19 Dec 2015

Christmas Cocktails

The Gin Mill
Australian Christmas
Aussie Xmas

Christmas where the Gum Trees grow is hot... stinking hot. As I write this it is 27 degrees celsius at 8:30pm, so the traditional winter inspired cocktails just won't fly here. Here are some I created with the weather in mind and will be drinking on the 25th without a doubt.

Aussie Xmas

Australian Christmas
Served in a mason jar because, why not?

Patron Malibu
The Ingredients

Inspired by long hot summers and designed to evoke memories of Frosty Fruits on the beach.

60ml Tequila (the better the Tequila the better the drink will taste)
60ml Malibu
240ml Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
Small handful of Coriander


Fill your shaker half way with ice then add each ingredient over, throw in a handful of coriander, put on the lid and shake it baby! Fill your mason jars with crushed ice and pour the cocktail mix over.

Merry Martini

Christmas Cocktails

Spiced Martini
The Ingredients

A festive twist on a classic.

120ml Gin (my favs here, here and here)
30ml Vermouth
30ml Spiced Sugar Syrup
Glacé or Maraschino cherries
Cinnamon sugar (I used coconut sugar because its not so sweet)

Spiced Sugar Syrup
In a saucepan add a stick of cinnamon, 2 star anise and a knob of ginger with 1 cup of caster sugar and 1 cup of water. Simmer gently until all the sugar has dissolved (do not stir, a swirl of the pan occasionally is ok) and mildly thickened. Take off the heat and leave to cool in the pan then remove spices and place in your vessel of choice.


Pour gin, vermouth and spiced sugar syrup over ice in your shaker and gently shake 3-4 times. Rim your glass of choice with spiced sugar syrup and then coat with cinnamon sugar. Place a glacé or maraschino cherry in the glass then strain over your Merry Martini. Close your eyes, inhale the aroma and blissfully sip your yuletide tipple.

Christmas Cocktails

Christmas Cake 

Christmas Cocktail
Served in the prettiest teacups
Christmas Cocktail
The Ingredients
Inspired by this Date and Marmalade Christmas Cake  by my idol and domestic goddess Nigella Lawson. It is the perfect liquid dessert 'cause lets face it, hot pudding isn't so appealing on an Australian Summer's day.

Marmalade Fruit Cake
Le Gâteau de Noël made with my Dad's delicious Lime Marmalade

120ml Sloe Gin - great recipe by one of my favourite bloggers here if you're so inclined
30ml Cointreau
30ml Frangelico
Candied orange rind to serve


Pour all spirits over ice in your shaker but do not shake, stir then strain into a pretty teacup and serve with some candied orange rind on the side to nibble (or chocolate, whatever strikes your fancy).

Sloe Gin Cocktail

Candied Orange Rind
For a cute serving idea multiply the recipe until it fills a teapot and pour at the table.

Let me know if you try any of my recipes and what you think of them either in the comments box below or on Instagram.


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