Create a Christmas Vodka Flavour to Win a Night’s Stay in London

Let us get you into the Christmas spirit early this year while we celebrate the forthcoming opening of our new Alpine Lodge. We are giving two chances to win a one night stay for two people at the Montague on the Gardens.

To be in with a chance to win, help us complete our 12 vodkas of Christmas by creating a special Christmas themed flavour you’d like to see on the menu. We have 10 delicious flavours so far including Cinnamon, Spiced Apple and Candy Cane, we simply need a further two to add to our menu.

To enter please email, or comment below with your new idea of flavour and we’ll pick the two best flavours to win:

  • A one-night stay in a luxury room for two people including breakfast
  • A Festive afternoon tea for two
  • A bottle of their own flavoured vodka to keep

So get creative! Points will be awarded for originality of mouth-watering flavours that will help keep us warm while we’re in our Winter Wonderland this December!

Closing date for entry is 11th November 2011. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Prize valid until end of March 2012, subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Festive Afternoon Tea will be replaced with Traditional Afternoon Tea from January 2012.

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Dirk Crokaert

Dirk Crokaert

A wood deck is not just for summer. Here at the Montague on the Gardens we’re turning ours into a veritable winter wonderland – perfect for the après….without the ski. General Manager Dirk Crokaert invites you to wrap up warm and get yourself down to Bloomsbury for some Yuletide fun and games!

The Wood Deck at the Montague on the Gardens is one of London’s best kept secrets – a delightful oasis of peace and tranquillity in the very heart of the city, overlooking the enclosed trees, lawns and sculptures in the gardens of the Bedford Estate.

It is already the perfect summer venue, but what do you do with it in the winter?

This year we’re embracing the winter chill by turning our Wood Deck into a ski lodge perched high up in the mountains.

A screen of pine trees suggests a secluded clearing amidst a forest while snow machines, life-sized reindeer, snowmen, racks of skis, piste maps, lanterns and fairy lights all add to the feeling of being in Lapland. To help combat the cold, and the lightly drifting snowflakes, there’s a sizzling barbecue serving grilled bratwurst, mini turkey burgers and other delicacies. Roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, mugs of steaming hot chocolate and big woolly rugs will all help to keep you lovely and snug during the long winter nights.

On the deck there’s a vodka bar serving a selection of 12 different flavoured vodkas – one for each day of Christmas. A few shots of these and you really will think you are somewhere between Val d’Isere and St Anton! (Feel a little dizzy? It’s the altitude!).

So if you’re finding it a little hard to get yourself into the Christmas spirit then the answer is simple – grab your gloves, goggles and woolly hat and head for the slopes of Bloomsbury.

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115 Responses to Create a Christmas Vodka Flavour to Win a Night’s Stay in London

  1. What a lovely idea for a Winter Wonderland to get everyone in the festive spirit !
    My idea for a flavoured vodka would be called a Festive S-nog and would be egg-nog flavoured !

  2. Mimi R says:

    This is a very nice idea (and my mouth is watering at the thought!) My idea for a flavored vodka is the minty “Christmas Ornamint” (notice the MINT instead of MENT).

  3. Sylvia Heathcote says:

    Great idea. I would suggest “Christmaspies”, an intriguingly mysterious concoction with a hint of festive mince pies!

  4. Lisa C says:

    hmmm – I think a nice damson and chilli flavour or chocolate/mint or a nice marzipan flavour! Names a shot of Damson Fire, After Nine! or Marzivod! oh dear long week!…….look forward to seeing it though!

  5. Peter A says:

    Wonderful idea to start the Chirstmas celebrations, I have 2 ideas for you
    staying along the very Christmas colour and ingredients,,,Cranberry Juice and vodka, served with a lovely red carnation, and perhaps the rim of the glass could be sugar coated red or white
    the other is obviously everyone loves hot chocolate, with cream bubbling over the side, choclate chips and of course the vodka. with a nice red cherry syrup , also on the cream to give it a very festive look.
    Merry Christmas to you all and all the staff at the Montague.Thanks for the wonderful times I have spent there.

  6. David Aherne says:

    This is a lovely idea.

    Could I please suggest a couple of flavours/ smells that always remind me of Christmas at home not sure how easily they can be transferred into Vodka flavours though!! Holly and the Ivy, Christmas Cake & Almond Paste and Brandy Butter and Christmas Pudding.

    Thank you for this opportunity and Merry Christmas and a safe Apres to all!!

