Christmas is less than a week away and you can almost feel the sweet relief from work the holidays will bring. What better way to celebrate this jolly season than to gather your favourite mates and have them over for a festive bevvie or two (or six, go for gold). Here are some boozy Christmas concoctions to get you inspired.
#1 Winter Sangria
- 1 bottle of sweet red wine (you can use pino noir)
- 1 bottle sparkling cran-apple cider
- 2 clementines, sliced thin, peel on
- 2 granny smith apples, cored and diced
- 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
- 1 cup cranberries sliced in half
- Rosemary to garnish each glass
Sangria is always a good idea, and is sure to add to your holiday glee. It’s simple to throw together too (bonus), with the wine, fruit and cider being mixed in a pitcher. Throwing a tonne of ice in your glass is also a sure-fire way to help rid yourself of the Summer heat.
#2 Winter Wonderland Cocktail
- 30ml Cream of coconut
- 45ml vanilla vodka
- 45ml crème de cocoa
This doosey is a perfect homage to when we weren’t passing out from heat stroke. Apparently this is even a hit for those who aren’t a fan of coconut, so don’t be afraid to give it a try. All you do is mix the ingredients together in a cocktail mixer and pour it over crushed ice cubes (it’ll give that snowy appeal).
#3 Salted Caramel Martini
- 3tbs of warmed caramel (1tbs for the martini, some for the edge of the glass and make sure you save some for drizzling)
- Fleur de sel (this is a type of salt you can find in the grocery store)
- 45ml butterscotch schnapps
- 60ml Baileys Irish cream
- 45ml milk
This drink can be classified as a liquid desert, which leaves you room to eat more solid Christmas sweets like pudding, right? Once you soften the caramel you can roll the edges of your glass onto it. You can then sprinkle the fancy salt over the caramel. The rest of the ingredients (including 1tbs of caramel) are then thrown into the cocktail shaker with ice, and once shaken, poured into the prepared glass. Presto, you have a martini that tastes like festive heaven.
#4 Raspberry Russian
- 3 fresh (you could use frozen if you wanted) Raspberries
- 30ml heavy cream
- 30ml Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
- 30ml vodka
- Ice cubes
This one is perfect for all of you who are conscious about healthy eating (totally joking, but hey, fruit is fruit regardless of the form it’s in). To make this pretty Christmas drink, you’re required to smash raspberries (3 of them) into the bottom of the glass. You then add the ice and pour the cream, Chambord and vodka over the top and give it a stir. If you want to look extra classy, you can add raspberries to the ice cubes.
#5 White Christmas Mojito
- 1 lime juices
- 8 mint leaves
- 1tbs sugar
- 2tbs white rum
- 1tbs coconut rum
- ¼ cup of canned coconut milk
- Sparkling water to top
- Pomegranate arils to garnish
This frothy, festive drink is super simple to make. All you got to do is mix the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves together in a glass until the leaves have broken down, then fill the glass up half way with ice. You blend the white rum, coconut rum and the coconut milk together until it’s nice and smooth, then pour over the ice. All that’s left to do is add the sparkling water, then garnish with mint and pomegranate, because you all deserve to feel fancy over the holidays.
If you happen to have alcohol left over after the holidays, New Years Eve will be the perfect opportunity to use the rest of it up.
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