Festive spirits

File the mojito in the cocktail archives and greet your guests with one of these Christmas concoctions from the madcap mixologists at The London Cocktail Club

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Santa’s lapdance 

1 part Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum

1 part Stone’s ginger wine

1 part golden syrup-based gomme

1 part lemon juice

1 part orange juice

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

To serve: Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve over crushed ice in a Lyle’s Golden Syrup tin (available wholesale). Garnish with broken pieces of Curly Wurly and a sprig of mint.

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St Nick’s ruby mix

1 part tawny port

1 part amaretto

1 part apple juice

2 parts ginger beer

To serve: Mix in a large jug and serve in highball glasses over cubed ice with a simple garnish – a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint add a bit of freshness. You could use a sprig of holly to complete the festive look.

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Sex on the piste

1 part shredless marmalade

1 part Drambuie

1 part Scotch

2 parts ginger beer

1 part lemon juice

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

To serve: Pour the ingredients into a jam jar, pop the lid on and shake well. Serve with cubed ice. To decorate put a serviette over the lid using an elastic band, then garnish with a halved custard cream, fresh cherry and mint leaf.

This article was first published in Square Meal Christmas magazine 2012