Belfast at Christmas: Festive Cocktails

‘Tis the season for getting inside out of the cold and warming your heart with a Christmas cocktail. We’ve got our tinsel scarf and Santa hat at the ready for some festive fun out on the town. Here’s our list of some great seasonal cocktails in Belfast this December.

Turn up the Cuban heat at Revolución de Cuba

Adding a Latin twist on some Christmas classics, do as Santa does and check the Revolución de Cuba cocktail list twice – take your pick of seasonal serves that are both naughty and nice. Tasty tipples include the fruity Mince Pie Martini (Santa Teresa Gran Reserva rum, apple, sugar, pineapple, candied fruit and spices), the dreamy and creamy Eggnog Colada (Bacardi Carta Fuego rum, caramel liqueur, coconut, milk, cream, pineapple and bitters), the festive North Star (Santa Teresa Gran Reserva rum, Aperol, vermouth, caramel liqueur and orange bitters) and the Santa-coloured Sleigh Puller (Bacardi Carta Fuego rum and Amaretto shaken with sweet almond syrup, vanilla, raspberry, lemon and pineapple). Christmas at Revolución de Cuba is perfect for a festive fiesta accompanied by all-day dining, party vibes, live music and DJs!

Festive cocktails at Revolución de Cuba

Fab decorations, twinkly lights and delightful cocktails at the Europa Hotel

The Europa Hotel is famous at Christmas for its fabulous decorations, twinkly lights and great food and drink making it the perfect place to celebrate with family and friends and enjoy some of the delightful festive cocktails.

Included in the seasonal cocktail menu are Candied Crush (Armagh Apple, Rubyblue Vodka, Vanilla Cordial, Berry Compote); Baileys Espressotini (Bailey’s Liqueur, Chocolate Liqueur, Freshly Drawn Espresso); It’s Not Terry’s, It’s Mine (Cointreau, Orange Juice, Chocolate Liqueur, Vanilla Cream Float); Night Before Christmas (Disaronno, Rubyblue Cranberry, Orgeat, Framboise, Cranberries); The Nutcracker (Rubyblue Vodka, Disaronno, Crème De Cacao, Hazelnut Cordial, crushed Hazelnut); The Nice List (Vanilla Vodka, Crème De Menthe, Grenadine, Prosecco); Merry Mule (Vodka, Rubyblue Cranberry, Lime Juice, Ginger, Cranberries) and Old Pal Negroni (Bulleit, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Twist).

So make sure you pay a visit to the Europa Hotel and tickle your taste buds with the fantastic array of festive tipples this Christmas.

Cocktails at the Europa Hotel

Winter warmers at The Merchant Hotel

World-renowned for its cocktails, The Cocktail Bar in The Merchant Hotel is serving up a range of winter warmers alongside its existing list this Christmas season. Festive favourites include a delectably smooth Hot Buttered Rum cocktail (Goslings Black Seal Rum, spiced butter, hot water), a twist on the classic Christmas dessert, Hot Apple Crumble (Hot apple, vanilla, passionfruit, lemon) and a warm and inviting Hot Gin Toddy (Beefeater 24, honey, ginger, lemon, hot water) for a pick-me-up on those cold winter nights. Relax by the fire and warm your cockles with a sweet, full-bodied Skye Sour (Talisker Whisky, lemon, sugar, egg white, peach, orange) or Embargo (Havana 7 Year Old, Hennessy VS, Amaro Montenegro, Cherry Heering, Cacao), or sparkle this season with a Pear Bellini (Beefeater 24, Curaçao, Prosecco, pear purée).

Hot buttered rum

Winter classics at Bullitt

Escape the cold and in the cool surroundings of Bullitt this Christmas season and sample an array of warming cocktails with a twist. Wind down with a signature Bullitt Hot Toddy (Powers Irish Whiskey, clove tincture, demerara sugar, hot water, lemon and cloves) or warm up with a comforting Hug in a Mug (Ruby port and cinnamon schnapps topped with hot water, orange and cloves to garnish). The all-American classic Eggnog (Baileys, calvados, cream, egg, sugar and spices) also makes a seasonal debut to help get you in the holiday spirit, or try a luxurious Hazelnut Martini (Absolut and Frangelico) for some glamorous indulgence.

