5 Classic Christmas Cocktail Recipes

November 20, 2017

There are very few Christmas movies that don’t involve people cupping warm mugs of mulled wine or glasses of hearty egg nog; usually while looking wistfully at a swirling snow storm, and certainly while wearing a woolly jumper.

This is all well and good, but what about when you live in the land of the warm Christmas? Mulled wine and heavy dairy-based drinks don’t really have the same appeal on a humid, 35-degree day. Here are some cool cocktail ideas fit for an Aussie Christmas.

White peach prosecco

Prosecco is the perfect Christmas beverage, because it feels fancy. A white peach prosecco is the perfect Christmas cocktail because it only involves two ingredients, thus freeing up your time to get tangled in the Christmas lights or to complain about your presents at length.

1 bottle prosecco (we recommend Ponte Villoni)
3 chilled white peaches, diced


Gently crush the peaches until they become a purée. Put them in the fridge for a while and then when they are chilled, add them to a cocktail shaker with the prosecco – do not shake, just stir. Pour into glasses and serve.

Watermelon spritz

Everyone loves a spritz, because they’re delicious. But let’s step it up this Christmas and deliver those spritz-lovers a refreshing twist on their favourite.

Serves 10
1.5 litres watermelon juice
300mL vodka (we recommend Cleanskin Vodka)
1 litre soda water
sprigs of mint
4 limes

Add the juice of the limes to the watermelon juice and chill. Add the vodka and stir. Pour over ice and add a sprig of mint for a touch of class.

Summer sangria

When people see that you have added fruit to their cocktail, they will assume that you have gone to a lot of effort to make their beverage. This will result in them feeling compelled to serve you the biggest piece of trifle. Enjoy!

Serve 6
1/2 orange, thinly sliced
1 pear, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
10 strawberries, washed, hulled, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 bottle moscato (we recommend Brown Brothers Moscato)
80mL (1/3 cup) triple sec liqueur (we recommend Cointrea)
Chilled lemonade, to serve
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
Ice cubes, to serve

Combine the fruit and cinnamon in a jug, then add the moscato and triple sec. Top with lemonade and stir in the mint, leaving in the fridge to chill for a couple of hours before serving.

Apple, orange and ginger punch

Ginger is an extremely Christmas flavour, but often only appears in warm bevvies. Until now! Give this fruity punch a whirl and enjoy your ginger in a more chilled scenario.

Serves 8
2 cups apple juice, chilled
1 1/2 cups orange juice, chilled
2 cups dry ginger ale, chilled
3 cups lemonade, chilled
2/3 cup vodka (we recommend Vodka O)
125g strawberries, diced
Ice cubes, to serve

Combine apple juice, orange juice, ginger ale and lemonade in a jug. Add vodka, strawberries, and ice and serve.

Apple and cinnamon cider

Okay, one warm cocktail won’t go astray. What about those parts of Australia that don’t always experience scorching a December? What about Hobart! Won’t someone please think of Hobart?

Serves 8
2 litres apple cider (we recommend Mr Finch)
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1 granny smith apple, cut into thin wedges
1 pink lady apple, cut into thin wedges
1 cup spiced rum
4 whole cloves

Combine cider, sugar, cinnamon and cloves in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and then remove from heat. Stir in the apples and the rum.