by Sarah Halfpenny
The festive season is upon us, and what better way to spread Christmas cheer than with a lineup of deliciously festive cocktails? Here are five merry concoctions that will have you toasting to the most wonderful time of the year…
Gingerbread Old Fashioned
Transform the timeless Old Fashioned into a festive delight with the warm and spiced flavours of gingerbread. In a mixing glass, muddle an orange slice and a maraschino cherry. Add 60ml bourbon, 15ml gingerbread syrup, and a few dashes of aromatic bitters. Fill the glass with ice and stir well. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange twist and a sprinkle of grated nutmeg.
Embrace the enchantment of the season with the Mistletoe Martini. In a shaker, combine 60ml gin, 30ml dry vermouth, and a splash of elderflower liqueur. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of edible Australian mistletoe for a touch of festive elegance.
Peppermint White Russian
Indulge in the Peppermint White Russian for a decadent treat. In a glass filled with ice, combine 60ml vodka, 30ml coffee liqueur, and 30ml peppermint schnapps. Stir gently to mix. Top it off with a splash of cream and garnish with a peppermint candy cane. Sip on this delightful concoction as you unwind by the Christmas tree.
Cranberry Citrus Spritzer (mocktail)
Bring some effervescence to your holiday gatherings with a vibrant spritzer. In a glass, mix 60ml cranberry juice, 30ml orange juice, and a squeeze of fresh lime. Fill the glass with ice and top with ginger ale (about 120 ml). Stir gently and garnish with cranberries and a citrus slice. This mocktail is a zesty and colourful addition to your Christmas drink lineup.
Winter Wonderland (mocktail)
Transport yourself to a magical Winter Wonderland in the middle of our summer with this enchanting mocktail. In a shaker, combine 60ml coconut water, 30ml pineapple juice, and a splash of raspberry syrup. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Add crushed ice and garnish with edible silver pearls or coconut flakes. Sip on this icy creation as you bask in the sunshine.