Lifestyle | Wednesday 13 December 2017

Bottoms up!

Cocktail supping is not just for summer. Here are four delicious ways to win at winter drinks, from an irresistible Bailey’s flat white to a lip smacking Moscow Mule and a decadent rosé Champagne concoction. Get the party started

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The ultimate mulled wine cocktail




  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 star anise, plus extra to serve
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves


  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 clementines, thinly sliced
  • 150ml cointreau
  • 750ml bottle of light red wine, such as Beaujolais


Method Makes 4-6 servings

  • Put the sugar in a pan with the star anise, cinnamon stick, cloves and 150ml water. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  • Simmer for 2 minutes, then pour into a large jug and leave to cool. Add the lemon and clementine slices to the jug along with the Cointreau and wine. such as a Beaujolais. Stir well, then cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight if you can.
  • Remove the cloves and serve chilled or over ice, garnish with a piece of cinnamon stick and a couple of star anise. If you’d prefer to serve a traditional warm mulled wine, there’s no need to chill – simply warm through without boiling and serve in heatproof glasses.

Pomegranate thyme fizz

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  • 120ml Brut Rosé Champagne or dry rosé sparkling wine
  • 2-3 dashes orange bitters
  • 60ml pomegranate juice
  • Raspberries, to serve
  • Thyme sprigs, to serve


Method Makes 4 servings

  • In a Champagne flute, pour in the Champagne, followed by the orange bitters.
  • Fill the glass with pomegranate juice.
  • Garnish with a raspberry and a sprig of thyme. 

The cranberry Moscow mule




  • 2 shots Vodka
  • 225ml ginger beer
  • ½ cup cranberry juice
  • 2 limes
  • Cranberries, to serve
  • Rosemary sprigs, to serve


Method Makes 1 serving 

  • Drop a handful of ice into your Moscow Mule mug.
  • Add the vodka, ginger beer, and top with cranberry juice.
  • Cut 1 lime in half and squeeze both halves into the drink.
  • Top with a handful of cranberries and garnish with a slice of lime and a sprig of rosemary.

The irresistible Baileys flat white martini




  • 50ml Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • 25ml espresso
  • 25ml vodka
  • 3 coffee beans, to serve 


Method Makes 1 serving

  • Pop some ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and pour in the Baileys.
  • Add the espresso and vodka.
  • Shake it up until everything is perfectly blended and the liquid is silky smooth. 
  • Strain into a cocktail glass and gently place three coffee beans on the top. Enjoy!

Get cocktail making


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