Winter Warmers

With the temperatures plummeting, you’re bound to be wrapped up in cosy layers, but you’re sure to need something to give you that warm winter feeling on the inside. It’s time to return those boozy winter beverages that everyone has been waiting for all year. We’ve put our tastebuds to the test with some classic cupfuls,  festive flavourings and a little something surprising to sip. So, shakers at the ready, these ingredients will have you feeling merry in no time.  


#1 Mulled Wine


Nothing says’ Christmas quite like the all time favourite Mulled Wine, so get your mitts around the most traditional festive drink of them all! This concoction of flavour is the perfect for a friendly festive gathering.

What you’ll need:

  • ½ bottle red wine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 50g/1¾oz brown sugar

What you’ve got to do:

  • Throw all of the ingredients together in a saucepan to heat gently for up to 8 minutes, without letting the pan reach boiling point.
  • Pour the mixture into some heatproof glasses to enjoy warm.

Top Tip!  
Prepare the ultimate mulled tipple in a slow cooker, 2 hours below guests arrive. With a low heat setting, the delicious mixture will stay warm to enjoy and fill the house with that irresistible sweet, citrus aroma.

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Mulled Wine recipe from BBC Food Recipes.



#2 The Gingerbread House


The fun festive gingerbread house, a fond childhood memory of many, becomes deliciously drinkable in this cocktail. With some bold boozy additions, this concoction certainly packs a punch, sure to be all of the winter warming  you’ll be needing!

What you’ll need:

  • 25ml Baileys
  • 12.5ml Smirnoff Gold
  • 12.5ml Smirnoff Vanilla
  • 12.5ml Frangelico
  • 1 German biscuit for garnish

What you’ve got to do:

  • Measure each ingredient into a cocktail shaker, and… shake, shake, shake!
  • Use a fine strainer to pour into decorative highball glasses, and serve.

Top Tip! 
The ideal tipple to finish a bitterly cold day. So get your feet up and relax in front of a warm fireplace.

The Gingerbread House recipe from refinery29.


#3 Pimm’s Blackberry Spice


Pimm’s O’clock isn’t just for summertime sipping, we’ve discovered a festive rendition and with some winter berries added in, it’s a celebration in a glass!

What you’ll need:

  • 50ml Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower
  • 10ml vanilla syrup
  • 6 mint leaves
  • Pinch of cinnamon

What you’ve got to do:

  • Place the ingredients straight into a highball glass, cover with crushed ice and churn with a cocktail stirrer.
  • Decorate your glass with mint sprigs and a cinnamon stick, for a final festive touch.

Top Tip! 
Get those jugs out! This Christmas edition Pimm’s will be the life and soul of your party.

Pimm’s Blackberry Spice recipe from refinery29.