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10 Christmas Cocktail Recipes for the 2021 Festive Holiday Season

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Delicious and easy to make – start the festive season with these 10 Christmas cocktail recipe ideas!

Perfect for lunch, dinner and even dessert; in preperation for the upcoming holiday, we’ve found 10 easy-to-make Christmas cocktail recipes that are sure to have you feeling merry in no time.

We get it, all you want for Christmas is to enjoy a delectable cocktail or two! Then get ready to rock around the Christmas tree as we’ve found 10 summer festive season cocktails that are perfect for your Christmas lunch!

Impress your guests with your shaking skills and serve up one of these delicious cocktail recipes for Christmas 2021!

<strong>Christmas Starlino Negroni</strong>
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Christmas Starlino Negroni

1 part Starlino Rosso Vermouth
1 part Angostura Amaro di Angostura Liqueur
1 part Archie Rose Distilling Co. Signature Dry Gin
Orange peel and maraschino cherry to garnish

1. In a cocktail shaker or mixing glass, mix the Starlino Rosso Vermouth, the bitters liqueur and the gin.
2. Strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass. Finish by garnishing with an orange peel and maraschino cherry.

<strong>Clover Club</strong>
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Clover Club

45mL Forty Spotted Classic Gin
1.5 tbsp raspberry jam
15mL Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth
20mL lemon juice
Raspberries, to garnish

1. Place your coupe glass in the fridge to chill.
2. Then, combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake. Then, add ice and vigorously shake again to create a froth.
3. Strain into your chilled coupe glass and serve with skewered raspberries as a garnish.

<strong>Deck The Halls</strong>
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Deck The Halls

60mL Lark Christmas Cask Release Single Malt
20mL Crème de Cassis
15mL lemon juice
10mL sugar syrup
90mL Louis Auger Champagne

1. In an ice-filled shaker, add the Lark Christmas Cask Release Single Malt Crème de Cassis, lemon juice and sugar syrup.
2. Shake before straining into an ice-filled Collins glass.
3. Top with sparkling wine and enjoy!

<strong>Disaronno Strüdel-tini</strong>
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Disaronno Strüdel-tini

30mL Disaronno
30mL pink apple juice
30mL apple and raisin syrup
Crushed biscuit, to garnish

1. Crush the biscuits on a plate. Then, wet the rim of your coupette glass with a lemon wedge.
2. Roll the glass into the crushed biscuits to create a biscuit-covered rim.
3. Then, in an ice-filled shaker, add your wet ingredients. Shake hard for 10 seconds.
4. Strain the cocktail into your garnished glass and enjoy!

<strong>Holiday Margarita</strong>
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Holiday Margarita

30mL Cointreau
60mL Blanco Tequila
30mL fresh lime juice
6 drops Australian Bitters Co Aromatic Bitters
Rosemary sprig, for garnishing
Cinnamon sugar

First, adorn the rim of your coupe glass with cinnamon sugar.
2. Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake hard.
3. Strain into the cocktail glass and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

<strong>Honey Pineapple Margarita</strong>
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Honey Pineapple Margarita

30mL Cazcabel Honey Tequila
20mL Cazcabel Blanco Tequila
25mL lime juice
25mL pineapple juice
5mL agave syrup
Garnish with orange peel and pineapple leaf

1. Using a cocktail shaker, shake all of ingredients hard before straining into an ice-filled rocks glass.
2. Garnish with an orange peel and pineapple leaf.

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1 bottle Jam Shed Shiraz
1 cup frozen berries
100mL maple syrup
500mL lemonade or soda water
100mL Brandy
Oranges, sliced
1 lemon, sliced

1. Add the orange, lemon, frozen berries, maple syrup, red wine, lemonade and brandy to a carafe.
2. Stir until the maple syrup is fully dissolved and all ingredients have mixed thoroughly
3. Add ice, then pour mixture into jam jars. Add more ice and fruit as needed.

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45mL Tia Maria Matcha
15mL Suntory Haku Vodka
Matcha powder for rim

1. Line the rim of a coupe or martini glass by rubbing in sugar syrup or lime and dipping in the green matcha.
2. Pour the Tia Maria Matcha, vodka and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake the ingredients together.
3. Double strain the ingredients of the shaker into your glass. Enjoy!

<strong>Pie ‘n’ Dry</strong>
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Pie ‘n’ Dry

30ml Moreau Apple Pie Liqueur
Dry Ginger Ale
Lime, to garnish

1. In a tall glass filled with ice, pour the Moreau Apple Pie Liqueur.
2. Finish by topping with the dry ginger ale and garnishing with a slice of lime. Enjoy immediately!

<strong>The Queen Bee</strong>
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The Queen Bee

60mL Dubliner Whiskey & Honeycomb Liqueur
15mL fresh lemon juice
10mL sugar syrup
1 tsp forest berry jam
3 dashes Dashfire Orange Bitters
Orange twist, to garnish

1. Combine all ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake hard.
2. Double strain into a chilled martini glass before garnishing with an orange twist

<strong>Toffee Apple Stinger</strong>
Recipe by Nick Tesar (Bar Liberty, Melbourne).
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Toffee Apple Stinger

35mL Tullamore DEW Blended Irish Whiskey
20mL Charles Oates Distilling Apple Brandy
10mL Marionette Mure Liqueur
10mL Vok Crème de Menthe
5mL Fernet-Branca Aperitif

1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail tin with ice.
2. Stir until cold and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Looking to gift a tipple this festive season instead? Clink your glasses with our Christmas Gift Guide to the 15 Best Wine, Beer and Spirit Presents of 2021. Or, for more cocktail recipes, check out our list of the Top 5 Cocktail Books of 2021!

Feature image: Photographed by Brooke Lark. Image via Unsplash.
This article was first published on December 17 2019. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on December 10 2021.
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