Looking for some inspiration for your Christmas cocktails menu? Look no further than the award-winning talent of Agostino Perrone – The Connaught Bar’s master mixologist. Follow the cocktail artist’s map for every occasion this season.
Or, if you happen to be in London this season, take advantage of a private lesson by Agostino with The Connaught’s “The Magic of Mixology” masterclass. It promises hostess with the mostess techniques “on how to shake your way to the perfect blend, the art of ice carking and creating eye-catching garnishes to give your cocktails that ‘show-stopper’ appeal.”
Brunch with Friends
The calm before the storm
“The Bloody Mary is a great one to have for brunch as it is the ultimate convivial cocktail! It has also become part of the morning-after toolbox, perfect for those indulging a little more than usual over the festive period.”
50ml Ketel One vodka
100ml tomato juice
10ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
15ml spicy mix (Worcester sauce, mustard, fresh coriander, salt, pepper, horseradish, Tabasco, soy sauce)
Put all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and roll. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with celery air. Grate nutmeg to top.
Low-key Christmas Eve Get-together
An evening family gathering
“The Connaught Bar’s Fleurissimo, is a signature cocktail will add a touch of glamour to a low-key get together. The combination of champagne and cognac makes for the perfect Christmas eve tipple.”
1 white sugar cube
5 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
5ml crème de violette
15ml Rémy Martin VSOP cognac
Champagne to fill
Soak the sugar cube with Peychaud’s bitters, gently drop in a champagne coupe filled with the rest of the ingredients. Top up with champagne and garnish with a rose petal.
Christmas Day Dinner
The big day arrives
“The Bentley Cocktail is a reinterpreted classic and perfect to enjoy when celebrating traditions. The cocktail includes whisky which is a popular spirit to enjoy over the winter months.”
50ml Dalmore Connaught cask whisky
15ml Sipsmith sloe Gin
20ml fresh lemon juice
10ml simple syrup
10ml 30 year old paolo cortado sherry
2 dashes of Dr Ago Ginseng Bergamot bitters
Green mandarin essence
Shake all ingredients except the sherry. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over a chunk of ice. Garnish with an aromatic lemon peel.
“After a big meal, a light and refreshing cocktail is always best. Blossom on the Branch is a new cocktail we launched this year and overflows with aromas. It’s refreshing and truly tastes as light as blossom on a breeze.”
30ml Barsol Pisco
40ml Tamarillo Konbucha
10ml St. Germain elderflower
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a wooden vessel over ice chunks. Garnish with jasmine blossoms.