Toast to the joy and merriment of the holiday season with this exquisite clementine cocktail featuring Silent Pool Gin and the vibrant essence of freshly squeezed clementines. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere as you sip on this delightful drink, filled with the flavours of Christmas. Get ready to raise a glass, celebrate, and create unforgettable memories with this festive orange gin cocktail.
Discover the perfect Christmas cocktail recipe that combines the citrusy goodness of clementines with the smooth and botanical flavors of Silent Pool Gin.
This tantalising bursting of citrusy freshness and bold flavours drink will bring a burst of holiday cheer. Gather and impress your guests with its unique and refreshing twist. Get ready to sip this clementine gin cocktail and savour the joyous flavours of Christmas!
How to Make
Substitutions and Variations
Making Ahead Options
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Why you’ll love this clementine cocktail recipe
This is a delicious cocktail. I love the mix of the iconic Silent Pool flavour with the clementine juice. It’s a proper festive treat.
I love the curl of the satsuma. A little garnish to make it even more special for friends and family.
This is a simple but delicious (and very attractive) Christmas cocktail. Simple stir together cocktails like this are my favourite.
Christmas clementine cocktails have the perfect flavours ready to sip at a Christmas party.
Once you’ve tried this Silent Pool cocktail you will really want to go back for a second drink.
The combination of sweet and tangy clementines with the smoothness of Silent Pool Gin creates a flavor profile that is both unexpected and delightful.
You don’t need a cocktail shaker for this clementine gin cocktail! I love cocktails with minimal effort and washing up.
Clementine Cocktail Ingredients
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Silent Pool Gin
Silent Pool Gin is a handcrafted, artisanal gin from the picturesque Surrey Hills in England. This premium spirit is named after the Silent Pool, a serene and mystical lake nestled in the heart of the region where the gin is made.
What sets Silent Pool Gin apart is not only its exceptional craftsmanship but also the botanicals that are carefully chosen and sourced. Distilled using traditional copper stills, this gin captures the essence of the surrounding natural landscape.
Juniper berries, coriander seeds, lavender, chamomile, and honey are just a few of the botanicals that contribute to its complex and well-rounded flavor profile.
Silent Pool Gin offers a smooth and elegant taste with a harmonious blend of notes. It boasts a delicate floral aroma, followed by hints of citrus and a subtle touch of spice.
Whether you’re a gin connoisseur or a casual enthusiast, Silent Pool Gin is a perfect choice to elevate your cocktail experience. Its versatility allows it to beautifully complement the vibrant flavors of our clementine cocktail, enhancing the overall sensory experience.
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Clementines, oranges or satsumas
Although this recipe calls for celmetnines you can swap it out for orange or satsuma too. It’s a brilliantly adaptable recipe.
Clementines add a bright and tangy taste adds a refreshing touch to this cocktail. Known for their juicy pulp and easy-to-peel skin, clementines bring a burst of citrusy goodness that perfectly balances the smoothness of Silent Pool Gin.
Oranges offer a more robust and zesty flavour that can take your gin game to new heights. Their slightly bitter undertones add a complex note to the cocktail, creating a unique and exciting taste experience.
Satsumas bring a distinct sweetness that sets them apart from their citrus counterparts. These small, seedless fruits have a delicate flavour that is both tangy and aromatic. It pairs wonderfully with the botanical richness of Silent Pool Gin. The result is a harmonious blend of flavours that will leave you craving more.
Just as the citrus fruits bring a unique touch, elderflower adds a delicate flavour to the cocktail. With its enchanting floral notes, sparkling elderflower elevates the overall taste experience, making it truly unforgettable.
Not only does the addition of sparkling elderflower enhance the taste, but it also adds a touch of elegance to the cocktail. The effervescence of the bubbly elixir adds a playful element, tickling your senses and inviting you to savour each sip. This fizzy twist further emphasises the contemporary twist we’re giving to the classic gin cocktail.
