Warming Christmas Cocktail

December 8, 2016Susan

Cranberry, apple, almond and tea: A Hot Punch recipe.

christmas punch for parties and festive cheer

Today I’m joining in with the #UKHomeBlogHop organised by the fabulous Kimberley of Swoonworthy. So WELCOME if that is how you’ve found me, especially if you’ve arrived via TidyLife which is the blog before mine in the Hop.

This space is a lifestyle and interiors blog, which I hope is down to earth. We are doing up our home so there are lots of renovation posts but also fashion and travel, so please take a look around if you are new here.

The Blog Hop is a week of festive treats from over 20 UK based interiors bloggers, more details at the end of this post- or click the link through to Kimberleys blog.

If you’ve arrived here thinking you are going to see my Christmas decorations, then I have to disapoint you. We dont put ours up until closer to the time! So today I’m sharing with you this cocktail which includes all of my favorite Christmas botanicals.

This is a recipe for a warm (or hot) cocktail served in a teapot, perfect for those chilly Winter nights. It is incredilby moreish so please do take care, its almost too easy to drink!

As much as I love a Gin & Tonic, in Winter I like something more warming. This boozy brew ticks all my boxes with its festive flavours of almond, fruit and spices.

I’m serving this in my favorite Falcon enamelware teapot which is a suitable cheery pillar box red.

amaretto christmas cocktail punch

This recipe makes enough for two people, having two large mugs. So would also be fine for four to have one mug each. You could easily double or triple the measures and keep it in a big pan on the hob- perfect for a party or festive gathering.


  • 6 tea bags
  • 400ml boiling water
  • 200ml cloudy apple juice (or cider!!)
  • 50ml Amaretto per drink- so here 200ml
  • 200ml unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ginger or approx a square inch of fresh, chopped ginger
  • 4 cloves
  • An large orange, sliced

teapot cocktail recipe


Put the water and teabags into the teapot and brew the tea for about five minutes, use your favorite tea. Scoop out the teabags and do what ever you normally do with teabags. We tend to accumulate a pile of them in a dish, then put them in the food/compost bin.

Add the ginger and cloves and the brown sugar.

Ensuring the sugar has dissolved add the rest of the ingredients; apple juice, cranberry juice, Amaretto and half of the sliced orange. We’ll use the rest as garnish.

Pop on a tea cosy if you have one, if not wrap the teapot in a clean tea-towel. Allow the ingredients to infuse for around 15-20 minutes.

Serve in your favorite large mug (or Christmas mug!) with a slice of orange

Open fire optional 😉


Please do Hop Over to the other blogs to find some Christmas inspiration- espcially Dear Designer who is next on the Hop after me. Do bear in mind the ones on Friday wont be live yet, each post goes live at 11am that day. There’s plenty to go at though and you can always come back later to read the others.


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Comments (35)

  • Kimberly Duran

    December 8, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Oh this sounds gorgeous!! All flavours I love (hello Amaretto) and in a hot drink. This could get very dangerous!! #boozyChristmas Thanks so much for your awesome post and thanks so much for joining in the hop! Mwah! xxx

    1. Susie

      December 13, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Ah thanks darling! You are are star for organising x

  • Lucy

    December 8, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Ooh this looks wonderful. I am going to try it out. The fire looks so cosy … xx

    1. Susie

      December 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks so much Lucy!

  • Carole King

    December 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Sounds absolutely delicious. May have to try it out on Christmas day. x

  • Anna

    December 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

    This seriously sounds great! Everyone always does everything with cinnamon and I hate cinnamon but I love al the ingredients you have, so I am back during the weekend and make it one! this cute mug <3

    1. Susie

      December 8, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      I was so tempted to add cinnamon but it wouldve taken over too much. Let me know when you try it!

  • Candy Pop

    December 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Oh wow – it sounds delicious! I’ll definitely be trying it out. Gorgeous, cosy photos. x

    1. Susie

      December 8, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      THanks so much Natasha- do let me know what you think

  • Rachel

    December 8, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    That sounds perfect – warming, tasty and Christmassy!

  • Maxine Brady

    December 8, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I love the idea of serving booze in a tea-pot. I have some enamel cups from Garden Trading so no-one will guess that I might be getting a little bit squiffy as I wrap up pressies ready for Santa 🙂

    1. Susie

      December 8, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Good plan!!

  • Stephanie

    December 8, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Oh I think I may have some Dissarrano in the cupboard, this sounds very yummy and I have pinned it to have a go later.

    1. Susie

      December 8, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Oh enjoy- let me know if you make it

  • Antonia Ludden

    December 8, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Ooh, sounds delish and I’ve got Amaretto in, so have to try your ‘boozy brew’. I love these warming mulled type drinks at this time of year Xx

  • MissPond

    December 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Love the teapot so much! What a wonderful sounding cocktail too 🙂 will be pinning this.

  • Frances Bibby

    December 8, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I actually went ‘ooooh’ out loud when I started reading the ingredients. I love this time of year for festive flavours and scents – a personal fave is a chat latte, makes me feel so festive.

    1. Susie

      December 12, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Hehehe- Let me know if you d end up making it xx

  • Vicki

    December 8, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Sounds positively yummy! And I love that teapot!

  • melanie lissack

    December 8, 2016 at 9:18 pm


  • geraldine

    December 9, 2016 at 6:25 am

    This looks amazing. Definitely one to try. x

  • Karen

    December 9, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Oh crikey this could be dangerous! Sounds delicious and I must say, I do tend to lean more towards a liquid diet over the festive season. Can’t think why haha x

    1. Susie

      December 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      I think you’d love this!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    December 9, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I love the sound of this, Susie. I’m a gin and tonic drinker but you’re right, something a little warmer is needed at this time of year x

  • Kirsty

    December 9, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Wow! These sound incredible!!!!!! Susie! I had no idea you were such a cocktail whizz!

    1. Susie

      December 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks Kirsty! Let me know if you try it x

  • Kathryn Sharman

    December 9, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Oh hello, that sounds gorgeous! Xx

  • Lazy Daisy Jones

    December 9, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Love the sound of this I think you have a ‘mixing cocktails’ hidden talent? Xx

    1. Susie

      December 12, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      Haha- well I know what I like!

  • Jules

    December 9, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    You had me at Amaretto! This looks and sounds delicious Sus – and we’ve not got our decs up yet either! xx

  • Lori

    December 10, 2016 at 9:09 am

    This sounds absolutely delicious and I love all Christmassy drinks 🙂 I think i’ll try it for our Christmas gathering next week x

    1. Susie

      December 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Let me know if you like it Lori!

  • Fritha Strickland

    December 11, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Oh my gosh this sounds wonderful right now!! I’m so into all the mulled and spiced drinks at the moment I need to give this a try! .

    1. Susie

      December 12, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Reckon you’d love it!

  • Bianca Hall

    December 13, 2016 at 10:06 am

    This sounds FAB! I’m putting it on my Christmas cocktails list. Xx

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