This orange gin cocktail, also known as my Gin-gle Bell cocktail is so simple to make and full of the festive flavours of Christmas.
It's the perfect drink to offer your guests, that won't take a minute, so you can enjoy yourself too.
It's a delicious combination of plain gin mixed with orange liqeur and tonic.
The glass is frosted with sugar and cinnamon, for a warming feel, and the coktail is decorated with slices of orange and pieces of cinnamon.
Just frost the glasses in advance and get pouring!
In the UK the first thing you notice in the shops is the absolute plethora of gins on the market. Where there used to be just a couple of brands, there are now oriental spiced gins. There are gins flavoured with ginger and rhubarb, orange and just about anything goes!
I have to say that, with wine at an extortionate price compared to France, I have been having a taste of one or two. Just for research purposes, of course!
The thing is it might be tempting to 'splash' out, on these fancy flavours but it's pretty easy to flavour gin at home.
I think this is the perfect Christmas drink, especially for those who don't like fizz.
Why you will love this
- Takes just minutes to make
- No expensive gin required
- Easy to frost the glasses in advance
- Simple to make an alcohol free version
- Full of festive flavours and cheer
- Gin - any plain variety such as supermarket own brand.
- Orange liqueur - Triple Sec 22% alcohol. Many other liquers are 40%.
- Tonic water - plain or diet version, without any added lime or lemon as it will spoil the flavour.
- Sugar - caster or fine sugar for frosting the glass.
- Orange juice - from a carton or freshly squeezed.
- Cinnamon - ground cinnamon for frosting.
- Cinnamon stick - small piece for decoration.
- Orange - fresh orange for decoration.
See recipe card for quantities.
- Sharp knife
- Juicer - optional
Start by frosting the glass.
Mix the sugar and cinnamon together on one plate and put the orange juice onto another.
Turn the glass upside down and dip the rim into the orange juice to moisten then into the sugar mix.
Leave to dry completely.
Next, add the orange liqueur to the glass, followed by the gin and tonic.
Garnish with a slice of orange, orange peel curls and a small piece of cinnamon if you like.
🥗 Serve with
Try some appetisers and light bite finger foods with your orange gin cocktail
- Smoked Salmon Canapés
- Turkey and Cranberry Sausage Rolls
- Baked Arancini
- Baked Garlic Mushrooms
- Halloumi Fries
- Savoury Cake
- Ham and Cheese Palmiers
- Quail Scotch Eggs
- Salmon Gravlax
- Triple Sec - try Cointreau or Grand Marnier
- Gin - use your favourite tipple intsead, such as vodka or bacardi.
More Christmas Recipes
Gin-gle Bell Orange Gin Cocktail
- 50 ml standard gin
- 15 ml 22% orange liqueur
- 300 ml tonic
To frost the glass
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- 2 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- piece cinnamon stick
- slices of orange and orange peel
- Mix the sugar and cinnamon on a saucer and pour the juice on another. Tip a gin glass upside down into the juice then carefully into the sugar. Turn upright and allow to dry for about 10 minutes.
- Mix the gin, liqueur and tonic and pour into the glass.
- Add a slice of orange, a piece of cinnamon and a few slivers of orange peel to garnish and enjoy.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
Detailed instructions for this recipe, including step by step photographs, hints and tips, can be found in the main article.
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