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21 Easy Christmas Party Cocktails To Make This Year

Betty Draper ain't got nothing on you.

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The best way to add a little merriment to your Christmas party? Christmas cocktails!


Fancier than beer and more festive than wine. Sure, champagne works too, but as Dr Zoidberg would say, why not BOTH?

Making cocktails for 10 or more guests can seem daunting, but the main thing is to just make sure you have enough booze.


Then pour everything in a giant bowl and ladle it out Betty Draper-style.

To prove Christmas party cocktails are a doddle, we asked a bunch of bartenders and industry experts to tell us the essential Christmas party cocktails to make this year.


We talked to brand ambassadors, distillers, bar owners, and a lot of bartenders. Whether you want a tried-and-tested classic, or something with a more festive spin, they've got you covered with clementine negronis and spiced daiquiris.

Here's what they suggested.

1. Eggnog

2. Sherry Bazaar

James Bowker

"Tommy and I bonded over making this cocktail because it reminded us so much of Christmas with our families. This is reminiscent of your grandmother's strawberry trifle, and packs a nice sherry punch, just like Granny's favourite pudding."


35ml Fino Sherry

15ml Dolin Chamberyzette

10ml gin (Cream Gin works best in this)

5ml strawberry liqueur

A slice of lemon


Stir all the ingredients over ice, then strain into a glass. For a punch, just quadruple the ingredients, pour into a bowl and add ice.

– Tommy Matthews and James Bowker, bartenders at The Edgbaston, Birmingham

3. Mulled Sloe Gin

Ms Sara Kelly / Via Flickr: mssarakelly

"Mulled wine pops up every holiday season. It smells wonderful, but the flavour just isn’t that good. Replace mulled wine with this delicious combination and you’ll agree, wine should only be served hot in bolognese and coq au vin."


250ml water

250ml cloudy apple juice

250ml sloe gin

mulling spices


Combine water, apple juice and mulling spices in a sauce pan. Simmer on low for 20 minutes. Remove mulling spices. Add sloe gin. Pour into teacups. Garnish with orange or satsuma slices. Serves four.

– Jared Brown, master distiller at Sipsmith, the Cotswolds

4. Clementine Negronis

Lloyd Brown

"Sometimes we all need a stiff bitter drink at Christmas, so what better than a seasonal twist on the Negroni?


35ml clementine-infused gin

35ml Campari

35ml Cocchi sweet vermouth

Two drops cranberry bitters


"Before your party, add the dried skins of two clementines to a bottle of your favourite gin. Leave it to sit for 48 hours then strain for clementine-infused gin.

"Pour all of your ingredients into a glass and stir with ice. Serve with a dehydrated slice of clementine, cranberries and a blast of Wham turned up loud.

"FYI, if you want to make this drink into a punch simply use one bottle of each ingredient, serve over a giant block of ice and throw in a few bottles of Prosecco. This should comfortably serve thirty thirsty guests."

– Lloyd Brown, Bar Consultant for Grey Bear, Dorset

5. French 75

Jamie Baxter

"One of the best things about the Festive period is having friends and family drop in. I always keep a batch of sugar syrup (50:50) in the fridge for when this happens unexpectedly. This means that it is very easy and quick to make the classic French 75 cocktail in numbers."


15ml lemon juice

7.5ml sugar syrup

37.5ml gin

Fizzy wine


Pour the lemon juice and sugar syrup into a champagne flute with your gin. I like to use Burleighs Distillers Cut as it's full of floral and warm spices that go really well in this drink. I then top up with whatever fizzy wine my wife has left (of course this should be champagne, but needs must). If you're feeling fancy, decorate with a lemon peel twist.

– Jamie Baxter, director and master distiller at 45 West Distillers, Leicestershire

6. Gath'ring Winter Fuel Punch

7. Blue Blazer

8. Spiced Daiquiri

Rebecca Sturt

"Your christmas party will not be the same without a few Spiced Daquiris! They're so quick and simple to make, and full of festive flavour."

