Funkin develops cocktails for Christmas and New Year

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A collection of festive cocktails for Christmas and New Year’s Eve has been put together for the on-trade by cocktail ingredient specialist Funkin.

The recipes put a twist on the classics like a Cosmopolitan, Mulled Wine and Kir Royale, with recipe variations to accommodate every type of outlet and staff skill level, using Funkin’s fruit purées, pre-batched cocktail mixers and syrups.

Cocktail sales continue to grow in the UK as more than 32% of outlets now offer cocktails due to consumer demand. However, with only 6.6% of spirits sales coming from cocktails, there remains a big opportunity to further develop this category, according to CGA’s Mixed Drinks Report.

Funkin managing director, Andrew King said: “In the lead-up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve there is increased footfall to pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants as consumers are looking to celebrate the season with friends and family. It’s important for operators to offer special or themed cocktails for these occasions to take advantage of this sales opportunity.

“Funkin’s range of holiday cocktails is the perfect way to add some spice to a drinks menu or offer a promotional serve to encourage consumers to trade up from a glass of wine or pint of beer.”

Cocktails for Christmas

Cosmopolitan Christmas (pictured top)
150ml Lillet Rosé
50ml Ruby port
50ml Maraschino liqueur
50ml Antica Formula vermouth
100ml Funkin Pro Spiced Syrup
50ml Funkin Pro Ginger Syrup
100ml Funkin Pro Pure Pour Lemon Juice
600ml Cranberry juice
100ml Orange juice
Gently heat ingredients in an urn. Serve in a cafetiere. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange wheel.

Cosmopolitan Christmas II
1ltr Funkin Pre-Batched Cosmopolitan Mixer
150ml Lillet Rosé
50ml Ruby port
50ml Maraschino liqueur
Gently heat ingredients in an urn with mulled wine spices. Serve in a cafetiere. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange wheel.

Sparkling Reunion
1 bottle of sparkling wine
50ml Funkin Pro Raspberry Purée
50ml Funkin Pro Morello Cherry Purée
25ml Funkin Pro Spiced Syrup
25ml Funkin Pure Pour Lemon
Combine ingredients and chill before serving.

Sparkling Reunion II
250ml Funkin Pre-Batched Bramble Mixer
1 bottle of sparkling wine
Mulled wine spices
Add a small amount of allspice into the Bramble Mixer or leave the mulled wine spices from a sachet in the mixer overnight.

Snow Spiked Stiletto
25ml Funkin Pro Pomegranate Puree
12.5ml Funkin Pro Rhubarb Syrup
Prosecco
Rim glass with edible white glitter. Mix syrup and puree in bottom of a champagne flute and top with prosecco. Garnish with candy cane.

Snow Spike Stiletto II
50ml Funkin Pre-Batched Cosmopolitan Mixer
12.5ml Funkin Pro Rhubarb Syrup
Prosecco
Rim glass with edible white glitter. Mix syrup and puree in bottom of a champagne flute and top with prosecco. Garnish with candy cane.

Auld Acquaintance

Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

Auld Acquaintance (pictured above)
50ml Ballantine’s Hard Fired Whisky
12.5ml Funkin Pro Smoke Syrup
12.5ml Funkin Pro Spiced Syrup
25ml Funkin Pro William Pear Puree
Dash of bitters
Stir down over ice and double-strain over fresh ice into a julep cup. Garnish with a slice of pear.

Midnight Firework
50ml Absolut Vanilla
50ml Funkin Pro Passion Fruit Puree
12.5ml Funkin Pro Pure Pour Lime
25ml Funkin Pro Spiced Syrup
Build in a champagne flute. Garnish with a party popper.

Midnight Fireworks
50ml Smirnoff Gold
100ml Funkin Pre-Batched Passion Fruit Mixer
10ml Funkin Pro Spiced Syrup
Build in a champagne flute. Garnish with a party popper.

Midnight Belle (pictured below)
12.5ml Amaretto
25ml Havana Club 7 Year Old rum
1 dash of Chocolate bitters
25ml Funkin Pro Raspberry Purée
25ml Funkin Pro Morello Cherry Purée
12.5ml Funkin Pro Pure Pour Lime
12.5ml Funkin Pro Ginger Syrup
6 Mint leaves
Churn all ingredients with crushed ice and top with soda. Garnish with a cherry, raspberry lime and mint

Midnight Belle II
12.5ml Amaretto
25ml Havana Club 7 Year Old rum
1 dash of Chocolate bitters
100ml Funkin Pre-Batched Raspberry Mojito Mixer
Shake and strain all ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Top with soda. Garnish with a cherry, raspberry lime and mint.

Funkin Midnight Belle

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