When November arrives and all attention turns to Christmas, the seasonal beverage of choice is undoubtedly mulled wine, and how we do love our mulled wine. But that doesn’t mean that your cocktail shaker needs to be put to the back of the cupboard until next summer.
We have scoured the internet to find the very best seasonal cocktails for you to impress your guests with this year. Not only do they taste amazing but look magical too!
Christmas cream liqueur
Those who enjoy a cool yet creamy drink will love the Christmas cream liqueur. Made with plenty of dulce de leche this scrumptious cocktail is perfect for the end of the evening.
· 300g dulce de leche
· 1 tbsp instant coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp boiling water
· 1 tsp vanilla extract
· 300ml Irish whiskey
· 284ml/9½fl oz and 142ml/5fl oz pot single cream
Add the dulce de leche to a bowl and beat in the whiskey, coffee and vanilla until you have a smooth consistency. Add the cream and mix well. Serve in a short glass of your choice over ice.
Source: BBC Good Food
Perhaps an old classic which gets over looked is the winter sidecar. Ideal for those who have little time for preparation but still want to impress.
· 15ml clementine juice
· ground cinnamon
· 50ml cognac
· 30ml Martini Bianco
First of all use some clementine juice to wet the rim of the glass and dip into the ground cinnamon. Then simply add all other ingredients into your cocktail shaker with ice, shake well and strain into the glass.
Source: Jamie Oliver
Cranberry Gin Cocktail
Gin lovers rejoice – You don’t need to go without your favourite tipple just because the sun isn’t shining. The Cranberry Gin Cocktail is perfect for those who like to sip on something more refreshing.
· 1 measure Gin (2 if you like)
· 150 ml Cranberry Juice
· 10 ml Lemon Juice
· Ice Cubes
· Fresh Cranberries
· Mint Leaves
Add plenty of ice to your tumbler glasses and introduce to lemon juice and the serving of gin. Add cranberry juice and finish with mint leaves and cranberries to garnish. It’s that simple!
Source: Lauren Caris Cooks
The perfect winter warmer! This Christmas punch is best served warm (not hot) but be sure to do all the prep work before your guests arrive.
· 1 small orange
· 6 cloves
· 1 bottle red wine
· 55g light soft brown sugar
· Few strips pared lemon rind
· 2 cinnamon sticks, plus extra to serve
· ½tsp finely grated nutmeg
· 75ml brandy
Firstly stud the orange with the cloves, cut in half and place the halves in a pan with the lemon rind, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and wine. Add 200ml of water and stir well. Warm in the pan for 15 minutes to allow the sugar to dissolve and then add the brandy. Serve in a suitable glass or mug and finish with a cinnamon stick.
Source: Good To Know