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15 easy Christmas cocktails that will make your day extra merry

Raise a glass - it's the most wonderful time of the year! These summery cocktails will bring the cheer for you and your guests this Christmas, so make sure you give yourself a chance to relax in the sun with a drink in hand.

By Harriet Keown
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    Rose water and prosecco spritz

    Gemmayze St restaurant's head chef and owner Samir Allen shares this recipe for his refreshing rose water and prosecco spritz cocktail. Serve with dried rose petals for an extra special touch

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Nectarine kombucha Champagne cocktails

    Start your day off with a delightful tipple with our nectarine kombucha Champagne cocktails. Light, fresh and fizzing, there could be no better way to begin Christmas morning!

    Nadia|

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    Sparkling berry punch

    This refreshing sparkling berry punch recipe was made to be enjoyed in the summer sun! Make an alcohol free version by swapping wine for sparkling grape juice, lemonade or soda water

    Food|

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    White summer sangria

    Start your summer party the right (and easy) way with this crowd-pleasing cocktail. Our recipe for white wine sangria is so delicious and takes just five minutes.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Smoked whisky and cranberry granita

    This smoked whisky and cranberry granita recipe is fantastic topped with a frozen cranberry and served with extra smoked lemon halves. This recipe can be prepared in advance as the granita will keep in the freezer for a few days once made

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Gin and watermelon fizz

    Enjoy the complex botanicals of good gin in this fruity, summery gin and watermelon fizz recipe. Serve stacked with plenty of ice and lime wedges for a refreshing summer drop

    New Zealand Taste|

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    White sangria with peaches and raspberries

    A lazy summer afternoon isn't complete without a jug of this white sangria with peaches and raspberries shared between friends. Simple, fruity and refreshing, this sangria will be your go-to cocktail

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Citrus shandy

    Back when I first tried shandy it was all sand, sun-bleached hair, wooden beads and tasselled beach towels. The tassels have returned and a shandy remains the go-to thirst quencher at the end of a hot summer’s day. It’s also a drink that makes a great accompaniment to Mexican-inspired meals. Photographs by Jani Shepherd and styling by Fiona Hugues; Gatherum Collectif.

    Your Home and Garden|

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    Crushed cherry cocktail or cordial

    This sweet and refreshing crushed cherry drink can be enjoyed on it's own as a beautiful cordial or with an added punch to create a delicious cocktail. Delicious and uplifting, it's perfect for warmer Summer evenings.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Easy Aperol spritz

    Acquaint yourself with summer's best cocktail thanks to this easy Aperol spritz recipe. Light and refreshing, you'll cool down instantly with this cocktail in hand

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Raspberry mimosa

    We love a good cocktail and brunch is an opportunity to have one a little earlier than usual. This raspberry mimosa recipe is an easy drink to have up your sleeve when the occasion calls for cocktails!

    Food|

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    Strawberry and elderflower mocktail

    Refreshing and fruity, this gorgeous vanilla infused strawberry and elderflower mocktail is the perfect drink to serve at your next summer party.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Iced watermelon and ginger zinger punch

    Punch doesn't get much better than this refreshing iced watermelon and ginger zinger! A must-try recipe for sharing with friends and family on a hot summer afternoon

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|