Josh Page, our Beverage Manager and chief mixologist at The Double Red Duke has got together a fantastic collection of festive cocktails to enjoy at the bar, in the snugs or by one of our cosy fireplaces.
Josh has a background in cocktails and cut his teeth in Oxford before heading out to the countryside and behind the bar at The Double Red Duke. With an ever changing cocktail list you can be sure to always find a drink you fancy and if you’re unsure ask Josh, he’ll be able to make you something you’ll love, we can you promise you that.
As featured in last weekend’s Sunday Telegraph we have picked five of Josh’s favourites to share with you and to get you into the Christmas spirit in time for Christmas. First up is the Barbeque Pineapple using smoky mezcal which goes perfectly with our range of steaks cooked over the fire here in our kitchen. We all have specific identifying flavours and tastes of Christmas and these cocktails incorporate those from nutmeg to cinnamon, marzipan and even a Christmas tree.
A vibrant smoky cocktail where balance is key. Added to compliment our style of cooking over live fire. This is complex and refined all at once with a punch of agave to excite your palate.
Rich and indulgent, this sipper is our own blood and sand variation with the herbal Fernet Branca, blood orange and sweetened with maple syrup. If you think you don’t like scotch well, here’s your answer.
A gin cocktail that wouldn’t look out of place on the dessert menu, almond and triple sec together gives a bright marzipan flavour. Making this fluffy drink fis ar too easy and the perfect compliment to any Christmas pudding.
Strong, cool and smooth. This is a drink best enjoyed in front of the fire to unwind and let it help you mellow during the festive period. The secret is using a proper metal cup to ice up with pearls of crushed ice.
When Josh first tried this he used his Christmas tree at home, by Christmas day the tree was almost barren because he had used half the branches. A green feeling negroni with all the flavour of Christmas.