5 FESTIVE COCKTAIL RECIPES TO TRY THIS SUMMER

unspecified2If your holidays consist of plenty of entertaining, then you’ll love this inspiration to spice things up at your next cocktail party. Try your hand at mixology and charm your guests with our favourite festive drinks for some liquid merriment.

Red wine cocktail

Although our Decembers are generally spent with a fan or ice cold drink close at hand, this festive drink is a must to get you in the Christmas spirit. The aroma of mulling fruits and cinnamon encompass a typical white Christmas, so we’d suggest having this one once the sun 1has dipped behind the horizon and the temperature drops a bit. Serve it up in a Café Glass Mug.

100g light muscovado sugar

1 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

4 cloves

150ml water

1 lemon

2 clementines

150ml Cointreau

750ml bottle light red wine

Twist of orange zest and a star anise, to serve

2Pimms cocktail

If you are sitting at your desk dreaming of days spent next to the pool or on the beach, then this cocktail will definitely be the finishing touch to the perfect day. If you love to host a good summer party, a Maison dispenser and ice bucket will set the right tone for every celebration. Fill the dispenser with your Pimms cocktail and serve chilled.

4 cups of ice

 1 lemon, cut into thin slices

 160ml Pimm’s No. 1

 3125ml lemonade, chilled

 125ml ginger ale, chilled

 1/2 cucumber, cut into thin strips

Sparkling raspberry Limoncello cocktail

If you’re set on hosting sophisticated festive dinner parties, then this cocktail will add to the glitz and glamour of the evening. Feel as though you’ve stepped into the Great Gatsby with this ultimate summer cocktail – it’s deliciously refreshing, bubbly and sweet. Serve it up in stylish champagne glasses.

3 cups sparkling wine, chilled

1 cup Limoncello liqueur, chilled

1 cup frozen raspberries

6 sprigs fresh mint

4Grapefruit spritz

Ready to spritz things up at your next Christmas party and add a little twist to your festive cocktails? You can’t go wrong with a splash of Aperol Spritz and a twist of grapefruit. Serve it in an embossed stemmed glass – it’s bound to make al fresco entertaining that much more special. Get a full set so everyone can enjoy ice cold summer spritzers in style.

50ml grapefruit juice

25ml Aperol

ice

50ml sparkling wine

a twist of grapefruit zest

6A classic mojito

The epitome of summer entertaining can be summed up in one word – Mojito. This classic rum-based cocktail will definitely get you in the mood for the festive season. With a squeeze of lime and bit of mashing this cocktail won’t take you more than 5 minutes to make, especially when using a nifty cocktail set, so don’t be fooled by those who say a Mojito is only for the experts.

juice of 1 lime

1 tsp granulated sugar

a  small handful mint leaves, plus extra sprig to serve

60ml white rum

soda water, to taste

Now that we’ve given you the essential how-to guide for festive drinks, all you’ll need is to display your masterpiece on an elegant empire drinks trolley and invite guests over to enjoy your delicious creations.

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