5 Christmas Cocktails Gin Lovers Need to Try!

2 Feb 2019
5 Christmas Cocktails Gin Lovers Need to Try!

We can best describe Gin as the alcoholic version of Marmite, and yet it can divide nations leaving no room for an “in-between”, meaning, you either love or hate Gin, there is no room for error here. This love / hate thing is like lemon and lime, and makes us ask, “do you crave Gin’s sharp taste or does the smell make you reel back and gag? Whatever the feeling Gin may illicit, Gin lovers everyone can at least unite this Christmas season with some of the best cocktails to prepare for you and your family or friends.

Let’s face it, the holiday season isn’t just a time for loads of fatty foods, but it’s also filled with rare occasions to try some new awesome Christmas drinks, taking a step away from traditional or getting so close you might actually want to change clothes and wear that horrible Christmas sweater with Frosty or Rudolph staring back at guests.

This holiday season, Drink Artisan wants to help get you in the “spirit of things”, so here is our list of the top 5 Christmas Cocktails Gin lovers need to try!

#1 - Sipsmith Gingerbread Sour

What you will need:
50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
20ml Lemon juice
12.5ml Gingerbread syrup
1 dash Regan’s OJ bitters
One egg white
Ginger to garnish

Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake. Fine strain the mixture into a chilled glass and serve with slivers of ginger on a cocktail stick.

Sloe Gin Flip cocktail with garish

#2 - Sloe Gin Flip

What you will need:
50ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin
12.5ml sugar syrup
1 whole egg
Dark chocolate to garnish

Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, dry shake, then fill with ice and shake again. Double strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a grating of dark chocolate.

Under the Mistletoe cocktail with garnish

#3 – Under the Mistletoe 

What you will need:
2 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
2 Orange half-wheels
1 oz Simple syrup
Cranberry juice
Club soda
1 Thyme

In a Collins glass, muddle the cranberries and orange. Add the gin and simple syrup, and fill with ice. Top with a mixture of two parts cranberry juice to one-part club soda. Stir with a thyme sprig and garnish with three additional cranberries.

Hot Gin Punch Cocktail in a Bowl

#4 – Hot Gin Punch

What you will need:
480ml gin
480ml sweet Madeira wine
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar (or more if you prefer)
Peel and juice of 1 lemon (or more if you prefer)
Peel and juice of 1 orange
1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
3 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of ground nutmeg

Put all the ingredients in a medium-sized pan over a medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust the balance of flavours with more brown sugar or more lemon juice as you prefer.
Pour the mixture into a jug, punch bowl or even a teapot and serve warm.

#5 – Rudolph’s Cranberry Antlers 

What you will need:
300g cranberries
100g sugar
1 bottle elderflower presse
8 rosemary sprigs
4 marshmallows
8 cloves

Heat the cranberries, 100ml water and sugar over low heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Once cool strain the syrup through a sieve.
Prepare the Rudolph heads using the marshmallows. Insert two cloves as eyes, two rosemary sprigs as antlers, and use half a cocktail stick to fix a cranberry nose.
Add two tablespoons of syrup, extra crushed rosemary and ice in each glass. Top up with sparkling elderflower presse.

Place Rudolph in glass to decorate.