Festive Fun: TWOP’s Favourite Christmas Tipples

by Dec 19, 2017

Tis the season for a cocktail, fa la la la la, la la la la. Here we give your our carefully crafted list of top tipples for festive celebrations.

A few years ago I wrote a post with inspiration for some deliciously festive cocktails. This year I am expanding on that post with further top tipple recipes to keep you and your guests suitably refreshed this Christmas. You. Are. Welcome.

Before you start:
– Get your nice glasses ready, all shapes and sizes… we don’t judge here
– Most of these recipes require ice to serve or shake with
– Some of these recipes require a shaker (but not all) so try to have one to hand
– These recipes can be used as a base so if there’s anything you don’t like you can substitute for something similar

Gingerbread Ramos Gin Fizz

Ingredients (serves one):
50 ml Old Tom Gin, or other gin if you can not find an Old Tom style
20 ml gingerbread syrup
1 egg white
12.5 ml lemon juice
12.5 ml orange juice
12.5 ml heavy cream
25 ml oz-50 ml soda water, chilled
Garnish: Mini gingerbread man, dash of cinnamon

Method:
1. Add the gin, gingerbread syrup, lemon, egg white and orange into a shaker without ice and shake for 3-4 minutes.
3. Check at 3 minutes and if you feel you need more foam, shake for another minute. You’ll want to shake hard to get the egg white whipped, you’ll need all the foam you can get.
4. Once you have done this add in the cream and 2 regular ice cubes and shake until you don’t hear any rattling which means the ice has melted.
5. Without straining, pour the cocktail into a collins glass.
6. Slowly pour in the soda water until the foam begins to rise above the glass. You’ll want to make sure the glass isn’t too big otherwise you’ll be pouring in too much soda water which will dilute the flavors.
7. Top with a dash of cinnamon and a gingerbread man.

Recipe from: Craft and cocktails

Fig Manhattan

Ingredients (serves one):
Cubed ice 3/4
30 ml sweet vermouth
70 ml bourbon whiskey
40 ml thyme infused simple syrup
2 figs
Dash orange bitters

Method:
1. Quarter one fig. In shaker, muddle quartered fig & thyme infused simple syrup.
2. Add ice, vermouth, bourbon & orange bitters.
3. Shake cold, and strain into chilled coupe. Half remaining fig and use as garnish.

Recipe from: Style Me Pretty

Cranberry Pomegranate Mulled Wine

Ingredients (serves 8):
1 bottle fruit forward red wine, I used a California pinot noir called Love Noir
450 ml oz pomegranate juice (fresh squeezed if possible)
220 ml cranberry juice
100 ml apple brandy
100 ml orange juice
100 ml honey
1 orange, sliced
1 apple, sliced
6 star anise
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp whole cloves about 12

Method:
1. Slice oranges thickly.
2. Add cloves into the skin of the oranges.
3. Slice apples.
4. Add all liquid ingredients into the crock pot and stir well.
5. Add the clove studded orange slices, apples, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.
6. Turn the crockpot to warm.
7. Let heat 1/2 hour- 1 hour before serving.

Recipe from: Craft and cocktails

Gin and Orange Marmalade

Ingredients (serves 1):
30 ml gin
15 ml cointreau
15 ml fresh orange juice
1 tbs marmalade + ½ tbs marmalade for garnish
10 blueberries + 4 blueberries for garnish
1 orange segment
1 rosemary sprig
Soda water
Edible flowers (optional)

Method:
1. Muddle together the gin, Cointreau, orange juice, 1 Tablespoon marmalade and 10 blueberries in a cocktail shaker.
2. Fill 3/4 of the shaker with ice.
Shake for 20 seconds then double strain into a glass (prepared with ice).
3. Top up with soda water.
4. Garnish with 4 blueberries, orange segment, rosemary sprig , edible flower and 1/2 teaspoon of marmalade on top.

Top Tip:
Play around with the marmalade quantity depending on how sweet you like your drinks.

Recipe from: One Drink A Day

Ginger Thyme Blood Orange Sparkler

Ingredients (serves one):
85 ml Bai Bubbles Jamaica Blood Orange / Sparkling Orange Juice
45 ml gin
15 ml ginger liqueur
15 ml lemon juice
A dash of bitters
10 ml honey syrup (2:1 parts honey to water) – this is optional
Garnish: Thyme sprig, orange slice or dehydrated orange

Method:
1. Add all liquid ingredients except for Fizzy Orange into a shaker with ice and shake.
2. Shake and strain into a glass with ice.
3. Top with Bai and stir.
4. Garnish with thyme and orange slice.

Recipe from: Craft and cocktails

Garibaldi

Ingredients (serves one):
45 ml Campari
115 ml Blood Orange juice (or plain orange if you can’t get blood orange)
Orange wheel for garnish

Method:
1. Add Campari and blood orange juice into a glass full of ice.
2 Give a quick stir, garnish with an orange wheel, and serve!

Recipe from: Honestly Yum

Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch

Ingredients (serves 12):
4 cups pear juice
1 bottle prosecco or champagne
3/4 cup vanilla vodka
1/2 cup simple syrup
Fresh pears for garnish

Method:
1. Pour pear juice, vodka and simple syrup into a pitcher and stir to combine.
2. Pop a bottle of bubbly and slowly pour the full bottle into the juice mixture in your pitcher.
3. Stir again, gently.
4. Fill glasses to the top with ice and serve up your pear punch!
5. Garnish with slices of pear.

Recipe from: The Sweetest Occasion

Homemade Irish Cream

Ingredients (serves 12):
1 cup half and half (half milk and half double cream)
400 ml sweetened condensed milk
1.5 cups whiskey
1⁄4 cup chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method:
1. Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth, about thirty seconds. Alternately, place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth on high.
2. For a richer, thicker Irish cream, substitute heavy cream for the half and half, but be sure not to over blend so the cream doesn’t start to turn into whipped cream.
3. Bottle and give as a gift, or sip over ice or in your coffee!

Recipe from: The Sweetest Occasion

Ginger & Prosecco Cocktail

Ingredients (serves 1):
Prosecco or Champagne
Chilled Ginger Beer
White cotton candy
Edible gold star sprinkles (optional)
Ground ginger sanding sugar

Method:

1. In a small dish mix 3 Tbs sanding sugar with 1 tsp ground ginger and set aside.
2. To rim champagne flutes, dip in ginger beer and then in the ginger-sugar mixture.
3. Fill champagne flutes 1/3 of the way full with ginger beer and then slowly top with Prosecco.
4. Garnish with a small puff of cotton candy. Sprinkle with more ground ginger and a pinch of edible gold star sprinkles. Enjoy!

Recipe from: Style Me Pretty

Pimp Your Prosecco

For a simple and easy fix to up your prosecco game have a few little mixers and garnishes to pimp your bubbles. Try pomegranate, blackberries, raspberry or peach puree or create a Kir Royale splashing a dash of Chambord into your prosecco. I particularly love this NYE bar cart setup from Leah at Freutcake.

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Images © Craft and cocktails, Style Me Pretty, Honestly Yum, The Sweetest Occasion, One Drink A Day & Freutcake

About Natalie Jahangiry

Natalie is half Persian with a Geordie accent. Although small in stature, she makes up for it with a big personality! As a Graphic Designer you will often find Natalie gushing about her passion for all things creative and sharing her ideas with everyone and anyone who will listen. If she’s not decorating her house you will find her cooking up recipes from her foodie family or propped up in a cocktail bar in town.