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November 4, 2013updated Dec 20, 2023

Winter Warmers: How to Make Seasonal Cocktails

By Chris Boyle

Need a cocktail to warm your cockles, dispel the onset of winter blues and spice up a frost-filled night?

We spoke to the expert mixologists at Kensington’s Roof Gardens in London to find out the secret recipes and tricks behind some of their most popular winter warmers – so now you can make them at home too.

Located one hundred feet above ground, The Roof Gardens and its Babylon Restaurant is a truly unique London location, featuring three themed gardens over 1.5 acres of land and a flowing stream filled with fish and wildlife. Resident flamingos Bill, Ben, Splosh and Pecks are a prime attraction as is a terrace perfect for sipping a warming cocktail treat in your coziest winter get-up.

The Babylon Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily and the Babylon Bar is open 11.30am to 12am every day. For more information go to:

Click on the videos below to discover how to make some of Babylon’s tastiest seasonal cocktails:

Hot Ginger Chick

A hot gin treat combining a unique Tanqueray 10 infusion of chicory, ginger and cinnamon created especially for Babylon by their in-house team, heated with apple juice and winter spiced syrup.

Dark ‘n’ Foamy


Mixing science with tradition, this drink is a twist on the old ‘Dark ‘n’ Stormy’ with a sharp rum-based bottom and a sweet and spicy ginger beer foam on top. The sweetest of seasonal treats.

Red Edition


A real house favourite! Beaumet Brut Champagne with the addition of Cherry Heering and a dash of cranberry juice.

Plus it’s never too early to get into the festive spirit, with £1 from every Red Edition is donated to Starlight.

The Coquettier


This drink is classically an aperitif and would originally be a bit drier. Babylon’s version is made sweeter and richer with a festive fig infusion and perfectly complements a dark chocolate dessert or works as a digestive on its own or with an espresso. Ideal for warming cold winter bones.

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