Christmas cocktails to warm your cockles20 November 2018
Despite global warming, it’s still fairly chilly outside, and what better way to warm your cockles as it were, than with a cheeky crimbo cocktail, or six? We have six different and delicious Christmas-themed cocktails that you can make in the comfort of your own kitchen this festive season. Sure to warm you up (and impress your guests), now you can jazz up your winter weekends without even stepping foot in your local pub.
All you need to do is decide whether you’re more of a classic, present or futuristic Christmas kind of person, before you pick up the ingredients you need from your favourite supermarket and start concocting delicious drinks. But bah humbug, whatever you are, here’s the roundup.
The Cocktails of Christmas Past
It would be rude to leave mulled wine off our list and this is one of the easiest brews to make as home, as you’ll find all the ingredients you need from the likes of Ocado and Sainsbury’s. It may be wise to pick us a bottle of Vanish while you’re there, as this one’s a crowd pleaser and simply loves a clean carpet.
You’ll need the following for a festive few:
- 3 cloves, 1 star anise and a pinch of grated nutmeg/cheat with a tablespoon of allspice
- 1 bay leaf
- Orange rind
- Lemon rind
- 1 bottle of red wine
- Roughly 100g sugar (to taste)
Simply combine the lemon rind, spices and wine in a pan. Heat very gently and add the sugar after 20 minutes or so. Serve once the sugar is dissolved and when the scent of Christmas is simply too much to resist.
Not just reserved for Grandpa, and also perfect if you’re coming down with a cold, a Hot Toddy is a light and warming Christmas classic. This is what you’ll need for a toddy, on your tod:
- ¾ cup water
- 35 ml whiskey
- Honey, to taste, (use agave/maple syrup to make vegan)
- 2 or 3 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
- Lemon round
- 1 cinnamon stick.
Simmer the water and pour into your mug. Add the whiskey, honey and lemon juice until fully dissolved. Sweeten to taste and add more lemon if you prefer a bitter kick. Garnish as you like and cosy up.
The Cocktails of Christmas Present
There’s no Christmas party without punch - and let’s face it - rum makes everyone happy. This is our favourite Christmas Punch recipe:
- Apple juice
- Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Dark rum
- Cointreau/other orange-flavoured liqueur
- Sugar (to taste)
- Garnish suggestions: cranberries (fresh/frozen), fresh cinnamon, edible baubles.
Mix all of the above in a bowl, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with soda water, ice, and decorate better than your Christmas tree.
The Crimbo 75
A festive take on the French 75, this one is likely to get the Grinch himself to the dancefloor.
- 60g golden caster sugar (or to taste)
- 1 tbsp allspice
- 200ml rum
- Freshly squeezed juice of 4 limes
- 1 bottle of prosecco
Gently heat the sugar and spice in a saucepan with 30 ml water until the sugar has dissolved. Strain the syrup and cool before mixing in a cocktail shaker with the rum, lime juice and ice.
Pour in to 6 flute glasses, top with the bubbles and decorate with an orange twist or a few frozen cranberries. Ta da.
Note that a cocktail shaker is not essential, but if you want to get fancy, Black Friday is a good excuse to finally invest in this party staple.
The Cocktails of Christmas Future
Pink Pepper Negroni
The ‘Negroni’ are an Italian classic, but the trend has swiftly moved through the UK in the past year, in a prosecco-esque kind of fashion. So for us Brits, the ‘Negroni’ is a newish tipple, and a Pink Pepper Negroni simply throws the Campari out the water.
Here’s how it goes:
- 25 ml gin
- 25 ml red vermouth
- 25 ml Campari/ another bitter liqueur
- 5 whole pink peppercorns
- 1 blood/regular orange
Simply mix all the ingredients together - bar the orange - and leave to mull deliciously for a day or two if you can. Serve over ice with a slice.
Move over Baileys, Eggnog is back and it’s vegan friendly.
- 25g dates, cashew nuts and apricots
- 100ml brandy
- Seeds of one vanilla pod
- 1 litre almond/oat milk
- Ice and nutmeg to serve
Soak the dates, cashew nuts and apricots in the brandy and mixed spice overnight. Blend the following morning, adding the vanilla pod seeds, almond milk and sweeten to taste if you wish. Strain and serve over ice with a little grated nutmeg.
Whether you’re looking for cosy or party vibes this year - these cocktails will take your every festive gathering to the perfect level. With a tipple to suit all tastes and personalities, there’s nothing better than a Crimbo cocktail to get you through the holidays.