I say dread purely because I have memories of making my self horribly sick on it as a twelve year old!
My Top Ten Christmas Cocktails (Alcoholic)
1. Mulled Wine – No drink says Christmas quite like mulled wine!
To make from scratch:
- 2 bottles of red wine
- An orange with cloves stuck in it
- 2 oranges, sliced
- 2 lemons, sliced
- 6 tbsp of sugar or honey
- A cinnamon stick around 5cm long.
To make the mulled wine:
Place all the ingredients in a pot, with 1.5 litres of water. Heat gently until simmering, continue simmering for 20 mins. Makes approx. 24 glasses
2. Egg Nog – A firm favourite for the holiday season in the USA and steadily gaining popularity in the UK, Eggnog can be ready-bought in cartons, then simply add generous amounts of your favourite tipple (usually rum).
If you are feeling particularly festive and wish to make your own Eggnog from scratch, find a fab recipe on http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Eggnog-from-Scratch/Detail.aspx. Do be careful when serving raw eggs to vulnerable people such as children, the elderly and pregnant ladies; shop bought is probably the safer option (and you’d probably want to leave out the rum for the children and mums to be!).
Gorgeous image credit and fun facts about eggnog http://fillyourplate.org/blog/fun-facts-about-eggnog/
3. Candy Cane Cocktail – These minty creations look truly sumptuous, there are a few variations according to taste and colour, but with all of them a crushed candy cane is used as decoration on the glass rim:
From Martha Stewart (red candy cane martini):
From Everyone’s an original (green candy cane martini):
- 1 oz Absolut vodka
- 1 oz Peter Heering cherry liqueur
- 1/8 oz Green Crème de Menthe
- 1/8 oz Grenadine
- Splash of soda
4. Frost Cocktail from Attention 2 Detail
- 1 shot vodka (recommended: Blue Ice)
- 1 shot blue fruit- and cognac liqueur (recommended: Envy)
- 1/2 shot orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Cointreau)
- 1 cup ice cubes
5. Partridge in a Pear Tree from TrueRum:
- 1.5 measures golden Authentic Caribbean Rum
- 1 measure fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2 measures pear juice
- 1 measure simple syrup (2 measures sugar / 1 measure water)
- 4 sprigs of mint (use 1 sprig as a garnish)
- soda water
Add rum, simple syrup, lime juice, pear juice and three sprigs of mint to a cocktail shaker and muddle until desired flavour is achieved. Strain into tall glass filled with ice and top with soda water.
6. Berry Sparkle from The Nibble:
- 2 ounces raspberry vodka
- 1 ounce cranberry juice
- 1/4 ounce lime juice
- 1/2 ounce honey syrup
- Club soda
- Rosemary sprigs for garish
- Fresh raspberries for garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker.
- Add ice and shake vigorously.
- Strain over ice into a highball glass, and top off with club soda.
- Garnish with fresh raspberries and a rosemary sprig.
7. Yuletini from Liverpool daily Post:
Shake a shot and a half of dark cacao liqueur with half a shot of Goldschlager and strain into a martini glass, add a cream float and dust with cinnamon.
Christmas Pudding Cocktail (on the right):
Shake one part Southern Comfort with one part Drambuie and strain into a large balloon wine glass.Add Guinness and stir. Top up with lots of ice and garnish with a mint sprig.
8. Red Champagne from MixnSip:
- 2 1/2 oz raspberries
- 3 fresh mint leaves
- 1 – 2 drops rose water
- 1 – 2 tsp Amaretto
- Bottle of pink champagne
- Mush raspberries, mint, rose water and Amaretto really, really well in a separate glass or mixer
- Put a tsp of this mix in the bottom of a champagne flute and top with the chilled champagne.
- Garnish with fresh raspberries
9. Christmas Cranberry Ginger Fizz from Creative Culinary:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- 1/2 orange, cut into slices
- 1 1/2 cups dry gin
- 1 cup chilled Ginger Ale
- 4 mint springs
Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stir until sugar is dissolved. Heat the syrup to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Add the cranberries and simmer for 2-3 minutes until they just begin to burst. Remove from heat and let cool in syrup.
Place 2 Tablespoons drained cranberries and 6 Tablespoons cranberry syrup in a large pitcher; add the lemon wedges and orange slices. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, vigorously mash the fruit. Stir in gin and let steep for at least 5 minutes. Strain into a medium pitcher. Fill 4 glasses with crushed ice and 1/4 cup ginger ale.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then pour half the cranberry mixture into the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds, strain liquid into two glasses. Repeat. Mound additional ice on top of each glass and garnish with 3 candied cranberries and a mint sprig.
10. Gingerbread Apple Christmas Cocktail from TheseheavenlyHolidays:
You Will Need:
- 2 ounces of Domaine de Canton
- 1 ounce of Vanilla Vodka
- 2 1/2 ounces of Apple Cider
- A Few Drops of Lemon Juice
- Agave Syrup
- Orange Zest
Coat the rim of your cocktail glass with the agave syrup and follow with spiced crushed graham cracker crumbs (or ginger nuts for us Brits?). Leaving the orange zest aside, vigorously shake your remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker for twenty seconds. Strain the mix into the prepared cocktail glass and garnish with the orange zest.
For the kids and non-drinkers
1. Sunrise Morning Cocktail from Tumblr:
- 4 tablespoons grenadine
- 4 cups orange juice
- crushed ice
Add ice to 4 glasses. Pour 1 tablespoon grenadine syrup over ice in each glass. Slowly add 1 cup orange juice. Stir only if desired (drinks in this photo were not stirred). makes 4 servings.
2. Santa’s Hat from Sainsbury’s
For this non-alcoholic cocktail, dip the rim of a martini glass into water, then into a plate of sugar to create the ‘fluff’ on Santa’s hat.
Fill with 50ml cranberry juice drink mixed with 25ml orange juice and garnish with redcurrants.
3. Apricot Gingerini from Pregnancy&Baby:
- 2 1/2 oz white grape juice
- 3 oz apricot nectar
- 1 oz ginger-infused simple syrup
- 1/4 tsp ground clove
Pour first three ingredients and most of the ground clove into a mixing glass fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the remaining ground clove and enjoy!
4. Sleeping Beauty Smoothie from Hubpages:
- 1 peeled and sliced banana,
- 2oz strawberries,
- 2 oz dates,
- 4 tea spoons of honey,
- 9 oz orange juice,
- 5 crushed ice cubes.
Blend the banana, dates, strawberries and honey until nice and smooth. Add the orange juice and ice and re-blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass, decorate with an orange slice and umbrella.
5. Mock Mai Thai from UnderSinkChillers:
Take a (empty) glass, dip the rim in a saucer of any fruit syrup, and dip into a saucer of sugar, to create a pretty decoration. – Fill a quarter of the glass with peach juice, and the remaining space with orange juice. Remember to leave a little room for ice! – Drizzle grenadine syrup into the glass, and watch it create beautiful patterns. Finally, add ice.
6. Pink Lemonade from Starzuk:Lemon Juice, White Sugar, Grenadine & Soda
7. Rasberry Bumble: Raspberries, Apple Juice & Ginger Ale
8. Classic Shirley Temple from OnMilwaukee :
A combination of soda, grenadine and marachino cherries. The Shirley Temple calls for ginger ale or white soda, and the Roy Rogers is mixed with cola. The Shirley Temple — which was invented by a Los Angeles bartender for the child star who found herself in bars quite often — sometimes has orange juice in it.
9. Shrek & Fiona from You Party:
10. Cheerful Cherry Mocktail from Prevention:
- 1 cup cherry juice,
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup cold water.
Pour over ice and garnish each glass with an orange slice. Try freezing small pieces of lemon, orange, or lime peel in your ice cubes.
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