  7. Sheila Mackintosh says:

    Great idea! How about vanilla Vodka with equal measure of amaretto, a tablespoon of white chocolate coco, with hot milk. The name of this delightful concoction? Whiteout!

  8. Sheila Mackintosh says:

    Or…call it “White Christmas”, or “All white on the night” (am I allowed to submit more than one name??)

  9. Elena Verdugo says:

    What about Chocolate&Wasabi Vodka, to warm up those winter nights!

  10. How about gin (for those of us who don’t like vodka) with fresh black currents, and call it a Gnostic!

  11. Caroline says:

    This is a fun idea. There is one thing that tells me that Christmas is here, is the smell of roasted chestnuts in the streets of Paris or in a chimney. Here is what I would suggest roasted chesnut flavored vodka with a bit of cinnamon and a drop of milk accompanied by powdered dark chocolate on top as a decoration. The name would be a Christmas in Paris.

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  13. Megan G says:

    Mull wine flavor with the traditional spices of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Call it Gløgg-ka!

  14. Joy says:

    spiced apple and raisin

  15. Lee Williams says:

    the best flavour would be cranberry and apple . mmmmmmmm

  16. John O'Donnell says:

    Snowqueen vodka mixed with a hint of peach and call it……

    The Queen’s Peach

    for a traditional christmas connection.

    What could be better for making a toast?

  17. Emma Gallagher says:

    I would mix cherry with cranberry and call it a Merry Berry Christmas!

  18. Charlotte Jones says:

    I’ve got a couple of flavour ideas, hope that’s okay! :)

    The first one is an Orange and Clove vodka (with a slight hint of cinnamon) – a delicious & traditional Christmas taste! I’d name it “Scent from Santa”

    The second idea is a vodka which is white and has a fruity, berry flavour , which I would call a “Mistletoe Berry”

  19. Jane orford says:

    christmas colours ,,
    santas suit he`s round and red,elves resplendent in green
    festive flavours depicting this scene
    my choice is a kiwi and pomegranate theme

  20. Sue says:

    Roasted coffee bean & cream – making it your Christmas dream
    Ginger & Fig – a Christmas swig

  21. Caroline Standish says:

    Cranberry flavour vodka would warm me up on a Wintry day in readiness for the Christmas festivities to commence.

  22. sarah Arnett says:

    Cherry on the Christmas cake – Amaretto flavour vodka (this is the marzipan), cherry syrup at the bottom of the glass and topped with orange juice for the fruitiness

  23. dave whittaker says:

    I think a good Christmas vodka would be sloe flavour

  24. Melissa Hall says:

    What about Turkish Delight flavour vodka? Yum, yum!

  25. Lorna gray says:

    I think perhaps candied orange & almond flavour

  26. Maxine Forsythe says:

    I think a lovely chocolate orange flavour would be nice and Christmassy!!

  27. Gemma Hesketh says:

    Gingerbread flavoured vodka sounds just right!!

  28. Louise Ball-Gray says:

    How about a chocolate log flavour, lovely chocolate and cream. I think ‘yule’ love it.

  29. David Jacks says:

    Mmmm Christmas – My Vodka would be ‘Figgy Pudding’ – it gives you a warm kick with a sweet taste.

  30. Tangerine with a hint of cinnemon
    Eggnog- delicious!

  31. Hannah Beadle says:

    Apple and cinnamon vodka :)

  32. Silvia says:

    Caramelized apple – yum!

  33. Laura says:

    ‘Mule Log’ Made with Polish Bison Vodka with a chocolate and Hazelnut taste, a fun play on Yule log 😀

    66 Sleeps to go!

  34. Elle Westwood says:

    Sherry Trifle Flavour :)

  35. Lynn says:

    My ideas are both fruity ones – That’s just peachie – because peach and vodka taste fab together or how about – Cherry Pie – a sweet blend of cherry, syrup and vodka. mmmm

  36. Kevin says:

    A wonderful international touch for the hotel would be Mandarin Orange with Turkish Cloves, served on a tray with Red Carnations, of course!

  37. Claire Grover says:

    Sloes to give colour,
    Cloves to give spice
    A ‘Christmas Clove Warmer’
    To be naughty but nice.

  38. Joe Reeve says:

    Cranberry, Clove & Ginger flavour vodka would be my choice.

  39. Gloria says:

    Brilliant idea, Montague folks! All of the above mentioned drinks sound delicious….

