Festive cocktails recipes | VERY MERRY COCKTAILS

Why not make your Christmas EXTRA special with a festive cocktail? We’ve chosen two very very tasty cocktail recipes from Very Merry Cocktails, a recipe book sent from the festive gods. They are simply delicious… we may have tried some ourselves. *hiccup*

Very Merry Cocktails photographed by Ren Fuller for Chronicle Books

Fireside Glow

A roaring fire, this boozy drink has comforting notes of cinnamon and almond, thanks to an elegant coating of amaretto.


90 ml bourbon

90 ml Cinnamon Syrup (note 1)

2 or 3 dashes amaretto liqueur

Fill an old fashioned glass with ice. Pour in the bourbon and cinnamon syrup. Stir gently to combine. In a separate old fashioned glass, add a few drops of amaretto and turn the glass to coat it in the liqueur. Pour out the excess amaretto. Strain the bourbon mixture into the amaretto glass. Add one or two cubes of ice, if desired.

Note 1 – Cinnamon Syrup

200 g sugar

240 ml water

1 cinnamon stick

Combine the sugar, water, and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool. Strain the syrup and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 355 ml.

Very Merry Cocktails photographed by Ren Fuller for Chronicle Books

Apple Pie

This drink is easy as pie, thanks to an aromatic blend of honey, vanilla, and sparking apple cider. Drop in a cinnamon stick for a delightful way to stir it up.


90 ml whiskey

60 ml honey syrup

1 drop vanilla extract

Sparkling apple cider, for topping off

1 apple round, for garnish

1 cinnamon stick, for garnish (optional)

Fill a tumbler or mason jar with a handful of ice. Pour the whiskey, honey syrup, and vanilla into an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into the glass. Top off with sparkling apple cider and garnish with a thin round of apple and a cinnamon stick, if desired.


Packed with 50 recipes to choose from, Very Merry Cocktails is officially out now, find out more here.