It’s August, so its clearly time to start getting everything in place for your Christmas Drinks Menu. Sorry guys, that’s just the nature of our industry! So as we swelter behind the bar in the summer heat and have gardens full of Mojito drinkers, its time for the bar managers to start getting everything in place for the busiest time of year.
In order to help out, we’ve created a Christmas cocktail menu which you can take, plug in your own spirit brands and make your own with the minimum of work. Also, don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss that we came up with the drinks. You can take all the credit.
Balancing out the Christmas Drinks Menu
Its important to have balance in any drinks menu, across spirits, flavours and even glassware. There are always customers who choose their drink by aesthetics – preferring the image of something straight up or short on the rocks. Also, it’s important to remember we’re in the Instagram age now, so the look of drinks can massively impact on your social reach and lets your guests do your marketing for you!
Short Christmas Drinks
In the short drink category you need to give big flavours that your guests can sip. The Old Fashioned is of course a key drink in this category, and its simple to modify for any menu.
Spiced Old Fashioned
- 60ml Whisk(e)y
- 10ml ODK Falernum Syrup
- 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Stir all ingredients with cubed ice and strain over fresh ice in an Old Fashioned (Rocks) glass. Garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel and cinnamon bark.
ODK Falernum Syrup, while created for Tiki drinks also works amazingly well in a Christmas setting as the spices evoke winter flavours perfectly.
Santa’s Little Helper
- 45ml Dark or Aged Rum
- 12.5ml Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 2 Dashes Walnut Bitters
- 12.5ml ODK Chilli Syrup
Stir ingredients with cubed ice and strain over fresh ice in an Old Fashioned (Rocks) glass. Garnish with dehydrated orange and a chilli slice.
Shake ingredients with cubed ice and strain over crushed ice in an Old Fashioned (Rocks) glass. Garnish with two blackberries.
Based on the classic Bramble cocktail, this twist is quick to make and tastes sharp with the warmth of winter berries.
Rudolph’s Rum Roll
The Rum Roll is one of our standard recipes from the website but simply adjusting the presentation can make it a fine drink for Christmas. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain over a nice large cube with an orange wheel and a couple of pistachios to garnish.
Long Christmas Drinks
Here in the Long Drinks section, we’re looking mainly at lower alcohol drinks and more refreshing flavours. As much as Christmas is often about spice, its also about celebration and with celebration comes bubbles!
- 50ml Martini Rubino or other sweet vermouth
- 20ml ODK Cherry Puree
- 10ml ODK Falernum Syrup
- Fill with Soda
Build and stir with ice in a Gin Balloon glass. Garnish with a fresh, stemmed cherry.
This drink gives a long and low alcohol option which sits somewhere between a sangria and a cold mulled wine, but without using an actual wine in the production. Quick to make and a huge crowd pleaser!
Shake first three ingredients with ice, Strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass, top with Prosecco. Garnish with a lemon wedge. Want to really get some attention with this drink? Add in some edible glitter and watch the instagram tags come flooding in.
Blackberry & Basil Margarita Spritz
- 35ml 100% Agave Tequila
- 50ml ODK Lime Juice
- 20ml ODK Blackberry Puree
- 10ml ODK Basil Syrup
- Top with Soda
Blend with crushed ice and serve in a hurricane glass or sling glass with a sugar rim and Basil leaf.
Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean your guests won’t want frozen drinks, and this one featuring Blackberry is perfect for combining the summer margarita with autumn and winter flavours.
Warm Christmas Drinks
The weather is cold outside so what could be more appropriate than some warming drinks for your guests? Perfect for drinkers in outdoor areas or as perfect post dinner drinks.
Super Simple Mulled Wine
- 20ml ODK Falernum Syrup
- 125ml Warm Red Wine
That’s it! we told you it was super simple. As mentioned above our Falernum Syrup not only works great in Tiki drinks but also adds an instant Christmas feel to almost any drink, and once warmed the aromas really come to the fore. Simply serve in a glass footed mug, wine glass or anything else, but make sure it can handle the heat and be held safely by your guests.
Liquid Black Forrest
- 15ml ODK Wild Berry Puree
- 15ml Creme de Cacao
- 25ml Vodka
- Fill with Hot Chocolate
On the “Dessert in a glass” front, this is one of the kings. Top it with some toasted marshmallows and a drizzle of our Cacao Cream for an effect like this below, or top with whipped cream and some berries for the full Black Forest Gateaux effect.
Hopefully we’ve peaked your interest and you’re inspired for your Christmas menu creation for the year now. Feel free to use any of these drinks as they are, as inspiration for your own creations or modify them as you wish.