10 simple Christmas gin cocktails you should try


The countdown to Christmas gets us closer and closer to our fave winter holiday and we’re looking forward to it with great anticipation.  We’ve put together a list of ten of our favourite Christmas gin cocktails to help you celebrate this festive season in the most tasty way possible.

The festive martini

Image: 6 O’clock gin

Ingredients

  • 60 ml 6 O’clock Gin
  • 10 ml Bramley & Gage Dry Vermouth
  • dashes Orange Bitters

Method

  • Chill you glass in the fridge / freezer and prepare a piece of orange peel for the garnish.
  • Fill a cocktail glass (or a glass measuring jug) with plenty of ice.
  • Add the 6 O’clock Gin, the dry vermouth and the bitters and stir with a long spoon to combine and chill the drink.
  • Pour into your cocktail glass and garnish with the orange peel. Drink while cold!

Hendrick’s Hot Spiced Apple

Ingredients

  • 150ml Hendrick’s Gin
  • 750ml Spiced Apple Juice
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cardamom
  • 2 star anise Juniper berries
  • Peel of 1 orange

Method

Simmer the apple juice with spices in a pan. Add Hendrick’s Gin in a tankard or teacup, and garnish with 3 slices of apple and a dusting of nutmeg.

Under the mistletoe

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Dry gin
  • 7 Cranberries
  • 1 Thyme
  • 1 oz Simple syrup
  • 1 Club soda
  • 1 Cranberry juice
  • 2 orange half-wheels

Method

In a Collins glass, muddle the cranberries and orange. Add the gin and simple syrup, and fill with ice. Top with a mixture of two parts cranberry juice to one part club soda. Stir with a thyme sprig and garnish with three additional cranberries.

Festive 75

Image: Bombay Saphire

Ingredients

  • 25 ml Star of Bombay
  • 15 ml Sugar syrup (2:1 ratio sugar:water)
  • 15 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 50 ml Sparking wine or Champagne
  • Star anise to garnish

Method

  • Take flute glass from freezer
  • Shake all ingredients (apart from Champagne)
  • Add chilled champagne to flute
  • Pour shaker contents into flute on top of Champagne
  • Garnish with a single star anise

Pink peppered grapefruit

Ingredients

  • 25 ml Pink Gin
  • 50 ml Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 5 ml Pink Rose Syrup
  • London Essence Pomelo & Pink Pepper Tonic Water

Method

Mix together in a highball glass and serve with a grapefruit wedge garnish.

Sipsmith gingerbread sour

Image: Sipsmith

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
  • 20 ml Lemon juice
  • 12.5 ml gingerbread syrup
  • 1 dash Regan’s OJ bitters
  • 1 egg white
  • Ginger to garnish

Method

Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake. fine strain the mixture into a chilled glass and serve with slivers of ginger on a cocktail stick.

Kintyre slingle bells

Image: Kintyre gin

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Kintyre gin
  • 30 ml Grenadine
  • 2 spoonfuls pomegranate seeds

Method

  • Shake over ice
  • Top with soda water
  • Garnish a sugar rimmed glass with pomegranate seeds

Boodles royale

Prosecco and sloe gin

Ingredients

Method

  1. Combine Mulberry Gin, lemon juice and mint in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with soda water.

Blackberry Fizz

Ingredients

  • 25 ml gin
  • 15 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 15 ml Sugar Syrup
  • 2 Blackberries

Method

  • Add gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and blackberries to cocktail shaker with ice
  • Shake and fine strain into flute
  • Top with Prosecco
  • Garnish with a blackberry

Sloe gin flip

Image: Sipsmith

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Sipsmith sloe gin
  • 12.5 ml sugar syrup
  • 1 whole egg
  • Dark chocolate garnish

Method

Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, dry shake, then fill with ice and shake again. Double strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a grating of dark chocolate.


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