‘Tis the season for a Christmas Bloody Mary! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and in these unprecedented times that are 2020, the majority of people are staying indoors and enjoying the festive period with their family. There is no better time to get creative in the kitchen and learn how to make your own festive treats. Read on for our most festive mocktail & cocktail ideas to tickle your tastebuds this Christmas!
Festive Mocktail Drinks
Apple Cranberry Mocktail
To make the apple cranberry mocktail, simply place a sprig or rosemary and 4-5 cranberries in a glass with 1 tsp of cranberry simple syrup or cranberry jam. Pour in cranberry or vanilla in with your sparkling soda water over top and enjoy! This one will not only taste scrummy, but also look the part.
- Cranberry jam
- Soda water
Mulled Apple Juice
Don’t leave anyone out in the cold – this spiced citrus mulled apple juice holds all the flavour of the traditional drink with none of the alcohol. Kids will also love this non-boozy winter warmer. All you need to do is gently warm the apple juice and add your garnish, and then you’re done. Mmm!
- 1L apple juice
- Strips of orange peel
- 1 cinnamon stick, plus (optional) extra to garnish
- 3 cloves
- Sugar or honey, to taste
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Combine chocolate, cream, milk and stripy candy sticks for a hot cocoa with real Christmas cheer. Give your favourite chocolate creation a festive facelift with peppermint candy cane stirrers that dissolve as you stir. Our peppermint hot chocolate is the perfect no-effort recipe to whip out at a moments notice.
- 200g bar plain chocolate, broken into chunks
- 600ml milk
- 150ml pot single or double cream
- 6 peppermint candy canes, to serve
Christmas Cocktail Ideas
Get into the festive spirit with eggnog, a classic Christmas drink made with brandy, cream, eggs and vanilla. Serve with plenty of ice in tumbler glasses. Start by heating the sugar and water, until the sugar has dissolved. Beat the egg yolks with the vanilla, add the condensed milk, brandy and cooled sugar syrup, mixing well. Pour and you’ll be ready to serve!
Give the popular Italian cocktail Negroni a Christmassy twist with cinnamon, star anise and bay leaves. Serve over ice and drink a toast to the New Year. To make this drink put the cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cardamom, and fry for five minutes, tip all the toasted spices into a medium jar and pour over the gin. Seal and chill for 48 hours if you want to infuse. Strain the infused gin through a fine mesh sieve and fill four to eight glasses with ice.
To mix the cocktail, tip 25ml each infused gin, vermouth and Campari into the glasses, then garnish with orange slices and bay leaves, mmm you’re finished!
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole cloves
- 2 star anise
- 2 cardamom pods, crushed
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 200ml gin
- 100-200ml vermouth
- 100-200ml Campari
- orange slices and fresh bay leaves, to serve
Christmas Style V8 Bloody Mary
A Sunday brunch favourite, this delicious classic cocktail is best enjoyed with friends or family. We have modified the ingredients of our very own Classic Bloody Mary to create this Christmas inspired cocktail, enjoy! Place ice into a tall glass with the whisky or port with the V8, Worcestershire sauce and pepper then stir well and add your festive garnishes!
- 2 – 3 ice cubes
- 240ml V8® Original vegetable juice
- 50ml whisky/port
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pinch of salt and ground black pepper
- Cinnamon and Cloves
- A pickled onion garnish