Caprera Magazine: Ultimate Christmas tipples

If throwing a Christmas drinks party rather than the big dinner itself is more your sort of thing, we’ve got a few special recipes you’ll want to add to your repertoire this season.

Although it wouldn’t be Christmas without a glass or two of Champagne, crowd-pleasing festive cocktails can really make a party, and needn’t be as fussy as you think. With a bit of pre-planning and some last minute mixology, make it a party to remember with these toasts to the season.


Cranberries are a classic flavour of Christmas, and here the smooth bourbon and simple syrup perfectly balances this tangy, tart berry.

Ingredients (makes 1 cocktail)

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 tsp. good quality cranberry jelly
  • 1 oz. soda
  • Fresh cranberries, for garnish


Fill an old fashioned tumbler with crushed ice. Combine the bourbon, juice, syrup and jelly in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into the glass, top with soda and garnish with the fresh cranberries.

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What’s a party without a punch bowl? An adult twist on a childhood classic, and the perfect way to finish off that bottle of summer-favourite Pimms with the addition of some delicate spice.

Ingredients (makes 10 cocktails)

  • 500ml Pimms
  • 500ml Brandy
  • 1 ½ L good quality apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Apple, sliced
  • Orange, sliced


Simply combine all the ingredients except the ice in a large bowl and leave to sit for a few hours to infuse. Add the ice when your guests arrive, and serve with a ladle.

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If, too, your Christmas can’t go without a bottle of bubbles then this beautifully balanced tall cocktail is for you. Although made for one, the ingredients can easily be scaled up to be made for a crowd, ideal for keeping on top of party planning.


  • 10ml ginger cordial
  • 10ml calvados
  • 30ml good quality apple juice
  • 150ml cava or dry prosecco
  • Thinly sliced green apple to garnish


Pour the cordial, calvados and apple juice into a champagne flute, and top up with the sparkling wine. Garnish with the apple and serve immediately.


This classic cocktail is all you need to finish a night of mingling and dancing. Rich, but crisp cold flavours from the coffee and Kahlua encapsulate the feel of a winter evening – serve to your guests or save for a well-deserved post-party wind down!

Ingredients (makes 1 cocktail)

  • 50ml vodka
  • 50ml Kahlua
  • 75ml cold coffee


Shake ingredients vigorously over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass. Serve immediately.

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Laura Reynolds is a London-based print journalism graduate aspiring to combine her love of food and drink with a career in the media industry. When she isn’t writing about food, she is either reading about it, making it or scoping out the next best place to indulge in it.


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