Santa’s Little Helpers (Cocktail Recipe)

This is a real Christmas cracker of a drinks recipe. Ludicrously easy, quick and completely delicious.

My sister & I knocked some up a couple of years ago and now they’re a seasonal staple.

Santa’s Little Helpers are a sort of frosted Kir Royal. They work with whatever liqueur you happen to have in your drinks cabinet, just try and keep it festively rouge.

I am aware it’s not quuuiiiite December yet… but these were hotly requested this weekend so I thought I’d let you in on our secret recipe a little ahead of time. (Don’t tell my sister.)

In each glass you’ll need:

A generous splash of red liqueur (we like to keep it British and went for Chase Blackcurrant)

A scoop of red sorbet

Lots of bubbles, Champagne or Prosecco depending on how fancy you’re feeling.

Grab a few champagne flutes and your booze…

Go on… a little bit more, it’s Christmas!

Add a scoop of red berry sorbet.

And fill up with bubbles.

Pop a festive straw in the top

And slurp to your hearts content, preferably fireside.

I have it on good authority that Mr & Mrs Claus enjoy a few of these on the run up to Christmas eve. Y’know… to ease the workload a little.

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  • Looks perfect ! I’ll make them tommorow with our Thanksgiving dinner! Thanks Rosie! Xx

  • Sepideh
  • Juliana Bruns

    Yum! Hope I can find that liquer in America!

  • Joan

    Hi Rosie! This drink sounds perfect for a Christmas party! Do you have any other particular liqueur suggestions? Black currant isn’t a thing in the US, although I wish it was, I totally miss it. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your blog, really, I do, it’s brilliant and you’re fabulous!

    • Britt Elen

      Maybe try red vodka?

    • try creme de cassis, its blackcurrant and available in the us!

  • Queenie Lee
  • Michelle

    A santa-bellini of sorts… LOVE!

  • Raeanne O’Meara

    You have just given me a great treat to make this Friday! About twenty of my friends are coming over to my apartment for a pre-exam Christmas party….these will be fabulous!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love if you checked out my blog about my uni adventures in Canada, I’ve just started it at the beginning of the month.
    The View in the North

  • Awesome! Looks delicious…

  • Audrey Burke

    OMG these look far too good for just 1…my kind of drink haha PERFECT recipe, Rosie!! Cannot wait to pop these onto my Christmas menu. xx

  • Ooooh these look like they’ll slip down a treat, just my kind of drink!
    Happy Thursday Rosie xoxo

  • Hayley LeBlanc

    Very sweet recipe! Thanks for always inviting us “into” your home Rosie- you always have the best tips! Have a very merry holiday season xx

  • ohhh that sounds really good! i’m saving this recipe for the holidays ๐Ÿ™‚
    xo, cheyenne

  • Courtney

    Ooh these delicious! I didn’t know you had a sister? I’ve seen the brother, the parents and Mr. Custard. Do you and your sis look alike? xo

  • These may be for Christmas…but I may just have to whip them up for Thanksgiving here tomorrow in the states! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • The slow pace

    I would need some of that right now… yes, I know it’s 9 a. m. Rough week!

  • This is so happening with Chase raspberry -I love their flavoured vodkas!

  • Michelle

    these look amazing….can’t wait to try!

  • Lottie Greenwood

    Me and Mumma G are gonna try these with Raspberry sorbert and liquer on Christmas Eve!
    Love a good Kir Royale!
    Lottie xx

  • Sophie S

    Looks delicious.. Is it bad that I want one at 9 o’ clock in the morning??

  • Rebecca Dobson

    Yep, going to be making these for Christmas. And the house Christmas. And this weekend. And whenever! Amazing!

    Becks xo

  • Aw these look so Christmassy!! Also am slightly in love with those cute retro straws!


  • This looks super delicious!
    Rosie, do you have any recommendations, favorite spots to go for brunch on a Sunday?

  • We aren’t big fans of bubbly in this house, but we have a few bottles going spare and I think this might just be a great way to drink them! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  • Amber

    They look amazing! Definitely making those this Christmas!

  • This sounds brilliant – such a good alternative to Mulled Wine (which I want to like but really don’t) Love a good cocktail, all you need is a sprig of holly in the top for festivity!

    Katie <3

  • Oh how delish. A Kir Royale is my signature cocktail. I’m on a mission to find the best one in the world…

  • Britt Elen

    I always love your cocktail recipes! Will definitely give this one a try.

  • These sound delicious I will be giving them a try before Christmas! Thanks for sharing

  • Adelaide Newton

    So much love for Chase. I love their marmalade vodka. Makes the base for a great mixer ๐Ÿ˜›

  • I love champagne cocktails, this will go down a treat I think ๐Ÿ˜‰ Kram

  • looks so delicious!! x

  • Amy

    Oh these are going to be IN MY BELLY this Christmas. Yum ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maggie

    How fun and festive-you could pop some frozen cranberries in instead or the sorbet for a perfect American Thanksgiving drink!

  • Nichola Allan

    Never heard of chase blackcurrant before…this changes EVERYTHING!

  • I bet these are a heckuva lot more helpful than little elves ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll take two, please!
    Perpetually Caroline

  • Georgina HattonWoods

    Yummy, cannot wait to try this!

    Brunette in Louboutins

  • Grania Boyle

    Perfect for our warm climate in Australia!

  • This looks perfect! I’ll definitely suggest these for the Christmas lunch we’re planning ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow! If there was a way for me to fit this in after today’s Thanksgiving feast, I absolutely would! Here’s to trying these at Christmas.

  • Adrienne

    Awesome little cocktail! Can’t wait to try it ๐Ÿ™‚ Also have kind of a bizarre question – I’m studying abroad in Europe in the spring and am trying to figure out how to pack for three months worth of European excursionsโ€ฆany chance you have a go-to packing list or can give me some guidance on what to bring clothing-wise? Thanks a bundle! xx Adrienne

  • Aurรจ

    Hello,Ciao Rosie…che Bello,so nice photos and the cocktail looks superInviting…allora Cin-Cin!

  • chantelle

    It’s officially going to be on our Christmas menu list. Just e-mailed it to my cousin!

  • Look divine! Very tempted to crack out the bubbly…xx


  • Perfection! I love, love, love that these have berry sorbet in them. I’ve never thought to combine one of my favourite desserts with my favourite drinks.

  • These look divine! I’m having a baby in less than a week and this drink will definitely top my post-baby cocktail list.

  • I’ve had these before – Champagne and Gin versions – and they tasted so good! I ended up having so many, I ended up having a huge sugar rush and ended up just a little big giggly…

  • Number-Fifteen

    Oohhh how fun does this drink look!

  • mccollu3

    What nationality is Santa Claus?

    North Polish.


  • Robyn

    These look delicious! I will definitely have to try them out! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  • Cremaluisa

    exactly what I need today!marisa.xx

  • YESSSSS. I needed a drink recipe for a holiday party…thanks Rosie!! Xx