20/12/2018 06:00 GMT | Updated 20/12/2018 06:00 GMT

The Cocktails To Enjoy This Christmas – As Recommended By The Experts

And all you can make at home yourself...

Christmas is a time to crack open the fancy booze and enjoy a beverage (or three) and there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than with a decadent cocktail.

Whether you want to toast a good year or wave goodbye to a tough one, we’ve got some great recipes from four expert mixologists.

Experiment with rich, new flavours and unique twists on Christmassy classics to impress friends and family over Christmas. 

Irish Coffee

Bobby Hiddleston, co-owner of Soho-based bar Swift - which FYI was voted the Best London Bar in 2018 by Time Out - recommends a traditional Irish Coffee. “Made properly, it is warming, comforting, and delicious,” he says.

Swift

Ingredients:

40ml Irish whiskey 

80ml Coffee (filter coffee is best)

2-3tsp Demerara

Method:

Add two teaspoons demerara sugar per shot of whiskey, stir until dissolved.

Top with cold double cream on top and add a festive finish with a grating of fresh nutmeg. 

Cognac Fizz 

Dandelyan

For something extra special, go for bubbles in a Cognac Fizz says Mr Lyan and toast the year-end in style. 

Ingredients:

300ml Cognac 

150ml Pineapple Syrup

2ml Angostura Bitters

100ml Chilled Water

100ml Dry Champagne or Cava

Method:

Stir together the pineapple syrup, cognac, angostura bitters and water

If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen, create your own syrup by cooking tinned pineapple in water and sugar with a clove and a cardamom pod then straining

Pour into a glass and top up with Dry Champagne or Cava.

Pine + Apple

For lovers of dark rum and rich flavours, Megs Miller, general nanager of new Marylebone bar FAM, picked a Pine + Apple cocktail that she describes as: “Christmas tree twist on the classic treacle cocktail.”

Ingredients:

40ml of Dark rum

30 ml Aged Somerset apple brandy liqueur 

10ml of Pine cordial

Cubed ice

Method:

Stir together the dark rum, apple brand liqueur and pine cordial with cubed ice

If you’d rather put your Christmas tree to good use, make your own pine cordial:

Brewing 10g of pine in 500ml water, simmer with 250g of sugar & 5g of malic acid for 10 minutes.

Strain into a chilled glass 

Midnight Rambler 

According to Miller, this is the perfect spiced Christmas cocktail. “Served warm, it’s a lighter twist on a hot buttered rum. Swap out the rum for Somerset cider brandy & ginger wine,” she says.

Ingredients:

30ml Somerset cider brandy five years aged

30ml Stones ginger wine

5g Spiced butter mix

One teaspoon gomme syrup

2 drops vanilla bitters

80ml Hot water

Method:

Add room temperature butter mix to a warmed glass

Pour the hot water over the butter and stir to melt. 

Make your own spiced butter mix by blending together 250g softened butter, 2 tsp ground allspice, 2 tsp ground ginger & 2 tsp ground cinnamon.

Add rest of ingredients and stir to mix.

Pour into a glass teacup and garnish with a clementine wheel 

Wilde Honey Porter

As recommended by Aaron Wall, Co-Owner of Islington haunt Homeboy, this is one that will be favoured by for the more adventurous home bartender.

Homeboy

Ingredients:

30ml Roe & Co. Irish whiskey

15ml Noilly Prat French vermouth

15ml Chocolate liqueur

15ml Lime

50ml Guinness

3 dashes of Angostura bitters

15ml of Honey

1 Cracked cardamom pod 

One egg white

Ice

Method:

Shake together the Irish whiskey, Noilly Prat French vermouth, chocolate liqueur, lime, Guinness, angostura bitters, honey, cardamom pod and egg white in a half pint with ice.

Top with freshly grated nutmeg. 

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