10 of Our Favourite Mocktail and Cocktail Recipes December 23, 2017

by Rebecca Down How To Nail Christmas

There’s no danger of going thirsty this festive season…

All this festive frolicking is thirsty work. So we’d like to officially take a time out and reward you with a roundup of our best festive and flavorful holiday mocktail and cocktail recipes. Kick back, relax, celebrate, be merry, and stay (umm)  hydrated.

1. Blood Orange Gin and Tonic

Give your G & T a festive twist. Blood oranges have a sweet and slightly tart flavour which makes them the perfect addition in this citrusy gin and tonic. If you struggle to get your hands on Blood Oranges, grapefruits look just as pretty!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ounces Gin
  • 2 1/2 Ounces Fresh Blood Orange Juice
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
  • 4 Ounces Tonic Water

Instructions:

  1. Fill a glass with ice. Add gin, blood orange juice, and orange bitters.
  2. Top with tonic water and stir.
  3. Garnish with a blood orange slice before serving.

2. Blueberry Cinnamon Old Fashioned

This fruity, cinnamon-spiked cocktail may sound fancy, but we promise it’s simple enough for bartending novices to master. For a drink that’ll warm you from the inside out, this is the one!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Ice
  • 1 oz Whiskey
  • 1 oz Blueberry Juice
  • 3/4 oz Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Sparkling Water
  • Frozen Blueberries
  • Rosemary Twig

Instructions:

  1. To make the simple syrup, combine water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then let simmer until slightly thickened, 5-8 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Fill glass with ice, then add whiskey, blueberry juice, simple syrup, and bitters. Top with sparkling water and garnish with frozen blueberries and rosemary twig.

3. Pomegranate Mocktail

You’ve likely come across pomegranate seeds as a garnish on sweet and savoury dishes, but have you ever tried them in a mocktail? They’re an absolute game changer — especially when paired with tart lemon juice, sweet sugar syrup, and a splash of bubbly tonic water. Cheers!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 Ounces Lemon Juice
  • 4 Teaspoons Sugar Syrup
  • 2 Ounces Pomegranate Juice
  • Tonic Water
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. Add lemon juice, sugar syrup, and pomegranate juice in a jug and stir.
  2. Pour into glasses over ice and top with tonic water.

4. Grapefruit Prosecco

 

Prosecco, aka the Italian version of champagne, is the perfect bubbly drink to help ring in the new year. Here, we’re combining it with Campari and grapefruit for a zing of refreshing citrus.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • Course Sugar, for rim of glass
  • 1 1/2 Ounces (1 Shot) Campari
  • 1 1/2 Ounces (1 Shot) Grapefruit Juice
  • Ice
  • Prosecco
  • Grapefruit Twist, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Dip glass rim in a bowl of water, then into a bowl of sugar so it sticks.
  2. Combine Campari and grapefruit juice in a cocktail mixer with ice.
  3. Shake well and pour into two glasses with ice.
  4. Top with Prosecco and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

5. Rosemary Blackberry Mocktail

With subtle flavour hints of lemon and pine, rosemary is the perfect fragrant accompaniment to the fruity flavours of this mocktail. It’s blended with lemon juice, which means no one will see the needle-shaped leaves, but everyone will be wondering what the secret ingredient is….

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup Frozen Blackberries (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/4 Cup Frozen Blueberries (plus more for garnish)
  • 4 Teaspoons Sugar Syrup
  • 2 Ounces Lemon Juice
  • 1 Sprig Rosemary
  • Sparkling Water
  • Blackberries, for garnish
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. Place glasses in the freezer to chill.
  2. Add frozen blackberries, blueberries, and sugar syrup in a pot with a splash of water. Simmer about 15 minutes.
  3. Add mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain with a sieve and set aside to let cool.
  4. Meanwhile, rinse blender, then add lemon juice and rosemary sprig. Blend, then strain.
  5. Remove glasses from freezer and fill halfway with crushed ice. Pour in lemon mixture, then sparkling water. Pour blackberry mixture on top, and garnish with berries.

6. Apple Orange Punch

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 oz Fruit Tea
  • 3.5 oz Apple Juice
  • 3.5 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Lemon Slice
  • 2 Cloves (optional)
  • 1 Star Anise (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare tea as you normally would, then combine all ingredients (except lemon slices, cloves, and star anise) in a pan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then let simmer about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour and decorate with a lemon slice, cloves, and star anise if using.

7. Spiced Braeburn Apple Gin

Add a little seasonal spice to cocktail hour with apple cider and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 Ounces Gin
  • 4 Ounces Apple Cider
  • Ginger Ale
  • Cinnamon
  • Braeburn Apple, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Combine gin and apple cider in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a glass.
  2. Top with ginger ale, then stir and sprinkle with cinnamon and garnish with a thin apple slice.

8. Peach Bellini

Our favourite fuzzy-skinned fruits may be in season in the summer months, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying ’em in juice (and cocktail) form all year long.

Ingredients:

  • Chilled Brut Sparkling Wine
  • Fresh Peach Juice

Instructions:

  1. Pour sparkling wine into a glass, then top with peach juice.

9. Mint Gin and Tonic

The secret to success is to muddle fresh mint leaves. It only takes a few seconds but makes a world of flavour difference.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 3 Sprigs Mint
  • 2 Ounces Gin
  • Tonic Water
  • Lime Slice, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Strip leaves from 2 sprigs mint and muddle in a glass.
  2. Fill glass with ice.
  3. Add gin and tonic water. Stir, then garnish with remaining sprig mint and lime slice.

10. The Paloma

Since one grapefruit cocktail wasn’t enough, we dreamed up this tequila – grapefruit – lemonade dream-come-true, also known as a Paloma.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ounces Tequila
  • 2 1/2 Ounces Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • Lemonade
  • Ice
  • Grapefruit Slice, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Add tequila, grapefruit juice, and lemonade into a glass over ice.
  2. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

 

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OMG THIS IS TOO CUTE! I wish my juice turned out this good!

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