Christmas Drinks – Citrus Cocktail Recipes



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Add some zest in your glass with these simple citrus cocktail recipes this Christmas. Mix up a sharp but sweet Lemon Drop, Classic Cosmopolitan or Clementine Martini. To keep things simple, everyone loves the combination of orange juice and champagne. Perfect for a festive brunch or party!

Christmas Cosmo

Prep Time: 5mins | Serves: 1

Perfect for a Christmas Party. Sweet and sour, the Cosmopolitan cocktail of vodka, cranberry, orange liqueur and citrus is a good-time in a glass.


45ml lemon vodka
15ml triple sec
30ml cranberry juice
10ml lime juice
For the garnish: orange zest, or a lime wedge on the rim of the glass.


  • STEP 1 – Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
  • STEP 2 – To make the garnish: hold a 3cm round piece of orange zest about 10cm above your cosmo and very carefully wave it over a lit match or lighter flame. Bend the outer edge of the zest in towards the flame so that the orange oils are released, then drop the zest into your drink.

Recipe credit to Good Food BBC

Tequila Sunrise

Master the art of a classic tequila sunrise, with grenadine, tequila, triple sec, orange juice – and of course a cocktail cherry and umbrella as garnish.

Prep Time: 5mins | Serves: 1


  • 2 tsp grenadine
  • ice
  • 50ml tequila
  • 1 tbsp triple sec
  • 1 large orange, or 2 small ones, juiced
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 cocktail cherry


  • STEP 1 – Pour the grenadine into the base of a tall glass and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the tequila, triple sec and fruit juices. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
  • STEP 2 – Add a few ice cubes to the serving glass then carefully double strain the cocktail into it, trying not to disturb the grenadine layer too much. Add more ice if needed to fill the glass then garnish with a cherry on a stick or cocktail umbrella.

Recipe credit to Good Food BBC

Whiskey Sour

Perfect for a Christmas Party. Classic bourbon Cocktail takes a festive turn with a splash of orange juice.

Prep Time: 10mins | Serves: 2


  • crushed ice
  • 50ml bourbon
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • ½ tbsp sugar syrup
  • 2 slices of oranges

To decorate

  • honey
  • gold edible glitter


  • STEP 1 – Using a small paintbrush (or your finger), brush some honey around the rim of two tumblers and use another small paintbrush to stick edible gold glitter around each.
  • STEP 2 – Fill each glass with crushed ice. Put the bourbon into a cocktail shaker with the lemon juice, orange juice and sugar syrup. Shake and strain into each glass, and serve with an orange slice and short straws.

Recipe credit to Good Food BBC