Christmas cocktails & drinks that will make your party fizz
Great sparklies and delicious cocktails for the festive season
1. Shooting Star
Try this delicious cocktail from the bar team at 144 On the Hill in Richmond
• 50ml Napoleon French brandy
• 20ml fresh lemon juice
• 30ml fresh egg white
• 17.5ml sugar syrup
• 25ml fresh orange juice
• Edible glitter stars for decoration
Mix all of the liquid ingredients together in a cocktail shaker, and shake without ice. Then, add ice cubes to the liquid and shake again.
Take a short glass, and pour your mixture through a cocktail lid and a sieve for a double strained effect.
Top your cocktail with decorative edible stars and serve!
Supporting Local Children
Try it at 144 On The Hill – £2 from every Shooting Star cocktail is donated to Shooting Star, local providers of hospice care to children in London and Surrey. You can support directly at www.shootingstar.org.uk
2. Hedgerow Martini
Add some festive flair to any Christmas cocktail party with this wintry classic with a twist. (pictured top)
50ml Warner’s Sloe Gin
10ml Crème de mure
20ml Lemon juice
4 fresh raspberries
Method: Shake all ingredients together and pour into coupette glass.
Craft gin producer, Warner’s, has an ongoing collaboration with the RHS and this year as part of their conservation efforts took 400,000 bees ‘on holiday’ to the RHS Wisley heather garden.
3. Mistletoe Martini
Or try this festive tipple at Wimbledon’s Bar and Block, available site-wide until December 24
- 35ml Absolut Vanilla
- 15ml Chambord
- 50ml pinapple juice
- 25ml blackberyy puree
- blackberries to garnish
- 50ml prosecco
Start with ice in your chosen serving glass. In a shaker, add Absolut Vanilla, Chambord, Puree and Pineapple juice with ice. Shake to chill and combine. Remove ice from glass and then strain contents into glass. Add Blackberry on a Cocktail stick on top. Serve with a shot of Prosecco on the side.
Best of the Engllish Sparklies for Christmas
For your celebrations this year, look closer to home. English sparkling wines now rival the best Champagnes in quality…
Black Chalk Classic 2015, £35
Made from grapes from Hampshire’s fine chalkland vineyards, it comprises Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Complex and crisp, it makes for a great pre-dinner aperitif. From independent wine merchants and www.blackchalkwine.co.uk
Nyetimber rosé, £39.99
Nyetimber’s delicious rosé is the perfect match for Christmas dinner: its body and structure complement white meats perfectly and the red berry characteristics of pinot noir offer a great balance to cranberry sauce. Available in Fortnum & Mason, Hedonism, Waitrose, Majestic, Nyetimber.com and all quality wine shops
Hambledon Classic Cuvee, £28.50
From the Hambledon estate in Hampshire, this sparkly offers freshness and vibrancy with biscuity notes and flavours of the orchard, and will get your celebrations off to a great start. Waitrose, Berry Bros and Rudd, hambledonvineyard.co.uk
Greyfriars, 2014 Rosé Reserve, £23
This Surrey sparkly won a Gold Medal and the English Sparkling Rosé Trophy in the International Wine Challenge 2019. Perfect with smoked salmon canapés. Head to the Cellar Door Shop (Tues to Sat), where you can try some of the wines, plus special Christmas tastings every weekend. www.greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk
Fancy alfresco tipples without the winter chill? See our guide to south west London and Surrey’s best terraces, gardens and pop ups here