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Cocktails for Your Christmas Celebration

This Christmas, ditch the eggnog (yuck) and let's talk about a drinks line-up that's a class apart! Picture this: sophisticated gin cocktails stealing the spotlight at your festive gatherings, winning hearts effortlessly. The classic 1:3 gin and tonic is a solid option, but why not shaking things up with these timeless concoctions to charm the socks off your guests this season?


1. Ramos Gin Fizz



An elegant alternative to the 70s kitsch Snowball is the Ramos Gin Fizz. This classic cocktail has an intriguing history tied to Henry Ramos, who created it. Originating in New Orleans, it gained immense popularity at the bar he owned with his brothers. The demand for this concoction was so high that the establishment had around 20 bartenders and "shaker boys", employed specifically to keep up with orders. The cocktail breaks mixology rules by mixing cream and citrus, a combo usually frowned upon. But let me tell you, it just works! Sip it, and you'll be hooked - refreshing, silky smooth, and sporting a classy, frothy appearance, it's the perfect snowy centrepiece for your gatherings.


Ingredients

50ml Boxer Gin

25ml heavy cream

½ egg white

15ml fresh lime juice

10ml fresh lemon juice

12.5ml sugar syrup

3ml orange flower water


Method

Combine all the ingredients with ice cubes in a shaker and shake vigorously until well chilled and blended, aiming for a duration that feels like a bartender's workout (experts suggest a minimum of 12 minutes for that pro touch). Next, strain about two-thirds of the mix into a pre-chilled glass, allowing it to settle for a moment. Then, carefully pour the remaining mixture to create that coveted Guinness-like foamy top. Finish it off with a garnish of a lemon slice.


2. Mulled Negroni



Introducing our very own Boxer Negroni - a fabulous addition to your Christmas drink repertoire! If you're after a hassle-free pour that screams festive cheer, this one's a winner. Simply pour two 50ml shots over a tumbler brimming with ice cubes, add the classic garnish of a slice of orange for that extra pop of colour - its vibrant red hue perfectly compliments the holiday vibes.


But, if you're craving an even more festive twist on the classic Negroni for the Christmas season, let me introduce you to the Mulled Negroni. This delightful variation brings warmth to this Aperitivo, adding a cozy touch to your celebrations. It's a refreshing alternative to mulled wine and less likely to cause a hangover.


Ingredients

50ml pure red grape juice


Method

Warm the grape juice for two minutes in the microwave or opt for a pan for bigger portions. Stir in the Negroni, and voila! A wonderfully simple recipe ready for sipping.


3. French 75



Amidst the array of holiday feasting, the French 75 emerges as a bubbly and revitalising cocktail, perfect for refreshing your palate and more exciting than a glass of champagne. This light and citrusy delight effortlessly counterbalances the richness of your festive feast.


Ingredients

35ml Boxer Gin

15ml fresh lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

Your choice of champagne or prosecco for topping (we recommend Pale Fox Prosecco)


Method

Start by pouring in the lemon juice, sweet sugar syrup, and Boxer Gin into a cocktail shaker. Fill it to the brim with ice and give it a good shake. Once shaken, strain this mix into a champagne flute. Now, for the bubbly touch, add a splash of champagne or prosecco, but be patient—let it settle before topping it off with more bubbles. A gentle swirl with a cocktail stirrer brings everything together in sparkling harmony.


4. Clover Club



The Clover Club cocktail is a blend perfectly complementing our Boxer Gin. This delightful concoction harmonises the zesty kick of raspberries and lemon with the smooth character of our gin. It’s sure to add a relaxed, fruity twist to your holiday drinks selection.


Ingredients

60ml Boxer Gin

15ml lemon juice

15ml raspberry syrup

1 egg white


Method

Combine gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg white in an ice-filled shaker. Shake until cooled and strain into a chilled glass. For a stylish touch, feel free to add raspberries as garnish.

If raspberry syrup is not on hand, don’t worry, making your own is easy: In a pan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat, add 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, and let them soften into a pulp. Strain to remove seeds.


Ready to take on crafting these cocktails yourself? You can grab our Boxer Gin right here, and discover our Negroni ready-to-enjoy right over here.




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