The only two Christmas cocktails you need this year – a cherry martini and rose gin fizz

It's time to channel your inner mixologist and dig out your finest crystal, because these delicious tipples are just the thing to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Whether you're hosting a glamorous and fabulous festive soirée, or just snuggling up at home with a Christmas movie there's nothing like a cocktail or two to toast the festive season.

What could be better than a boozy blend of chocolate and cherries? Our Cherry martini recipe couldn't be simpler to make and tastes divine. But if you fancy something a tad more delicate, then our Rose and Rhubarb gin cocktail is for you. Cheers and Merry Christmas!

Cherry martini

Ingredients

Serves 2

100ml whipping cream

50ml crème de cacao

25ml cherry brandy

25ml chocolate-flavoured Irish cream liqueur

10-15ml crème de cassis

10g grated dark chocolate

2 cherries, to serve

Method

  • Fill two martini glasses with ice to chill.
  • Whip the cream until lightly aerated, but still a pouring consistency. Set aside.
  • Add ice to your cocktail shaker until it is three-quarters full.
  • Add the crème de cacao, cherry brandy, the chocolate- flavoured Irish cream liqueur and the crème de cassis.
  • Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds until it is mixed and chilled well.
  • Empty the ice from your glasses and strain the cocktail into them.
  • Top each one with the whipped cream and the grated dark chocolate, then finish by garnishing each with a cherry.

Rose and rhubarb gin

Ingredients

Serves 2

120ml Hendrick’s gin

15ml lemon juice

15ml lime juice

40ml rhubarb liqueur

1 tsp of grenadine

1-2 drops of rose-water

Champagne, to top up

Rosemary, edible flowers, to serve

Method

  • Put all the ingredients, except the champagne, rosemary and edible flowers, into a cocktail shaker and shake well.
  • Open the shaker, fill with ice and shake well again, for as long as you can, at least a few minutes.
  • Strain the cocktail into chilled glasses, then top up with the champagne.
  • Serve garnished with the rosemary and edible flowers.

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