Ten cocktail recipes for January
Is one your new year’s resolutions to smash it as a home-bartender in 2024? Well, we’ve rounded up 10 cocktail recipes to get that resolution off to a flyer.
As it’s rather cold outside for those in the northern hemisphere, making cocktails at home might sound more appealing than venturing outdoors.
From hot drinks to tropical tipples and a lower alcohol option for those limiting their booze intakes in January, these 10 serves not only taste and look the part, but can be made without too much hassle.
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Sloe and Cranberry Sour
Elsham Wold Distillery’s vodka-based liqueur was inspired by mulled wine, and makes a worthy alternative to the warming winter drink, as is evident in this cranberry cocktail.
- 50ml Edwards 1902 Mulled Sloe Liqueur
- 25ml Cranberry juice
- 25ml Lemon juice
- Half an egg white
- Lemon peel for garnish
Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker and dry shake. Then add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled glass.
Langley’s Gin’s version of the classic hot tipple is your new nightly remedy for dealing with these cold winter months.
- 50ml Langley’s Old Tom Gin
- 15ml Honey
- 25ml Fresh lemon juice
- 75ml-100ml Water
- Lemon peel
- Cinnamon stick
Method: Boil a kettle of water. In a glass or mug, combine the ingredients, add 75ml- 100ml of boiling water and stir. Finally, garnish with a lemon peel and cinnamon stick for a touch of festive scent.
Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour
The festive flavours of pumpkin and cinnamon are a natural fit for this seasonal cocktail that’s made with Langley’s London Dry Gin.
- 60ml Langley’s London Dry Gin
- Juice from half of a lemon
- 1 tbsp Pumpkin butter
- 1 Egg white
- Cinnamon, thyme for garnish
Method: Add the first four ingredients in the shaker with ice, and shake for a minute. Pour through the strainer into a coupe glass, and garnish with thyme and a dash of cinnamon.
Orange & Cinnamon G&T
Simple to make and very easy to drink, this G&T is all set to become your default cocktail to whip up at home.
- 50ml Sir Edmond Gin
- 15ml Premium tonic
- A slice of orange
- Cinnamon stick
Method: Build over lots of ice, and garnish with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick.
Swat aside the January blues with the tropical flavours of this cocktail from Paul John Nirvana.
- 60ml Paul John Nirvana
- 20ml Lemon juice
- 10ml Jalapeño water
- A small spoonful of orange marmalade
Method: Shake the ingredients vigorously in a shaker filled with ice. Strain the mixture over fresh ice in a coupe glass. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit.
Brockmans Agave Cut Picante
Zingy with a sweet and spicy finish, the Picante is the perfect way of showcasing the hybrid favours of Brockmans’ ‘disruptive’ spirit drink.
- 50ml Brockmans Agave Cut
- 25ml Lime juice
- 15ml Agave syrup
- Half a red chilli
Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake hard for 10 seconds. Fine-strain into an ice-filled glass.
Tailor Made & Spirited
Have this toasty creation from The Artisan Drinks at the ready for whenever the temperature plummets.
- 200ml Tailor MadeLemonade
- 50ml Brandy
- 1 tsp Maple syrup
Method: Pour ingredients into a pot. Bring it to gentle boil before serving in a double wall glass. Top with a lemon twist.
After you’ve prepared this one, your next step is to find a spot in front of a fire to savour it.
- 25ml Lind & Lime Gin
- 25ml Oloroso Sherry
- 15ml Cacao Blanc liqueur
- 5ml Orgeat
- 1 dash Walnut bitters
- 2 dashes Vanilla essence
Method: Add ingredients to a cocktail tin. Add ice, and stir until chilled. Strain into your favourite rocks glass. Add ice to the top, and enjoy with a toasted marshmallow.
A Love Story
Any old regular night can feel like Valentine’s Day when you have this serve from Bounty Rum up your sleeve.
- 50ml Bounty White Rum
- 50ml Bounty Coconut Rum Liqueur
- Pink guava juice
- Dash of creme de cacao.
Method: Build the ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with pink guava juice and a dash of creme de cacao. Garnish with a lime slice.
This smooth, low-alcohol sipper is ideal for those looking to lessen their booze intake, without completely dropping it.
- 30ml St-Rémy XO
- 90 ml Ginger ale
- 40 ml Orange juice
- 20 ml Lemon juice
- 10 ml Cinnamon syrup
- 1 Orange slice.
Method: Combine St-Rémy Brandy XO with lemon juice, orange juice and cinnamon syrup. Shake and strain and then top with ginger ale. Garnish with orange slice.