Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Emergency Christmas Cocktails

cocks.png

Every family has them. They might not like to talk about them, but they’re there. Hidden from view and mostly forgotten about. That bottle of Bristol Cream bought for the visit of your nan; ouzo from a holiday to Greece in 1995; blue curaçao of indeterminate origin but no doubt purchased for its eye catching colour rather than its taste.

But there’s a problem: you’ve popped home for Christmas, it’s cold, it’s late and no one wants to go out to replenish the depleted beer and wine supplies. A cocktail is your only choice. But rather than reach for the vodka, show your mettle and take out that dusty bottle at the back. No idea what to do with it? Don’t worry, help is at hand. ShortList spoke to Oliver Blackburn, cocktail expert and manager of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel’s Gilbert Scott bar, who’s crafted these recipes especially for you.

(Main image: Sam Armstrong)

Related

holmium-breaking-bad-thomaswalker-shortlist-dec2014.jpg

Alternative Breaking Bad At Christmas Artwork

BILLY_BOB_THORNTON_ss3293.jpg

The 12 Drinks of Christmas

honut3.jpg

The Christmas Dinner Doughnut

Ad2.jpg

The 10 Greatest Ads Of 2014

BILLY_BOB_THORNTON_afc9454.jpg

12 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Bad Santa

Bruce2.jpg

The 15 Greatest Film Gods

Comments

More

Easter even caters for Buckfast lovers now

Sounds like they're racking up orders

by Matt Tate
22 Mar 2017

Tesco is axing a load of beer brands because of Brexit

Thanks everybody

by Gary Ogden
22 Mar 2017

This shop sells Liquorice Allsort and Chocolate Orange sandwiches

Is this really a thing?

by Alex Finnis
21 Mar 2017

Cry into your caviar: Waitrose is making it harder to get free coffee

What on earth would the Queen think?

by Gary Ogden
21 Mar 2017

Heineken are launching an alcohol-free lager

They say it'll be the best-tasting on the market

by Gary Ogden
20 Mar 2017

2017's worst news yet: Wetherspoon's prices are increasing

You've gone too far this time, world

by Gary Ogden
13 Mar 2017

Giant Kinder Eggs have arrived in time for Easter

And yes, you still get a toy

by Matt Tate
09 Mar 2017

'Reverse searing' is apparently the best way to cook a steak

You're going to want to try this

by Matt Tate
09 Mar 2017

These men just hit their 20,000th pub on the world's longest pub crawl

A mere 33 years and 46,632 pints (each) later

by Gary Ogden
06 Mar 2017

The British public have voted mushroom as the best pizza topping

Mushroom? MUSHROOM?!

by Alex Finnis
06 Mar 2017