THE 12 COCKTAILS OF CHRISTMAS: SECOND INSTALMENT
It doesn’t matter if you have been naughty or nice; this is the only list you need this festive season.
Temperatures might be tumbling outside, but we have the perfect cocktails to warm you up throughout the festive season. As the countdown to Christmas continues, so does the Diageo Bar Academy list of Christmas serves. We have combined the ultimate list of cocktails which will service every occasion throughout the holiday period. Whether your guests want cozy drinks for sipping by the fire, or delicious serves to get the party started, the Diageo Bar Academy team has it covered.
Christmas is an optimum time in any bar to drive sales, with an increase in foot traffic in the build up to the main day. Offering a seasonal menu with serves not readily available throughout the year gives your bar an added value and increases the chances of guests staying longer and spending more. Offering these delicious serves will also increase opportunities for upselling, with an inviting liqueur hot chocolate tempting guests to spend more on an after-dinner hot drink.
Practice makes perfect, so download and print the menu cards for each recipe with full ingredients, methods and top tips for making the perfect serve.
From modern twists to classic, old-fashioned cocktails, read on and discover why it truly is the most wonderful time of the year not only for you, but also for your cocktail list.
Inspired by the aromas and flavors of Christmas, this Old-Fashioned Christmas is a delicious combination of spice, mixed with the pure, clean flavor of Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka.
1 oz. SMIRNOFF™ No. 21 Vodka
1.75 oz apple juice
1tsp cranberry sauce
1 Pinch of cinnamon powder
1 Piece of orange zest
1 Piece star anise
Fill a glass with ice. Using a jigger, combine SMIRNOFF No. 21 Vodka, apple juice, cranberry sauce and orange zest into glass and stir thoroughly. Sprinkle cinnamon powder over the drink and place a star anise on top to garnish.
BAILEYS HOT CHOCOLATE
A creamy indulgence of warm hot chocolate and creamy Baileys Irish liqueur, perfect for warming you (and customers) up on cold winter evenings.
- 1.75 oz. BAILEYS™ Irish Cream Liqueur
- 5 oz. Hot chocolate
- Whipped Cream
- Chocolate shavings
Combine Baileys Irish liqueur with hot chocolate and serve with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
When it's snowing outside, but you're by the fireside, this warming cocktail featuring David Beckham’s Haig Club Single Grain Whisky balances rich fruits and gentle spice.
- .75 oz. HAIG CLUB™ Single Grain Scotch Whisky
- .5 oz. Port
- 1 Clove
- .25 oz. lemon juice
- .25 oz. Orange juice
- .25 oz. Simple syrup
- 1 Splash of blackberry liqueur
METHOD: Add ingredients in a tankard. Top up with boiling water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and/or a dehydrated orange zest.
HOT JOHNNIE GINGER
Johnnie Walker Red Label mulled with ginger, orange and a touch of rosemary creates a wonderful warm cocktail which highlights the spices and richness of the Scotch within.
- 1.75 oz. JOHNNIE WALKER Red Label
- 1.75 oz. boiling water
- .75 oz. ginger syrup
- 1 Stalk of rosemary
- 2 Strips of orange peel/zest
- 2 Dashes of orange bitters
To Make the Ginger Syrup
8.5 oz. ginger juice
25 oz. Water
2 lbs. White caster sugar
METHOD: Mix ginger juice, water and sugar until dissolved Place in a sterilized bottle & chill.
Once ginger syrup is prepared, place all liquid ingredients into heated urn and stir to mix. Keep at a warm temperature but do not boil. Add 4 large twists of orange and 2 sprigs of rosemary per liter of liquid. Serve by ladling the liquid into a handled glass and garnish with rosemary and orange twists.
SPICED RUM, CRANBERRY & ALMOND CIDER
This is a perfect option to offer a group of friends celebrating the season—a festive blend of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Amaretto Liqueur, cranberry juice and cider on the rocks with a cinnamon stick.
1 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN™ Spiced Rum
.25 oz Amaretto Liqueur
2.5 oz. Cranberry juice
.75 oz. apple cider
METHOD: Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well.
Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick (optional).
GORDON'S ELDERFLOWER GIN & TONIC
A refreshing drink as crisp as the season, this classic Gordon’s Elderflower Gin and tonic is perfect for guests who are looking for an alternative to a rich, hot drink.
- .75 oz. GORDON'S™ Elderflower Gin
- 3.5 oz. tonic water
Fill a highball glass with cubed ice, add Gordon's Elderflower Gin and top with tonic water.
Stir to combine and garnish with a lime wedge, cucumber slice and half a strawberry.
If you missed the first installment of ‘The 12 Diageo Bar Academy Cocktails of Christmas’ catch up on all the recipes here.
Want to see our full range of seasonal recipes? Check out the full festive Diageo Bar Academy recipe database covering all types of serves to delight your guests this season.
(*One standard drink contains 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol)
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