With party season just around the corner we’ve been working hard to come up with our three favourite festive tipples to keep you and your guests merry during the holidays. Enjoy!
There’s nothing more Christmasy than cranberries and ginger. This is a real treat for all children, designated drivers or anyone staying off the booze. Really refreshing and easy to make.
All you need (for one jug):
- 500ml ginger ale
- 500ml cranberry juice
- One lime
To serve: over ice with whole cranberries for a festive feel and some fresh mint. For an extra treat, decorate the rim of the glass with sugar.
In a large jug mix crush some mint sprigs and then add the ice, cranberry juice and ginger ale, tasting until you have the perfect combination. Top with some decorative mint sprigs and whole cranberries. If you don’t have any ice, freeze your fresh cranberries and they’ll keep your drink cool.
Perfect for any Christmas party with a bit of sparkle or dinner party. Super simply to make and the extra jewel like pomegranate seeds add a touch of glamour.
All you need (per glass):
- 1 tbsp 100% Pomegranate Juice
- 1 tsp Cointreau or Orange Liqueur
- Champagne or Sparkling Wine to top up
- Pomegranate Seeds to garnish (Optional)
Mix together the Cointreau and Pomegranate juice (you can do this the night before in a big jug and leave it in the fridge until you are ready) then pour around a tablespoon in each glass with a few pomegranate seeds and then top up with Champagne.
What to do with your left over Cointreau? Stir into chocolate mousse, use in an Orange & Almond Cake or add to whipped cream for a festive dessert topping.
Hot Buttered Rum
A real comforting, winter warmer that is great on cold nights and campfires – pure luxury! You can be more flexible with this cocktail, adding any spices that you have in your cupboard!
All you need (for four mugs worth):
- 75g butter
- 75g Brown Sugar
- Optional flavours: ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, allspice or vanilla extract to taste
- Spiced Rum
- Hot Water
Optional serving suggestions: use a cinnamon stick as a stirrer, a star anise to decorate and top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for a really indulgent treat.
Ahead of time, beat the butter, sugar and spices well and refrigerate until needed. Then add a tablespoon of the butter mixture to a glass or festive mug, add a roughly a shot of spiced rum and top with boiling water then stir thoroughly.
What to do with leftover Spiced Butter? Serve on any toasted or warmed baked good, especially good on toasted bagels with sliced banana on top or hot cross buns.