7 Christmas cocktails to tickle your tastebud tinsel
So while you peruse the below suggestions, just spare a thought at this time of year for all those people who are still struggling to find inspiration for their Christmas cocktails, because they aren’t as fortunate as you are right now, reading this page.
Well, tonight thank God it’s them instead of you.
3/4oz Amaro Montenegro
3/4oz Disaronno Amaretto
3/4oz Clementine Juice
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with clementine peel.
1oz Marks And Spencer Jaffa Cake Cocktail Liqueur
3/4oz Single Cream
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with grated chocolate.
Mince Pie Martini
1oz Sweet Red Vermouth
3/4oz Mince Pie Simple Syrup*
1/4oz Dark Rum
Method: Muddle the mincemeat in a cocktail shaker, then add the other ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a sugar-rimmed glass and garnish with a smoking cinnamon stick.
The result is a drink that I could sip all day. It’s sweet and fruity with a hint of Christmas spice and none of the undefinable qualities of a mince pie that I detest (I think it’s all the slime).
*To make the mincemeat syrup, put 100ml water, 100g caster sugar and 50g mincemeat in a pan and bring to the boil. Cool and strain though a muslin.
Marmalade And Cardamom Martini
4 Cardamom Pods
2 tbsp Seville Orange Marmalade
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
Method: Melt the marmalade in a pan and then whisk in the vodka. Crush the cardamom pods until they split and then add them to the mix. Warm it through for a few minutes and then leave off the heat to cool and infuse. Then strain and add the Cointreau and lemon juice. Then chill in the freezer. To serve, add some more marmalade at the bottom of the glass, pour in the cocktail and float an extra cardamom pod on top.
Pine Vodka Sour
1oz Lemon Juice
1/2oz Sugar Syrup
3 dashes Peychauds Bitters
Method: Shake all ingredients without ice, then add the ice and shake again. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pine.
So imagine my surprise when I made a simple Vodka Sour and then found out that the vodka somehow got pine-infused, presumably just from standing too near to our shedding tree.
And then I took a photo and when I looked at the image on my phone there seemed to be some mini trees and more pine as a garnish. Weird.
3/4oz Lime Juice
3/4oz Orgeat Syrup
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lime wedge and a strand of fairy lights to make it clear that this is a very festive drink.
It’s tasty though. Sweetness and spice undercutting the usual Daiquiri sourness, and the citrus/gingerbread combo somehow works as a weird flavourbomb.
2oz Aged Rum
1/2oz Sloe Gin
1/2oz Lemon Juice
1/2oz Cinnamon Syrup
Method: Muddle the redcurrants at the bottom of a shaker and then add the rest of the ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into a bauble, resting on a bed of fake snow within another glass, because of course..
Right. Good. Time to start on those NYE cocktails then.