I’ve wanted to do a post like this for so long! I love a good bevvy whether it be hot or cold, but particularly a beautifully crafted one! This is one of the reasons I absolutely cannot wait to move out; I have already found my perfect Bar Cart that’ll take pride of place in either the living or dining area of our home. It’ll hopefully be filled with a multitude of liqueurs and gins so that I can take cocktail making to the next level!
The recipes that are about to follow are most definitely not hard and can be easily whipped up if you’re having guests over this festive season. I must stress, before delving into this excitingly festive post, that you should always drink responsibly! Know your limit and be aware of what you’re drinking, especially at this time of the year when so many incidents and accidents on the road can occur from irresponsible drinking.
Anyway, now that the serious part is out of the way, lets get into the festivities! I will try, where I can, to suggest ways to make these drinks non-alcoholic for the designated driver/ those who aren’t fussed about drinking.
All of these recipes and the corresponding measurements are based on making enough to serve two. Needless to say, many evenings this past week have been spent sampling the fruits of my labour! And I probably should also mention that we had a strict rule of only making one cocktail per evening so as not to drink too much!
Christmas Kir Royale
I love a good Kir Royale! This one isn’t particularly dissimilar from the original classic, but I have added a little festive glamour to make it feel more special. For me, a Kir Royale is inherently Christmassy anyway, so why shouldn’t it be included here!?
For this you’ll need:
- 50ml Chambord; or other type of Blackberry Liqueur
- Champagne or Prosecco; these can be as cheap as you like because the liqueur will add most of the flavour. Make sure it is well chilled before using it though!
- Two sprigs of Rosemary and Blackberries to garnish
Now, to make the drink look fancy with the gradient effect that distinguishes it as a Kir Royale, you should firstly measure in your Blackberry Liqueur. Then, using a small spoon at an angle only slightly above the glass, gently pour your bubbly of choice onto the spoon, letting it then pass into the glass at a very slow and steady pace. Basically, what your doing here is stopping the bubbly from directly hitting your liqueur so that it stays separated as you fill the fluted glass up. Then all that’s left to do is make it look pretty with some festive fur from the Rosemary and a bit of decadence with a blackberry in each glass. To make this drink non-alcoholic you can just swap out the Liqueur for a blackberry fruit syrup and use a light sparkling soft drink like Sloer in place of the champagne or prosecco
Chocolate and Hazelnut Martini
This is for the person with the most enormous sweet tooth in your life! This drink is the most full-on and the most boozy out of the five, but is delicious as a dessert drink or a little treat towards the end of the evening. The key thing with this is the Frangelico Hazelnut Liquer used to give it a nutty, dessert-like quality. My mum and dad bought my bottle for me last christmas, and although I’ve used it more in baking, it works exceptionally well in this cocktail.
Here’s what you need:
- Double Measure/50ml of Absolut Vodka
- Double Measure/50ml of Frangelico
- Double Measure/50ml of Baileys Chocolat Luxe
- 1 or 2 Tbsp of Choc Shot depending on how chocolatey you want it
- Whipping cream that has been whisked to a stiff consistency
- Crumbled biscuits; gingerbread or digestives will work well
All you do to rustle this one up is put your three types of booze and the Choc Shot sauce in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake this up very well and put a bit of elbow grease into it! Then pour out the drinks into two martini glasses. Then you carefully spoon your whipping cream into the centre, praying that it’ll manage to stay peeking out of the drink (I had some issues with this so be warned!). Use a little drizzle of the Choc Shot and a crumbled biscuit to garnish and you’re done! Unfortunately, this one would be rather difficult to make alcohol-free due to it being mostly booze, so I am sorry about that! (But not that much really! ;))
Cran-Merry Fizz Mocktail
This one is alcohol free! Hurrah!! And it’s a complete doddle to make too! If you’re not a fan of cranberry juice you can use another red berry beverage of your choice as long as it’ll pair well with ginger and cinnamon! My measurements are a little non-existent in this one because it really depends on the size of the glasses you’re using. Just basically do half and half of the two soft drinks.
You will need:
- 1 Part Cranberry Juice
- 1 Part Ginger Ale
- Lime Juice
- 1tbsp of Caster Sugar mixed well with 1tsp of Cinnamon
- Cinnamon sticks and Cranberries for decoration
First you’ll need to rim your glasses to make them look super fancy. To do this you just need to run half a lime round the rim of your glass and then dip it into the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Pop some ice in at this time if you want it to be extra cold. Then, using a jug or something that’ll allow you to have control over your pouring, add your cranberry and ginger ale to each glass. Give a good squeeze of lime to each one and if you do like it more on the sweet side, feel free to add a reserved spoon-full of sugar too! As well as adding a good helping of fresh cranberries to each glass, I placed a festive cinnamon stick over the top and added a pretty paper straw to give it a little something extra.
Jolly Gin and Tonic
Now granted, I know you’re probably thinking that there’s no way a Gin and Tonic can be festive. Well, I might just give you a run for your money with this one! The flavour combination of this drink is super appropriate for this time of year and it’s basically all to do with the most amazing Gin from the Edinburgh Gin Company. My gin of choice this Christmas is the Plum and Vanilla gin from the Edinburgh Gin Company and with a few added extras, it makes for the classiest G&T ever.
All you’ll need is:
- Double Measure of Plum and Vanilla Gin
- Fever Tree Light Tonic (you can use lemonade if you don’t like Tonic water!)
- Whole Star Anise
- 2 Vanilla Pods
- Edible glitter
This is super easy to put together. Just put your double measure of gin in your glass of choice, top it up with the tonic (or lemonade), add some ice if you want it to be on the chilled side and then pop a star anise in the glass with some gold edible glitter for ultimate opulence. Finish with a vanilla pod to let the guest know their drink involves this flavour!
This is my favourite of the five I think, but I do love all of them of course! If you enjoy almond-y/ Cherry Bakewell flavours then you’ll love this drink!
You will need:
- Single or double measure of Disaronno (depending on how strong you like it)
- Cranberry juice (or cherry juice if you don’t like cranberry)
- Fresh cranberries to garnish and some edible glitter
It goes without saying that this is supremely easy to put together. Just add your Disaronno and top it up with your juice. You can either chill the juice to make the drink slightly cold or add ice. You could even get really fancy and freeze the cranberries if you have the time/remember to do it! Then add a generous amount of glitter and drop in your cranberries to finish!
So those are five of my favourite cocktails to have at this time of year! Super easy and quick to whip up and they’ll really impress your guests.
If you try any of these please let me know and if you have another staple drink that you like to serve at Christmas be sure to share it too!!
Merry Christmas one and all, I hope it’s a day filled with love and good spirits!
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