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The ultimate guide to Christmas cocktails

It’s summer in Australia, but that doesn’t mean we have to lack a little Christmas spin on our festive cocktails.

If you are looking for inspiration this December, we’ve rounded up the best tipples to impress at any party. Better yet, gifting (or receiving) a bottle of your favourite spirit is a creative present that can be personalised. Grab a bottle and some key ingredients for a gift guaranteed to woo.

Think ginger and cinnamon flavours with added spice using your favourite spirits as a base. Top-up with cranberry, orange juice, and ginger beer with a dash of syrup and bitters. Plus, don’t forget the all-important garnish, adding a festive touch of red and green – cranberries, cherries and red currants, mint and rosemary sprigs and star anise, some favourites.

Christmas Cocktails Ketel One Holiday Cheer
It's summer in Australia, but that doesn't mean we have to lack a little Christmas spin on our festive cocktails © Diageo

Johnnie & Ginger

50ml Johnnie Walker Black Label
150ml Ginger Ale

Fill a Highball glass with ice. Pour over the Johnnie Walker Black Label, then spice things up with the Ginger Ale. Stir to mix. Finish with fresh ginger and star anise, or a lemon wheel.

(Approx. 2 standard drinks)

Buy: Johnnie Walker Black Label 

The crème del al crème of deluxe whisky blends is aged for a minimum of 12 years with whisky from the four corners of Scotland. Grab a bottle of ginger ale and a lemon with some highball glasses to really impress. 

Holiday Cheer

45ml Ketel One Citroen Vodka
15ml Crème de Violette Liqueur
15ml Fresh Lime Juice
15ml Simple Syrup
Ginger Ale

Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with a mint sprig and red currants.

(Approx. 1.75 standard drink)

A vodka with a crisp taste yet a silky soft finish on the palate that focuses on the 4Fs – Fragrance, Flavour, Feel and Finish. Add ginger ale, some lemons and simple syrup to your gift pack for an easy Christmas cocktail.

Christmas Cocktails Ketel One Holiday Crush
Don’t forget the all-important garnish to add a festive touch © Diageo

Beet Margarita

45ml Don Julio Reposado
25ml Fresh Lime Juice
15ml Fresh Pineapple Juice
15ml Ginger Honey Syrup
1 Ready-to-Eat Cooked Beetroot Cube

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass and garnish with a mint sprig.

(Approx. 1.5 standard drinks)

Buy: Don Julio Reposado 

Don Julio González began crafting small batches of tequila in 1942 that’s since become the world’s first luxury label. Add some limes, a bottle of pineapple juice and a bunch of mint for a fruity Christmas treat. 

Christmas Cocktails beet margarita
Create a Beet Margarita for a little Christmas sparkle © Diageo

Grapefruit Spritz

30ml Tanqueray No. TEN
60ml Pink Grapefruit Juice
30ml Soda Water
15ml Sugar Syrup

Fill a wine glass with Tanqueray No.TEN, add the sugar syrup and fill with pink grapefruit juice. Top with soda water and stir. Garnish with a pink grapefruit wedge.

(Approx. 1.1 standard drinks)

Buy: Tanqueray No. TEN

This ultra-premium gin is crafted in small batches using the finest botanicals and fresh citrus, from Mexican limes to Florida oranges and fresh grapefruits. Add pink grapefruit juice, a whole grapefruit and a bottle of soda for the most gin-tastic gift. 

Tanqueray Gin & tonic
Tanqueray have been making gin since 1830 so they know a good recipe or two © Diageo

Reeftip Swizzle

45ml Reeftip Spiced Rum
45ml Lemon Soda
20ml Fresh Lime Juice
10ml Sugar Syrup
Two dashes bitters

Add the Reeftip Spiced Rum, lime juice and sugar syrup to crushed ice and stir. Next top with lemon soda and the bitters, then garnish with a mint sprig.

(Approx. 1.5 standard drinks)

Buy: Reeftip Spiced Rum

This Queensland made Spiced Rum celebrates Aussie-inspired ingredients with hints of blood orange, pineapple, refreshing ginger and cinnamon; it’s ideal for a Christmas tipple. Just add lemon soda, a few limes and a bottle of bitters for the best beachside Christmas cocktail.

Reeftip Spiced Rum
A Queensland made Spiced Rum that celebrates Aussie inspired ingredients © Diageo

Grove Spritz

25ml Seedlip Grove 42
25ml Æcorn Bitters
100ml Soda

In a wine glass, add ice, then the Seedlip Grove 42 and Æcorn Bitters. Top with soda, before finishing with a garnish of a grapefruit twist.

(0 standard drinks)

Buy: Seedlip Grove 42

Being festive doesn’t mean you have to be literally spirited. Seedlip Grove 42 uses three types of Mediterranean orange, ginger root, lemongrass and lemon peel. With the added spice of Japanese Sancho Peppercorn. Add a bottle of Æcorn Bitters and soda, and wrap!

Seedlip Cocktails Negroni and Margarita
There is a growing trend for tasty drinks made with quality non-alcohol spirits © Diageo

Christmas cocktails are best enjoyed in moderation, but what else do you know about alcohol? Test yourself here.

Drink responsibly.

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