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Christmas cocktail ideas for Australian holiday celebrations

When hosting Christmas drinks, variety is key. Beverages, especially the alcoholic kind, boast every kind of flavour profile. Bolder, more outgoing Xmas cocktails opt for candy cane rims, gooey syrup drizzles, gingerbread pieces, lashings of cream, burnt or grated spices, and hot liquor. While these kitschy libations have their place on Aussie tables, they’re more synonymous with the wintery Christmases of the Northern Hemisphere. Downunder, our festive cocktails lean bright and fresh, showcase seasonal fruits and herbs, and add effervescence with sparkling wine or soft drink. This list is a combination of elegant summer holiday cocktails and some all-time classics perfect for parties.

1. Margarita champagne

This twist on the classic margarita adds sparkling wine for bubbles and cheer. It’s an easy champagne cocktail that goes down a treat when entertaining.

2. Mango mojito

Nothing says summer quite like a refreshing cocktail. Adding mango to the classic rum-based mojito gives it an extra summery and tropical feel.

3. Amaretto sour

Everything old is new again with our recipe for the retro amaretto sour. Serve this complex cocktail before or after dinner for a tangy, cherry-heavy hit.

4. Long Island iced tea

Simple, refreshing and perfect for summer partying, with our traditional recipe the world famous Long Island iced tea can now be whipped up in your home.

5. Eggnog

Thick and creamy with a hint of spice, our classic eggnog recipe is the perfect festive drink. Enjoy it with or without alcohol to celebrate Christmas.

6. French 75

If you love a gin-based cocktail, the zesty French 75 is for you. It pairs citrussy lemon with sweet vanilla for an elegant, tasty tipple.

7. Mango margarita

We’ve sweetened this frozen margarita recipe by adding tropical mango chunks and tangy orange juice. Blend up a batch to sip by the pool with friends.

8. Orange and rosemary gin ’n’ tonic

Give your classic G&T a tangy facelift with the addition of orange juice. Rosemary and cardamom complement the citrus with herbaceous and peppery notes.

9. Raspberry and prosecco punch

What better way to celebrate summer than with a fruity cocktail? This one is made with chilled rosé and frozen raspberries for a refreshing sip.

10. Passionfruit margaritas

Made with pink grapefruit juice and passionfruit pulp, these tropical margaritas are sure to be a hit. Serve with crushed ice for a refreshing sip.