Are you hosting festive drinks with friends? Want the perfect Christmas day cocktail to impress your mother-in-law? You’re in the right place. Forged Spirits have gathered a collection of canapé and cocktail pairings that are simple to make and totally delicious. 

Mulled Gin

Nothing sums up Christmas better than a steaming cup of mulled wine – it’s spicy, sweet and soothing. Forged Spirits have built on this traditional recipe to create a mulled gin, the perfect antidote to cold nights. We suggest adding the gin at the very end, but if you prefer a less alcoholic drink, adding the gin at the beginning will burn off some of the alcohol. 

Serves 4

200ml of Forged Spirits Sloe Gin

600ml orange juice

4 x star anise

A pinch of cloves

2 x cinnamon sticks

2 x vanilla pod

Orange slice and star anise to garnish


  • Add 600ml of orange juice to a pan and heat until it begins to simmer
  • Add the star anise, cloves and cinnamon sticks to the saucepan. Cut down the centre of the vanilla pods and add the seeds to the pan also. 
  • Stir for 5-10 minutes and prevent the mulled gin from coming to a boil
  • Ladle into mugs, garnish with a slice of orange and a star anise 

We suggest serving this comforting drink after a long winter walk alongside these…

Pork Belly with Asian Caramel Sauce

Serves 5

450g of pork belly 

3 tbsp of soy sauce

½ a tbsp of ginger 

1 lime juiced

90g of brown sugar

½ a finely chopped red chilli 

½ a cucumber 


  • Cut the pork belly into 5cm squares
  • Melt the sugar over a low heat, being careful not to burn it. Add the soy sauce, ginger, lime juice and allow to bubble, before taking the pan off the heat.
  • Toss the belly pork in the marinade and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight
  • Place the belly pork skin side up on a tray lined with baking paper. Cook at 180c for 22 minutes
  • Cut the cucumber into thin strips whilst the pork belly is cooking
  • When the pork belly is done, skewer onto sticks, alternating with the cucumber strips
  • Garnish with freshly chopped chilli and serve

Festive Bramble 

This tipple is Forged Spirits Christmas-inspired take on a classic. This simple drink has a rich flavour profile, with the sweetness of the sloe berries and creme de mur contrasted with zesty lime, it’s perfect for Christmas parties alike.

Serves 4

  • 100ml Forged Spirits Sloe Gin
  • 40ml Crème de Mure
  • 80ml Sugar syrup
  • 80ml Lemon juice
  • Sprig of Rosemary

Simply mix all the ingredients and serve over ice, garnishing the drink with a sprig of rosemary. 

We suggest serving this drink alongside…

Brie and Cranberry Twists

Serves 9:

6 sheets of filo pastry 

50g of butter

125g of Brie cut into 9 sections

55g of cranberry sauce

25g of walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 200c, 
  • Gently melt the butter over a low heat
  • Stack two of the filo sheets and brush with melted butter, before adding three sections of brie at even intervals along the bottom of the sheet, and top each finger with a teaspoon of cranberry and a sprinkling of walnuts. 
  • Roll up from the bottom sheet and cut it into three sections. Twist the ends to create individual parcels 
  • Brush with more of the melted butter and repeat with the remaining brie sections. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes.