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.

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.

  • For the ice cubes
  • 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)
  • 250ml 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.

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