Christmas is a time for people to come together, reminisce on the passing year and get a little merry along the way. Any excuse for a tipple, even on a school night. Get your festive nuptials in full swing with seasonally-inclined cocktails to make your guests feel warm and fuzzy.
Here are the recipes for two of our favourite. Chin chin!
1 bottle of dry white wine
1 heaped cup of fresh cranberry
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 granny smith apple
8 mls of simple syrup
juice of 1 lemon
juice of 1 orange
10 mls of Triple Sec
1 In a large jug add your ingredients together
2 Refrigerate for 24hours, if possible. The flavour intensity will develop the longer you leave your mix to sit.
3 Serve over ice
4 Find a cozy spot under the Mistletoe, sip, and enjoy
30 mls vodka
30 mls Bailey’s liquor
15 mls Kahlua liquor
15 mls gingerbread syrup
½ scoop vanilla ice cream (very soft, leave till partially melted)
1 Mix the Vodka, Baileys, Kahlua, gingerbread syrup and vanilla ice cream in a shaker with ice
2 Shake well (stir later)
3 Pour into a chilled martini glass that has been rimmed with gingerbread crumbs, use the Baileys as an adhesive. Pour some on a saucer to dip the rims and then dip onto the crumbs
4 Complete with a small helping of whipped cream, and sprinkle some gingerbread crumbs on top.
5 Enjoy by the fireplace, with a tasty gingerbread man.
2 oranges, thinly sliced crosswise
50 grams of pomegranate seeds
175 mls of late-harvest white wine, such as late-harvest Riesling, chilled
Ice cubes, for serving
Two bottles sparkling wine, chilled
3 tablespoons sugar
174 grams of diced fresh pineapple
200 mls pomegranate juice
1 In a punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously.
2 Add the sparkling wine and late-harvest white wine, then add the orange slices, diced pineapple and pomegranate seeds.
3 Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes.
45 mls Pisco brandy
8 mls Cointreau
15 mls oz thyme simple syrup ( 120ml water, 110gs sugar, 5 sprigs of thyme)
15 mls lime juice
1 fig (quartered)
sprig of thyme and 1/2 fig for garnish
1 Make the simple syrup by bringing water to the boil in the pan. Add sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Turn off heat and add fresh thyme. Allow to sit for 5 minutes then strain into a jar and allow to cool
2 Add the quartered fig to a mixing glass along with the cooled simple syrup and stir to break down figs slighty.
3 Add ice and remaining ingredients and shake vigorously.
4 Strain the cocktail into a glass and serve with a sprig of fresh thyme and fig segment.
Find more festive cocktails on IMAGE Brides Pinterest, and plan a bash for an excuse to bring out your cocktail shaker.
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