According to Cliff Richard, Christmas time is all about mistletoe and wine. We’d disagree – obviously – so, while we try to think of something festive that rhymes with “gin”, here are a few seasonal cocktail suggestions that should make Fifty Pounds the true Christmas spirit.

Pomegranate Gin Fizz

We have Good Housekeeping to thank for this splash of festive colour. It’s a great way to launch your Christmas lunch or, indeed, breakfast or the unwrapping should you feel so inclined…

Ingredients

75 ml (3 fl oz) Fifty Pounds gin

150 ml (5 fl oz (¼ pint)) pomegranate juice

300 ml (10 fl oz (½ pint)) Prosecco

pomegranate seeds, to garnish

Method

Mix the Fifty Pounds and pomegranate juice and pour into six champagne glasses – we, however, have experimented with a tall glass for this one –  and top with prosecco.  Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve.

Pomegranate Gin Fizz Fifty Pounds Gin
Pomegranate Gin Fizz

Hot Gin Punch

For this one, we must nod to the Craft Gin Club but, more importantly, to Charles Dickens. In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge’s clerk Bob Cratchit makes a warm, festive drink:

“Turning up his cuffs – as if, poor fellow, they were capable of being made any more shabby – [he] compounded some hot mixture in a jug with gin and lemons and stirred it round and round and put it on the hob to simmer.”

Ingredients

500ml Fifty Pounds gin

500ml sweet Madeira wine

Dark brown sugar to taste

Peel and juice of 1 lemon (or more if you prefer)

Peel and juice of 1 orange

1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced

3 cloves

3 cinnamon sticks

Pinch of ground nutmeg

Method

Place the Fifty Pounds and all other ingredients in a medium-sized pan. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Taste, and add more brown sugar and/or lemon juice to suit your preference.

Pour the mixture into a punch bowl, if you have one, or a jug or if you fancy a teapot. Serve warm.

Hot Gin Punch Fifty Pounds
Hot Gin Punch

Christmas Martini

Meanwhile, over at Gintime… there’s this rather delicious, seasonal red take on one of our favourite cocktails.

Ingredients

20ml Fifty Pounds Gin

40ml cranberry juice

10ml Grand Marnier

10ml Lemon juice

Frozen cranberries to garnish

Method

Shake the Fifty Pounds and all the other liquid ingredients and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with the frozen cranberries.

Christmas Martini Gin
Christmas Martini