Who doesn’t love Christmas – we certainly do! And one of the best bits of the festive season, has to be all of the delicious food and drink that we get to indulge in. It’s hopefully also a time where we also get to relax and spend time with friends – so what better time than to enjoy some festive tipples. To help you do just that, we thought we’d share with you some fabulous cocktail and drink ideas for you to make yourself at home. Cheers!
Let’s start with our Winter Pimm’s recipe, a great alternative to mulled wine, this winter warmer never fails to hit the spot! This recipe makes quite a lot, so is perfect for a gathering. Start by warming through 500ml of brandy, with 500ml of Pimm’s No. 1 and 2 litres of cloudy apple juice. Finally add a sliced orange, apple and 2 cinnamon sticks. Check the temperature, then served in a festive or glass mug.
Pimp your fizz
If you love your prosecco or champagne why not pimp up you fizz! Keep it simple by adding a dash of Chambord – the gorgeous black raspberry liqueur to your flute of fizz – topped off of course with a raspberry, or instead add a splash of Crème de Cassis for a classic Kir Royale.
And those with a sweeter tooth will love a Bakewell Fizz, with the flavours based on a traditional Bakewell tart. To make this drink you’ll need to add a Kirsch soaked cherry to the bottom of your flute, then add 25ml of Amaretto Disaronno, followed by 15ml of Cherry Kirsch, topped up with your preferred choice of fizz – delicious!
Let’s face it Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a few cocktails so here’s a few of our favourites for you to enjoy.
We had to include a Passion Fruit Martini – as to be honest we could find an excuse to drink this cocktail any time of the year, then there’s a Winter Spritz for those who enjoy the bitter Italian aperitif Aperol and then finally a Ginger Fizz for a fruity drink with the kick of ginger. All of these are easy to make, you will just need a cocktail shaker, a strainer and a measurer – a jigger in different sizes if you’re fancy!
Winter Spritz (Recipe serves 1)
Aperol 50ml, prosecco 75ml, ginger beer to taste, orange slices to garnish.
- Pour the Aperol and prosecco into a glass full of ice
- Top up with ginger beer
- Garnish with slices of orange
Passion Fruit Martini (Recipe serves 1)
Ingredients: Absolut Vanilla Vodka 60ml, passion fruit puree 30ml, sugar syrup 30ml, fresh lime juice 15ml, garnished with half a passion fruit.
- Add ice to the large end of the cocktail shaker until it is about a third full
- Add all of the liquid ingredients
- Fix the lid and shake for 10 seconds
- Strain into a martini glass
- Garnish with half a passion fruit
Ginger Fizz – (Recipe serves 1)
Ingredients: London Dry Gin 50ml, Luxardo cherry liqueur 10ml, lime juice 30ml, pineapple juice 60ml, ginger beer 50ml, garnish with a slice of pineapple.
- Add ice to the large end of the cocktail shaker or large mixing glass until it is about a third full
- Add all of the liquid ingredients (apart from the ginger beer) and stir
- Strain into a highball glass with ice
- Top up with the ginger beer
- Garnish with a slice of pineapple