Christmas Martini

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PREP TIME 10 min

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Two Christmas Martini cocktails

If you’re looking to make the most wonderful time of the year even better, then you’re in luck. Our Christmas Martini takes the best holiday flavours and blends them into a cocktail that even old Saint Nick would approve of. Serve them as elegant cocktails this festive season or better yet, serve them in pitchers at your holiday feast. It’s the season to be jolly after all and with Christmas Martinis you’re guaranteed to have a jingle bell blast!   



A cinnamon sugar rim adds a warming festive touch.    


Use 100% cranberry juice for a vibrant red colour.   


Replace the gin with vodka for a cleaner cranberry drinking experience.   



1 Person

30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

100% cranberry juice
15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

Lemon juice
Tsp of sugar syrup per drink
Fine sugar and cinnamon mix for the rim
Garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary



Prepare the rim: set up two plates—one with cinnamon sugar and the other with water. Turn the glass upside down and dip the rim into the water. Let the excess drip off then dip the rim into the cinnamon sugar to coat 


Add the gin, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds until cold   


Strain into the sugar-rimmed glass    


Garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary then serve   

Christmas flavours in a glass

Our Christmas Martini recipe is a duet of floral, herbaceous gin, and tart cranberry supported by a smooth orange liqueur undertone and a zesty bite of fresh lemon. It’s finished with fresh cranberries for extra pop and a cinnamon sugar rim for sweet and spicy sipping. It all comes together like a chorus of festive singers harmonising your favourite Christmas carol.

Hey Siri, play Frank Sinatra’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’   


The Martini is a cocktail that plays on both sides of the naughty and nice list. Cocktail connoisseurs will tell you that a nice Martini is dry vermouth and gin stirred over ice and served with a lemon twist. Over on the naughty side of the party, the Martini has more fruity and creamy variations than you can shake a candy cane at. Pretty much anything goes as long as it’s in a Martini glass— much to the horror of purists.    

Try another Christmas classic: Eggnog Martini.    

Make the Christmas Martini for a crowd

Scaling up this Christmas Martini recipe for a crowd couldn’t be easier. Simply use our handy scaling tool right above the recipe and enter how many people you want to serve. Then fill a pitcher with ice, pour in the desired recipe amounts, and mix with a spoon until cold and serve. The trickiest part about scaling up is giving each glass a gorgeous cinnamon sugar rim, so get that done ahead of time.    

When to serve

This might be a Christmas Martini recipe but don’t let that stop you from serving it all festive season long. It’s an easy to drink cocktail that will fit right in at a New Year’s celebration or even on Boxing Day. If you’re looking for more holiday Martinis or even how to plan a Christmas cocktail party, your festive friends at The Mixer have got you covered.   


We think that whatever makes you feel the most festive is the official drink, but if we had to be picky, then it’s probably eggnog. It only really gets made once a year at Christmas and it has a long history dating back to medieval England.

This is like asking which is the best Christmas carol. It really depends on you and your personal taste. Gin and vodka are the two classic Martini spirits but there are variations like rum or bourbon Martinis. Gin is a layered blend of floral, citrus, and herbal flavours. Vodka is a clean drinking experience that is almost tasteless, so the other ingredients take centre stage.

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