‘Tis the season to be jolly, but it’s also a really busy time of year with Christmas parties and get togethers. I’ve put together this guide of 11 super easy and quick to make Christmas cocktails. They can be made in a flash with few ingredients, meaning you always have something festive in your drinks arsenal for when guests arrive. There are some festive twists on classic cocktails and some new ones altogether.
The Whisky Mac
This could not be easier to make. It’s one part whisky and one part Stone’s Ginger Wine. It’s spicy, comforting and can even be warming if you add a splash of hot water instead of ice.
A Festive Gin & Tonic
A G&T is a classic but you can add a festive twist with the inclusion of some different ingredients. I used the Gin & Tonic Infusion Set from Sous Chef to make different infusions.
You get four different ingredients in the kit to create four unique G&Ts. You also get a cocktail spoon with masher. Here I’ve infused rose petals to make a really delicate, feminine version.
As well as timut pepper and green cardamom, you can also add star anise for its star-shaped aniseed flavour.
This glass by the way is the Duralex High-ball Manhattan Tumbler. They’re French-made and really pretty yet robust.
Another classic winter drink that you can add something special to. Lots of flavours work with coffee-based drinks.
Two shots of whisky into a sweetened coffee, topped with cream. I added some different flavourings using syrups. Try Monin’s Salted Caramel, Hazelnut or Vanilla and see which you like best (all are delicious!). A cinnamon stick for stirring completes it.
Easy Peasy Pina Colada
Not strictly ‘Christmassy’ but still absolutely delicious. Perfect for lovers of fruity cocktails and can be whipped up in a flash.
A pina colada is made of rum, pineapple, coconut and sugar. I made this quick and easy version using rum and the Pineapple, Coconut & Lime juice from Crafted By Cracker Drinks. Just as delicious and takes 30 seconds to make. Add to a tall glass and sip through a straw.
A creamy vegan version of this classic Christmas cocktail, made using tofu. Great for vegans and dairy free guests.
I used one packet of Yutaka Japanese-style silken tofu, 13 fl oz almond milk (you can also use soy milk) and some vanilla extract, brown sugar, turmeric, nutmeg and of course a shot of rum. Combine all ingredients (apart from nutmeg and rum) in a food processor until well combined and then chill. When ready to drink add rum and mix thoroughly, pour into glasses and sprinkle nutmeg over each glass.
This cocktail, invented in Florence over 100 years ago, combines vermouth, gin and Campari. It’s becoming more and more popular each year.
I used the Tesco Finest ready-mixed version which saves time (and money!). It’s pre-mixed. Just add a twist of orange and some ice and it’s ready to go.
Who doesn’t love a mojito at any time of year?
Rum and lots of lime and mint, plus sugar and ice swirled together. For this super quick and easy version, add the rum to the Crafted By Cracker Drinks Apple, Mint & Lime fruit juice drink instead. Add lots of fresh mint and give it a stir.
For those who love a glass of fizz (and that includes me), try this twist on a traditional prosecco.
I added 25ml of Echo Falls Summer Berries Vodka to 100ml of prosecco. You can add a raspberry for an extra fruit infusion. For this Christmas version I added crushed cranberries. Pretty and pink.
I love these Duralex glasses as they’re so tough yet pretty. This is the Amboise Champagne Flute.
Croft Twist With Orange Zest & Cloves
If you’ve never tried Croft Twist you’ve been missing out. It’s a Fino spritz combined with elderflower, lemon and mint, and is so refreshing.
Add some to an ice-filled tumbler. Squeeze some orange zest into it, and pin cloves into the skin of the orange and stir the drink with it. Spicy and zingy at the same time.
I also like to add a dash of Monin’s Vanilla syrup to a Croft Twist for a sweeter version.
This elegant cocktail is a classic vodka cocktail with added caffeine.
The ready made version from Tesco Finest is so quick and easy. It’s already got the vodka, water and coffee liqueur. All you have to do is chill it and pour it. I added a dash of cream and some coffee to the top.
Mango & Passionfruit Daiquiri
At its essence, a daiquiri is rum, lime and sugar. This classic combination can be enhanced with any kinds of fruit.
I mixed rum with a Mango & Passionfruit juice from Crafted. It’s so sweet and delicious, with that rum kick for a warming festive feeling.
How pretty is that glass by the way? I found a pair of them in a charity shop!
So there you have it! 11 quick and easy cocktails made using minimal ingredients for less fuss, less hassle and less time.
If you’re not having guests around this Christmas, why not make a Christmas Eve box for couples as well, and have your own cocktail night.
Which one would you like to try the most?
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