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Christmas cocktails and mocktailsPosted at 11:02AM, 13 December 2012 by Roxanne Fisher - Writer/Sub-editor, bbcgoodfood.com
Whether you want to wow guests with some mixology magic or need something festive and fast, our favourite Christmassy cocktails and mocktails will provide much liquid merriment...
Make it mulled
No other whiff encompasses Christmas quite like the aroma of mulling fruit and spices. Choose from a classic blend or give yours a light modern twist - perfect for greeting guests coming in from the cold.
Cinnamon, cloves, clementines and Cointreau - this classic red wine recipe is perfect for traditionalists. Delicious served hot or cold.
Mulled wine cocktail
This boozy, fruit cup comprises chunky slices of apple, fruit juice and berries.
Appleberry mulled wine
Tired of red wine? This lighter winter warmer uses medium-dry white wine, cider and elderflower cordial for a different party aperitif.
White mulled wine
Don't leave teetotallers out in the cold - this spiced, citrus treat holds all the flavour of the traditional tipple without any of the alcohol.
Mulled apple juice
Give it some fizz
Raise a toast to Christmas Day in a truly decadent and special way. Quick to make and guaranteed to impress, be sure to fill glasses to the brim with fizzy cheer.
Add a bittersweet, Italian liqueur for a quick cocktail with a grown-up taste.
Super smooth vermouth, gin and Prosecco make this impressive cocktail one to remember. A teaspoon of sugar and frozen raspberries provide a sweet finish.
Raspberry Martini fizz
Create a classic with just two ingredients - these bright yellow cocktails are best served chilled.
John Torode's healthy spritzers are ideal for those who like their bubbles without the booze.
Orange & cranberry spritz
If your chosen boozy-base is this clear spirit then mixing up some old-school classics is a must for Christmas.
Serve these fruity cocktails over crushed ice for a sophisticated feel.
Vodka & cranberry blush
A perfect party drink, infuse your cosmos with ginger wine - ready in just five minutes.
Whether shaken or stirred, Martinis are divine - crush cardamom pods to serve in these chilled beauties.
Bitter orange & cardamom Martinis
Combine the fruity flavours of a cosmopolitan in this alcohol-free favourite
After dinner delight
Finish Christmas dinner in style with a luxurious coffee cocktail or flavoured hot chocolate treat.
A creamy, Kahlua based coffee, made extra special when served with festive, sugar-dusted biscuits.
Coffee cocktails & star biscuits
Just three ingredients are needed for these pretty, layered drinks.
Make with real bars of plain chocolate, cream and milk for a hot cocoa worthy of Christmas.
Peppermint hot chocolate
Set out glasses, a big bowl of punch and let guests help themselves!
A beery-rum revelation - add slices of lemon and whole seasonal berries to this attractive bowl
Drag your bottle of Pimm's out from the cupboard and resurrect the popular cocktail for winter months with brandy, apple juice and cinnamon.
Winter Pimm's punch
Make as much of this tropical thirst quencher as you need, made with fizzy apple juice for added pizzazz.
Non-alcoholic tropical fizz
Looking for more inspiration for your Christmas bar? Find more festive ideas in our Christmas drinks collection.