It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here at MirrorMePR, so what better way to kick start that those fabulous festive vibes than a few Christmas inspired cocktails?
1. The Mulled Wine Cocktail – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mulled wine and a cocktail based on this Christmas classic. Perfect!
100g/4oz light muscovado sugar
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 clementines, thinly sliced
750ml / 1¼pint light red wine, such as Beaujolais.
Twist of orange zest and a star anise, to serve.
Put 100g of 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 minutes, 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 hours, 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.
2. The Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer – A Delicious and refreshing festive combo!
200ml pomegranate juice
A sprig of rosemary
4 rosemary sprigs, to garnish (optional)
Put the pomegranate juice in a small saucepan with a sprig of rosemary. Bring to the boil and reduce for a few mins until syrupy. Leave to cool, then chill until ready to use.
Fill four Champagne flutes with 1 part pomegranate syrup and top up with 3 parts of prosecco. Garnish each glass with a rosemary sprig, if you like.
3. The White Christmas Martini – Need we say anymore?! Just the name!
2 ounces vanilla vodka
2-ounce white chocolate liqueur
1-ounce white creme de cacao
Honey and coarse sanding sugar for rim garnish
Pour the honey into a shallow dish and put the sanding sugar in another shallow dish. Coat the rim of the glass in the honey; then dip the rim in the sugar to coat evenly. Set the glass aside.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, and half-and-half. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass.
And for those who are the designated taxi driver this Christmas, enjoy the following non-alcoholic versions.
4. The Orange & Cranberry Spritz – A zesty twist on traditional Christmas flavours, and one of our favourite non-alcoholic Christmas cocktails!
500ml smooth orange juice
500ml smooth cranberry juice
400ml sparkling elderflower drink
Mix together the orange juice and cranberry juice in a large jug. Slowly pour in the sparkling elderflower drink, as it will fizz up. Mix together and serve in tall glasses with ice.
5. Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine – For those who love mulled wine as much as we do, but want to keep sober!
500ml pomegranate juice
25g golden caster sugar
A handful of frozen blackberries
250ml apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
3 black peppercorns
1 orange, quartered
Put the pomegranate juice, sugar, blackberries and apple juice in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, peppercorns and orange.
Heat gently until simmering. Taste for sweetness, then strain into heatproof glasses.
Here’s to a fabulous Christmas, and remember to drink responsibly this festive season!
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