Christmas Cocktails

Hi There Flawsomes!

It’s a glorious Sunday, it’s the beginning of December and I don’t mind telling you that I’m getting very excited now that Christmas is only a few weeks away! 

So I thought now that I’ve told you about some lovely festive makeup and we’re all getting ready to party December away, it might be a nice idea to write a post on Christmas Cocktails and drink recipes.  I’m including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails and drinks so that people who are either driving or don’t drink can enjoy the festivities as well.

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20161119_103913After a recent trip to Vienna to visit the Christmas markets (wonderful!!!) and enjoying the best Christmas Mulled Wines I have ever tasted, I am going to be brewing up a lot of Christmas Mulled Wine this year ……. and I can use the excuse that not only is it delicious but it smells wonderful and make the house smell Christmassy too!

I make Mulled Wine every year and generally follow different recipes, but last year I made the following Mary Berry recipe and it was the best one I had made yet.  Mary Berry’s recipe adds brandy to it but I noticed in Vienna they add different spirits to theirs (Vodka, Brandy, Amaretto, Jack Daniels, Jagermeister…..), so I would suggest experimenting a bit and adding the spirit of your choice.

MARY BERRY’S MULLED WINE RECIPE

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Carefully peel the zest very thinly from the orange and lemons using a vegetable peeler. Squeeze out the juice and reserve.

Stick the cloves into the satsumas.

Pour the wine, 1.2 litres/2 pints of cold water, and the citrus peel and juices into a large, heavy-based saucepan. Add the clove-studded satsumas and cinnamon sticks. Bring the mixture just to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering, cover the pan with the lid, and continue to simmer for about 1 hour. Stir in the sugar gradually during cooking, until the mulled wine is sweetened to your liking (you may not need all of the sugar).

Strain the mulled wine and serve hot in cups.

You can find the online recipe by clicking here

Now all you need is a roaring fire, a snuggly blanket and your favourite Christmas film………

Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine – For a non-alcoholic version why not use exactly the same recipe exchanging the alcoholic red wine for a non-alcoholic red wine or red grape juice and omitting the brandy/spirit……

CHRISTMAS MULLED CUP

Whilst searching recipes for this post, I’ve come across this Nigella Lawson Prosecco recipe which I will definitely be trying over the chilly Christmas season.  Cherry Brandy, Ginger Ale and Prosecco ….. sounds a perfect Christmas party drink ……..

You can find the online recipe by clicking here

Small but oh so delicious…… here’s a deliciously indulgent cocktail!!!

BRANDY ALEXANDER

 

15ml Crème De Cacao Dark

15ml Crème De Cacao White

60ml Cognac

15ml Double Cream

15ml Milk

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain in to a glass.

And here are a couple more Cocktail recipes. 

Oh my……you really will be the most Flawsome host this Christmas!!!

PROSECCO, GIN & ELDERFLOWER COCKTAIL

20ml Elderflower Cordial

20ml Gin

Prosecco

Pour the Elderflower Cordial and Gin in to a glass flute and top up with ice cold Prosecco.

NON-ALCOHOLIC APPLE & GINGER TWIST

In a large jug, mix together 1 Litre Clear Apple Juice, 1.1 Litre Ginger Beer and the juice of 3 Limes.  Mix together half a teaspoon each of Cinnamon and freshly grated Nutmeg in a bowl.

When ready to serve, pour the mixture into a glass and top with a pinch of the spice, then add a sprig of Mint, a slice of Lime and ice cubes.

For the non-alcohol drinkers, don’t forget there are also some great non-alcohol and low alcohol lagers and ciders available –  Becks Blue Alcohol Free Lager and Waitrose Low Alcohol Cider contains alcohol less than 1%, to name just a couple.

So you’re makeup is sorted ……… the drinks are ready ………. all that’s left to do is to start the festivities!

 BYE

P.S. Let us know if you have any favourite Christmas drinks or party recipes.

P.P.S. I’m sure you wouldn’t even contemplate it, but just an enormous plea that no-one drinks and drives………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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