Cocktail recipes
Cocktail recipesCreative Commons/ Michael Korcuska

Christmas is the perfect time to eat, drink and make merry. Putting up the Christmas tree, buying and wrapping gifts for your loved ones, prepping ingredients for that warm and comforting plum cake, carolling and midnight mass (for believers), the charm of it is something that cannot really be put into words.

While eating and drinking with your family is all fun and games, preparing for those big parties and dinners is something that takes hours, no days, of planning.

So this year we have decided to dedicate all the time and energy to whipping up some sumptuous dishes and not waste much time on wondering what drinks will be the perfect accompaniment. 

Hence, here are a few quick cocktail recipes that are not only easy, but will have your guests raving about your bartending skills.

  • Mojito

What you need:

8-10 fresh mint leaves

Half a lime, cut into four wedges

Ice cubes

1 1/2 fluid ounces white rum

1/2 cup club soda

Sugar to taste

Place the mint leaves and lime wedges in a glass and muddle it to squeeze out the lime juice and mint flavours. Do not strain the mixture. Add sugar and fill the glass with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and pour club soda. Stir and garnish with the remaining lime wedge.

Drinkware: Collins Glass

  • Martini

What you need:

3 oz Gin

½ oz Dry Vermouth

Green Olives

Pour gin and dry vermouth into a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain in chilled cocktail glass and garnish with olives.

Drinkware: Cocktail glass

  • Jamie Oliver's Winter sidecar

What you need:

Clementine juice

Cinnamon powder

50 ml cognac

30 ml martini bianco

Moisten the rim of the glass with a little clementine juice. Sprinkle cinnamon on a plate and invert the glass on it so that the rim is spiced. Shake the remaining juice, cognac and martini bianco in a shaker with ice and strain it into the glass.

Drinkware: Cocktail glass

  • Tequila Sunrise

2 oz tequila

4 oz orange juice

3/4 oz grenadine syrup


Mix tequila and orange juice. Add 1 cup ice, stir, and strain into the prepared glass. Slowly pour in grenadine and let it settle.

Drinkware: Collins Glass

  • Mimosa

What you need

Chilled champagne

Orange juice

Mix three parts of champagne to one part of orange juice.

Drinkware: Champagne flute

  • Bay Breeze

What you need

1.5 oz vodka

2 oz cranberry juice

2 oz pineapple juice

1 lime wedge


Combine cranberry juice, pineapple juice, vodka and ice in a glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Drinkware: Highball class

  • Salty Dog

What you need

1.5 oz vodka/ gin

5 oz grapefruit juice



Moisten the rim of a glass with a little juice. Sprinkle salt on a plate and invert the glass so that the rim is salted. Pour vodka and grapefruit juice into the glass. Add ice and stir.

Drinkware: Highball glass