Christmas Cocktails Recipes – Christmas Gin & Other Spirits – Inspiration

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If you’re anything like this, menu planning for the festive period starts early. As soon as the trick-or-treat sweets are polished off, we’re in Christmas prep mode. For us, Christmas cocktails are as key to the menu as the dishes themselves, and we usually plan a drink for each course.

Here are a few of our favourite Christmas cocktail recipes, with some perfect pairing ideas.


Good Tidings Club

50ml Festive Edition – Manchester Gin
7.5ml Dry Vermouth
7.5ml Rose Vermouth
7.5ml Lemon Juice
5ml Cherry Heering
1 x Egg White / 1 x Dash Foamer

Shake and double strain into coupe

Pair with: Warm mince pie and plenty of clotted cream


Ode to Joy Martini

50ml Festive Edition – Manchester Gin
7.5ml PX Sherry
15ml Dry Vermouth
2 x Dash bitters

Stir over ice and Strain into a Nic & Nora
Garnish with flamed orange

Pair with: Blue cheese and crackers


One Eyed Rebel Colada

50ml One-Eyed Rebel Spiced RumChristmas Cocktail - Pina Colada with Spiced Rum50ml Pineapple Juice
20ml Fresh Lime Juice
20ml Orange and Cassia Coconut Cream
20ml Orange Juice
15ml Dandelion & Burdock Syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice. Fine strain into a large stemmed tumbler either neat or over ice.

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Pair with: Key lime pie


Tonka Espresso Martini

50ml Manchester Spirit Tonka Vodka
15ml Coffee Liqueur
30ml Espresso
10ml Gomme 

All ingredients to a shaker with ice. Wet shake (with ice), then dry shake (without ice) and fine strain into a martini glass. 

Garnish: Coffee beans. The wet/dry shake will give you a velvety foam to sit the coffee beans onto.

Pair with: Baked Camembert


Coffee GodfatherChristmas Cocktail - Coffee Godfather

40ml Manchester Spirit Coffee Vodka
40ml Irish Whiskey
20ml Amaretto

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tumbler and serve over ice.

Garnish: Orange peel

Pair with: Chicken parfait, melba toast and plum chutney

Let us know your favourite festive drinks, and be sure to follow along on Instagram, where we’ll be releasing details of our annual Christmas Cocktails competition soon! Better at drinking cocktails than making them? Visit Three Little Words this festive season, our cosy cocktail bar in the heart of Manchester.

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