Fabulous Christmas Cocktails and Festive Drink Ideas to Enjoy at Home!
Well this Christmas more than ever, I think we’re all ready for some much needed festive cheer and joy. Despite the trials and tribulations of this year, Christmas is still a time to cherish, kick back and relax, and to enjoy lots of wonderful seasonal food and drink. And what ever your plans are for this Christmas, your celebrations are likely to be centred around spending more time at home. So we thought we’d share with you some fabulous cocktail and drink ideas for you to make yourself, to help get you well and truly in the Christmas spirit.
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 up 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