Interracial dating: “People kept asking ‘where is she from?'”

Filomena Kaguako

The Orgasm Gap: ‘We have this frustrating myth that sex is easy and innate’

Aoife Drury

Single parenting in a pandemic: ‘I cry alone in the car so the kids don’t...

Lia Hynes

Author Ruth Gilligan: ‘I have slowly colonised our flat’s small second bedroom into my writing...

Sophie Grenham

About 400,000 women in Ireland have this condition and don’t know


Why the 2021 Golden Globes are being overshadowed by controversy

Jennifer McShane

3 rural homes in Co Cork on sale for €175,000 and under

Megan Burns

GALLERY: Beautiful gowns from The Golden Globes through the years

Jennifer McShane

Practical and stylish: 12 baskets we absolutely love for every budget

Megan Burns

Image / Editorial

7 Christmassy cocktail recipes to enjoy with friends this party season

by Grace McGettigan
18th Dec 2019

Christmassy cocktail recipes

Christmassy cocktail recipes

Planning a fancy soiree this festive season? Why not make some of these Christmassy cocktail recipes for the occasion

Merry Christmas, dear reader. We hope you’re enjoying the festive celebrations as much as we are. Everything from the food we’re eating to the beverages we’re drinking is zapped with Christmassy pizzazz. Cinnamon, orange, cream, spice… the festive flavours just taste so good.

With that in mind, Ireland’s Blue Book (a romantic collection of Irish country house hotels, manors, castles and restaurants) has compiled seven must-try Christmassy cocktail recipes. Each of these can be made and enjoyed at home, or purchased in one of the Blue Book destinations.

The chosen Christmassy cocktails are…

1. Bourbon Stout Flip

From the Merrion Hotel

60ml Woodford Reserve Bourbon
20ml brown sugar syrup
50ml Guinness
1 whole egg
Garnish with a stick of cinnamon

Add all ingredients to a shaker and using the hand blender, blitz the ingredients for 3-4 seconds.
Add ice to the shaker and shake hard.
Double strain into your chosen signature Irish coffee glass
To enjoy the drink hot, steam the entire drink, but be careful not to cook the egg.

2. Spiced Winter Gin & Tonic

From Hayfield Manor

40ml Glendalough Gin
20ml Irish Mist
10ml cinnamon
10ml Pumpkin Spice
15ml lemon juice
15ml port

3. White Christmas Cocktail

From L’Ecrivain Restaurant

35ml of Bombay Saphire,
35ml orange juice
20ml Gingerbread Syrup
35ml lemon juice
One egg white

Shake in your cocktail shaker once as a dry shake (without ice), and once as a wet shake (with ice). Garnish with star anise.

4. Winter Wonderland

From The Wilder

50ml Jameson whiskey
Quarter of lemon squeezed (15ml juice)
Pinch of cinnamon
3 teaspoons of maple syrup
Garnish with an orange twist

5. Gin-gle Bells

From No.1 Pery Square

40ml gin
20ml port
20ml Cointreau
40ml cranberry juice
10ml sugar syrup
10ml lemon juice
1 egg white

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and a single cranberry.

6. Festive Dream Cocktail

From Cahernane House

1 shot pouring cream
1 shot Baileys
Half shot of Tia Maria
Half shot of Captain Morgan rum
Half shot of Frangelico

Mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain into a martini glass. Dust with chocolate.

7. The BallyMULLoo Christmas Warmer

From Ballymaloe House

750ml Shiraz red wine
50ml Killahora Apple Port
25ml apple brandy
2 cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
1 star anise
Zest of 1 orange
100g sugar

Gently warm all ingredients together in a heavy-bottomed pot on low heat. Strain all bits before serving. Garnish with a fresh slice of orange and cloves.

Photos: Kieran Harnett

Read more: 10 Christmas shopping pit stops dotted around Dublin city centre

Read more: Stuck for a vegan Christmas starter? These smoked ‘salmon’ and ‘cream cheese’ canapés will go down a treat

Read more: Mum-to-be? 6 festive foods to avoid if you’re pregnant this Christmas