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Christmas drinks

Stay classic with a popular favourite,
or try something different with our
on-trend twists

Christmas drinks at Waitrose Cellar

The twist Cranberry
Whisky Sour

Serves 1

  • 40ml Chivas Regal12-Year-Old Scotch Whisky
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • ½ tbsp cranberry sauce
  • ½ egg white* Sprig of rosemary, to garnish

Method

Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake (without ice), then add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with rosemary

Chivas Regal 12-Year-Old Scothc Whisky

The Classic
The fireside

Serves 1

  • 50ml Chivas Regal 12-Year-Old Scotch Whisky
  • 5ml maple syrup
  • 5ml peated whisky (eg, Laphroaig)
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Cherry, orange peel and black pepper, to garnish

Method

Stir all the ingredients with ice for 30 seconds. Pour into a rocks glass over ice and garnish.

'While it’s tempting to always serve whisky neat, this cocktail is the ideal celebration drink. It’s easy to make and will warm you up from the inside – especially if you’re watching the fireworks outdoors!'

Pierpaolo Petrassi, head of
wines, beers & spirits

Instant wow factor

A super-simple way to take plain spirits and mixers out of the ordinary is to freeze individual garnishes into ice cubes. All it takes is just a little preparation beforehand. The perfect drink to serve them with is a gin-based cocktail, which really gives the ice cubes a chance to shine.

Take inspiration from the botanical makeup of the gin: go for classic lemon or lime slices with your Gordons or Tanqueray, rosemary with Gin Mare, cucumber for your Hendrick’s, apple slices for Caorunn, and cardamom pods with No.3 London Dry Gin.

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Mulled wine

On a cold winter's evening

There’s nothing quite like a glass of something warm, mulled wine, or gluhwein, leads the way in popularity with its yuletide flavours of cinnamon, orange and cloves.The famed Christmas markets of Germany brought us this classic Bavarian tipple, but even if you don’t get a chance to visit one this year, you can make your own with our mulled wine recipe

Mulled wine - Serves 6

Method

Pour 750ml of full-bodied red wine into a pan.
Add 6 tbsp honey, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 sliced orange or 3 sliced clementines, 300ml water, 5 cloves, 1 star anise and a vanilla pod, split.
Bring to a simmer and warm gently for 10 minutes then add 50ml brandy and stir well.
Strain, if desired, into a warmed bowl then ladle into 6 heatproof glasses or mugs.

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Winter Pimms

For me ,this mixed with tonic or ginger ale is THE drink for Christmas .The mix of dark rum spices and citrus fruit come together to create a taste that reminds you of warm mince pies or Christmas pudding ( without being sweet ) and the rum gives you that little hit that just brings a smile to your face

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