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Cracking Christmas drinks to make your party sparkle


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Who doesn't love a good christmas drink? Making delicious cocktails at Christmas is a must as it is a fun and creative task that brings people together. Stuck for ideas? Well, we have a collection of recipes to try and here they are.

1. Cranberry & Cider Granita

Image and recipe credits: Waitrose & Partners

A grown-up slushy is what this basically is. It takes under ten minutes to make and is perfect for Christmas. Cranberry is the ultimate Christmas fruit and put together with cider is a delight. Plus, you can scoop as much in your glass as you want. The ingredients are:

  • 700ml cranberry juice
  • 225g caster sugar
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 175ml dry cider
  • 2 tbsp Calvados or English cider brandy
The recipe is as follows:

1. Heat the juice, sugar and the lemon zest and juice together, stirring occasionally to help the sugar dissolve.

2. Take this off the heat, let it cool down and add the cider and Calvados or brandy. Refrigerate until cold, then pour into a shallow metal dish which will fit in your freezer.

3. Freeze, then after a couple of hours scrape the crystals setting around the edges with a fork. Do this at intervals until the granita is frozen. You want to end up with glassy shards of ice.

4. If the mixture sets hard, just leave it out for about 4 minutes at room temperature, then fork it again before serving.

2. Mulled Christmas sours

Image and recipe credits: Waitrose & Partners

The clue is in the name as yes, these drinks taste a little sour. The mulled wine gives it that signature Christmas taste and feeling and is perfect to just sip and enjoy. The ingredients are:

  • 50ml gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml gomme (syrup)
  • 1 x egg white
  • 1 tbsp mulled wine
The recipe:

Shake all apart from the mulled wine. Strain into a glass and pour the mulled wine over the top. Garnish with cherries and orange peel or any other cooler garnishes you can think of.

3. Festive martini

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Now, who doesn't love a martini? The ginger and cinnamon add to the Christmas flavour and make it different from the original. A warmer flavour from the original, this is a must try for the festive period.


  • 75ml Vodka
  • 1-2 tsp dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 2 slices fresh root ginger
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 2 tsp dry vermouth
  • 2 orange peel twists, to serve

1. Stir together the vodka, sugar, cloves, cinnamon and fresh ginger in a jug and chill for up to 24 hours until the sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the infused vodka to a shaker along with the ice cubes and the vermouth and shake well together. Strain into 2 small martini glasses and serve each with a twist of orange peel.

Chambord-inspired drinks

Image credit: Chambord

Chambord black raspberry liqueur is used to create vibrant cocktails with a fruity flavour. A small 20cl bottle retails at £6 in major supermarkets. The bigger 50cl bottle can be found in Tesco stores for £18. The perfect Christmas treat. Here are some cocktail ideas you can make with this delicious liqueur.

4. Chambord Royale

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A twist on the modern royale cocktail, adding Chambord gives a sweeter and fruitier flavour. Perfect for Christmas parties.


  • 15ml Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
  • 125mlChampagne, prosecco or cava
  • A raspberry (to garnish)

Pour your favourite fizz into a flute glass and top with Chambord. Garnish with a raspberry.

5. Chambord Bramble

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Served in a short glass, this is a popular cocktail with the twist of Chambord.


  • 25ml Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
  • 25ml gin
  • 20ml fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon wedge
  • Crushed ice


Take a glass that is short and fill to the top with crushed ice. Pour in gin and lemon juice, stir and add Chambord. Finish with a lemon wedge hat.

6. Chambord Collins

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The original cocktail is called Tom Collins, but with the Chambord it's got a fruitier taste to give it that extra Christmas flavour.


  • 25ml Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
  • 35ml gin
  • The juice of two lemon wedges
  • Ice cubes
  • Soda

Pour in your gin and mix with Chambord. Add the juice of two lemon wedges, fill your glass with ice, and then top with soda.

Jack Daniel's Christmas inspired drinks

Image credit: Jack Daniel's

Jack Daniel's is a popular whiskey used in many drinks. It helps gives ordinary drinks a strong and slightly sourer taste, perfect for those who don't usually drink sweet cocktails. Check out these cocktail recipes inspired by Jack Daniel's.

7. White Christmas

Image and recipe credit: Jack Daniel's

For all you cinnamon lovers out there, this is for you. Two ingredients go into making this little treat, it really couldn't be easier.


  • 50ml Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
  • 50ml Cinnamon bitters

Shake the two ingredients together before pouring over ice cubes in a small glass. Garnish with Nutmeg dusting and a cinnamon stick.

8. Rudolph's Revenge

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A fruitier tasting cocktail, this drink works well with the ingredients to provide a party topping drink.


  • 35ml Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
  • 15ml cranberry juice
  • Apple juice to finish

Pour the whiskey and the cranberry juice into a tall glass over some ice cubes before finishing off with some apple juice. A cute little paper straw can be used to garnish the drink.

9. Fire 'n' Frost

Image and recipe credit: Jack Daniel's

Not too sweet but not too sour either, this drink has the winning combination of whiskey and ice cream and is sure to be a delight at parties.


  • 50ml Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire
  • Ginger beer to top
  • Ice cream scoop

Pour the whiskey into a glass before topping off with ginger beer and a scoop of ice cream. Vanilla would work well. Garnish with holly and cherries for that Christmas feeling.

10. Fire Cracker

Image and recipe credit: Jack Daniel's

The final cocktail is for all the cider lovers out there. For those thinking whiskey won't work well with cider, give this a try to see why it's an excellent combo.


  • 50ml Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 50ml apple juice
  • Cider to finish

Pour all the ingredients into a beer glass and stir them together before serving.

Hope these drinks get you in the Christmas spirit and help make your parties awesome!

Watch this space for our New Year's Eve bubbles round-up, which will be published on Boxing Day. 

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