There is something about the ritual of crafting a cocktail that makes it perfect for Christmas. Gathering the best ingredients, combining seasonal flavours and the time and consideration it takes to present it, just so, like a jewel-coloured gift.
We’ve picked our favourite seasonal drinks that takes us back to noisier times, crowding around the table, woodland walks scented with pine or the taste of a dessert from a vintage cookbook.
All our recipes are for four people. Christmas cocktails are always best shared with friends.
With flavours of Christmas cake, the scent of pine needles and the aromatics of orange, this newcomer to the list is a sure-fire hit.
100ml The Lakes Classic gin
50ml honey gomme
8g orange bitters
4x egg whites
100ml lemon juice
Garnish – Rosemary sprig, sprinkle of nutmeg
Glass – Diamond Highball
Fill glass ½ full with crushed ice. Muddle rosemary leaves and lemon in cocktail shaker. Add in the liquor, bitters, juice and egg white and dry shake. Fill ½ full with ice then wet shake, strain into glass, top with ice if needed, and garnish.