From nautically themed drinks to winter warmers and summer coolers, these delicious cocktails are perfect for any occasion, whether you're celebrating on the high seas or spending a stint as a landlubber
The sun’s over the yardarm somewhere, as the saying goes, and it’s time for a drink. But then that dreaded question arises: what’ll you have?
Never fear, our list of festive cocktails is here to help.
There’s something for everyone: from a Old Fashioned with a twist, to a Spiced Apple Fizz, all of these drinks are easy to make and you will feel festive from the first sip.
Enjoy and sail safe!
Black Beauty Mojito
This delicious fruity drink packs a punch and is ideal for all seasons.
40ml Goslings Black Seal Rum
80ml soda or sparkling water
2-3 ripe blackberries
1 sugar cube
Juice of half a lime
3-4 mint leaves
Muddle together the blackberries, sugar cube, mint leaves and the juice of half a lime in a shaker filled with cubed ice. Add Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and shake. Strain onto fresh ice and top with 80ml soda water into a tumbler.
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Malted Old Fashioned
A delicious and festive twist on the classic Old Fashioned. Black Bush stirred with malt syrup and a hint of vanilla, served on the rocks with a twist of lemon.
50ml Black Bush
8ml malt syrup
3ml vanilla syrup
1 lemon twist
Stir all the ingredients with ice in a 300ml rocks glass until the correct level of dilution is achieved. Garnish with a large lemon twist.
Hipster Irish coffee
Irish coffee is the ideal Christmas drink. Boozy, as the festive season should be, but with a kick of caffeine to keep you alert during a long day of eating and drinking. We love this twist on the classic Irish Coffee, which uses cacao spirit for extra aroma and sweetness.
40ml Black Bush
1 cup ristretto espresso
10ml chocolate spirit
10ml simple syrup
Black Bush and cacao spirit shaken with a ristretto espresso, served straight up with a float of double cream
‘Tis the Season
Cocktail meets pudding with the delicious ‘Tis The Season, thanks to the addition of ice cream. Indulgent, as Christmas should be.
30ml Tamova Vodka
30ml Belluci Amaretto
2 large scoops of Strachans Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Add two scoops of ice cream to a whisky glass, poor the Tamova Vodka and Bellucci Amaretto over the ice cream and finally add the chilled espresso coffee.
St Nick’s Brew
A very seasonal cocktail that mixes gin, beer, ginger and lemon. If it’s good enough for old Nick…
50ml Gin (we like Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin for this recipe)
25ml fresh lemon juice 25ml ginger syrup
Shipsterns Bitter or for a lighter version use San Miguel to top
For the ginger syrup:
1kg white sugar
1 litre water
400g fresh ginger
To make the ginger syrup add 1kg of white sugar to 1 litre of freshly boiled water. Grate 400g of fresh ginger and add to the sugar/water mixture as it is cooling. Once cooled finely strain through a cheese cloth and place in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Add the gin, lemon juice and ginger syrup to an ice filled cocktail shaker.Shake well for 10 seconds. Strain the shaker contents into a chilled beer schooner. Top with either bitter or lager.
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Spiced Apple Fizz
This spiced apple-based cocktail is light and fizzy, thanks to the addition of champagne. Perfect for a pre-Christmas dinner aperitif.
50ml Dark Rum such as Old Hopkins or you can try the spiced variety
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut to top
25ml lime juice
25ml cinnamon syrup
50ml apple juice
1kg white sugar
1 litre water
1 pot of ground cinnamon
To make the cinnamon syrup add 1kg of white sugar to 1 litre of freshly boiled water. Add the whole pot of ground cinnamon to the sugar/water mixture as it is cooling. Once cooled finely strain through a coffee filter or muslin cloth and place in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Add all the ingredients except the champagne to an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake well for 10 seconds. Strain shaker contents into a tall ice filed glass. Top with champagne to finish. Garnish with an apple fan.
Fill a glass with ice cubes, pour over three parts Prosecco, two parts Aperol, top with soda water and garnish a twist of orange. Enjoy!
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Fill a chilled highball glass with ice cubes. Add ingredients. Stir. Garnish with lime.
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