How to use up your Christmas liqueur

Feeling uninspired by the dusty bottles at the back of your drinks cupboard? Turn classic Christmas spirits into something spectacular with our cracking good cocktail recipes.

Rhubarb & custard cocktails

The chaos of Christmas can have the best of us rummaging at the back of the drinks cupboard but if you want to knock up something extra special, we have a few tips for making the most of your liqueur leftovers…

Advocaat

If you like custard and you like alcohol, then you will absolutely love Advocaat. As the name suggests, this thick and creamy drink was initially created using avocadoes but is now made with a mixture of eggs, sugar and brandy.

Storage

Advocaat doesn’t keep as well as some liqueurs, it's best to keep it in the fridge once opened and use it within six months. If you're keen to make the most of your bottle, here are some ideas for an extra festive kick…

Rhubarb & custard Rhubarb & custard cocktail

This elegant-looking cocktail will wow guests and is really simple to make. The combination of vodka, Advocaat and homemade fruit syrup creates a warming and nostalgic tipple. You might have to hunt for a stick of rhubarb but the results are well worth it.

Rhubarb & custard cocktail

Christmas Snowball Snowball

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Snowball or two. This Advocaat-based classic has been given extra pep with warming ginger and a splash of Babysham. It's the perfect, bubbly way to use up the end of the bottle.

Christmas Snowball

Cherry brandy

Found a dusty bottle of cherry brandy at the back of the cupboard? Now’s the time to crack it open - whether you’re adding a splash to your cooking or using it as a fruity base for a festive cocktail.

Storage

Liqueurs generally have a long shelf life and the higher the alcohol percentage, the longer the brandy will generally keep. However, ingredients like sugar can cause a liqueur to turn so once you've opened a bottle of brandy, it's best to keep it in a cool place with a stable temperature.

Merry cherry fizz

This pretty glass of fizz will help you get to the bottom of a variety of boozy Christmas classics. Cherry brandy, kirsch, amaretto and vodka are all included in this refreshing drink and the results are perfect. Add a maraschino cherry or two for that extra finishing touch.

Merry cherry fizz

Baileys

Creamy and sweet, Baileys can feel a bit like a liquid dessert, which is probably why it's so popular over the Christmas season. If you want to do more than just pour it over ice, we have some ideas to get you started.

Storage

Baileys guarantees its taste for two years from the day it was made, whether it's opened or unopened, stored in the fridge or not. Store it away from direct sunlight at a temperature range of 0-25 degrees celsius to ensure it keeps.

Coffee cocktails

These coffee cocktails are a great way of getting everyone energised at the beginning of a party and they look really special with a couple of chocolate-coated coffee beans to decorate. 

Coffee cocktails

Baileys banana trifles

If you’ve just got a few drizzles of Baileys left, then these beautiful, creamy trifles are a spectacular way to finish the bottle in style. We’re equally partial to a homemade Baileys cheesecake too.

Baileys banana trifles

Whisky

Whisky traditionally referred to a spirit produced in Scotland, but today Japan makes whiskies that are highly rated in international competitions. This malty spirit seems to be a popular choice of gift in many households come Christmas so we’ve thought of a few ways to bring a new twist to an old classic. Whisky purists look away now...

Storage 

Whether it's vintage or not, bottled whisky does not mature or change further, the way a wine might. A tightly sealed bottle will last for years but once a bottle is opened the alcohol will very slowly evaporate. It’s never a good idea to keep a bottle with a dispenser inserted for more than a few weeks or to leave a half empty bottle sitting around for very long. If you're a slow drinker, it’s a good idea to decant a bottle into smaller ones, which can be tightly sealed until needed. Cool storage is best.

Winter whisky sour

Throwing a Christmas party? Turn a classic cocktail into a flirty festive tipple with a splash of orange juice and a touch of gold edible glitter.

Winter whisky sour

Bourbon cocktail Bournon cocktail

Raid the cupboards for a bottle of crème de cacao and grenadine to shake up this glamorous and zingy cocktail, we prefer ours shaken not stirred.

Bourbon cocktail

Old fashionedOld fashioned

An oldie but a goldie, in our opinion there is no better way to get to the bottom of a bottle of whisky than with this classic recipe. Serve with plenty of ice.

Old fashioned

How to cook with whisky

If you're not a big drinker or you’ve simply had enough of the festive booze, this is a spirit that can be used to great effect in both sweet and savoury dishes. Add a splash in one of our favourite whisky recipes, from caramel & whisky sauce to marmalade & whisky bread & butter pudding, or read our top 10 ways to cook with whisky for plenty more ideas.

Do you have any tips for using up your Christmas spirits? We’d love to hear them…

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