    My only suggestion might be providing the option of making any of your 12 drinks a special “K.C.C.O” version—as in “Keep Calm & Carry On” by making it double-strength. During the hectic holiday season, sometimes you just need to keep calm and carry on!

    Good luck and best wishes for the holidays from your friends in Austin, Texas.

  40. Leah Gillingham says:

    Christmas isn’t Christmas without Orange & Lemon jelly slices under the tree so it is only right to have ORANGE & LEMON JELLY VODKA.

    DATE & WALNUT VODKA is also another one I would love to try over the festive period in the comfort of the Montague ‘Winter Wonderland’.

  41. Carla Martin says:

    Gingerbread boy vodka or spruce vodka

  42. Vanessa Kennedy says:

    My flavours would be Creme brulee, Cranberry and orange and sweet ginger.

  43. Laura Porter says:

    Mulled wine and gingerbread would be my choice of flavours. Or something that smelled of Christmas trees. :)

  44. Kath Cox says:

    Turkish Delight Vodka… afterall it usually finds it’s way into most stocking fillers :)

  45. Lee Gardner says:

    mine would be a bramble vodka

  46. drew munnoch says:

    pineapple and coconut

  47. Margaret Akel says:

    Iced tea vodka, mixed with cola and ice

  48. Elaine Barr says:

    I think Spiced Orange would fit the bill – using Cointrau or Mandarin Napoleon (not sure if spelt correctly) with hints of spice i.e. clove /nutmeg / cinnamon

  49. Martin Dove says:

    Tangerine & Champagne. (12 vodkas of Christmas).

  50. Margaret Leslie says:

    A tantalising warming mix of ginseng and redcurrant to get the blood flowing!

  51. Laura Kirkbright says:

    My Grandma used to make a Christmas Pudding flavour Vodka mix each year for Christmas Cocktail hour and when i was a student i got my Gran to show me how to make it – It was a HIT with my Flat-Mates as they all said it reminded them of home. To make it properly you have to prepare it a few weeks before Christmas to give the flavours a chance to ‘mingle’. It didn’t have a name when my Gran made it but my friends and I named it NAUGHTY AND NICE (from the song ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’)


    Vodka (lots)
    Orange, Lemon and Lime Peel
    Sultanas/raisons (plus any other dried fruit left over from making Xmas Cake!)
    Vanilla essence
    Almond essence (just a drop)
    and a little bit of mixed spice.

    I think last time i made it i used nutmeg and maybe star anise instead of mixed spice…

    Anyways Christmas Pudding Vodka “Naughty AND Nice” is my idea (or my Grans to be precise!)

  52. Blackberry and Apple Strudel with custard flavour for me, it would be called Blappletard

  53. Viv Gilbey says:

    Orange and cranberry would be a fantastic fruity festive flavour!

  54. Stephanie Armstrong says:

    Chrismas Pudding and Rum Sauce flavour – wow that would be something. How about calling is ‘Santapplause’

  55. Cinnamon swirl, a mix of Cinnamon / apple/ mixed spice and a tiny amount of Vanilla.

  56. Kelly Savill says:

    After eight mint flavour as christmas is the only time anyone eats these!

    Or Oreo cookie flavour. Because my husband to be loves them. And vodka.

  57. Elis Jansen says:

    Roast Dinner! Gravy, turkey and potatoe flavour 😛

  58. Lisa Waugh says:

    Chocolate flavour vodka as we always eat too many at christmas so why not drink it too!!

  59. Derek Miller says:

    with the theme being a drink to warm you up in a winter wonderland, how about a sloe-gin and vodka cocktail – a ‘sloe-burner’
    Haven’t been to London in ages, but would always choose the Montague on the Garden. Great location, great welcome and great service!

  60. Christine Hobbs says:

    Roasted chestnut it would remind me of my late grandad who always had chestnuts roasting on his open fire. Sadly he died 6 years ago but I have never forgotten the smell and one swig of the vodka would warm my heart with memories.

  61. Christmas themed vodka… first one would be plum pudding…with the vodka being flavoured with juicy plums and orange.

    The second one would have to be the After dinner mint vodka – with a flavour of either dark or milk chocolate and peppermint essense!!!

  62. Claire C-S says:

    Gingerbread – Vodka, ginger, butterscotch liqueur, hazelnut liqueur, dash of Irish cream, milk, gingerbread cookie to garnish.

