If there’s one drink that everyone seems to love right now, it’s got to be gin. Small batch, craft and artisan gins are everywhere right now and with Christmas so close, a few bottles really should be on your shopping list. The classic gin and tonic is always a winner but the festive season is the perfect time to indulge in something a little more special. So, to get you totally prepped to party, here are 7 sinful gin Christmas cocktail recipes that you’re going to love…
This cool cocktail from Jamie Oliver is just brilliance in a glass. Frozen berries, honey, juniper berries plus aromatic lemons and rosemary make this a “zippy herbaceous cocktail that’s a welcome change from rich festive drinks.” And, with plenty of fruit packed into each glass, it’s positively good for you!
Ah, the martini – a super stylish cocktail that’s always a rather glamorous treat. However, why not take it up a notch this Christmas by giving your drink an Earl Grey twist? You do need to plan ahead a little bit to make the tea and let it chill but after that, it’s a simple case of mixing the ingredients together and then enjoying your creation.
The name of this drink alone is enough to make you want to reach for the cocktail shaker. Fall All Over from the gin masters at Hendricks contains apple (hurrah!), apple juice or cider, ginger beer, fresh lemon juice and some nutmeg and it’s a real taste of the season. It’s also easy to make – just shake up the gin, lemon juice and apple juice/cider, pour over ice and top with ginger beer and add your garnishes. Voila!
Ideal for a festive pop of colour, Red Queen is ‘beautiful, capricious and a little dangerous’ so what could be better? Cranberry juice, elderflower liqueur, gin and a dash of lemon juice are all mixed together to create this super Christmassy cocktail. Don’t forget the fresh cranberries on cocktail sticks to finish this beauty off in style.
If, at any point during the Christmas holidays, you feel you might be coming down with a cold, make yourself this cocktail! It’s a positively medicinal mix of gin, honey syrup and lemon plus this recipe dates right back to the prohibition era and those guys knew how to mix a sneaky cocktail or two!
Now, Spiced Pear Gin Fizz is a drink that you have to think about in advance because you’ll need to make up the spiced pear simply syrup that forms the basis of this delicious cocktail. However, once you’ve mixed up a batch, you’ll have plenty to store in the fridge and from that point onwards, you’re just a few shakes away from a fantastic spicy drink you’ll just adore.
Well, who could resist a cocktail called The Heartwarmer, especially when you’re all loved up over Christmas and the New Year. Not only that, it’s a fabulous colour and beyond simple to make. Pour champagne, prosecco or your choice of sparkling delight into a glass and top up with sloe gin. Yes, it’s that simple – the perfect cocktail for friends on a cold, wintery day.
Image: Left - Heartwarmer via Waitrose | Right via Glitzy Secrets
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