10 best festive drinks

Ring in the festive season in style with these impressive and crowd-pleasing Christmas drinks. From spicy twists on cocktail classics to gingerbread lattes and vegan egg nog, there is something for everyone.

Chai-spiced old fashioned
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Chai-spiced old fashioned

Chai spices accentuate the deep, smoky aromas of the bourbon in this deliciously festive twist on a classic cocktail. Sweet honey and bitter Angostura add intricate flavour to this sophisticated cocktail that's sure to impress your party guests. You can even make this cocktail a day ahead and chill it overnight so that the flavours can develop.

In a large lidded jug or bottle, combine the bourbon, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, black peppercorns, fennel seeds, sliced fresh ginger, clear honey and 12 drops of Angostura bitters.

Put the lid on and shake well; chill until ready to serve.

Strain the drink into tumblers filled with ice. Top up with a splash of cold water, if desired, and add a cinnamon stick for stirring.

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  • Ingredients
  • 750ml (12fl oz) bourbon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, plus extra for stirring
  • 15 cardamom pods
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2.5cm (1in) piece sliced fresh ginger
  • 75ml (3fl oz) clear honey
  • 12 drops Angostura bitters
  • ice
  • splash of cold water (optional)
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