AD | Can you believe Friday has arrived again already? Crazy to think a week has passed since last Friday… but today I’m here to share some classy Christmas cocktails to make this weekend when you’ve had enough of attempting your shopping! This post contains affiliate links and also includes a product I was sent in exchange for a review.
With 2020 having been a real year of ups and downs, we as a family began to take more interest in cocktails than we ever have before. With each of us liking different drinks, I persuaded my family to take one for the team and help you guys out by tasting and trying all the Christmas cocktails I could possibly make just so I could share them with you all! Aren’t they so selfless and caring?
All the below cocktails are as simple as I could possibly make them. We’ve spent the last year trying to grown our alcohol collection, but hopefully you won’t have rush out to the shops for anything special!
If like us you’re getting tired of the same drinks year after year, why not give some of these Christmas cocktails a try? As I say, these are just some of my favourites, but there are so many now to try! I’ve gone with “x measure(s)” to describe the quantities as here in Northern Ireland we use 35ml measures instead of the 25ml measures used around the rest of the UK. Got to love our double measures! Also, each of these makes one serving unless otherwise stated.
1. Salted Caramel White Russian
- Salted Caramel Sauce
- Baileys Salted Caramel (1 measure)
- Amaretto (1 measure)
- Full fat milk (3 measures)
- Optional Decorations: Shard of chocolate, candy cane, or rosemary sprig!
Slightly drizzle your salted caramel sauce around the inside of the glass using a spoon and tilting the glass to get some nice swirls around the edges – think of your iced coffees from Starbucks – before filling a short glass with ice. Combine your liquid in the cocktail shaker with some more ice, and shake well before straining into your glass. Decorate with a shard of chocolate, a candy cane, or a rosemary sprig, and revel in your smooth beverage.
2. Festive Moscow Mule
- Vodka (2 measures)
- Cranberry Juice (30ml)
- Sparkling Apple Juice (60ml)
- 1 bottle Crabbies Ginger Beer
- Fresh cranberries for garnish
A simple one to make – fill your short glass with ice. Add your vodka and cranberry juice first, before pouring the sparkling apple juice in, and then top up with your ginger beer! Stir gently and garnish with your fresh cranberries, and enjoy this festive twist on the first cocktail I ever tried.
3. The North Pole Christmas Cocktails
- Vodka (2 measures)
- Kahlua (1 measure)
- Chocolate syrup (2 tablespoons)
- Vanilla Extract (a quarter teaspoon)
- Maple Syrup (three quarters of a teaspoon)
- Ginger (a pinch)
- Full fat milk (30ml)
- Garnish: Whipped cream, candy canes, gingerbread, or these cute reindeer antlers! [aff]
Serve in a short glass again. For an extra festive look, why not sugar rim your glass? Do this by juicing a lemon onto a small plate. Dip the rim of your glass in the lemon juice and shake off excess liquid, before dipping the rim of the glass into a plate of brown sugar!
Combine your vodka, Kahlua, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, maple syrup and ginger in a cocktail shaker and shake until a smooth liquid. Now add plenty of ice and shake again. Strain into your glass, and top with the milk. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream, sprinkle with crumbled gingerbread, and add a candy cane as a finishing touch!
4. Christmas Sangria – This Christmas Cocktail Serves 8!
- 1 Bottle of white wine (you can pick any of them!)
- 1 large ginger beer
- Apple Cider (350ml)
- Brandy (120ml)
- 3 pears (sliced)
- 3 oranges (sliced)
- Pomegranate seeds and arils (the leaves)
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- Optional: Cinnamon Sugar for a sugar rim on the glasses!
Grab a large jug, and literally pour everything into it! Chill and store in the fridge for maximum 2 hours. To serve, you can use the sugar rim again if you wish, but remember to fill each glass with ice and just pour on in. Top up with extra ginger beer if you wish to! Garnish with extra slices of fruit if you wish.
5. Cranberry Gin Fizz
Okay stick with me on this one – it is definitely worth the hassle of the first stage of making this one! PS – this recipe makes 2 Christmas Cocktails per recipe, so you only have the hassle once for the ease of two delicious drinks!
Ingredients for Christmas Cocktail
- 2 measures gin
- 15ml Cranberry Syrup (see below)
- 22ml fresh lemon juice
- 15ml elderflower liqueur
- soda water
- To Garnish: Fresh cranberries and sprigs fresh thyme
Ingredients for Cranberry Syrup
- 100g cranberries
- 169g granulated sugar
- 170ml water
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
To make the cranberry syrup, simmer your cranberries and sugar in the water in a small saucepan over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the cranberries have broken down (approx 10 minutes). Remove from the heat, stir in your 4 sprigs of thyme, and allow to cool to room temperature before straining to remove the solids. Store this in a bottle or jug for future use!
To make up the cocktail, combine your gin, cranberry syrup, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur in a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into two tall glasses before topping with some extra ice and soda water. Garnish as you like, and settle down a with a drink for each hand!
So there you have it – some Christmas cocktails to boost those festive spirits this weekend! Have any of these caught your eye for the weekend ahead, or for on Christmas Day itself? Or do you have a cocktail recipe I simply have to try? Let me know in the comments below!
A Festive Treat to Go With Your Christmas Cocktails!
What, did you really think I was done? Not on your nelly! If you’re looking for the perfect nibble to have alongside your festive drinks, then look no further than Sous Chef and the Loison Amarena Cherry Panettone! I was kindly sent the panettone in exchange for a review, however as per my disclaimer all thoughts and views expressed are my own and given freely.
Try something a little different this Christmas, like the Loison panettone with sour Amarena cherries. Candied citrus has been swapped for plump sour cherries in this twist on an Italian classic. Made to Loison’s consistent high standards, you can expect a beautifully soft panettone made with fresh eggs, milk and cream, set off by a hint of Madagascan vanilla. Enjoy the sour cherry panettone with a glass of amaretto or cherry brandy as an indulgent evening treat. I, however found it paired perfectly with the Salted Caramel White Russian cocktail mentioned above, or surprisingly well with the Christmas Sangria!
Loison have been baking panettones for over 75 years, started by Tranquillo Loison in 1938. Today his grandson Dario cares for the business. For Loison’s ‘top line’ panettones and pandoros, all the ingredients are carefully selected by Dario: the freshest eggs, butter and cream from Italy’s mountain farms, and fine Italian flours and sugar. The naturally leavened cakes and breads are made with the traditional sourdough process. Each yeasted cake takes 72 hours from beginning to end, which gives rise to their exquisite texture and rich flavour.
We had this delightful panettone one Thursday evening with a couple of Christmas cocktails to celebrate the upcoming weekend. Having never tried panettone before, we had a quick search online and decided to follow the suggestion of just slicing it like a fruit loaf. I had been concerned it would be a bit heavy, but it was so light and fresh, I wanted to eat it all in one sitting! When we opened the bag, the smell of Christmas cake wafted towards me and I just felt so festive. It tasted light and fresh, and the sour cherries weren’t too sour!
Perfect for either yourself, or to give as a gift to one of the other households you’re bubbling with over the festive period, buy the panettone here!