G&Ts & Cocktails

Christmas Cocktails

We've collected some of our favourite festive cocktails for you to make at home.
They're not too difficult, don't require too much kit - and are bound to get you in the Christmas spirit.
They include the Fairytale of Old York (served at our Festive Gin Tastings) and the hot gin drinks served around York.

York Gin Chocolate & Orange Espresso Martini

  • 25ml York Gin Chocolate & Orange
  • 15ml Tia Maria
  • 10ml Cointreau
  • Shot of espresso (strong coffee is fine!)
Shake in a Boston shaker with ice (to cool the coffee).
Strain into a Martini glass
Add an orange wheel.

Fairytale of Old York

  • 50ml York Gin London Dry
  • Dash of Grenadine
  • Lime juice
Shake all the ingredients over ice.
Sugar rim a small Martini glass (Nick & Nora), and gild with edible gold.
Strain in the cocktail.
Garnish with a gilded Maraschino cherry.

Chocolate & Orange Snowball

  • 50ml York Gin Chocolate & Orange
  • 50ml Advocaat
  • Lime juice
  • Soda water or lemonade
Shake the gin, Advocaat and some lime juice.
Rim a hi-ball glass with cocoa powder.
Strain in the contents of the shaker
Fill the glass with soda water or lemonade.

Winter warmers

Mulled Gin Bramble

Mull and heat apple juice using traditional winter spices like cloves, cinnamon and star anise.
Add a shot of London Dry and some blackberry syrup.
Garnish with blackberries and burnt rosemary.

Hot Gin Toddy

Warm some water with lots of lemon juice, traditional winter spices and a touch of sugar syrup.
Add 25ml of York Gin Roman Fruit or other fruit gin.

Gin Hot Chocolate

Add 25ml of Chocolate & Orange gin to your hot chocolate. For an extra special touch, add whipped cream, marshallmallows and a Terry's Chocolate Orange as garnish.

York Gin & Tonics

When you serve a York Gin & Tonic, use large chunks of ice (they don't melt as quickly), premium tonic and your favourite garnish.
Here are our recommended serves for all six of our gins:

London Dry: Fever-Tree Light. Curl of lemon peel.
Outlaw Navy Strength: Fever-Tree Indian Tonic. Black pepper.
Old Tom: Fever-Tree Light. Star Anise.
Grey Lady: Fever-Tree Light. Orange peel.
Chocolate & Orange: Fever-Tree Light. Fresh orange.
Roman Fruit: Fever-Tree Mediterranean or Lemonade. Strawberries & raspberries.

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English Martini

A classic English cocktail.

  • Ice in a martini coupe glass
  • Muddle (crush) rosemary in a separate glass or shaker
  • Large measure of York Gin Old Tom
  • Elderflower liqueur
  • Shake together...
  • Discard ice from the martini glass and strain your cocktail into the cold glass.
  • Garnish with rosemary

Strawberry Smash

We went to the brand new SOPHIE bar on Lendal Bridge to make this fantastic refreshing cocktail.

  • Fresh strawberries
  • York Gin Roman Fruit
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar syrup (gomme), ice, basil, soda water
Muddle (crush) the strawberries, gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a highball, finish with ice, basil and top up with soda water.

The Bramble

  • 50ml York Gin Outlaw
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 20ml Chambord
  • Blackberries, cubed ice, crushed ice
Muddle (crush) a couple of blackberries in a tumbler. Shake gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and cubed ice in a cocktail shaker. Fill the tumbler to the top with crushed ice. Pour gin mixture over the crushed ice. Finally, drizzle Chambord over the top, creating a marble effect. Garnish with lemon peel or a blackberry.

Clover Leaf

  • 50ml York Gin London Dry
  • 20ml red fruit cordial
  • 15ml raspberry syrup
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • Raspberries, ice
Muddle (crush) a couple of raspberries in the bottom of the shaker to release the juice. Add gin, cordial, syrup and lemon juice followed by the egg white. Shake the ingredients before adding the ice - to emulsify the egg for a creamy cocktail. Add ice to the shaker and shake again. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with raspberries.

Chocolate & Orange Negroni

  • 25ml York Gin Chocolate & Orange
  • 25ml Campari
  • 25ml red vermouth
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • Ice, soda water (optional to taste)
Pour the three ingredients into a tumbler full of ice. Top up with soda to make a longer drink. Garnish with burnt orange twist.

Salty Dog

  • 50ml York Gin Old Tom
  • 4 blueberries
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 100ml grapefruit juice
  • Salt, Fever-Tree Soda top, ice
Run the grapefruit on the rim of the glass and dip in salt. Muddle (crush) four blueberries and add ice.
Add the gin and juices and stir. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.

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