From starters to dessert, our team of expert mixologists have created three ultimate festive flavour cocktails for Christmas 2021.
All combining classic Christmas foods and flavours into a festive beverage, these three delectable and unusually delicious concoctions are available to try!
What Are The Best Christmas Dinner Cocktails?
We are all too familiar with the classic eggnog, mulled wine and a glass of prosecco during December, but what if we told you that you can now try the best flavours of your Christmas dinner in liquid form in our Christmas Dinner Cocktails?!
The team at The Cocktail Society is gearing up for a busy gifting period of subscription boxes, bottled cocktails, and cocktail kits.
But we’ve taken it one step further this year to also bring you a three course, limited edition cocktail menu!
Ideal as a gift, or to whet the curious taste buds yourself… enter further below for your chance to try these unique concoctions.
The Cocktail Society’s Christmas Dinner Cocktails
Our drinks development team spent hours sampling various ingredients in order to turn the taste of Christmas day into delicious Christmas dinner cocktails.
After testing and refining 13 different combinations they arrived at these unique cocktail recipes. These were released as a limited edition set but if you want to make them at home, we’ve put the recipes down below.
The Salmon Starter Martini
This cocktail transforms the iconic smoked salmon starter into an alcoholic drink.
Combining salmon-infused gin with complementing pepper and dill flavours, we have created the perfect savoury martini.
To capture the flavour of this classic Christmas starter, our team took Hendrick’s gin and infused with salmon and pepper for 24 hours. They then placed the mix in the freezer to remove oils and fats, leaving a clean and flavourful infused gin.
50ml Salmon and pepper infused Hendrick’s Gin
12.5ml Dolin Chambery Vermouth infused with dill
Chill your martini glass.
Using an atomiser, spray the inside of the glass with cucumber bitters.
Add the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir for 30 seconds until chilled.
Strain into the martini glass and garnish with lemon and pepper flavoured pearls.
The Pigs in Blankets Cocktail
Many will agree that pigs in blankets are a staple addition to your festive roast dinner plate.
We’ve taken it one step further and created a cocktail dedicated to this wonderful Christmas trimming!
The Pigs in Blankets is a twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail recipe with the addition of bacon fat washed bourbon and a homemade cranberry syrup.
With sustainability in mind, the cranberries used in the preparation of the syrup can be reused as garnish.
50ml Bacon infused Bourbon
5ml Homemade cranberry syrup
1 Orange Peel
Dash Angostura bitters
Preparing the homemade ingredients
To infuse the bourbon, add bacon to the spirit and leave for 24 hours.
Place in the freezer and leave overnight to freeze and separate the bacon fat, leaving only the infused bourbon.
To make the homemade cranberry syrup, you’ll need to know how to make sugar syrup.
If it’s your first time, read our guides to making homemade sugar syrup, and making easy cocktail syrups using fruit and other ingredients.
Add dried cranberries and orange peel to a pan and simmer for 30 minutes. Add a little orange zest for flavour, and use demerara sugar to make up the syrup mix.
Remove the cranberries and orange and save for later.
Mixing the drink
Cut a disc of orange and add to a rocks glass. Muddle it softly to release the oils and flavour.
Add the cranberry syrup, and a dash of bitters.
Pour in half of the bourbon and stir gently over cubed ice for 30 seconds.
Add in the rest of the bourbon with more ice, and repeat the step above.
Garnish with a slice of well cooked, crispy bacon.
If you have a sweet tooth, the cranberries used in the syrup making process make for a lovely additional garnish. Simply place them on top of the bacon slice.
Christmas Pudding Martini
This martini provides all of the best flavours from a Christmas pudding in one indulgent sip!
Including flavours of brandy, dark chocolate liqueur and a special Christmas syrup, this cocktail may convince you to replace the real thing with a beverage equivalent!
A traditional Christmas pudding has 12 different ingredients, so our drink development team tasted each one to assess how to infuse the drink with the specific flavours. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!
30ml Chocolate infused Brandy
10ml Taylor’s Tawny Port
10ml Dark chocolate liqueur
15ml Homemade Christmas syrup
Dash Chocolate bitters
For the syrup
Orange and lemon zest
Preparing the homemade ingredients
First, infuse the brandy with dark chocolate – we used 85% cocoa Fairtrade vegan and vegan products.
To make the Christmas syrup, mix orange and lemon zest, cinnamon, star anise, chocolate, currants, raisins, and demerara sugar along with water. Bring to the boil, simmer, and then cool.
Pro tip: Read our guides on making homemade sugar syrup, and making easy cocktail syrups if you’ve never made your own syrup before.
Mixing the drink
This cocktail can be served chilled, or heated.
Brandy is traditionally served in a heated glass, which also evokes the taste of a warming and comforting Christmas pudding.
In a balon glass, add the brandy, a little star anise and cinnamon. Carefully blaze the mix (set it alight) to release the flavour.
Add the syrup, port, liqueur and bitters and stir.
Garnish with toasted almonds.
How to make Christmas Dinner Cocktails
Use our recipes to create these bespoke Christmas Dinner drinks at home.
Our mixologists have tried and tested many spirit and flavour combinations over the past few months to bring these three exquisite cocktails to life.
What is your favourite Christmas cocktail? Would you leave your comfort zone and try one of these unusual Christmas dinner flavoured cocktails?
If you enjoyed these cocktails why not check out other alternatives such as the Christmas Espresso Martini.
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