With the arrival of the holiday season comes the inevitable arrival of the holiday booze up. If you’re anything like us, then your calendars are also being filled with christmas drinks events with friends, family, co-workers, and distant relatives, who seem to only make appearances during the rare extended family holiday-drinksfest.

So if you’re looking to impress your holiday guests with a few festive homemade cocktails, then we’ve got you covered. Check out some #TeamCoco approved recipes below, for some stylish cocktails that pack a punch, minus all the unnecessary calories!

This Winter, the London Essence Company has tapped into low calorie drinking trend, by offering up a lovely selection of zesty mixers (all under 20kcals per 100 ml)

1. A Zesty aperitif The Tangerine Mule

This lovely concoction has a subtle hint of winter spice, and is a lighter festive alternative to the Moscow Mule.


25 ml Vodka
20 ml Tangerine Juice
5 ml Sugar Syrup
2 drops Chocolate Bitters
London Essence Ginger Beer

Highball Glass ● Tangerine Wedge Garnish ● Build & Stir

2. The perfect festive cocktail: The Cinnamon High Ball

This cocktail is like a light bright and breezy version of a mulled wine, minus the horrible hangover, and features all the festive flavours of Christmas.


25 ml Aged Rum

15ml Lime Juice

5 ml Cinnamon Syrup
30 ml Cloudy Apple Juice
London Essence Classic Tonic Water

Highball Glass ● Cinnamon Stick Garnish ● Build & Stir

3. The Showstopper: The Not Pink Drink a.k.a. The UK’s most Instagrammable cocktail

This special recipe comes from a collaboration between Google Pixel 3 and The Amateur Mixologist, Matt Haulage, who used research to create the UK’s most shareable cocktail – The Not Pink Drink. This drink is a mix of gin, butterfly pea flowers, and elderflower liqueur topped with ‘Not Pink’ macarons or marshmallows. Inspired by the Pixel 3, The Not Pink Drink features a “Wide-Angle Selfie Skewer” and to top it all off a “Night Sight Neon” step — where drinkers use a black light to make the tonic glow. (Which you can take a photo of, using the Pixel 3’s new low light camera)

According to Hollidge “Nowadays people don’t just want cocktails to taste good, they want them to be something they can share. It’s all about what you can capture on your phone and show your mates, so using Pixel 3 as inspiration was really interesting. I loved the challenge of incorporating different features of the phone into the design, particularly the wellness colour-change elements. As well as making the final cocktail as photogenic as possible!” A cocktail that tastes good, and looks great on the gram? We’re all for that!


50 ml gin (e.g.Bombay Sapphire) os Seedily Spice

20 ml elderflower liquer

1 tbsp butterfly pea flowers

juice of half a lemon

1 dash orange blossom water

100 ml indian tonic water

wide-angle selfie skewer

pixel petals e.g.violas

‘Not pink’ macarons or marshmallows


Mix One: Pour the gin, add butterfly pea flowers and muddle. Put ice into a wine glass. Strain blue liquid through mesh filter into wine glass and place to one side

Mix Two: Pour Elderflower liquer into shaker. Juice half a lemon and add. Add a small orange blossom water to shaker.

Pour mix two into mix one and Prepare the “Wide Lens Selfie Skewer” by threading skewer through the macarons/marshmallows and place garnish on top of glass. Capture the perfect selfie of your mixological masterpiece!

The London Essence Company’s full range of tonic water, soda water, and ginger beer is available to buy at selected Tesco stores, Ocado, Amazon and Waitrose RRP £1.69 for 275 ml and £1.99 for 500 ml.
About Google Pixel 3: Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL bring you the best of Google in a phone, powered by AI to deliver more helpful, thoughtful and enjoyable experiences. Powered by the Google Assistant.

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