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7 Christmas Cocktails to Try in London

Seven local bartenders recommend cocktails that pack a festive punch

Bar Termini Centrale

Cocktail: Marsala Martini 
Ingredients:
•  50ml gin
•  15ml Marsala mix (Marsala and dry vermouth mixed together in equal parts)
•  Three dashes almond bitters
•  Prosecco

Tony Conigliaro, owner: “The Marsala Martini is a complex mix of sweet and savoury with an amazingly delicate almond aroma that I associate with my childhood memories of Italy. It makes the drink so moreish, and specific to 
Bar Termini. We like to garnish it with a pickled almond for a finishing touch.”

31 Duke Street, W1U, bar-termini-centrale.com

Purl

Cocktail: Mind the Gap
Ingredients: 
•  35ml gin infused with kumquats
•  25ml Kamm & Sons
•  15ml lemon juice
•  10ml Angostura and orange syrup
•  Top up with elderflower tonic water

Lukas Stafin, bar manager: “This cocktail was inspired by the UK’s most popular drink: gin and tonic. Purl’s version takes gin, infused with fresh kumquats, and mixes it with Kamm & Sons aperitif, Angostura orange bitters, lemon juice and elderflower tonic for a refreshing, zingy twist. It’s served in a London souvenir tin and garnished with an edible logo.”

50-54 Blandford Street, W1U, purl-london.com

Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar 

Cocktail: Love Potion No.9
Ingredients:
•  20ml spiced Merlet Cognac
•  20ml Drambuie
•  20ml blackberry shrub 
•  Sparkling wine to top

Jim Wrigley, group bar manager: “Love Potion No. 9 is Bourne & Hollingsworth’s bestselling cognac cocktail. Fresh winter spices married with the soft complex flavours of the Merlet Cognac give depth and length, while the subtle acidity and succulent fruit marries perfectly with the sparkling wine to elevate the flavour.” 

28 Rathbone Place, W1T, bandhbar.com

The Wigmore

Cocktail: Mulled Over
Ingredients: 
• 20ml Lindisfarne spiced mead 
• Top with Fines Oedoria sparkling red wine

Steve Georgiou, bar manager: “For me, Christmas is all about warming spices: cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon – so I used those as a base and went from there. I’ve got a few mulled syrup recipes that I turn to every year and tweak slightly; sometimes I make it with a little red wine, sometimes with cider. This year we are combining spiced mead with a sparkling Beaujolais, a combination that sets it apart from your standard mulled wine. We’re serving it cold, however, so it’s a refreshing twist on a classic.”

15 Langham Place, Regent Street, W1B, the-wigmore.co.uk

Seymour’s Parlour, The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

Cocktail: Scarlet’s Antidote
Ingredients:
•  30ml of Ocho tequila 
•  30ml of beetroot cordial 
•  1.25ml of Kümmel 

Manon Kapfer, head bartender: “Inspired by a traditional German beetroot salad that my mother used to make, these flavours are replicated here with homemade beetroot cordial and the caraway-flavoured liqueur Kümmel.
Beetroot, a true superfood full of vitamins and antioxidants, was often used for medicinal purposes in Victorian times. I believe our Wicked Uncle Seymour would have easily been persuaded to enjoy many a Scarlet’s Antidote to help counteract the effects of his other indulgences.”

28-30 Seymour Street, W1H, thezettertownhouse.com

The Oscar Bar at The Charlotte Street Hotel

Cocktail: Oscar’s Gimlet
Ingredients:  
•  40ml Oscar’s Gin
•  10ml homemade ginger, thyme and 
lime cordial
•  Lime twist

Cristian Solomon, head bartender: “This year, we have collaborated with local micro-distillers, Bloomsbury Distillery, to create Oscar’s Gin. It’s an entirely unique spirit, exclusively available at Oscar Bar & Restaurant. It balances traditional juniper with an intriguing profile of coriander, lime leaf, angelica root, galangal, cubeb and black tea. This winter, I recommend our new Oscar’s Gimlet made with homemade ginger, thyme and lime cordial.”

15-17 Charlotte Street, W1T, firmdalehotels.com

Long Bar at Sanderson

Cocktail: The Sanderson Flight
Ingredients: 
TonTon:
•  25ml Tonka beans infused with Belvedere
•  30ml passionfruit cordial
 
The Great Wave:
•  40ml Ki No Bi gin
•  1 bar spoon Noilly Prat
•  Brine  
•  Samphire

Champagne sorbet Bernard:
•  25ml Silent Pool gin
•  20ml raspberry cordial
•  White chocolate foam 
•  Tarragon sprinkle

Thierry Brocher, head bartender: “The Sanderson Flight is a great way for our guests to experience a selection of some signature cocktails with a festive twist. We use our very own homemade cordials, Champagne Laurent-Perrier sorbet and Ki No Bi gin served with pickled samphire – it’s festive all round."

50 Berners Street, W1T, morganshotelgroup.com