Patricia Bech: Cocktail recipes for the festive season ahead

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Patricia Bech rounds up some cocktail recipes that you can try at home during the festive season…

Although COVID-19 is causing us countless problems, Christmas is on the horizon and festive cocktails are a popular option at this time of year. If you need some inspiration for making a cocktail at home, here are a few recipes that have been shared by some of the best mixologists on the scene.

Gin Fizz

Long, fizzy and refreshing – this tasty recipe from 6 O’clock gin is a party-pleaser. 


40ml London Dry – 6 O’clock Gin

20ml Cointreau or Grand Marnier

25ml Cranberry Juice

25ml Orange Juice

15ml Lemon Juice

½ tsp Caster Sugar

Soda Water

Orange wedge

Method: Add all the ingredients except the soda water to a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and top with soda.Serve with a decorative orange wedge.

The Mocktail

If you are taking a break from alcohol this Christmas, we have an interesting alternative to the traditional mulled wine recipe. This creation by Wilfred’s is the go-to festive tipple for those looking to skip booze this festive season. 

Recipe (serves 2):

300ml Wildred’s Aperitif (0% ABV)

30ml of honey or maple syrup

Freshly sliced oranges 

A small sprinkling of earthy spices from your cupboard (such as cloves, cinnamon, aniseed, coriander seeds etc)

Method: Place all ingredients into a pan. Warm up until almost simmering, but don’t boil. Leave to rest with a lid for 5 minutes and serve with a ladle into mugs.

After Eight Martini

This deliciously creamy concoction can be made at home or sipped at Skylight Christmas at Tobacco Dock, launching on 3rd December in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines. 

30ml Vodka 

20ml Creme De Menthe

50ml Baileys (try with vegan alternative – Almande Baileys)

Method: Shake well over ice, then fine strain into a martini glass (also delicious over ice in a rocks glass). Garnish with grated dark chocolate.

Damson and cranberry collins

Made using hand-made British damsons, the 6 O’clock Damson Gin is a must-have in every festive cocktail cabinet – not only delicious to sip solo, it makes fantastically fruity cocktails like the below.

50ml 6 O’clock Gin Damson

50ml cranberry juice

15ml lime juice

½ tsp caster sugar

Soda Water

Lemon twist 

Method: Add all the ingredients except the soda water to a cocktail shaker. Strain into a highball glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

And as if you need any more persuasion, take a look at some of the pictures of the cocktails in the recipe round up from Patricia Bech on Sloaney TV….