Winter wonders: 5 Christmas cocktails to try in London

What better way to spend a cold December evening than cocktail sipping in the capital? London’s mixologists have outdone themselves this year with some deliciously elaborate Christmas cocktails. Here are five of the best.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at The Cinnamon Club

What is it? A festive bauble filled with Opihr spiced gin, cranberry, fennel, rosemary and tonic, garnished with orange peel. Guaranteed to spice up your evening!

What should I eat? Bengali-style lobster Thermidor, roast saddle of lamb with saffron rogan josh sauce, or Old Delhi-style butter chicken on the bone for two to share.

Rum Hot Chocolate at Aviary

Flock to Aviary at Christmas and get a load of this indulgent, rum-filled cocktail. The perfect creamy and sultry addition to the festive season, this chocolate treat, served with a sweet and sticky marshmallow garnish is the decadent delight your Christmas has been waiting for.

What is it? A boozy winter warmer made with Gosling Black Seal rum, Dark Deluxe chocolate and milk, garnished with a toasted marshmallow. For a real treat, book one of their rooftop igloos and watch the sun set over the city.

What should I eat? Seasonal dishes like loin of red deer with puy lentils, roast Brixham hake, and spiced crème brûlée.

The Tea Before Christmas at Crocker’s Folly

What is it? Pear vodka, passion fruit liqueur, lime juice, almond syrup and Champagne. Served in a glass teapot, this fruity and sparkling mix will fill you with Christmas cheer.

What should I eat? Crocker’s Folly serves authentic Lebanese food so you can assemble a mezze feast or try dishes like grilled sea bass with tahini sauce or charcoal grilled lamb skewers.

Charleston Punch at The Churchill Bar & Terrace

What is it? A Pisco Punch with a twist! Impress your date with a booze fact – Winston Churchill spent a lot of time in San Francisco, which is where the Pisco Punch was invented back in the 1800s.

What should I eat? Enjoy decadent bar bites like Scotch quail eggs, white truffle croque monsieur, or smoked Applewood cheddar and bacon fondue.

The Rye Nogg at Old Bengal Bar

What is it? A twist on the classic eggnog, made with Woodford Rye, Frangelico, caster sugar, egg yolks, and double cream. Sip it beneath the twinkling lights of their ‘Whiskey in the Woods’ winter terrace for the full festive experience.

What should I eat? Snack on truffled mac ‘n’ cheese balls and cheeseburger sliders, or head next door to Fish Market for a seafood supper.