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12 Days of Christmas Cocktails

We haven’t got long left before Christmas now, 17 days in fact so I want to try and get some festive posts up. The plan was to blog my little heart out while I’m away at the log cabins,  but I go home tomorrow and so far I have written a big fat zero. Unfortunately, Thea’s teeth as per usually have been playing havoc. That combined with not knowing where she has, we’ve had even less sleep than usual. 

Anyway, while she’s napping, I’m typing as fast as I can. 

This blog is going to feature some Christmas cocktails/alcoholic drinks. These are not my own recipes- I’m not that creative, and I must admit and I haven’t tried them all, but the list will contain ones that I would certainly like to try! 

1: Christmas Punch

Ingredients 

  • 30ml.
  • Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold
  • 30ml.
  • Sherry
  • 100ml.
  • Sparkling Water
  • 15ml.
  • Lemon Juice
  • 1tbsp
  • Honey
  • 1slice(s)
  • Orange
  • 5piece(s)
  • Cloves

Method

  1. Add ice to a shaker.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  3. Pour in Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold.
  4. Add 30ml Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold to the shaker.
  5. Add honey, lemon juice and sherry.
  6. Add in 30ml sherry, 1 tbsp honey and 15ml lemon juice.
  7. Shake vigorously.
  8. Holding the shaker with one hand on each end, thrust forward and back quickly until the surface of the shaker feels chilled.
  9. Strain into a glass.
  10. Pour the liquid from the shaker through a cocktail strainer or sieve into a tumbler or rocks glass.
  11. Garnish with a clove-studded orange slice.

2: Pimms Blackberry and Elderflower

Ingredients 

  • Pimm’s® Blackberry & Elderflower
  • 3piece(s)
  • Blackberries
  • 100ml.
  • Lemonade

Method

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes
  3. Pour Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower into the glass.
  4. Using a jigger, measure 50ml Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower into the glass.
  5. Top up with lemonade.
  6. Pour 100ml lemonade into the glass to top up.
  7. Garnish with blackberries.

3: Slow Cooked Spiced Wine

Ingredients 

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine (choose something fruity but not too sweet. Merlot, Zinfandel, or Cabernet Sauvignon all work well)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • Orange slices, for garnish
  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish

Method

  1. (750 ml) bottle red wine (choose something fruity but not too sweet. Merlot, Zinfandel, or Cabernet Sauvignon all work well)
  2. 1/4 cup honey
  3. 1 orange, zested and juiced
  4. 2 cups apple cider
  5. 5 whole cloves
  6. 4 green cardamom pods
  7. 2 cinnamon sticks
  8. 1 whole star anise
  9. 1/4 cup brandy
  10. Orange slices, for garnish
  11. Cinnamon sticks, for garnish

4: Ginger Snaps Cocktail

Ingredients 

  • 60ml ginger beer
  • Finely ground gingerbread biscuit
  • Ice
  • 15ml ginger juice
  • 45ml dark rum
  • 4ml cinnamon schnapps
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Crystallised ginger square

Method

  1. Pour enough ginger beer into a saucer to cover and dip a martini glass into the saucer to coat the rim. Then dip the martini glass into a saucer of ground biscuit.
  2. Scoop the ice into a shaker and pour in the ginger juice, rum and cinnamon schnapps. Add the pinch of ground cloves and the egg white to the shaker. Shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds until the drink is frothy and foamy. The longer you shake, the foamier the drink.
  3. Add the ginger beer and stir slightly. Pour into a glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and crystallised ginger square, and sprinkle the top with finely ground gingerbread cookie.

5: Candy Cane Cooler

Ingredients 

For the infusion

  • 50 g fresh mint leaves, de-stemmed
  • 1 bottle quality vodka

For the cocktail

  • 1 tbs crushed candy cane or peppermint candy
  • 45 ml mint infused vodka
  • 8 ml B&B (Benedictine and Brandy)
  • 15 ml Half-and-half (can be substituted with 7.5 ml whole milk and 7.5 ml single cream)
  • Ice
  • Peppermint stick
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Method

For the infusion: 

  1. Thoroughly wash mint leaves and place in a decanter or jar. Empty vodka into a container and crush slightly to release the essential oils.

