11 of the Best Christmas Cocktails

By a woman smiling holding a drink in black and white Emily Gray |
14th December 2017

December, a month we spend all mildly tipsy, the last hurrah before we go cold turkey in January. If you’re looking for a festive drink then let us introduce you to these cocktails, which are sure to get you into a jolly mood – you’ll quite literally be filled with the Christmas spirit.

Ginger Spice at The Perception

Patron Silver tequila, Cointreau and ginger makes up the Ginger Spice cocktail at Leicester Square’s new bar: The Perception. Think of it like an alcoholic ginger bread man.

Vanilla Brandy Alexander at 108 Bar

108 Bar has teamed up with Courvoisier® VSOP cognac to created four new cocktails for Christmas. Alongside an Espresso Martini and a classic Champagne cocktail, we have our eye on the Vanilla Brandy Alexander, a mix of VSOP, cream and velvety crème de cacao. If only we could have cream in our drinks all year round.

Hot Chocolate Rum at Aviary

The only thing we like more than hot chocolate? Rum hot chocolate. Made from Gosling Black Seal rum, dark deluxe chocolate, milk and topped with a sticky marshmallow the Hot Chocolate Rum at Aviary is the thing we’ve been searching for.

Aslan’s Warming Roar at Rotunda

This Christmas, Rotunda has taken its inspiration from Narnia, with cocktails such as Tumnus Tipple, Through the Wardrobe and Aslan’s Warming Roar. Made from Montepulciano D’Abruzzo and pomegranate, it’s given its festive flavours with fresh figs and clementines.

Who’s Nibbling at My House at St James Bar

Once upon a time, there was a mixologist at St James Bar and they created a new set of cocktails based on our favourite fairy tales. There was one that caught The Handbook’s eye: Who’s Nibbling at My House, made from Talisker 10, amaretto liqueur, chocolate cookie syrup, vanilla bitters and double cream and to finish it off it’s served with a cute chocolate house.

Mint and Chocolate at Aqua Shard

Inspired by the past, Luca Missaglia, bar manager at aqua shard, has created a new range of cocktails based on the original ‘Club Cocktails’ the first bottled cocktails which appeared at the start of the 20th century. Swap your After Eights for the Mint & Chocolate. They’ve infused Tanqueray No. TEN with cacao nibs, British peppermint tea and cacao.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at The Cinnamon Club

This cocktail is even served in a bauble – top marks. The warming cocktails is made from Ophir spiced gin, cranberry, fennel, rosemary, tonic and orange peel.

Mulled Wine at The Stafford 

Sometimes you just need a classic mulled wine. When you get the calling for mulled wine, head to The Stafford, where you can get away from the cold and cosy down with mulled wine and mince pies.

Forbidden Apple at Park Chinois

Park Chinois has created six opulent cocktails, all based on fairy tales and all using warm, rich spirits and paired with seasonal and spiced ingredients. Take The Forbidden Apple, for example, it’s made from Whistle Pig rye whiskey, Twany 20 year old port, Grand Marnier Louis Alexandre, Belsazar white and Creole bitters.

Forget Me Not by Half Hitch 

We all know about gold, frankincense and myrrh, but what about frankincense, liquorice and myrrh bitters? You’ll find it in Half Hitch gin’s festive cocktail which is made from gin, lemon juice, Earl Grey and orange liqueur  and frankincense, liquorice and myrrh bitters.


Ye Olde Fashioned at May Fair Bar

May Fair Bar has taken classics and given them a festive twist. Old Fashioneds are festive anyway, but this one goes one step further as Hennessy Fine de Cognac is infused with Christmas pudding, Amaro Di Angostura and orange bitters with orange oils.

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