Festive Drink Ideas

festive cocktail

‘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 taste buds this Christmas!

Festive Mocktails

Apple Cranberry Mocktail

Apple and cranberry are both wonderfully festive flavours that when paired together in a mocktail, work perfectly. This mocktail is simple to make and looks the part, as well as tasting spectacular.

Ingredients for one serving:

  • A sprig of Rosemary
  • 5 cranberries
  • 1 tsp cranberry jam or simple syrup
  • Sparkling water or unflavoured tonic

Method

  1. Gently rub, or express, the sprig of rosemary and place in a tall glass, along with the cranberries.
  2. If you want ice, add ice at this point.
  3. Then, stir in the jam or simple syrup using a long spoon.
  4. Finally, pour the sparkling water or tonic over and enjoy!

Mulled Apple Juice

Mulled wine is a festive classic, but making it with apple juice, or your juice of choice, makes for an all-round winter warmer, perfect no matter what time of day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 carton of apple juice
  • One large orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus (optional) extra to garnish
  • 3 cloves
  • Sugar or honey, to taste

Method

  1. Thickly slice the orange and firmly stick a clove into each slice. This stops you having to fish cloves out before serving
  2. In a large pan, empty the apple juice.
  3. Add in the orange and cinnamon sticks.
  4. Bring the pan to a gentle simmer, but don’t let it boil
  5. Once at your desired temperature, ladle into mugs and serve.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is already a lovely treat when the weather is less than pleasant but mixed with peppermint it is elevated to a whole other festive level. Hot chocolate is already a lovely treat when the weather is less than pleasant but mixed with peppermint and it elevates it to a whole other festive level.

Ingredients

  • 200g bar plain or dark cooking chocolate
  • 600ml milk of choice. If using plant milk, choose a barista standard one.
  • 150ml pot single or double cream
  • Sugar to taste
  • 6 peppermint candy canes, to serve

Method

  1. Pour the milk and cream into a pan, and gently heat, making sure not to let it boil
  2. Grate or shave the chocolate into the milk.
  3. Stir until the chocolate is fully melted
  4. Add in sugar to taste
  5. Serve with a candy cane, and any toppings you want. We recommend marshmallows!

Christmas Cocktail Ideas 

Classic Eggnog 

Eggnog is a traditional festive drink, especially in the USA. It’s deliciously warming and very filling. Now a popular latte flavour as well, eggnog is so enjoyable when homemade.

Ingredients

  • 50g caster sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 397g can of condensed milk
  • 100ml brandy

Method

  1. Heat the sugar and water until the sugar has fully dissolved, taking care not to let it burn or boil, and then let it cool.
  2. Beat the egg yolks together with the vanilla until a smooth mixture has formed
  3. Then, add the condensed milk, brandy and now cooled sugar syrup into the egg yolks and mix well
  4. Pour into a container or jug, and chill for two hours
  5. Serve within 24 hours, over ice, in a brandy sized glass.

egg nog

Festive Negroni

A negroni is always a popular drink, but at Christmas you can add a festive twist with some additional ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 3 sticks of cinnamon
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 crushed cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 200ml gin
  • Ice, as needed
  • 100-200ml vermouth
  • 100-200ml Campari
  • Fresh bay leaves, to serve

Method

  1. Warm the spices, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and cardamom, in a frying pan. They should not char, simply warm up
  2. Once warmed, pour them into a jar or sealed container with the gin. Let infuse for 48 hours
  3. Once infused, strain the gin.
  4. Measure out 25ml each of the infused gin, vermouth and Campari into a glass with ice in.
  5. Garnish each with a bay leaf

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!

Ingredients

  • 2 – 3 ice cubes
  • 240ml V8® Original vegetable juice 
  • 50ml whisky/port
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • Cinnamon stick
  • A pickled onion garnish

Method

  1. Place ice into a tall glass with the whisky or port, as preferred
  2. Mix in the V8®, Worcestershire sauce and ground pepper.
  3. Squirt the lemon juice over
  4. Garnish with a pickled onion and cinnamon stick

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