FESTIVE DRINKS TO ENJOY OVER THE PARTY SEASON

FESTIVE DRINKS TO ENJOY OVER THE PARTY SEASON

The party season is upon, and as the joyous occasion only comes once a year, why not go all out and celebrate in style.

There is nothing like having a great drink with your friends and family, but do drink responsibly.

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Tis the season to be jolly so we’ve put together a list of festive drinks that will get you into the party mood.

White Chocolate Toddy – Recipe courtesy of Waitrose Cellar

This cocktail oozes Christmas, and reminds us of Winter Wonderland in a glass!

White Chocolate Toddy
Photo: Waitrose Cellar

Ingredients

  • 330ml milk
  • 50g chopped white chocolate
  • 50ml Malibu
  • Grated white chocolate
  • Toasted coconut flakes

Method

  • Heat milk in a pan until simmering.
  • Remove from the heat and add the chopped white chocolate.
  • Stir until the chocolate has melted and put back on the heat to warm through.
  • Add the Malibu and pour into a heatproof glass.
  • Garnish with the grated white chocolate and toasted coconut flakes.

Christmas Martini – Recipe courtesy of Waitrose Cellar

Martini’s are great for every occasion, and this recipe adds a bit of class to your Christmas celebrations.

Christmas Martini
Photo: Waitrose Cellar

Ingredients

Method

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add the gin and vermouth, stir until chilled.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with clove studded orange peel.

Snowball – Recipe courtesy of Waitrose Cellar

There’s nothing more that reminds us of Christmas than the colour red, and the combination of the colours in this drink will put you right into the Christmas spirit.

Snowball
Photo: Waitrose Cellar

Ingredients

  • 6 raspberries
  • 3 tsp Chambord
  • 3 scoops Waitrose 1 Limoncello Italian Gelato
  • Prosecco to top up
  • Frozen redcurrants or berries to garnish

Method – Recipe courtesy of Waitrose Cellar

  • Put 2 raspberries in the bottom of 3 martini glasses and squash with the back of a spoon.
  • Stir 1 tsp Chambord into each.
  • Add a scoop of gelato to each glass and top up with Prosecco.
  • Garnish with redcurrants or berries.

Red Hot Santa Tini Cocktail

Red Hot Santa Tini Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 60 ml vodka
  • 60 ml Dark chocolate liqueur
  • Cocoa powder
  • 1+3 drops Chilli Spice Drops®
  • 2-4 tbsp. of sweetened whipped cream
  • One small Thai chili pepper as garnish
  • 1 tsp. paprika powder

Method

  • Mix 1 drop of Chilli Spice Drops® in sugar syrup to wet the rim of the glass.
  • Mix cocoa powder and paprika on a flat plate, and rim a chilled martini glass with it.
  • In a shaker add the vodka, 3 drops Chilli Spice Drops® and the chocolate liqueur. Shake and pour the mixture into the prepared glass.
  • Top it off with the dollops of whipping cream and garnish by floating the chili pepper on top of the cream.

Night Before Christmas – Recipe courtesy of Waitrose Cellar

The combination cinnamon and warm spice in this cocktail will make this a Christmas classic.

Night Before Christmas
Photo: Charlie Richards Photography Limited – Waitrose

Ingredients

  • 3 rooibois teabags
  • 120ml vodka
  • 80ml limoncello
  • 2 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp warm spice syrup
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 grapefruit
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Blackberries (handful)
  • Raspberries (handful)
  • Cherries (handful)
  • Ice

Method

  • Add all 3 teabags to 500ml boiling water and set aside to infuse for 3 minutes, then remove the teabags.
  • In a pitcher, mix together the vodka, the limocello, the lemon juice, the warm spice syrup (you can infuse Vedrenne Vanilla Syrup with cinnamon, cloves, cardomom and nutmeg) and then add the tea. Stir well.

Black Forest Martini – Recipe courtesy of Waitrose Cellar

This cocktail will go down a treat, and can be enjoyed after a filling dinner.

Black Forest Martini
Photo: Waitrose Cellar

Ingredients

  • 50ml Creme de cacoa
    25ml Cherry brandy
    10 – 15ml Creme de cassis

Chocolate cream topping:

  • 25ml Chocolate flavoured Irish Cream liquor
    100ml Whipping cream

Garnish:

  • 10g Dark chocolate
  • 1 Glace cherry

Method
For the chocolate cream:

  • Whip the chocolate flavoured Irish Cream liquor with 100ml of whipping cream until it is lightly aerated. It should still be a pouring consistency.

For the main drink:

  • Fill a martini glass with ice to chill.
  • Fill your cocktail shaker three quarters full of ice.
  • Add the crème de cacoa, cherry brandy and crème de cassis.
  • Shake vigorously for around 15 seconds to ensure that it is well mixed and well chilled.
  • Empty your martini glass and strain your cocktail into the glass.

Top with the chocolate whipped cream, grate over dark chocolate and garnish with a glace cherry.

Tia Maria Iced Popcorn Frappe

Sit down and relax with a Tia Maria Iced Popcorn Frappe, whilst you pop on a Christmas movie that is sure to get you in the Christmas mood.

Iced Popcorn Frappe

Ingredients

  • 50ml Tia Maria
  • 50ml milk
  • Double shot of espresso
  • 20ml popcorn syrup

Method

  • Shake all ingredients and pour over cubed ice
  • Garnish with popcorn

Champagne Velvet

This cocktail will bring some class and sophistication to any Christmas party.

Champagne Velvet

Ingredients

  • 175g blackberries
  • 50g caster sugar, plus an extra 1 tbsp
  • 6 tbsp brandy
  • 1 bottle chilled of Champagne or sparkling wine

Gingerbread Collins

The smell of Gingerbread is enough to put you into the Christmas mood.

Gingerbread Collins
Photo: Cawston Press

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ shots of vodka
  • 1 ½ shots of Pedro Ximénez sherry
  • Cawston Press Ginger Beer
  • Couple of lemons
  • 2 large pinches of ground ginger
  • 1 large pinch each of ground mixed spice and ground cinnamon.
  • Slices of root ginger
  • Ice

Method

  • Shake 1½ shots each of Vodka and Pedro Ximénez sherry, the juice of ½ lemon and 2 large pinches of ground ginger and a pinch each of ground cinnamon and ground mixed spice in an ice-filled shaker.
  • Strain into an ice filled Collins glass.
  • Top with Cawston Press Ginger Beer and garnish with slices of lemon and root ginger. Serve with straws.

Original Snowball

A traditional Christmas delight among many, Warninks Advocaat returns this winter for a retro treat!

Original Snowball

Ingredients 

  • 50ml Warninks Advocaat
  • Lemonade or Soda
  • 0.25ml Fresh Lime juice/ Lime Cordial

Method

  1. Shake the Advocaat and lime juice or lime cordial together. Pour into a highball filled with ice. Top up with lemonade or soda.

By Amy Lehal

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