November 14, 2017

The season of Christmas parties is about to start, and there is the always the question of what to serve your guests.    I like to have something different, but not too alcoholic, heavily spiced or anything that I am going to feel the effects of the day after.

I like to serve my guests something different, which is easy to prepare as well as looking appetising.   In a twist on a the classic everyday G&T I have swapped the tonic for Appletiser, sparkling apple juice, and served with cranberry ice cubes, a stick of cinnamon, twist of lime  and a slice of apple.   It looks great with the jewelled cranberry ice cubes, tastes delicious, the cinnamon has a lovely Christmassy smell, and importantly it can be made as strong or as week, or even as a mocktail to each guest’s taste.   An added bonus is that at a crowded party any spills won’t stain the carpet!

If making this for a large number of people start making the ice cubes a good few days in advance – use the biggest ice cube tray you have for big chunky cubes, and prepare the lime and apple slices (stop them browning with a squeeze of lime) before your guests arrive.  Make sure that everything is well chilled.   I used a branded, but not a premium gin for these.

Gin & Appletiser a refreshing Christmas Cocktail
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
10 mins
A fruity twist on a gin & tonic, this long refreshing cocktail is lightly spiced and perfect for a Christmas party. Take out the cinnamon stick and serve it in the summer too.
Course: Cocktail
Servings: 1 glass
Calories: 230 kcal
  • Cranberries - I used frozen
  • Filtered water
  • 50 ml / 2 shots of gin - chilled use a branded label, but no need to splash out on premium
  • 250 ml Appletiser original - chilled
  • 3 Cranberry ice cubes
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Slice apple
  • Wedge of lime
  1. Place 4 cranberries in each compartment of an ice cube tray, top up with distilled water and freeze overnight. If the cranberries float, half fill the tray, allow to freeze then top up with more water.
  2. Pour the gin into a glass, top with with Appletiser, add the ice cubes, cinnamon stick and apple. Give the lime wedge a gentle squeeze and then add to the drink.
Recipe Notes

Adapt for summer drinking with a sprig of mint in place of the cinnamon stick, and mint or lemon jewelled ice cubes


Thank you Helen Best-Shaw for sharing your amazing recipe!!   

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