Rocking around the Christmas tree with a cocktail in hand is an absolute must for anyone ensnared in the seasonal spirit. This is the time of glittery parties, full chaos family events and even celebrating the end of the winter solstice. With all that in mind, it makes perfect sense for a roster of eat, drink and be merry to be on the cards. From grated nutmeg to eggnog and everything in-between, here are our favorite Christmas cocktails to keep you feeling festive for the next few weeks.
The night before Christmas Gingerbread Eggnog is sure to keep everyone festive with a pinch of funky. Heavy cream, vanilla, cloves, allspice and nutmeg and milk are warmed together on the stove until hot and steamy. Be sure not to let it boil. Separately, beat eight egg yolks with three quarts a cup of sugar. Strain the cream mixture and return to the pot and start to add this mix to the egg yolks one cup at a time, whisking all the way. Add back to the heat and slow cook for 15 mins stirring all the time. The eggnog should coat the spatula. Let cool and add in your rum or cognac and another cup or two of milk. Finally, beat the egg whites and fold in, top with a grating of nutmeg and crumbled gingerbread cookie.
Christmas Bucks Fizz With Pomegranate
A tipple on Christmas morning is the ultimate way to celebrate and nothing says booze for brunch like bucks fizz. A generous splash of champagne or sparkling wine is served in a flute muddled with fresh orange juice and adorned with a sprig of rosemary, a cinnamon stick, and a teaspoon of ruby red pomegranate seeds. If you want to make this a mocktail, simply swap out the champers for soda water.
Three cups of frozen cranberries and three sliced up clementine fruit are topped with water in a pan before being placed into the freezer. Pick out your fave punch bowl and combine cranberry juice with gin. Add in the frozen cranberry and clementine mix and top up with sparkling wine and even more cranberries or blackcurrant fruits for a fresh dinner drink.
Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned
Make a simple syrup by blending together a half cup of honey with a half cup of hot water, three cinnamon sticks and a bunch of rosemary sprigs. Bring it all to a simmer over the heat until the has dissolved before putting it aside to cool. Remove the rosemary and cinnamon. Add four teaspoons of your syrup to a glass, add in three dashes of bitter and swirl together. Add your favorite bourbon and fill with ice. Top with an orange peel for a citrus bite and a sprig of rosemary to look pretty. Enjoy with a good old fashioned singsong around the piano.
Hot Buttered Rum
After the presents have been unwrapped and the feast devoured, its time to curl up on the sofa with a slew of feel-good films and of course – a hot buttered rum. Melt a small knob of butter in a pan with a teaspoon of brown sugar and a clove or two. Add two parts of your favorite dark rum and stir well. Take off the hob, run through a sieve and garnish with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.
Which cocktails are making your Christmas list this year? Share in the comments.