Christmas Spiced Syrup Ingredients:

500ml water

500g white sugar

20g black peppercorns

20g cloves

20g star anise

20g cardamom

10g cinnamon bark

Two pieces orange zest

One piece lemon zest

One vanilla pod

Christmas Spiced Syrup Method:

Mix the water with all the ingredients, and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat and pour into a plastic jug. Leave to cool. Strain when room temperature.

Daiquiri Ingredients:

20ml ruby port

20ml rum

20ml lime juice

20ml Christmas spiced syrup

20 ml pomegranate juice

Daiquiri Method:

Add all the ingredients to shaker with ice, give a hard shake then strain into a chilled glass.

– Rebecca Sturt, managing director Pineapple Bar Consultancy, Dubai

9. Bramble

10. Damson Comfort

Josh Powell

"This warming drink is easy to make at either an office or a home Christmas party."


50ml cognac

One tablespoon damson jam

65ml milk

65ml cream

Five drops chocolate bitters



Shake up all your ingredients, without ice, in a shaker. Transfer the mixture to a mug and pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds. Enjoy straight away.

– Josh Powell, freelance drinks consultant, London

11. Guinness Punch

12. Christmas Martinez

13. Champagne Cocktails

Holly Wilcox

"A classic Champagne Cocktail is always a winner at a party. Plus you can create a lot of them super quickly."


One sugar cube


20ml brandy

Prosecco or champagne


Coat a cube of sugar with bitters (I like Fee's Black Walnut bitters), then pop it in the bottom of a flute and pour in brandy until it covers the sugar cube. Then pour over prosecco and smugly tell your mother-in-law it's 'bubbly'.

– Holly Wilcox, bar manager at Meatmission, London

14. Sidecar

15. Vin Chill Factor

Jody Buchan


25ml gin

25ml Tempranillo wine (or any other red wine you like)

15ml grenadine


Pour all your ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a flute, then top up with prosecco.

If you wanted to share with guests, simply multiply your ingredients, add to a punch bowl and pour over a full bottle of Prosecco. Ladle into glasses.

– Jody Buchan, AGM and Head Bartender at The Voyage of Buck, Edinburgh

16. Festive Warm Manhattan

17. Rum Punch

Lee Coursey / Via Flickr: leeco

"Punch is one of the oldest drinks ever made, and the great thing about it is that the recipe is in parts which means you can make as much or as little as you want! This recipe can also be served hot or cold."


One part sour: lemon juice

Two parts sweet: strawberry liqueur

Three parts strong: rum

Four parts weak: water. I recommend brewing your water with a bag of mulling spices for an extra kick.

i.e. 100ml lemon juice, 200ml strawberry liqueur (or sugar syrup), 300ml rum, 400ml spiced water.


Put all these ingredients straight into a large vessel, throw in a few slices of orange and some ice and you’re away. You can also ladle this drink into tea cups, wine glasses or anything you like!

– Luke Robinson, bartender at Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bristol

18. Bees Knees

19. Bangarang Rufeo

mike / Via Flickr: mlcastle

"This is essentially a mulled cider gin cup. What better way to share a festive drink than ladling it out of an amazing smelling pan in the kitchen or around a fire?"


Pear cider


Fresh apple


Five cloves

One clementine



Pour pear cider and gin (floral Tarquins goes great in this) into a pan, then add fresh apple, nutmeg and five cloves studded into a whole clementine. Warm the mixture up either on the stove or over a fire.

I recommend serving this drink with candied pear – put half a pear onto a stick, dip it in brown sugar, dust with nutmeg and hold it over an open fire until the sugar is bubbling hot (you can use a blowtorch or gas hob if you don't have a fire).

– Josh Linfitt, bartender at Worship Street Whistling Shop and brand ambassador for Tarquin’s Gin, London

20. Dark & Stormy

21. Irish Coffee