Hug in a mug

From Babel to you

Get ready for the festive social season at Belfast’s hottest new rooftop bar, Babel. Celebrate in style with a Christmas Cosmo, a festive take on the modern classic, or be transported to snowy alpine forest with a Woodland Martini (Douglas Fir infused Belvedere shaken with charred sage cordial, Noilly Prat vermouth and fresh lemon juice). Move over mulled wine, this winter, warm up with a Winter Spiced G’N’T (Beefeater 24 infused with Freebird’s Caribbean Winter Tea, served with Fevertree and a slice of orange) – the perfect drink to kick-start all your winter festivities. Finally, the drink on everyone’s Christmas list this year; the limited edition From Babel To You (Powers Gold, Bacardi Ocho & Cherry Herring are vatted together then smoked with hickory and finished with vanilla, aromatic bitters, gifted to you in an exclusive Babel hipflask).

Party season pick me ups at The National & Sixty6

Enjoy a party season pick-me-up in The National Grande Café bar in Belfast’s vibrant Cathedral Quarter and stylish sister club, Sixty6. Belfast’s biggest beer garden is the perfect place for a hearty Mulled Magners (Magners cider, sloe gin, cloves, cinnamon, honey with apple juice and a slice of orange), or maybe you’d prefer to sip a Mulled wine (red wine, demerara sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and sloe gin) beside the fire in the luxurious 50s themed drinking lounge upstairs. The chic rooftop and an intimate cocktail bar are the place to go for a tantalising tipple, including a Grapefruit & Basil Mule (Belvedere grapefruit, Pimento Dram, lemon juice, Grenadine, grapefruit bitters, sprig basil and top with ginger beer), Green Eyed Guard (Beefeater, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, pineapple juice, rhubarb cordial with orange bitters and egg white), or the cocktail classic, Bramble (Beefeater, Crème de Mure, sugar syrup, fresh lime, blackberry puree with blackberry and lime wheel).

Mulled Wine

Warm the soul at The Dirty Onion

The perfect place to get cosy over Christmas, The Dirty Onion has no-fuss favourites to warm the soul. Hide out in one of Belfast’s oldest buildings, listen to live music and sip winter warmers, including a Hot Copeland Gin (Limited edition Copeland spiced apple and blackcurrant gin, sugar, blackcurrant and hot water), TDO Hot Toddy (Powers Three Swallow, honey, demerara sugar, hot water and lemon with cloves) and Hot Port (Taylor’s Ruby Port, sugar, hot water and lemon with cloves), or indulge in a Hot Apple Brandy (Berneroy Calvados, honey, lemon, hot water and cinnamon) to ignite the festive feels.

TDO Hot Toddy

More at the Mal

The Belfast Malmaison have created a festive menu from a drinks cabinet filled with only the strong, bold and characterful.Get your festive cocktails off to a flipping great start with the Festive Flip (Havana Especial, Disaronno, Pinot Noir, Sugar, egg white and Aztec chocolate butters) or a Winter Bramble (Brockmans Gin, Creme de cassis, balsamic, LBV port, lemon and thyme). You could try a Festive Maltonic (Edgerton pink gin, Fever Tree aromatic tonic, dehydrated orange, cloves and cinnamon, or warm up with a Christmas classic, Mal’s mulled wine (Maison red and mulled wine syrup). 2 for 1 cocktails on the OhhSocial app.

Delicious decadence at The Doyen

The Doyen have an interesting Irish Christmas cocktail in the shape of their Tipperary Flip (Merrys Irish Cream, Licor 43, Homemade syrup, Egg) or try their own take on that Christmas chocolate classic, Conor’s Chocolate Orange (Havana 7, Triple Sec, Homemade orange syrup, Chocolate syrup, Whipped cream, Orange Zest, Dehydrated orange garnish)

Tiny but perfectly formed in The Sagart

Belfast’s smallest bar, The Sagart is tucked in beside Havana Bank Square. They teased us with their Christmas cocktail on their Facebook just this morning. The White Winter Mojito (Ron Zacappa, Coconut milk, mint, pomegranate and sparkling water)

2 for 1 cocktails on the OhhSocial app.

Flirt with the angels at Love & Death

Love & Death are cocktail masters and they don’t disappoint with this one special cocktail to make the Angels Blush (Rosemary infused bombay sapphire, Rose wine, Fresh raspberry, Lemon juice, Sugar, Egg white , Soda water).

2 for 1 cocktails on the OhhSocial app.

What do you think? Will all that get your festive taste buds tingling? It’s certainly got us itching for a night out this Christmas.

Post Author: Belfast Times

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