10 Classic Cocktails With A Christmas Twist

christmas cocktails
LSA International

The festive season is upon us and whilst the parties might not be in full swing like they usually are but there are still ways to make this time sparkle for your household. We believe everything's a little better with some fizz on hand, so if you’re looking to make the most wonderful time of year that little bit more wonderful, here's ten classic cocktail recipes with a Christmassy twist. From warm & cosy long drinks and Christmas gin cocktail recipes to fizzy concoctions, we've got the tipples that are full of Christmas cheer. So grab your best glasses and get mixing...

candy cane mimosa
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Candy Cane Mimosa

Minty fresh and the sweetest shade of pink, there’s nothing not to love about this merry mimosa. Complete with a chocolate & candy cane rim (and one for stirring) it’ll delight your household.


  • 150ml peppermint schnapps
  • 1 bottle of pink champagne or prosecco
  • 9 candy canes (3 will be crushed)
  • Melted chocolate

Melt your chocolate on a small plate and place your crushed candy canes on another. Dip your champagne flute rims into the chocolate first and then the candy canes. Fill your champagne flutes to just below half with peppermint schnapps and then top with fizz. Garnish with a full candy cane before serving.
christmas cosmopolitan
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Celebration Cosmopolitan

Thanks to it's festive colour a Cosmopolitan is already ideal for serving Christmas afternoon. We're serving ours with extra cranberries & mint for a seasonal twist. You could always add a dash of fizz for extra sparkle.


  • 500ml vodka
  • 1l cranberry juice
  • 100ml triple sec
  • Juice from 5 limes
  • Cranberries & mint for garnish

Combine the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice & lime juice in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is cold. Strain through a strainer or slotted spoon and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with cranberries & mint.
Christmas punch

Christmas Party Punch

Christmas is a time of sharing. So share this Christmas Party Punch with your nearest and dearest. An irresistible blend of cranberry juice and your choice of tipple, it’s bound to get everyone in the festive spirit.


  • 1L cranberry juice
  • 1L sparkling water
  • 2 sliced oranges
  • Mint
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Rum, champagne or vodka in quantity of your choice

Combine the cranberry juice and sparkling water into a pitcher with ice. Add alcohol of your choice stir until well combined. Garnish with cranberries, oranges and mint.
cranberry margarita
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Cranberry Margarita

A margarita may not sound like the most Christmassy of cocktails, but trust us, this one is full of festive cheer. And plenty of tequila.


  • 200ml cranberry juice
  • 200ml tequila
  • 50ml triple sec
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Ice
  • Sugar, cranberries & lime wedge for garnish

  • Rim a highball or margarita glass with sugar and fill with ice. Combine all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker and pour into glass. Garnish with a lime wedge & cranberries.
dark and stormy cocktail
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Festive Dark & Stormy

Simple, delightful & refreshing, this cocktail is bound to get the party started.


  • 80ml dark spiced rum
  • 80ml cranberry juice
  • 120ml ginger beer
  • 20ml maple syrup
  • 20ml fresh lime juice
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Orange wedges, cranberries & cinnamon sticks
  • Ice cubes

Fill two tall tumblers or highballs two-thirds full of ice, then add the rum and both the maple syrup and cinnamon. Mix a little. Add in the other ingredients one by one: cranberry juice, ginger beer, lime juice and garnishes.
gin and tonic

Gin-gle Bells & Lemon Tonic

A refreshing palette cleanser. This Christmas gin cocktail recipe is perfect for in-between courses (or parties).


  • 50ml gin
  • 150ml lemon tonic/bitter lemon
  • Rosemary & berries to garnish
  • Splash of prosecco

Pour the 50ml gin over cubed ice and top with the lemon tonic or bitter orange. Add a splash of fizz and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and berries.
Hot Mulled Sloe Gin
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Hot Mulled Sloe Gin

One for the gin lovers. This hot mulled sloe gin recipe is perfect for a chilly winter's night.


  • 50ml sloe gin
  • 150ml apple juice
  • Juice from 1 orange (added to taste)
  • Allspice, clove, star anise, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanilla

Mull apple juice with the spices and vanilla. Pour 50ml of sloe gin in to a mug and top with the mulled apple. Garnish with a stick of cinnamon and half and orange slice.
hot negroni cocktail
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Hot Negroni

A delicate blend of Italian vermouth, gin & tea, this Hot Negroni will warm up even the Scrooge-iest of characters this festive season.


  • 25ml dry gin
  • 25ml Campari
  • 25ml Sweet Vermouth
  • Red berry tea
  • Orange slice, cinnamon stick & star anise

Pour all of the ingredients into a mug and top with hot red berry tea. Finish with an orange slice, cinnamon stick & star anise to garnish.
Orange Martini
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Orange Martini

The perfect combination of seasonal fruit and seasonal cheer. Serve in your finest martini glasses with cocktail picks to complete the look.


  • 400ml orange juice
  • 100ml vodka
  • 100ml Cointreau
  • 1 bottle of prosecco (well chilled)

Mix the orange juice, vodka and Cointreau in a jug and leave to chill for at least one hour. Fill your glasses almost halfway and then pour in the fizz to the top of the glasses. Serve with an orange slice.