For the cocktail: 

  1. Place crushed candy cane bits into pint glass. Crush the candy cane slightly, breaking up the bigger pieces. Add vodka, brandy and half-and-half and stir.
  2. Pour into a shaker with ice. Shake lightly to chill and strain into a glass full of ice. Add a peppermint stick and stir. Garnish with a mint sprig

6: Eggnog


Ingredients 

  • 1L milk
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 600ml light rum
  • 1L single cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and cinnamon in a saucepan; heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes, then slowly bring to the boil.

Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until fluffy. 
  2. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mixture into saucepan. 
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until thick. Do not allow mixture to boil. 
  4. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about an hour.
  5. Stir in rum, cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

7: S’mores Delight

Ingredients 

  • 1 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 1. Tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 15 ml Kahlua or coffee liqueur
  • 15 ml dark rum
  • 15 ml vodka
  • 30 ml almond milk
  • Ice
  • Torched mini-marshmallows for garnish

Method

  1. In a pint glass, mix together the peanut butter and chocolate syrup. Stir in the Kahlua until well blended. Stir in the vodka and rum and add then add the almond milk. 
  2. Fill a martini shaker with ice and add the mixture. Shake vigorously until well chilled. 
  3. Drizzle the insides of a martini glass with chocolate syrup. Strain the cocktail into the martini glass. Put 3-4 mini-marshmallows onto a skewer and toast with a kitchen blowtorch. Place over glass.

8: Pink Fizz

Ingredients 

  • 4 sugar cubes
  • 2 tbsp red or pink food colouring
  • Edible glitter, gold or pink (available online)
  • 1 bottle cava or sparkling wine

Method

  1. Dip a white sugar cube in some pink or red food colouring and pop it in the bottom of a champagne flute.
  2. Add a good pinch of gold or pink edible glitter and then top with some cava or sparking wine…..you’ll have a pink, glittery festive drink to welcome your guests with!

9: Golden Daiquiri 

Ingredients

  • 6 fresh raspberries
  • 1 packed tbsp dark brown sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • 60ml golden rum
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 tbsp)

Method

  1. Muddle raspberries with sugar in a glass.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum and lime juice, shake until chilled. (In general, the drink is ready by the time the shaker mists up.)
  3. Pour drink with some ice over the berries in the glass.

10: Christmas Cookie Cocktail

Ingredients 

  • Chocolate sauce, for drizzling
  • 60ml White Godiva vodka
  • 60ml Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 15ml peppermint schnapps
  • 15ml single cream
  • Miniature candy canes or chocolate shavings for garnish

Method

  1. Drizzle chocolate sauce on a chilled martini glass.
  2. Add a measure of White Godiva Vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, peppermint schnapps and single cream.
  3. Garnish with a miniature candy cane or chocolate shavings.

11: Peppermint Hot Chocolate With A Twist


Ingredients 

  • 50ml Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Liqueur 
  • 200ml hot chocolate
  • 1 dollop whipped cream
  • 1 peppermint stick

Method

  1. Mix your favourite hot chocolate or cocoa powder with milk and heat.
  2. Pour a shot of Smirnoff Peppermint Twist into the drink.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream and a peppermint stick.

12: Cranberry Sauce Margarita 


Ingredients 

  • brown sugar
  • 1 c. ice
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 lime
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. chunky cranberry sauce
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Cranberries, fresh or frozen

Method 

  1. Rim a margarita glass with brown sugar.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, tequila, the juice of 1 lime, chunky cranberry sauce, and honey.
  3. Shake, then strain mixture into glass.
  4. Garnish with fresh or frozen cranberries.

Hope you like my choice of Christmas cocktails. Let me know if you have had any before or if you decide to make one of them. Would love to hear your thoughts. 

Siaan x

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