To make your bonfire night party a lavish event, we’ve created a list of easy to make cocktail recipes to enjoy at a fireworks party, or perhaps whilst you’re watching the sky light up from a balcony.
Either way, enjoy a chilly night outside watching the fireworks with these warming, tasty bonfire night cocktails.
Much like James Bond, Guy Fawkes was a spy after all, and we all know that Martinis are 007’s favourite cocktail. Had Guy Fawkes lived in the present day, he’d be sipping this at the bar. Shaken not stirred, of course.
- 3 oz gin
- 1/2 oz dry vermouth
- Olive or lemon twist
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with sharp ice cubes and shake. Twist the juice from a lemon zest for extra zing if you prefer this to the olive, and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.
No, Guy Fawkes wasn’t Ill (as you may know, this is normally sipped when you’re full of the cold) but perhaps this time of year enjoyed the odd tipple to warm him up. The combination of hot whisky and honey is said to traditionally cure sore throats and colds. So if you’re outside in the cold watching the fireworks, keep wrapped up and keep the cold virus at bay with this alcoholic beverage.
Many don’t drink it for taste, but to relieve any cold symptoms… particularly before a cold starts. It’s better to be safe than sorry! Well that’s the excuse.
- 2 shots of Scotch Whisky
- 1/2 shot of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 spoon of runny honey
- 1/2 shot of sugar syrup
- 3 dried cloves
- Boiling water
Boil the water first, then put some water in the glass to warm it (you dont want the drink going cold when it enters a cold glass) then empty that water out the glass. Then put a teaspoon of honey into the glass and add 1/2 a glass of boiling water, the whiskey, lemon, sugar and cloves. Fill with boiling water and stir. Cut the lemon into slices and add to the drink.
This is sure to warm you up.
Sangria is a typical beverage commonly drunk in Spain. Guy Fawkes lived in Spain for a while, where we was best known as Guido Fawkes, so it seems appropriate to drink a Sangria on 5 November.
If you’re celebrating in England, you’re well aware that we aren’t blessed with hot weather like Spain, which is why we’ve created a hot version of our Sangria recipe for you instead. Below is the ingredients for a single serving, but multiply this up and serve in a jug to suit the crowd.
- 1/2 shot of brandy
- 1/2 shot of triple sec
- 3 shots of Spanish red wine
- 1 shot of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/4 shot of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 shot of sugar syrup
- 1 shot of soda water
Mix together the wine, juice, brandy and sugar in a saucepan over low heat. Dont let it boil. Add orange and lemon slices and simmer gently. Serve warm and enjoy
Guy Fawkes night calls for a cosy night drinking warm beverages whilst watching the fireworks. Mulled wine will also get you in the festive mood with Christmas just around the corner. It’s perfect for any chilly night outside with family and friends.
- The zest and juice of 2 Clemantines
- Zest of 1 lemon
- zest of 1 lime
- 200g Brown Sugar
- 6 dried cloves
- 1 whole nutmeg
- 1 vanilla pod
- 2 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 bottles of red wine
Combine the wine, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, lemon, lime and orange zest in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat gently, without boiling, and stir in the sugar. Let the flavours infuse by keeping on medium heat for 20 minutes. Serve in a mug for a festive feel.
Sweet Standard Sparkler
Bring back memories of celebrating bonfire night as a kid with the sweet taste of honey in the sweet standard sparkler cocktail (hopefully you didn’t drink vodka as a child though!).
Enjoy this chilled beverage at the start of the night before it gets too cold. Perhaps stay inside before the fireworks have been lit and allow the vodka to warm you up.
- 50ml Russian standard vodka
- 2tsp honey
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Fresh ginger
Mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker and pour into a tumbler. Garnish with fresh ginger for a taste that brings back childhood memories.