Tis’ the season to eat, drink and be merry and as one of London’s top event caterers we make sure that the capital is well fed and watered throughout the festive season. One of our favourite types of drinks to serve during Christmas is a festive cocktail – they are a fantastic alternative to a sparkling wine reception.

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Food by Dish serving up a delicious creation at a recent event

Cocktails add theatre to a drinks reception and they’re a conversation piece for guests that don’t know each other prior to the event. Here are some of our favourites from this year:

Blood Orange Margarita

This is a fantastically festive alternative to the classic margarita- the seasonal blood orange is perfectly juxtaposed to the typically summery flavour of tequila and it works brilliantly. The candied slice tops off this wonderful cocktail. It’s a cocktail that would never be expected at a Christmas party which is why we recommend serving it.

2 shots of white tequila,
1/2 shot of sugar syrup
Blood orange juice
Fresh lime juice
Candied blood orange slice to garnish

Thyme for Gin

Gin is possibly the most fashionable spirit at the moment and this cocktail is really easy to make, you can do it yourself at home to impress the family at Christmas! The gin and soda water are a classic combination, the addition of the cranberry juice gives a brilliant sharpness and festive flavour. The finishing touch of a sprig of thyme really emphases the festive flavour and gives the cocktail a scent reminiscent of the classic Christmas dinner.

2 shots of Bombay Sapphire Gin
Cranberry juice
Fresh sprig of thyme
Soda water

Good Tidings

With the cranberry and allspice you get those more traditional winter flavours and scents in a drink, and the wonderful pink colour of this cocktail is a real crowd pleasure. The allspice adds a warming touch to this wintery drink, give it a try and you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about!

2 shots of grey goose
1 shot of Cointreau
Fresh lemon juice
Cranberry juice
1 spoon of allspice dram

Merlin Events offer cocktail receptions as an optional enhancement to any event from just £7.50+VAT per person.

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