4 Easy-To-Make Christmas Cocktails

4 Easy-To-Make Christmas Cocktails

The Christmas season is a great time to try out new cocktails with friends and I have four easy-to-make Christmas cocktails using gin and whisky, including two incredible hot toddies that will warm up your guests when they arrived to an alternative Champagne cocktail perfect that’s perfect for Christmas Day, and an interesting cocktail-come-dessert that would be great served alongside coffee. 

Christmas Cocktails

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A Very Merry Berry Cocktail

Ingredients

25ml Cotswold Distillery Hedgerow Gin

15ml Fresh cranberry juice

Champagne

Blackberries

How To Create

This is so easy, drop a few blackberries into the bottom of a champagne flute, pour in the measures of Hedgerow Gin and cranberry juice and top up with Champagne, gently stir. Garnish with a few blackberries on the rim.

What Makes This Special

The Cotswold Distillery forage damsons, blackberries and sloes from the hedgerows, before soaking for 9 months in its Dry Gin, and then when all the liquid is squeezed out, lightly sweetened and bottled – all that work is worth it as the berry taste makes for a great winter cocktail.

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The Tale of Two Hot Toddies – Gin vs Whisky

1616 Barrel Aged Gin Hot Toddy

Ingredients

50ml Cotswolds Distillery 1616 Barrel Aged Gin

1 teaspoon of honey

20ml lemon juice

2 slices of fresh lemon

Cloves

Hot water

Cinnamon stick

How To Create

Stud the rind of the lemon slices with the cloves. Combine all the ingredients in a heat-proof glass. Top up with hot water and stir until the honey has melted and the spices have infused. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

What Makes This Special

Love a hot toddy but what something a little different swap in the Cotswolds Distillery 1616 Barrel Aged Gin, in the place of whisky, and you’ll love its wintery flavours of juniper, fresh orange peel, cassia, nutmeg and all spice that the gin is distilled in. 

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Speyburn Hot Toddy

Ingredients

50ml Speyburn 10 Year Old

75ml hot water

Dash Whisky bitters

10ml Heather Honey

Orange Zest 

Cinnamon stick

How To Create

Fill the Irish coffee glass with hot water and let stand for a minute or two to warm up. Empty the mug and fill about halfway with fresh boiling water and the cinnamon stick. Add the heather honey and stir to dissolve. Add the orange zest and whisky, stir again and serve. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

What Makes This Special

There are few things better than a hot toddy on a winter’s evening and if you prefer whisky over gin then you have to give this cocktail a try to get you into the festive spirit as the Speyburn 10 Year Old really has a bold yet sweet flavour.

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anCnoc Affogato

Ingredients

A dram, or shot of anCnoc Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Two generous scoops of Vanilla Ice-cream – go for one like Saffron’s

How To Create

Simply add two generous scoops of vanilla ice-cream to a Martini glass and pour a dram of anCnoc’s 12-year-old directly over the ice-cream.

What Makes This Special

Instead of a coffee-based dessert try this whisky version, the creamy vanillia notes of the anCnoc Single Malt Scotch Whisky are intensified when served over the vanilla-rich ice-cream. I just think this would be great served alongside a coffee to end a meal.

Which Christmas cocktail are you looking to try first?

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