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Six Christmas cocktails to make your party sparkle

Nothing beats a great cocktail as a party conversation-starter, whether it's as simple as a dash of something fruity in a glass of fizz, or a bells-and-whistles showstopper. We've asked our staff to recommend their peppiest festive pick-me-ups, guaranteed to transform any gloomy gathering into a Gatsby-worthy celebration.

Moscow mule cocktail

Moscow Mule

A zingy Manhattan classic that will inject a little New York swing into proceedings. Best served in a copper mug, but a tumbler will do just fine.

  • 1 1/2 measures of The Society's Vodka
  • 1/2 measure lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Ginger beer to top up
  • A wedge of lime

Mixed together and given a good stir.

Recipe: Justin, the Digital Team


Kir Royale

Kir royale cocktails on a veranda

With its gorgeous jewel-tones courtesy of crème de cassis, plus a generous serving of festive fizz, the Kir Royale is as pretty as it is delicious. Here we've used a fruity Saumur Brut in place of Prosecco to add an extra-special twist.

Serve in your ritziest Champagne flutes.

Recipe: Rosie, the Content Team


Turkish Delight Martini

This is a fragrant twist on a classic Martini, encapsulating the floral, jammy flavours of its namesake.

  • 2 measures of The Society's Gin
  • A half measure of crème de cacao
  • A dash of vanilla syrup
  • A splash or two of red grenadine
  • A drop or two of rosewater (more if you like it really Turkish Delighty!)
    Sugar syrup (to taste)

Give it a good shake and serve in a classic Martini glass that's been dipped in icing sugar for a snow-dusted rim.

Recipe: Laura, Social Media Manager

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot buttered rum cocktails on a tray

If you'll be taking the party outside then a glass of something warming is a must-this is a perfect mix of classic Christmas spice and buttery richness with a good glug of Caribbean tipple for good measure.

  • A measure of Doorly's XO Barbados Rum
  • A pat of unsalted butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange peel
  • 1½ teaspoons of brown sugar

Melt the butter, sugar and spices over a very low heat, before removing from the hob and adding a glug of rum. Top up with hot water to taste and garnish with the orange peel.

Recipe: Sarah Knowles MW, Society Buyer

English Garden

When Christmas excess is getting too much, bring some English summertime to the party with this elegant elderflower concoction, livened up with some fresh cucumber and a twist of lime.

Mix together and serve in a short glass with plenty of ice.

Recipe: Lesley, the Marketing Team


French 75

French 75 cocktail on a tray with lemons

Created at the, now infamous, Harry's New York Bar in Paris in 1915, this iconic Champagne cocktail was once said to have been so powerful that it felt like being shelled with a field gun. Here's our more refined version that still retains its bite.

  • 1 measure of The Society's Gin
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • A pinch of sugar (or more to taste)
  • 3 parts Champagne (Jules Camuset Brut works very nicely)

Serve in a Champagne flute with a garnish of lemon peel (in a curl if you're feeling fancy).

Recipe: Sarah Knowles MW, Society Buyer


Rosie Allen

The Society's Brand Marketing Manager

Rosie Allen

Rosie joined the team in 2016 and oversees all our content including 1874 magazine and Discovery pages.

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