on the classic New Orleans Sazarac. Flavoured with chocolate cookie syrup and orange bitters, it’s a festive treat.

From the book

Christmas Spice Cocktail

Christmas Spice Cocktail

by Olly Smith
from Fizz

“Here’s to all the flavours of Christmas in one fruity and spicy concoction”, says Olly Smith. With cardamom and orange-spiced gin, pomegranate syrup and topped up with bubbles, this is a cocktail to celebrate with. 

Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci’s Christmas Cocktail

by Stanley Tucci
from Taste

Inspired by a Cosmopolitan, Stanley Tucci’s holiday cocktail features Ketel One vodka and Cointreau muddled with cranberry juice and pomegranate seeds and garnished with a raspberry wrapped in a mint leaf and skewered with a small stalk of rosemary.

Venetian Manhattan

Venetian Manhattan

by Russell Norman
from Venice

A Venetian twist on this classic cocktail from Russell Norman’s Venice, this smart tipple will add some serious sophistication to your festivities.

The Dandy

The Dandy

The warm, golden colours of this Hawksmoor at Home cocktail exude 1920’s sophistication. Serve with seasonal berries for a truly festive touch.


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