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5 craft cocktails to make at home this Christmas

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Christmas cocktails that’ll have you in a spin this December. From fir-infused vodka to sustainable twists on the classics, try shaking and stirring one of these at home.

Georgina Wilson-Powell 6 December 2018

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Yep, it's one of our favourite times of year, when it seems more than acceptable to rustle up a midweek cocktail at home. 

But forget the standard G&T or a bit of supermarket fizz, why not up the ante this year and try one of these seasonal Christmas cocktail recipes, all made with craft spirits.

5 Christmas cocktails to make at home

Rosie and Gin

From Larder by Robin Gill.

  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 35ml Rosemary Gin
  • 10ml Campari
  • 5ml gin
  • 35ml grapefruit juice
  • 10ml fresh lemon juice
  • 15ml Sugar Syrup

Muddle one of the rosemary sprigs in a mixing glass, pressing lightly to release the aromatic oil from the herb. Add the rosemary gin, Campari, gin, juices, syrup and some ice and shake together. Fine-strain the mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with the remaining sprig of rosemary.

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Left: Salcombe Gin Christmas pudding cocktail. Right: Rosie and gin

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St Nicholas

A festive and refreshing twist on a gin sour cocktail from Salcombe Gin.

  • Salcombe Gin 'Start Point'
  • Christmas pudding
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Vanilla sugar syrup
  • Pumpkin spice syrup
  • Foaming bitters
  • Cinnamon stick

To make your Christmas pudding gin, break apart your Christmas pudding into an airtight container and add a bottle of Salcombe Gin 'Start Point. Seal the container and leave to soak for 48 hours until the gin turns a deep golden colour. Strain using a fine sieve and coffee filter paper to remove any small particles.

For the cocktail pour 50ml of Christmas pudding gin into a Boston shaker with 15ml fresh lemon juice, 7.5ml vanilla sugar syrup and 7.5ml pumpkin spice syrup. Fill with ice and shake vigorously until cold. Strain the mixture into half of the shaker and discard the ice. Add the foaming bitters and shake again. Strain into a tumbler filled wth plenty of ice and garnish with a thin cinnamon stick.

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Left: Crafted Paloma by Altos. Right: Hillside Explorer by Hepple

Crafted Paloma

Forget the Margherita, the Paloma is the real taste of Mexico. Over 40% of tequila sales in Mexico come from this drink. It's a light, refreshing change to the heavy wines, ports and liqueurs over Christmas.

  • 60ml Altos Plata
  • 60ml fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 30ml of lemon juice
  • 15ml agave syrup
  • 0.1 g salt

Frost the glass rim with salt and crushed pink peppercorns. Pour all the ingredients except the grapefruit juice into a cocktail shaker and stir to dissolve the agave syrup. Shake all the ingredients and strain into a tumbler over cubed ice. Finish with the pink grapefruit juice. To garnish add half a slice of pink grapefruit.

Hillside Explorer

A botanical infused take on a refreshing vodka long drink from the Moorland Spirit Company.

Stir the honey and apple juice in glass, pour in Douglas Fir Vodka, add ice, stir again before adding the garnish.

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Gingerbread White Russian by FAIR.

Gingerbread White Russian

Indulgent, comforting, creamy - it's Christmas in a glass from FAIR. drinks.

Build the drink up in a tall glass over ice and then top with milk.

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