Making a good cocktail at home really needs a recipe and quality ingredients. These recipes from Lidl show you just how easy it is to do and what you need to make them! 

Festive season equals party season and that doesn't always mean out on the town; throwing a cocktail party at home is just as much fun and with the right recipes and know-how, you can really pull off a classy gig. 

Here's four fun festive cocktails that will make you less Risky Business and more Tom Cruise in Cocktail... 

DRY GIN

French 75 a l’Orange

Makes 1

60ml dry gin

20ml freshly squeezed orange juice

20ml simple syrup

60ml Champagne

Twist of orange zest, to garnish

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, close tightly and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds until the outside is very cold.
  • Strain the cocktail into a large flute. Top up with Champagne and garnish with a twist of orange zest.

BOTANICAL GIN

Very Berry Gin

Makes 1

1 tbsp blackcurrant jam

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

60ml gin

Tonic water

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the jam, sugar, lemon juice and gin.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, close tightly and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds until the outside is very cold.
  • Strain the cocktail into a large tumbler. Top up with tonic water and garnish with 1-2 blackberries.

DRY VODKA

Salted Caramel White Russian

Makes 1

40ml vodka

30ml chocolate cream liqueur

60ml double cream

2 tbsp caramel sauce

Coarse sea salt, to garnish

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, coffee liqueur, cream and half of the caramel sauce.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, close tightly and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds until the outside is very cold.
  • Swirl the remaining caramel around the inside and rim of a Kilner jar. Pour in the cocktail and garnish with sea salt.

WHISKEY

Hot Whiskey

Makes 1

50ml Irish whiskey

1 tsp brown sugar (or 1 tsp honey)

1 thick slice of lemon

4 cloves

  • Fill a glass or mug with near-boiling water to warm it, emptying it after a minute. Pour the whiskey into the glass and add the sugar (or honey if you’re fighting a cold).
  • Cut the lemon slice in half and remove any pips. Squeeze the juice from one half of the slice into the glass.
  • Stud the white pith of the remaining half-slice of lemon with cloves, pushing them in full, so they won’t float out.
  • Fill the glass almost to the brim with boiling water. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Gently drop the clove-studded lemon in, taking care not to splash any of the hot whiskey.

For all of the ingredients for these cocktails and more inspirational Christmas recipes, go to Lidl's website