How to make clementine gin cocktail – step by step
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Look for clementines that feel firm but give slightly when gently squeezed – these are the ones bursting with flavour.
When it comes to the gin, Silent Pool Gin is a perfect match for this cocktail. Its smooth and balanced flavor profile pairs beautifully with the citrus notes of clementines. However, feel free to experiment with different gins to find your personal favourite.
To get the most juice from your clementines, roll them gently on the countertop before cutting or squeezing. This will help release the juices, ensuring every drop makes its way into your cocktail.
While my recipe provides a solid foundation, feel free to add your own personal touch. You can experiment with different garnishes like a sprig of rosemary or a twist of orange peel to enhance the aromatics and visual appeal of the cocktail. Remember, presentation is key when creating a memorable drink experience.
Substitutions and variations
Try adding floral lavender syrup or liqurer to lend a floral note. It Makes the cocktail a lot more summery.
Consider adding a splash of fresh grapefruit juice to brighten up your clementine gin cocktail.
Add more earthy flavours by adding fresh rosemary or mint.
You might even opt to swap out the traditional gin altogether and try a barrel-aged gin for a richer, more complex flavour. The key is to embrace the spirit of exploration and be open to the unexpected.
Making ahead of time options
If you’re planning a gathering or hosting a party, making your Christmas clementine cocktail ahead of time can be a game-changer. Not only does it save you from getting stuck behind the bar, but it also allows the flavours to meld together.
One make-ahead option is to batch make your clementine cocktail in advance. Simply mix the gin, fresh clementine juice, and sparkling elderflower and transfer the mixture into a sealable container and store it in the refrigerator. This way, when your guests arrive, all you need to do is pour it into glasses and garnish.
Another approach is to prep your Christmas clementine cocktail ingredients ahead of time. Slice the clementines and extract the juice, ensuring it is freshly squeezed for the best flavor. You can even zest some of the clementine peels to use as a garnish later on.
By storing the clementine gin cocktail in the fridge it will be cool enough to serve without having to chill the glass.
Clementine Cocktail FAQS
What to have with clementine juice and gin?
You can have lots of light sparkling mixers with clementine juice and gin, elderflower is a wonderful addition to the mix as it’s floral, sweet and blends the two ingredients together perfectly.
Does elderflower tonic go with orange gin?
Yes, the elderflower tonic goes very well with orange gin, the sharp citrus gin mixed with the sweet and floral tonic is a match made in heaven! If you don’t have elderflower tonic you can mix some elderflower cordial in with the tonic.
What goes best with silent pool gin?
Silent pool gin is lovely and smooth, meaning it goes with many different mixers and flavours. The best flavours to pair with silent pool gin will be light mixer and maybe a sharp twist – lime, lemon or orange.
What flavour is silent pool gin?
Silent pool gin has a smooth, full-bodied flavour. It has a light freshness with hints of juniper, lavender and chamomile. It pairs perfectly with floral tonics and sharp citrus.
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Christmas Clementine Cocktail
- ice cubes
- 25 ml Silent Pool gin (Use 50ml if you want a stronger drink)
- 1 Clementines (Or orange. Juice and slice to decorate)
- 150 Sparkling elderflower (Or lemonade. Or Lemonade with elderflower cordial)
- Cool a cocktail glass with ice cubes.
- Juice 1 clementine (or orange or satsuma). Save the peel for garnish.
- Remove the ice and add the Silent Pool gin to the cooled cocktail glass.
- Add the clementine juice.
- Top up with the sparking elderflower.
- Decorate the cocktail with a slice of clementine and enjoy.
- If you have some fresh pomegranate add a sprinkle to the cocktail to make it more festive.
- You can add a fresh sprig of rosemary to the cocktail to make it a perfect Christmas cocktail.
- If you can’t find spakrling elderflower then make your own with elderflower cordial and lemonade.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
Originally published in November 2015. Updated August 2023.