Christmas Spice Cocktail

Christmas Spice Cocktail
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Christmas in a glass! Made with gin, lemon and cranberry juice, and homemade spiced syrup, this Christmas Spice Cocktail is a wonderful drink to enjoy over the festive period!

I started thinking about Christmas last summer! Yes, it’s true! I am not the person who decorates the house or starts playing Christmas songs until later in December, but I sure do start thinking about it early!

I had this idea to turn a Christmas Pudding into a cocktail, but I wanted something lighter and less sweet! So I thought to myself, why not make a spiced syrup and add it to a gin and cranberry drink? I tried it and it was amazing! But I was still wanting something lighter, something that could be enjoyed as a pre-dinner drink, so I topped the glass with some dry and bubbly prosecco and it hit the bullseye!

Lightly spiced, unmistakably tasting of Christmas, but fresh and crisp, our Christmas Spice Cocktail was an instant hit!

Christmas Spice Cocktail

What If You Don’t Have a Cocktail Shaker?

You will ideally need a cocktail shaker, but if you don’t have one and can’t justify buying one, here are a few suggestions: 

  • A thermal coffee mug with a lid tightly screwed on
  • A sturdy mason jar 
  • A smoothie maker glass 

Scroll down to see a full list of ingredients, quantities and the method.

What to Do With the Leftover Christmas Spice Syrup?

  • My favourite use is to add a tbsp of the syrup to your festive Christmas latte coffee. Or hot chocolate!
  • Drizzle a tbsp of the syrup over vanilla ice cream or Greek yoghurt
  • Add to banana milkshakes!

How to Make our Christmas Spice Cocktail?

Make Spiced Syrup:

In a small saucepan, bring sugar, 1 cup water, peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise, and zest to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and gently simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside and let the syrup cool completely. Pour through a sieve into a glass and discard the spices. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Christmas Spice Cocktail

Make the Cocktail:

Pour the gin, spiced syrup, lemon juice and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice cubes and shake until cold. Strain into the champagne flute and top with chilled prosecco.


For other cocktail ideas to enjoy over the festive period, have a look at some of our favourites below:

Christmas Spice Cocktail

Christmas Spice Cocktail

Christmas in a glass! Made with gin, lemon and cranberry juice, and homemade spiced syrup, this Christmas Spice Cocktail is a wonderful drink to enjoy over the festive period!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Syrup Making: 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Christmas
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 133 kcal

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker (or see notes if you don't have one)
  • Champagne Flutes

Ingredients
 
 

For the Christmas Spice Syrup (Makes About 200ml):

  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 200 ml water
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 strip orange zest

For One Cocktail:

  • 30 ml gin
  • 15 ml spiced syrup
  • 10 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml cranberry juice
  • prosecco to top the glass
  • ice

Instructions
 

Make Spiced Syrup:

  • In a small saucean, bring sugar, 1 cup water, the peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise, and zest to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and gently simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside and let the syrup cool completely. Pour through a sieve into a glass and discard the spices. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Make the Cocktail:

  • Pour the gin, spiced syrum, lemon juice and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice cubes and shake until cold. Strain into the champagne flute and top with chilled prosecco.

Notes

If you don’t have a cocktail shaker and can’t justify buying one, here are a few suggestions: 
  • A thermal coffee mug with a lid tightly screwed on
  • A sturdy mason jar 
  • A smoothie maker glass 

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
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