Christmas parties – for some they are a joyous occasion to enjoy drinks with friends, co-workers or family, but for others they are something to be endured rather than relished. Be it the food, the company or calling out for more variety in the drinks available from the bar or mixologist, there’s usually at least one person at the party who insists on being a Grinch about something. If you want to put a festive smile back on the face of any Scrooge, these five great Christmas cocktails are sure to make them as jolly as old Saint Nick himself.
1. Hot Buttered Rum
In the cold depths of winter, rum has historically been one of the best drinks for warming the cockles of an icy heart. This recipe is all but guaranteed to give you a very merry Christmas:
60ml dark rum
120ml boiling hot water
1 tsp brown sugar
knob of butter
Nutmeg and a cinnamon stick to taste
Place the butter, sugar and your choice of spices in the bottom of an Irish coffee mug, mix well before pouring in the hot water and then the rum. Stir until mixed.
What is more festive than snow and snowball fights? This zesty drink is spritely enough to knock the snow off any roof and the frown off any face.
1 lime, juice and zest only
3 tsp caster sugar
1 small free-range egg
50ml Scotch whisky
ginger ale, to top up
Mix the lime juice, zest and caster sugar in a bowl and leave to mature for an hour. In a cocktail shaker, mix your egg, whisky and a tablespoon of your lime and sugar mix in the shaker. Add ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain into class and top with ginger ale for a beautifully warm and yet somehow biting kit.
3. Candy Cane
Although this cocktail sounds like something you’d leave out for Santa, with three different mixers in this drink you might want to keep it to yourself – this drink packs a mighty alcoholic punch, but its smooth peppermint aftertaste will have you dreaming of candy canes.
25ml Peppermint Schnapps
Combine your ingredients in a shaker along with shaved ice or cubes, shake vigorously and strain into a chilled glass. Serve with whipped cream and shaved chocolate on top for a truly festive feeling.
The ubiquitous flower of Christmas in many European countries, the Poinsettia’s beautiful red hues are reflected in this fruity cocktail.
75ml fizzy chilled dry white wine
50ml cranberry juice
Mix all the ingredients together in a jug and stir. Served in chilled wine glasses, or martini glasses with sugared rims. A slice of ginger on the side can add an extra kick to this sweet and dry cocktail.
5. The Grinch
The ultimate grumpy Christmas guest cocktail, the Grinch is so named for the garish green tone of the finished drink. Give a Grinch to your Grinch and expect them to suddenly feel like putting everything right in Whoville!
15ml fresh lemon juice
1tsp of vanilla gomme (sugar syrup)
1 Maraschino cherry
Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker along with ice. Shake well and strain with a coffee filter into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the cherry to give it that festive red-and-green look!
Whether you’re bringing in a mixologist or hiring mobile bar equipment to try these out yourself at your party this Christmas, all of these drinks are guaranteed to go down a storm!
Do you have any hot festive cocktail tips of your own? Please share your recipes in the comments!
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