Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy your favourite cocktail and with more of us having a drink at home this year, rather than with family and friends in bars and restaurants, it’s a great excuse to upgrade your ‘at home drinks’. Our ready mixed fresh cocktails are perfect for festive celebrations, so whether you are entertaining those in your Christmas bubble, or looking for something fun to drink on a video call with your friends, we’ve shortlisted our top 5 Christmas cocktails to enjoy this festive season.
Spiced Blood Orange Margarita
If ever there was a cocktail that epitomises the season, it’s surely this Spiced Blood Orange Margarita. Blood oranges are at their sweetest in winter. Warm Mediterranean days and cold nights turn these unique citrus a deep dark crimson. Blended with cinnamon spiced Olmeca Plata Tequila, hand made mango agave triple sec and fresh lime. Simply shake and serve over ice, garnished with a wedge of lime, for a Mexican twist on your Christmas celebrations.
Take your after dinner espresso to Fiesta and wake everyone up! Our Espresso Rumtini from Revolucion de Cuba switches the traditional Vodka for Rum, to put a Cuban twist on the classic. Havana Club Añejo Especial rum, all delicious creamy cinnamon spices and rich caramel adds warmth and depth to this cocktail which is finished with Kahlua, coffee and salted vanilla syrup.
To serve, pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake (like crazy) and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with three (health, happiness and prosperity) coffee beans.
If you are looking for the perfect cocktail to serve before dinner, try this Hix Negroni. The Negroni is a classic Italian aperitivo. It’s bitter and complex and very moreish!
You can of course you can make it yourselves – Mark insists on the classic recipe - three equal parts of three ingredients. But not all those ingredients were created equally. Campari is the Negroni standard but its the bold style of Plymouth Gin really stands out in this drink. And its the Antica Formula from Carpano, allegedly the original vermouth producer, which really distinguishes this cocktail. Antica also comes in litre bottles – that's a lot of vermouth to get through when just fancy the one and you’ve got a goose to worry about. So impress your festive visitors with this very sophisticated cocktail. Just pour over ice with a twist, wedge or fat slice of fresh orange. Whatever you fancy, but fresh please. Save those dehydrated orange wheels for the Christmas tree.
For a winter classic that can be served at any time of the day (within reason!) the Bramble is the perfect versatile drink. This ready mixed cocktail from Pontoon Cocktails, blends Beefeater London Dry gin with fresh lemon juice, blackberries, sloes (yep, whole sloes) and vanilla for a rich, tart, botanical cocktail that works equally well before dinner, after dinner and into the evening. Pure over ice cubes and garnish with orange peel, or – if you are feeling fancy - top it with chilled sparkling wine for a delicious dark take on a Bellini.
For a long refreshing drink with a spicy kick we recommend the Dorset Donkey from legendary restaurateur Mark Hix. Lighter and fresher than the classic Moscow Mule, the Dorset Donkey blends Black Cow vodka with fresh ginger, lime and touch of Crème de Mûre. Serve in a tall glass with plenty of ice, and top up with soda water. Toss in a few berries and arrange two sage leaves as your donkey ears for a bartender quality cocktail from the comfort of your own home this Christmas.
Take the fuss out of Christmas drinks with our ready mixed cocktails
The last thing you need this festive season, when you are already stressing about who to include in your Christmas bubble and making sure you keep your distance, is to worry about what drinks to serve. Our ready mixed cocktails arrive on your doorstep chilled and ready to serve, so all you have to do is store them in the fridge, where they’ll keep for up to 5 days, until you are ready to shake, open the bottle and serve as recommended. It’s that easy to enjoy your favourite cocktails at home this Christmas. Just make sure you have the ice in stock and we’ll do the rest. Click here to browse our full range of ready mixed cocktails.