Christmas is just around the corner and while the holiday spirit is running wild in everyone’s body, it’s time for some real spirits to enter our bloodstream and cause that ‘holiday hangover’. Christmas cocktails are probably the most versatile range of cocktails. Whether you like it hot or cold, with bourbon or with some vodka, it has them all.
Let’s take a look at some of the cocktails to make around 25th of this month, to perfectly enjoy the holidays:
What is a Christmas celebration without a round of that “special punch.” It is probably the most easy-to-make drink of the season and takes barely five minutes to make. All you have to do is mix 64 ounces of cranberry juice, 2 litres of squirt, two cans of pineapple juice and a bottle (750ml) of Tequila in a large bowl along with some ice. You can start serving it immediately.
Now, this is a go-to drink for almost everybody during Christmas. Want something to drink while binging on Christmas movies or the latest series in the cosiest spot of your home? Mulled Wine is the answer. Just pour a bottle of wine in a saucepan, along with some sliced clementine, a cinnamon stick, one-star anise, a few pieces of dried figs, four cloves and some black peppercorns. Gently heat the saucepan and once it starts simmering, immediately turn off the heat.
Now strain the spices and figs, pour in about 50ml of brandy and serve in heatproof glasses.
Despite all the fancy cocktails people will be making this season, some of the classics will never go out of fashion and eggnog is a perfect example of that. In a bowl, take some vanilla extract along with four egg yolks and 100ml of sugar syrup and beat until the colour turns pale yellow, add in 100ml of double cream, 500ml whole milk, 150 ml of brandy. Beat the mixture again.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks and gently fold the egg whites into the cream mixture in batches. Serve with ice.
Yes, you saw it correct, its Black Russian, not the white one ‘The Dude’ was sipping throughout ‘The Big Lebowski’. Stir 50ml of Vodka, 25ml of coffee liqueur (ideally Kahlua) and some ice in a shaker, shake it and serve chilled.
Now for the non-alcoholic drinkers, you need not worry, even if you do not prefer the spirited drinks at home, you can always order from the special non-alcoholic drinks that several cafes are offering. For example, the Toffee Nut Latte and Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks’ Christmas menu is something that everyone loves.