This month, I am sharing our Christmas Feature, with suggestions of gorgeous gifts in the Christmas Gift Guides and also competitions with our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.
The festive season is fast approaching, Christmas is under two weeks away, so it’s perfect timing to start thinking about those lovely Christmas drinks.
I love cocktails, drinking and making them. Once upon a time, I used work in a 5* hotel and mix cocktails, I should add that it was a long time ago, but I’ve always enjoyed making cocktails. It’s been some time since I made cocktails, so it was lovely to get the shaker out and put some flavours together.
I created 3 gin cocktails using Bombay Sapphire, a dry gin with a distinctive taste made from hand selected exotic botanicals through a delicate process called vapour infusion. I went to our local Morrisons to buy Bombay Sapphire, fresh fruit, spices and tonic water.
If you prefer fruity cocktails with spices, you will like Spiced Apple and Orange Gin Cocktail, while you will enjoy Christmas Cranberry Gin Cocktail if you are after a sweeter after taste. I just had to include the classic gin and tonic with a flowery and minty twist. You can adapt the recipes to your own taste, by adding more spices or more fruit juice.
Spiced Apple and Orange Gin Cocktail
Apple and citrus fruit gin cocktail infused with festive spices.
- 1 apple
- 1 Florida grapefruit
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Star anise
- 1 spoon sugar
- 50ml Bombay Shapphire gin
- 1 orange
Add a chopped apple, the flesh and juice of half a grapefruit to a small saucepan. Add cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, and sugar, and cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and apple soften. Cool down and strain the mixture, mashing the apples so some of it goes through strainer.
In a shaker, add ice, the apple and grapefruit mixture, juice of half a grapefruit, juice and zest of an orange, and Bombay Shapphire. Shake well until chilled and strain into a wine glass, decorated with orange peel and orange wedge with cloves in the rim of the glass.
Christmas Cranberry Gin Cocktail
Sweet and tangy gin cocktail with homemade cranberry syrup and zesty lime.
- 1 cup cranberry
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cup water
- 3 spoons sugar
- 50ml Bombay Sapphire gin
- 1 lime juice and zest
- Cranberry and lime twist to decorate
Make cranberry syrup by adding cranberry, cinnamon stick, sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until cranberries soften and sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Once it is ready, take off the heat and mash cranberries. Cool down and strain the cranberry syrup.
In a shaker, add ice, cranberry syrup, juice and zest of a lemon, Bombay Sapphire gin and shake well until chilled. Strain into a champagne glass, add a few small ice cubes and decorate with cranberries and lime twist.
Gin and Tonic with a Festive Twist
Delicate and refreshing twist on the classic gin and tonic.
- 25ml elderflower cordial
- 50ml Bombay Sapphire Gin
- 1 lemon juice and zest
- Tonic Water
Add elderflower cordial, Bombay Shapphire, crushed mint leave, juice and zest of a lemon to a shaker with ice. Shake well until chilled and strain into a highball glass with a few small ice cubes, and top up with tonic water. Decorate with lemon zest and mint.
I must say it was very enjoyable making the cocktails and tasting them. They are easy drinking, and perfect for the festive season ahead, while you are entertaining guests or just need to relax after a busy day shopping.
I don’t think I have decided which Christmas gin cocktail is my favourite yet, so I might have to make them a few more times before Christmas to decide which one I like the most.
Do you have a favourite gin cocktail?