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9 delicious Christmas cocktails to enjoy this festive season

The festive season is about spending time with family, exchanging gifts and, of course, enjoying the odd drink - and we've got the best cocktail recipes to enjoy this Christmas.

So whether your tipple is gin, whiskey or rum - why not sample these delicious cocktails with loved ones this Christmas?

1. The Perfect Swerve

Ingredients

  • 35ml Jawbox gin
  • 100ml Fever Tree ginger ale or any other premium ginger ale
  • lime to garnish.

Method

  1. Pour Jawbox into an ice-filled mug. Top up with ginger ale and serve with a squeeze and a garnish of fresh, zesty lime.

Founder of Jawbox Gin, Gerry White says: "The Perfect Swerve calls on a splash of one of Belfast’s finest inventions, ginger-ale. A squeeze of zesty lime perfects the flavour combination. This clean and refreshing serve is a trusty companion to enjoy over the ever-filling Christmas dinner.”

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2. Wee Lady

Ingredients

  • 35ml Jawbox Gin
  • 10ml Triple sec
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • 10ml Ruby Blue Cranberry
  • 1 Egg white
  • star anise for garnish

Method

  1. Dry shake all ingredients for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add ice and shake again until cold.
  3. Double strain into a martini glass and garnish with star anise.

Gerry says: "Wee Lady is a taste sensation, as fresh as it is festive, giving the pale and cloudy White Lady a Christmas makeover. Wee Lady’s joyous, berry colour and undeniable festive flavour will delight both gin-lovers and those new to the spirit in equal measure.”

For more ginspiration, visit @jawboxgin on social media.

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3. The Black & Blueberry Tea

Ingredients

  • 25ml Bushmills Black Bush
  • 15ml Grand Marnier
  • 15ml Amaretto
  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • boiling water
  • 1 orange wheel

Method

  1. Add an Earl Grey tea bag to some boiling water in a glass mug and muddle.
  2. Add 25ml Black Bush, 15ml Grand Marnier and 15ml Amaretto to the tea and stir.
  3. Garnish with a large orange wheel; the perfect finishing touch for any festive tipple.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Created by Sean Duffy at The Apartment Bar, Belfast this cocktail will appeal to whiskey lovers and first-time whiskey drinkers alike.

For more Bushmills serve inspiration, follow @BushmillsUK on social  media.

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4. The Red Bonny

Ingredients

  • Red Bonny Dark Rum
  • lime
  • premium Ginger Beer

Method

  1. Pour 50ml Red Bonny Dark Rum over ice into a highball glass.
  2. Top-up with premium ginger beer.
  3. Squeeze in some fresh lime juice. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

5. Mulled Tempted Irish Cider

Ingredients

  • Tempted Irish Cider - Medium
  • 1/2 a cup of brown sugar
  • teaspoon of cloves
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • orange wedge and whole cloves to garnish

Method

  1. Combine brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and apple cider in large saucepan and slowly bring to boil.
  2. Reduce heat, cover the saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Strain to remove spices.
  4. Serve in mugs with clove-studded orange wedges.
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6. Braemble’s Bramble

Ingredients

  • 25ml Gin
  • 25ml Braemble
  • 20ml Lemon Juice
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • blackberries to garnish

Method

  1. Pour the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a rocks glass, fill with crushed ice and stir gently.
  2. Top with more crushed ice and cap with Braemble.
  3. Garnish with blackberries if desired.

Braemble Gin Liqueur is a blend of sweet, Scottish brambles with English London Dry Gin - a fruity liqueur that can be enjoyed on its own, as well as with a mixer or sparkling wine.

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7. Gold, frankincense and one more please!

Ingredients

  • 25ml Caorunn
  • 12.5ml Cocchi vermouth
  • 12.5ml Curacao orange
  • dash of chocolate bitters
  • 15 ml Star anise sugar syrup
  • Garnish: dehydrated orange, rosemary and star anise.

Method

  1. All ingredients are added to a chilled mixing glass and stirred.
  2. Fine strain over ice and garnished with rosemary, orange and star anise.

Cocktail by Jamie Jamieson, Muriels

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Winning cocktail: 'Gold, Frankincense and More Please' by Jamie Jamieson from Muriels Belfast
 

8. Appleby

Ingredients

  • 60ml Caorunn Gin
  • 25ml fresh lemon juice
  • 25ml spice apple & honey syrup
  • 15ml Calvados
  • spiced apple syrup.

Method:

  1. Combine 150ml honey with 50ml boiling water and add a, cinnamon stick, star anise, 4 rings of fresh ginger, freshly grated nutmeg, 4 dashes of angostura bitters & 4 dashes of orange bitters.
  2. Stand for 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Strain the solids from the resulting liquid and blend with 4 heaped bar spoons of apple sauce.
  4. Combine all the ingredients in frozen shaker and shake vigorously over ice.
  5. Strain into a chilled rocks glass over a single large cube of ice.
  6. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Cocktail by Matthew Murnin, Paddy Kellys

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9. Winter Fizz

  • 50ml Caorunn gin
  • 15ml. Yellow Chartreuse
  • 15ml. Lemon juice
  • 100ml Cloudy blush apple juice
  • 5 dashes Dandelion and Burdock bitters
  • 1 scoop lemon sorbet
  • lemonade

Method:

  1. Shake spirits, juices, bitters and sorbet together in a Boston shaker and double strain in to highball glass.
  2. Top up with lemonade and garnish with an apple fan, anise star and nutmeg powder.
  3. Add two drops of Dandelion before serving.

Cocktail by Asen Georgiev, House of Zen

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