Best Cocktails for After-Dinner Drinks

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Christmas is a time of wonder and magic; it’s a period where nothing can be too much. If anything, now’s the time to go all out and spoil your guests. Be the go-to host for any get-together, big or small, by throwing a Christmas dinner that no one will forget but everyone will use as an example of a perfect evening.

  1. Winter-Spiced Pear Cocktail

This winter-spiced pear cocktail provides a light yet the warming end to a sumptuous dinner. Not too heavy for those who are ‘too full’ for dessert, but creamy and delightful enough to keep that post-gorge glow.


  • 50ml The London No.1 Gin
  • 25ml lemon
  • 25ml pear syrup
  • x1 egg white
  • x4 pears, cored and cubed
  • x1 star anise, plus more to serve
  • x1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 250g caster sugar


  1. To make the spiced pear syrup, put the ingredients in a pan with 250ml water and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the flavours have infused. Leave to cool.
  2. To make the cocktail, put all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker without ice and shake vigorously. Open the shaker, fill with ice and shake again, then strain into a chilled coupe. Place the star anise on the foam to serve.

2. Christmas Cake Martini

Liquified Christmas cake; no need to bake means no fear of burning it in the oven and having to rush to Waitrose to buy one, passing it off as homemade.



  1. Put all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Decorate with a cinnamon-dusted cherry.

3. Cinnamon Butter Rum

Extremely decadent and only for those who can stomach luxury in a glass, this cinnamon butter rum is the tipple for everyone this season. Deliciously sweet, it is the perfect end to any dinner.



  1. Gently heat the butter, golden caster sugar and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Stir in the spiced rum, then pour into four small heatproof glasses to serve.

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