Gin cocktail recipes: perfect for New Year's party tipples

Let the celebrations be-gin! These Christmas gin cocktail recipes are guaranteed to get party guests in the festive spirit...

Gin cocktail recipes
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In need of ginspiration for your Christmas party? It's the nation's favourite spirit, and gin cocktail recipes are something you can't go wrong with at Christmas. Luckily, you don’t have to be a master mixologist to create concoctions worthy of the finest Soho bars for your guests to enjoy this Christmas season. 

We’ve rounded up some simple recipes for you to recreate at home. From cockle-warming classics to celebratory fizz and fruity favourites, there’s something for everyone. Now, cue the music…'Gingle bells, gingle bells...'.

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1. The Hendrick's French 75

Simple but sophisticated: toast the new year with this celebratory cocktail made with Hendrick's gin.

Hendricks gin cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • 30ml Hendrick’s gin
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • Champagne

Method:

  • Add the gin, sugar and lemon to a cocktail shaker
  • Add ice, shake well and fine strain into a flute
  • Top with champagne

2. The Winter Wonderland

One for fans of fruit and fizz, the mixologists at Lost & Found botanical-themed bars have put together a cocktail laced with strawberry and peppermint tea and topped with prosecco.

Gin christmas cocktail

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Ingredients:

Method:

  • Put the Bombay Sapphire, Monin strawberry syrup, lemon juice, peppermint tea and Antica Formula into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  • Shake for 10 seconds
  • Pour through a fine strainer and top with Prosecco
  • Add a candy cane to the side of the glass and serve

3. The Sipsmith Gin Toddy

The perfect tipple for snuggling up with in front of a Christmas film with friends and family after a long winter walk, this twist on the traditional hot cocktail will make them feel super cosy. 

Sipsmith gin toddy christmas cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 25ml fresh lemon juice or raspberry shrub

Method:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a coffee mug
  • Add 100–150ml boiling water; stir
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel and a cinnamon stick

4. The Christmas Comet 

Showcasing Salcombe Gin's Rosé Sainte Marie, this pretty pink cocktail will wow guests at a New Year’s party.

Christmas comet gin cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • 35ml Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie
  • 15ml Chambord
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 15ml vanilla sugar syrup
  • Angostura bitters
  • 3 raspberries
  • Fever-Tree soda water

Method:

  • In a Boston shaker, muddle together the raspberries with the gin, Chambord, lemon juice, vanilla sugar syrup and a dash of Angostura bitters
  • Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds
  • Double strain the mixture into a Champagne flute
  • Top up with soda water and garnish with a twist of lemon peel on the side of the glass

5. Hendrick's Hot Spiced Apple

Treat guests to a magical mug of festive spirit infused with warming winter spices. 

Hendricks hot apple gin cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • 750ml spiced apple juice (2 cloves, 2 crushed cardamom, 2 star anise, juniper berries, peel of 1 orange)
  • 150ml Hendrick’s gin
  • Some grated nutmeg

Method:

  • Simmer the apple juice with spices in a pan
  • Add the gin
  • Serve in a tankard or teacup and garnish with three slices of apple and a dusting of nutmeg

6. The Rhubarb Hiball

There’s no doubt about it, rhubarb and gin are a match made in heaven. Inspired by this classic combination, this cocktail has been created by skilled drinks creator Jean-Vital of Mews of Mayfair. Try serving it in a Waterford Crystal Gin Journeys Elegant Hiball glass – specially designed alongside tasters to enhance the aromas and infuse the flavours of the botanicals.

Rhubarb gin cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • 45ml Bulldog gin
  • 15ml rhubarb syrup
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 2 dashes grapefruit bitters
  • Tonic

Method:

  • Pour the gin, rhubarb syrup, lemon juice and grapefruit bitters into a cocktail shaker
  • Strain and pour into a hiball glass
  • Serve with ice cubes and garnish with a wedge of pink grapefruit 

7. The Sloegroni

A festive twist on a classic, this recipe substitutes gin for The City of London Distillery's seasonal sloe gin – a traditional British infusion – and is served in an old fashioned-style glass filled with ice. 

Sloe gin cocktail

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Ingredients:

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into an old-fashioned/lowball glass with ice
  • Stir vigorously to dilute slightly
  • Garnish with an orange slice and serve