  63. Chris L says:

    My suggestion would be :-
    Minced pie flavour or
    satsuma and cranberry flavour

  64. Phyllis Stewart says:

    What fun. I love all the ideas I’ve seen (we also love the Montague). Being from Colorado and having enjoyed a lot of apres skiing, I would suggest a hot spiced wine (with vodka of course). Call it Wine in the Pines since you will have pine trees on the patio. Thanks

  65. chris tattersall says:

    A couple of classic Christmas flavours which blend perfectly with a good vodka – Sloe and Cinnamon

  66. Sue Warr says:

    I would suggest warming Spiced Cherry Vodka

  67. Justin meaden says:

    Great Christmas flavour for me would be “vodka trifle” with sherry, strawberry. Also for a second one “jewelled vodka” which is pomegranate flavour with the seeds as decoration in the glass. Merry Christmas.

  68. Gina meaden says:

    “Vodka chocolate orange”. It had to include chocolate. Or as an alternative “Vodka in a pear tree”. Which is obviously with a hint of pear flavouring. Seasons greetings to you all. X

  69. Justin meaden says:

    “vodka trifle” which would have a taste of sherry and strawberry or as a different option “jewelled vodka” with the taste of pomegranate and the seeds as decoration. Merry Christmas to one and all.

  70. DENISE WALKER says:

    Santa’s coming to town

    …… sure to put a smile on even the grinch’s face – wise men would travel from afar – to sample my drink, its a RISING STAR :))))

    strawberry syrup
    crushed ice

  71. Kristen says:

    I would love to try a warm cinnamon sugar vodka served with a sugar-rimmed class….

    …or, a peppermint snowflake (peppermint with powdered sugar on the rim?)

    …or, a spicy clove ginger-infused vodka called “The Fireplace” –warm and cozy.


  72. Adrian Brodkin says:

    Let’s go for a ‘traditional’ Christmas cocktail.
    A little less brandy on the pudding means that it can me combined with vodka, plums and cream to make a “Santa Surprise”!
    Try coming down the chimney after having a couple of those…..!

  73. Michael says:

    In the spirit of the global city that London has become I’d like to make those a long way from home feel a little more at home this christmas, and also open everyone’s else’s minds to the way others eat and drink their way through the season :-). So for me, it is the “strewth mate!” (pavlova) vodka for our Antipodean friends, if this is at all possible.

  74. Alice Rawlings says:

    Nothing smells like Christmas like all spice & clementines.
    But for something a little more exotic a delicately balanced blend of cranberry, sage, bay, mace, cloves & a little wood smoke. Traditional dinner in a glass – the red sauce’s fruity tang, the stuffing’s resinous herb, bread sauce’s mellow spicing & finally the rich smoky aroma of the pigs in blankets.
    It really could work!

  75. Jean Aherne says:

    Cold i please make a suggestion of clementines, cranberrys and cinnamon flavor vodka.

    It would be delightful to drink in such wonderful Christmas surroundings.

  76. Sarah Forrester says:

    I have emailed you my ideas – thanks !

  77. Alan F says:

    Great idea.

    I would love to try HORSE CHESTNUT flavoured vodka.

    Warm you up on a cold winters evening (or afternoon)

  78. annie tappers says:

    Xmas cracker with chilli and red berries and
    Xmas present with cinnamon and clove,
    all warm and wrapped………

  79. Gary Wright says:

    Hmmmm how about……..

    Orange and apricot, with a hint of brandy…….. And if not a hint of brandy, then a brandy chaser!!

  80. deana says:

    clementine or tangerine juice, white lemonade, ice, and vodka. Called a tangy christmas.

  81. paul hooper says:

    Vodka for Christmas would be rich and divine , flavoured with Cherries , and berries and champagne….mmmm sublime

  82. james picken says:

    after- eight mint flavour

  83. How about Mulled Vodka with Cranberry

    A lovely spiced vodka with a hint of Cranberry

    Ohhhh I can taste it now!

  84. debbie vowles says:

    The traditional ballet of the season is the Nutcracker, hence the birth of the “Nutcracker” vodka, containing a flavouring of hazelnut, almond and vanilla – a magical, festive, elegant and cultured flavour, designed to get you dancing.

  85. So many great suggestions here, but for me there is one Christmas aroma that trumps all others: Christmas trees.

    Pine is only rarely used as a flavour in food, except for some syrups and lozenges aimed at curing coughs. The pine buds have healing properties.

    Some surprising flavours work well in vodka. Pepper vodka is very popular, and one of my own favourites is dill and garlic.

