The festive season is perfect for serving up a stylish winter cocktail. Ideal for hosting parties during Christmas and New Year, or even just for a weeknight treat with a friend or partner. We’ve picked our favourite easy recipes for mixing up some delicious winter cocktails.
Elderflower gin fizz
We know elderflower might seem not seem like a choice for winter cocktails, but this Warner Edwards Elderflower Gin is so delicious we just couldn’t resist. Elderflower and fizz go so well together, and this award-winning gin is the perfect complement to your favourite champagne or prosecco. That is, if you don’t end up drinking it neat with ice first (trust us, it’s gorgeous!). This is a super-simple cocktail for adding an elegant twist to your evening – get those corks popping!
- 25ml Warner Edwards elderflower gin
- 60ml champagne or Prosecco
- Twist of lemon peel
Pour the gin into the bottom of a champagne glass and top up with your favourite sparkling wine. Add a twist a piece of lemon peel for a final garnish.
Gin-gle all the way
Mmm, mixing the fresh citrus of Caorunn gin (a Scottish small batch gin) and clear Highland Spring water, this winter cocktail is festiveness in a glass! The combo of crisp Caorunn gin and sweet port is perfect, and the cranberry gives it a sharp, fruity edge. If you want to get really fancy, this could just as easily be strained of ice and served in a martini glass.
- 25ml Caorunn Gin
- 20ml port
- 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
- 30ml cranberry juice
- 3 fresh mint leaves
- 40ml Highland Spring Sparkling water
In a shaker or jug, combine all the ingredients with cubed ice, stir and strain into a tumbler. Pop the ice back in, garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy!
Tequila Rose Pink Russian
Road-tested by Nell.
Tequila Rose is a strawberry flavoured liqueur with a hint of Tequila. It’s a creamy liqueur and can be mixed into a number of seasonal and festive cocktails. It is quite sweet, so might not be to everyone’s taste, but the sharpness of the tequila provides a nice balance and an interesting flavour.
- 25ml Tequila Rose liquer
- 80ml milk
- 3 frozen strawberries
For a cheeky twist on a classic cocktail try mixing up your Tequila Rose with milk. Over at Janes HQ we threw a few ice cubes, a couple of frozen strawberries, some milk and a generous shot of Tequila Rose into a blender. Whizz together for a couple of minutes until smooth and voila! You have a perfect, creamy, chilled cocktail.
Crisp winter apple mocktail
Don’t let your non-drinking guests miss out on getting into the festive spirit. This delicious, refreshing Highland Spring mocktail is quick and easy. It also means you’ll have plenty of sparkling water on hand for your guests! The dash of cinnamon and nutmeg at the end make this taste wonderfully Christmassy.
- 80ml Highland Spring Sparkling water
- 100ml apple juice (we used a cloudy one)
- 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
Add ice cubes to a glass and pour over the apple juice. Top up with Highland Spring Sparkling water. Sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg on top. Serve with a fresh slice of apple.
So there you have it – our favourite winter cocktails, perfect for party season. Giving them a try? Send us a pic – @tweetjanes!