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December 6, 2018

Christmas cocktails: a modern go-to list

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Tempe Nakiska

We know one of December’s major highlights is wrapping your chops around a tummy-warming cocktail or three. But as the silly season gets into gear, classic go-to’s like egg nog and mulled wine get old quick (love them as we do). So we asked our friends at Mix ‘n’ Match to help us out with their favourite festive cocktails to stir up and sip this month. They’re swinging by The Collective Old Oak soon for a cocktail masterclass, and with the below as a teaser, we can’t wait.

Xmas Old Fashioned

Start your festive season with single malt whisky stirred to perfection with aromatic orange bitters, maple syrup and nutmeg.

Xmas Old Fashioned
Xmas Old Fashioned
What you’ll need

50 ml single malt whisky

2 dashes orange bitters

10ml maple syrup

Peel of orange zest

Dash of grated nutmeg

Ice cubes

What you’ll do

Stir the whisky, orange bitters and syrup in a glass tumbler of cubed ice

Garnish with the orange zest and sprinkle with grated nutmeg

Enjoy your festive, sophisticated cocktail in front of a warm fire – you’ll feel like Don Draper at Christmas time.

A Spoonful Of Honey

Ginger-infused honey, chilled vodka and citrus topped with sparkling wine and served with crystallised ginger.

A Spoonful Of Honey
What you’ll need

25 ml vodka

20ml lemon juice

Ice cubes

Dash of sparkling wine

Ginger leaf

20ml ginger syrup*:

250 ml honey

125 ml hot water

20g diced fresh ginger

What you’ll do

*To prepare the ginger syrup, simmer the honey, ginger and hot water in a saucepan for 1 minute. Allow to cool and strain out ginger pieces.

Shake the vodka, lemon juice and ginger syrup with ice and strain into champagne flute

Top it off with the sparkling wine

Garnish with a ginger leaf

Sip on this ginger lemon medley while listening to your favourite Christmas album.

Festive Negroni

This wintery twist on the Italian classic will keep any Negroni fan happy. A carefully balanced marriage of sloe berry gin, Campari bitters, Italian vermouth and homemade fig syrup.

Festive Negroni
Festive Negroni
What you’ll need

25 ml sloe berry gin

30ml Campari

20ml sweet Italian vermouth

Ice cubes

5ml fig syrup*:

200g castor sugar

125ml hot water

3 sliced fresh figs

What you’ll do

*For the fig syrup, simmer the sugar, hot water and figs in a saucepan for 2 minutes. Keep 1 fig slice aside for garnish. Allow to cool and strain to remove fig slices.

Stir the ingredients in a glass with cubed ice

Garnish with a fig slice

Indulge in your Negroni while roasting chestnuts and opening gifts. ‘Tis the season!

The cocktail masterclass is Thursday, 6th December, at The Collective Old Oak

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