    Pine would not be as savoury as those, but funnily enough, some vodkas already have a slight pine-y taste anyway. You can build on those flavours by infusing a sprig of spiky green pine needles (from a new tree, before the needles start dropping!). It will also give a festive green tinge to the vodka.

    For me, that aroma of pine trees would bellow Christmas. For extra festivity, and for sweetness, it could be made into cocktails with a pine-needle syrup.

  86. Laura Pritchard says:

    Dark chocolate & cranberry flavour mmmm!

  87. Linda Guest says:

    Vodka with cranberry juice and a splash of lime, served over ice. I would call ‘Rudolph’s nose’ because it’s red and cold

  88. Heather Ellis says:

    How about cinder toffee – a real fireside treat – but remember not to light the fire until Santa has made it down the chimney!

  89. diane greenwood says:

    If it’s Christmas, there must be chestnuts and, of course, an open fire on which to roast them…! Think Nat ‘King’ Cole and The Christmas Song (as well as Christina Aguilera!).
    The perfect vodka therefore would be Roasted Chestnut Vodka (simply peeled and roasted chestnuts with nutmeg).
    It guarantees a very Merry Christmas!

  90. lee tunnicliffe says:

    Merry Cinnapplis !! (cinnamon & apple)

    Mine is vodka with a touch of cinnamon and apple… nice and homely and festive. It would be called the above.

  91. felicity says:


    vodka flavoured with cloves and orange brandy (such as Grand Marnier)

  92. Cheryl Kean says:

    chocovodcorange- MMMmmmmm obviously a lovely chocolate orange flavoured vodka! chocolate oranges always remind me of x-mas xx

  93. Francesca Tuck says:

    I think you should have ginger biscuit vodka and dark chocolate and hazelnut vodka.

  94. d mullooly says:

    advocaat and cinnamon

  95. KAREN WIGHTMAN says:

    Christmas Pudding Flavour

  96. Phil W says:

    Christmas Eve – getting together around the fire: Crushed toffee apple vodka, a couple of log-shaped biscotti (not sweet ones) served next to the glass.

  97. Laura says:

    A walnut and honey martini made with walnut liqueur, honey syrup and gin or vodka, glass decorated with walnut crumbles and sugar or something the “panettone” (that’s an italian xmas cake): martini with orange liqueur, vodka, vanilla syrup with glass decorated with lemon zest and sugar

  98. sarah lee says:

    snowball vodka – so it would be vodka advocaat and lime

  99. Lindy Hine says:

    In honour of my favourite soft-centre from the big box of Christmas chocoates, I’ll suggest a Coffee Cream flavoured vodka!

  100. Laura says:

    Cranberry and clove

  101. Jo Boyd says:

    Without using the brand name, there is a particular chocolate which is round and orange flavoured and splits into segments (know the one I mean?). That always reminds me of Christmas, so hopefully a choloate orange vodka would be as yummy!

  102. Angie says:

    marzipan & clementine

  103. Ingrid M says:

    Cherry & chocolate…

  104. Lynn Gibbins says:

    Cranberry and orange

  105. CAROLINE GLASS says:



    2 oz Smirnoff® Black Cherry Twist vodka
    5 oz orange juice or Cranberry
    1 splash sweet and sour mix
    1 dash grenadine syrup

    Pour the Smirnoff Black Cherry vodka into a collins glass filled with ice cubes. Almost fill with orange juice, adding a splash of sour mix and touch of grenadine before serving. Delicious!

    Also sent via email

  106. sarah preston says:

    kiwi and grape

  107. gary statham says:

    cherry brandy

  108. sarah preston says:

    didnt read properly about xmas theme brandy butter and almond flavour

  109. Red wine vodka with a hint of cinamon – delish, believe me, I know!

  110. Kim Lonsbrough says:

    My shot would be called “Fallen Angel”. The glass would be dipped in a william pear liquer and then coated in sugar to give the shot glass a “HALO” effect. Then cinnamon goldschlager would be shaken and added to the glass. The gold flakes settle to the bottom, these are the angels falling! ENJOY!!

  111. Kim Lonsbrough says:

    kim again, I forgot to add to the “Fallen Angel” shot above a dash of red bull if required, because it gives you wings!!

  112. Nicola Warren says:

    Cider, Gluvine & barley wine – wow!!

  113. Linda Smart says:

    Marzipan – I think the flavours of the almonds mixed with vodka would work a treat

  114. shaftesbury says:

    marzipan & clementine ,
    strawberry syrup
    crushed ice

    I think the flavours of the almonds mixed with vodka with Roast Dinner! Gravy turkey

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