5 top Christmas Drinks and Cocktails

Christmas is not only about gifts and decorations. It is time to be happy with our dearly beloved and Christmas party is a perfect occasion for this. I just love organizing events and I think great winter party can not do without sweet and warming drinks.
I am happy to share my favourite recipes with you. Hope you will find it useful and tasty! :)

Mulled cider

cider

Ingredients:

  • 2 litres good-quality traditional cider
  • 6 cloves
  • 3-4 star anise
  • ¼ nutmeg, finely grated into the pan
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved
  • 1 orange, juice of
  • 2 clementines, juice of
  • 1 pomegranate, juice and seeds of
  • 4–5 tablespoons caster sugar

Method
Pour the cider into a large pan on a low heat and let it warm through for a few minutes. Add all the spices and juices and turn the heat up. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and leave to tick away for 5–8 minutes. Taste it and add sugar as you like. When you’re happy with the flavours, ladle into glasses or mugs and serve warm.

Recipe from: http://www.jamieoliver.com/

Eggnog

eggnog

Ingredients:

  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 397g can of condensed milk
  • 100ml brandy

Method
Put the sugar in a saucepan with 75ml water. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved, then cool and chill. Beat the yolks with the vanilla until smooth. Add the condensed milk, brandy and cooled sugar syrup, mixing well. Pour into a jug and chill for at least 2 hrs. Serve within 24 hrs, over ice.

Recipe from: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/

Rum old fashioned

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Bacardi Dark rum
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 splash water
  • 1-2 tsp sugar/a sugar cube
  • ice, cubed

Method
Add the sugar cube/granulated sugar and Angostura Bitters to a rocks glass with a single ice cube.
Stir the mix until the ice cube has melted enough to dissolve the sugar – if you're using a sugar cube you'll need to crush it.
Add another 3 to 4 ice cubes and half of the Bacardi Dark rum then stir for around 60 seconds.
Top up the glass with more ice and add the rest of the Bacardi Dark rum, then stir for another 60 seconds.
Cut a piece of orange peel about the size of your thumb (be careful not to bend it yet). Hold the piece of orange peel over the glass and bend it to release some oil into the drink.
Add the orange peel to the drink, stir a couple more times and serve. It's well worth the wait.

Recipe from: http://www.jamieoliver.com/

Gaelic Punch

punch

Ingredients:

  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
  • 3/4 cup Demerara or other raw sugar
  • 40 ounces boiling water
  • One 750-ml bottle Irish whiskey
  • Strips of zest from 6 lemons, plus 6 thin lemon slices, each studded with 4 cloves, for garnish

Method
In a heatproof bowl, muddle the lemon zest with the sugar. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours. Muddle again, add 8 ounces boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Strain into a warm heatproof bowl and stir in the whiskey. Add the remaining 32 ounces of boiling water and garnish with the studded lemon slices and nutmeg.

Recipe from: http://www.foodandwine.com/

Sloe mulled wine

Ingredients:

  • 750ml bottle red wine
  • 1 large cinnamon stick, or 2 small ones
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 strips lemon zest, pared using a vegetable peeler
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 100ml sloe gin (we used Gordon's)

Method
Put the red wine, cinnamon, star anise, cloves,lemon zest and sugar in a large pan. Cook on a low heat for 10 mins, then remove from the heat and cool, leaving to infuse for about 30 mins. To serve, heat without boiling, stir in the sloe gin and pour into mugs.

Recipe from: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/

Don’t hesitate and try one of our picks so your guests can feel what warm welcome really means!

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Daria Wilkus

Works as a PA. Loves to go on long walks and look at nature. Enjoys learning foreign languages, cooking healthy food and colouring. Long bath and relaxing spa treatment makes her perfect evening.

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