‘Tis the season to be merry, which makes it the perfect excuse to sample a few Christmassy cocktails (not that we needed one). Swap your usual tipple and get into the spirit with MYA's favourite festive drinks. Cheers, ladies!

Mulled Wine Sangria

6b010a5e0c917a0b3696a4aed5728460 If you thought Sangria was reserved for sunny days in Spain, you were wrong. With a little twist, everybody’s poolside fave makes the grade all year round. Ingredients: (makes 8-10 glasses) 1 bottle red wine 60ml orange juice 3 tablespoons sugar 1 orange 1 cinnamon stick Directions: Combine 1 bottle of red wine, 60ml fresh orange juice and 3 tablespoons of sugar in a saucepan over a low heat. Stir until the sugar has melted. Add 1 sliced orange, a cinnamon stick and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve in heat resistant glasses.

Autumn Crumble Cocktail

4eb1b3fb49877830cc58b23b3bd7a2ca One of our much-loved winter puddings in a glass. Mmm. With delicious apple and warming ginger, this delivers maximum taste with minimum effort. Ingredients: 1 part Martini Bianco A dash apple juice Ginger ale Apple segments Directions: Pour the Martini Bianco and apple juice into a short glass. Add some cubed ice, top with ginger ale and stir lightly. Finish off with an apple segment to garnish.

Amaretto Fizz

9fe84e03411aa11775949f6efbb363fb Nothing says Christmas like a bit of fizz and this little sparkler packs a citrus punch with every sip. Ingredients: (makes 8-10 glasses) 400ml Disaronno 600ml orange juice 2 x 75cl bottles sparkling wine Orange zest Directions: Mix the Disaronno, orange juice and sparkling wine in a jug. Ready to serve? Add a strip of orange zest to each glass.

Mince Pie Martini

dfc2d384f92828b95213c09c49c4ac52 All the flavours of the classic Christmas sweet treat in a gorgeous thirst-quencher. Ingredients: 50ml rum 12.5ml mince pie syrup 50ml pressed apple juice Directions: Pour the dark rum, mince pie syrup and pressed apple juice into a shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain the mixture straight into a chilled martini glass. Enjoy!


358c991412643d7ead26359b8b008f27 You may remember this one from the Sex and the City girls – perfect for sipping under the mistletoe! Ingredients (makes 8-10 glasses) 1x75cl bottle chilled dry fizzy white wine 125ml chilled vodka 500ml chilled pineapple juice Squeeze of lime Directions: Simply mix all ingredients together in a jug and pour into wine glasses or champagne flutes/saucers. Done. Now you’re all set to wow your mates with these celebratory concoctions at your next get-together. Bottoms up!