Christmas cocktails with a cinnamon stick and lemon slice

It quite literally wouldn’t be a merry Christmas without some wonderful cocktails.

Somehow they take a backseat throughout all the worrying about turkey cooking times and hoovering up pine needles, but Christmas drinks should be about more than some discount bubbly at the supermarket. Although that’s great too. Here are some clever ideas for cocktails to get your party off to a flying start.

Christmas is a time to let loose the creativity in the drinks department. Whether it’s an epic chocolate eggnog, a wonderful hot buttered rum after a winter walk, or that old classic mulled wine, there is no feeling in the world like relaxing, feet up in front of the fire with a drink during Christmas.

And then there’s the parties. In my house it was always gin and tonics, stubby beers and the odd glass of sherry if we were going to be eating something later. But not this year. From winter daiquiris to Pimped-up Prosecco to spiced pomegranate-infused gin via a Treacle cocktail we’ve got everything – even an alcohol-free Mulled pear and ginger drink for the kids.

If those don’t tickle your fancy, try the amazing Christmas cocktails below for your Christmas party – all can be made in advance or knocked up in a matter of seconds, and they will make your party the toast of Christmas.