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Nigella Lawson’s Christmassy cocktail recipes are perfect for your next festive dinner party

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Nigella Lawson’s festive cocktails are easy to make but look impressive enough for a dinner party, perfect for the sparkliest season.

Christmas is a time for socialising and if you consider yourself the host of your group, we know you’ll be on the hunt to find something special for this year’s festive menu. 

So, who could be better to turn to than the incredible Nigella Lawson, who specialises in celebratory, deliciously indulgent food and drinks? 

Here are five of Lawson’s favourite, make-the-fizz-go-further Christmas cocktails that help you get into the spirit of the season for less. 

Poinsettia Cocktail Recipe

“This has always been what I give guests to drink before Christmas Day lunch”

Ingredients (makes 8-10 glasses)

  • 1 x 75cl bottle of fizzy dry white wine, chilled
  • 125ml Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec, chilled
  • 500ml cranberry juice, chilled

Method

Mix all ingredients together in a jug and pour into wine glasses or champagne flutes/saucers.

Summer in Winter Cocktail Recipe

“This make the fizz fabulously fragrant!”

Ingredients (makes 8-10 glasses)

  • 1 x 75cl bottle of fizzy dry white wine, chilled
  • 125ml Elderflower liqueur
  • 500ml bitter lemon
  • Fresh mint to garnish

Method

Mix all ingredients together in a jug and pour into wine glasses or champagne flutes/saucers.

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Ruby Duchess Cocktail Recipe

“At this time of year, I feel, you can never be too red.”

Ingredients (makes 8-10 glasses)

  • 1 x 75cl bottle dry white fizzy wine, chilled
  • 125ml Chambord, chilled
  • 500ml pomegranate juice, chilled

Method

Mix all ingredients together in a jug and pour into wine glasses or champagne flutes/saucers.

Flirtini Cocktail Recipe

“This is a wine-cup version, really, of a French Martini…”

Ingredients (makes 8-10 glasses)

  • 1x75cl bottle dry fizzy white wine, chilled
  • 125ml vodka, chilled
  • 500ml pineapple juice, chilled
  • Spritz of lime

Method

Mix all ingredients together in a jug and pour into wine glasses or champagne flutes/saucers.

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Italian Sparkler Cocktail Recipe

“I first had this cocktail at the River Café years ago, and have been making it at home ever since. The lime takes the sweetness out of the wine, but keeps its mellow flavour.”

Ingredients (makes around six glasses)

  • 1 x 75cl bottle of moscato d’asti or other sweet fizzy Muscat, chilled
  • The juice of 4- 5 limes (approx 250- 300ml), according to taste

Method

Pour the wine into a jug and then add the lime juice until you have reached a sweet-sharp balance you like.

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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