Saturday, December 28, 2013

The 12 Drinks of Christmas

Christmas is here and with it the time to enjoy and sit back and relax. So, we’ve compiled a list of the 12 drinks of Christmas.

Bucks Club

Bucks Fizz isn’t so great; however Bucks Club is its erudite older brother. Bucks Club is a mix of good champagne and some fresh juice from half an orange. Ideally, this is how to make it.

  • Gin – 25ml

  • Cherry Brandy – a dash

  • Juice of half an orange

  • Champagne 100ml.

  • The Santa Shot

    Mix layers of grenadine, crème de menthe and red peppermint schnapps together, using the back of a spoon to separate them and viola, you’ve a shot that encompasses the look and taste of the festive season.


    Made from a mixture of gin, sweet vermouth, Campari and Prosecco over a glass of ice, with a slice of orange – Negroni is the perfect Christmas drink. It’s a beautiful smart drink that people love at this time of year.

    • 30ml Gin

    • 30ml Campari

    • 30ml Prosecco

    • 30ml Sweet Vermouth

    • Hot Buttered Rum

      This is best made with spiced rum and if you can make your own you’re better off. Simply add rum, boiling water, butter and sugar to a glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick and nutmeg.

      • 60ml Spiced Rum

      • 120ML boiling water

      • Knob of butter

      • Brown sugar to taste

      • Whisky Mac

        This is quite a simply but excellent drink that’s over 150 years old. It’s best made with 10ml ginger liquor and a 40ml shot of Speyside whisky and then served over ice with a slice of ginger.

        Golden Kiss

        This is a fantastic Christmas drink. You will need cocao nibs. These have then to be toasted to golden before they are cooled and left in vodka for 3-6 days to infuse. Strain them out and put the vodka in the fridge. This can then be served alone, or you can make a Golden Kiss. This is made by adding 30ml of your infused vodka to 120ml of champagne.

        Atholl Brose

        This is Queen Victoria’s favourite drink and a really fantastic drink during Christmas time. Place 500g of porridge oats into 700ml of whisky and leave to soak overnight. In another jar combine 225ml of honey with 100ml of boiling water and dissolve, add the cream. Next wring the whisky through muslin and strain into the cream and honey and stir. Now refrigerate and then pour into a stopper bottle. Why not save on the ingredients with

        Irish Ristretto

        This is a simple drink to make and involves you mixing 250ml of espresso with a 700ml bottle of whisky and a vanilla pod split. This is then left for over a week and for as long as you like. It can then be served as an after dinner liquor served with cream and poured into short glasses.

        Mojito Royale

        Mojitos are popular because they taste amazing. However, the mojito Royale takes things up a notch. It essentially involves you swapping soda water for champagne – something that truly adds an edge to the drink.

        Candy Cane

        The candy cane consists of half white chocolate liqueur and half peppermint schnapps. Add some crushed candy canes and it looks amazing.

        Gin Twist

        This is a simple and tasty drink very popular during the 19th century. It’s easy to make too and involves you combining 30ml of gin with the same amount of lemon juice and hot water and then adding sugar to taste. Garnish with a lemon twist.

        The Original Cocktail

        The world’s first cocktail, created in 1798. Add 40ml of gin, 10ml of triple sec and King’s Ginger Liqueur to a glass of ice and then top with two dashes of angostura bitters.

        These are just some of the great cocktails that can be made for Christmas and will be popular with your visitors, while allowing for some experimentation.

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