Homemade Christmas drinks gifts
Add a lovely personal touch to your Christmas gifts this year. From warming tipple to hot chocolate bombs and Christmas punch
We are often stuck for ideas on what to gift loved ones for Christmas and forget what could be achieved with a bit of festive DIY. Whether it be craft gin, hot chocolate bombs, homemade bottles of mulled wine or long life syrups, we've got you covered. Pair these drinks with edible treats; you can find gingerbread biscuits, caramels, truffles and other tasty gifts in our Christmas gift recipes collection. For speedy bakes and crafts, check out our quick Christmas gift recipes , which includes festive rocky roads, cookie kits, frosted nuts and chocolate barks.
Making your own gin has never been easier! This 2-step festive pink gin has the winter berry and spice combination of dreams and would make a great Christmas gift for a gin-lover; it'll store well for a few months so can be batch-made. This sloe gin matures and produces a strong fruity flavour. If you're after a more spiced warming drink, try this hot gin toddy made from citrus fruits, festive spices and juniper berries. Fancy something more adventurous? this Christmas pudding gin combines all the flavours of season, including citrus, cloves, cinnamon, amaretto, vanilla, rich dark brown sugar and dried dates and figs.
Flavoured vodka is also a very popular and versatile Christmas drink. This chilli vodka takes 5 minutes to prepare and only requires two ingredients. Christmas pudding vodka is a big toast to the season's flavours, with a hint of brandy and amaretto to add a kick, and this cranberry vodka is another alcoholic flavour to blow away the senses. All of these vodkas are easy to make and store, perfect for Christmas gifts. You can find more in our flavoured vodka recipes collection.
Christmas punch is an impressive centrepiece at a party. Flavours include apple, sloe gin, herbal liqueur, rosemary and ginger; all the ingredients to pack a punch. It can be made in advance of a gathering or as a gift but make sure to present the prosecco separately as it could go flat. Decant into bottles and it's ready to be enjoyed. More inspiration comes from this mulled pear and cranberry punch with cider, vanilla goodness, rich fruity sloe gin and sweet spice from the cinnamon sticks. Try this non-alcoholic Christmas punch, which uses white grape juice, ginger ale and sparkling water for that fizz element. Keeping with the botanical theme, this pomegranate and rosemary non-alcoholic punch uses alcohol-free gin, soda water, red wine vinegar, balanced with soft brown sugar, zesty orange and festive spices.
Mulled wine is an essential Christmas drink and can be poured into bottles as a lovely gift. This classic mulled wine recommends using a high quality red wine with a lighter and fruitier taste. Infuse with spices and lemon peel, some sugar and for extra booziness, add some sloe gin. Another option is this easy mulled wine recipe, which includes dried figs, clementine, spices and brandy. Both can be decanted ahead of a gathering or as gift. Why not get crafting and create a mulled wine kit for the wine lovers in your life? It contains the best ingredients for a wintery afternoon activity. Check out our collection of mulled wine recipes for more inspiration.
Grab your leftover jam jars and get creative with this snow globe hot chocolate kit. This would be great fun with the kids and doesn't require too much effort. A hot chocolate set would also definitely impress. Treat them to a lovely festive mug and a hot chocolate stirrer to be enjoyed on a cosy winter's evening. Hot chocolate cones are an easy, adorable gift for friends and family and the kids can get stuck in too.
Christmas syrups are a tasty way to add an extra festive flavour to alcoholic drinks, hot chocolates and desserts. They would make a nice gift for a drink lover and rich, sweet festive flavours. The spiced apple syrup with clementine and cloves has a fiery flavour and goes well mixed into wine and warmed apple juice. For a classic flavour explosion, try our gingerbread syrup is made from water, cinnamon and ginger, perfect for those who like to add a delicious extra to their drinks.