1. Mulled Wine Cocktails
- 100g/4oz light muscovado sugar
- 1 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves
- 150ml water
- 1 lemon
- 2 clementines
- 150ml Cointreau
- 750ml/ 1¼pint bottle light red wine, such as Beaujolais
- Twist of orange zest and a star anise, to serve
- Put 100g light muscovado sugar in a pan with 1 star anise, 1 cinnamon stick, 4 cloves and 150ml water. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- Simmer for 2 mins, then pour into a large jug and leave to cool. Add 1 lemon and 2 clementines, both thinly sliced, to the jug along with 150ml Cointreau and a 750ml bottle light red wine, such as a Beaujolais. Stir well, then cover and chill for at least 2 hrs or overnight if you can.
- Serve chilled or over ice, with a twist of orange zest and a star anise. If you’d like to serve a traditional warm mulled wine, there’s no need to chill – simply warm through without boiling and serve in heatproof glasses.
Snowball Time – another christmas cocktail, an all-time favourite
- 100ml golden caster sugar
- a handful of sliced ginger
- 100ml advocaat
- 100ml ginger syrup
- Babycham, to top up the glass
- First make a ginger syrup. Combine 100ml water with the golden caster sugar and a handful of sliced ginger in a pan and bring to the boil. Cool the mixture and strain through a sieve.
- Fill a glass, we suggest our Hurricane Glass for a great effect, with ice and pour the advocaat and ginger syrup into a cocktail shaker. Shake well, pour into the glasses, top with Babycham and serve.
Christmas Red Mojito – Non Alcoholic version available
- 140g fresh or frozen cranberries
- Handful mint
- 2tbsp brown sugar
- Cranberry Juice
- Sparkling Water
Put the cranberries, a handful mint and 2 tbsp brown sugar in a bowl. Crush with the end of a rolling pin, then add a couple of handfuls of crushed ice and stir to mix. Add a shot of vodka to 6-8 tall glasses, divide the cranberry crush between them, then top up with cranberry juice and sparkling water (serves 6-8).
To make into a non-alcoholic version just leave out the vodka.
All of these recipes can equally be made without the alcohol for Mocktails for those who are driving or just don’t want to drink.
And, all will bring a little bit of Christmas Cheer!