Christmas-infused cocktail recipes

When you’re fighting shopping centre crowds, sweating in a hot kitchen, or preparing for the inevitable family feuds, you do whatever you can to stay in the Christmas spirit. 

If you’re predisposed to tippling a classy, classic cocktail, don’t let them go un-Christmas-ed. This Christmas pudding-flavoured whiskey is easy to make and a festive pleasure to share. 

But I wouldn’t judge you for happing a sip alone, either. You’ve earned it.

CHRISTMAS PUDDING WHISKEY
(Individual cocktail recipes posted under each photo)

1x bottle Bulleit Bourbon (or similar)
Assorted dried fruits, including apples, apricots, sultanas, raisins and prunes. 
Cinnamon stick
Star anise
Whole nutmeg
Vanilla bean
Freshly peeled orange peel (with as little white pith as possible)
Freshly peeled lemon peel (with as little white pith as possible)
1x jar, bottle or jug with lid big enough to hold all the ingredients

Fill the container with all the ingredients and leave somewhere away from direct sunlight for at least two weeks. 

Strain. Use the whiskey for these amazing festive cocktails, and the bourbon-filled dried fruit (with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and star anise removed) to give your Christmas desserts a kick.

These cocktail recipes might not be traditional, but they’ve each been carefully modified to let your homemade Christmas whiskey sing its Christmas song.

 Christmas Old Fashioned

Christmas Old Fashioned

CHRISTMAS WHISKEY SOUR

You’ve trained for this. Christmas? You eat Christmas for breakfast. Shopping? DONE. Baking? KILLED IT. Tree? DECORATED AF. When the time finally comes to sit down, you don’t want some smooth, chilled Grandpa drink- you want acidity! Whiskey! Sugar! And the kind of head you normally only find on a Bavarian beer. 

2 parts Christmas Whiskey (see recipe above)
1 part lemon juice
½ part sugar syrup
½ part egg white


Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a mountain of ice, and shake vigourously. Seriously, give it all you’ve got- we want that egg white frothy!

Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a slice of dried orange and a glace cherry. Enjoy to a soundtrack of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.

 Christmas Old Fashioned

Christmas Old Fashioned

CHRISTMAS OLD FASHIONED

A lot of mystery still surrounds Santa and his North Pole compound, even after all these years. One thing’s for certain though: this is the drink he has- shoes kicked off- when he gets back home after his Christmas Eve delivery rounds.

60ml Christmas Whiskey (see recipe above)
3 splashes orange bitters
1 sugar cube
A splash soda water
1 slice dried orange for a garnish
Ice


Place the sugar cube into a chilled glass, add the drops of orange bitters, then smash carefully with a muddler. Add a splash of soda water and swirl it around the glass. Add the ice, then pour over the whiskey. Stir gently and enjoy to a soundtrack of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.

CHRISTMAS MANHATTAN

I don’t know about you, but hearing one of my favourite classic Christmas albums (we’re talking Sinatra. Fitzgerald. Crosby. Take a walk, Mariah Carey…) always transports me instantly to the snowy streets of New York. This drink is the perfect partner for your holiday in the Big Apple.

2 parts Christmas Whiskey (see recipe above)
1 part sweet (red) vermouth
3 splashes cherry bitters


Combine the ingredients with a heap of ice in a large glass or cocktail shaker. Stir vigorously (don’t shake…) until all ingredients are combined and cold.

Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a single maraschino cherry. Enjoy to a soundtrack of Ella Fitzgerald’s Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.