Get into the Christmas spirit with a tipple (or two ;)). We did the hard work and ‘researched’ a few different beverages including some chic cocktails recipes to enjoy this festive season. ‘Tis the season to be merry after all!
JAMIE’S MULLED WINE
There’s nothing better than a spiced, warming glass of this mulled wine and this is definitely the best mulled wine we’ve tasted!
200 g caster sugar
6 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 fresh bay leaves
1 whole nutmeg , for grating
1 vanilla pod
2 bottles Chianti or other Italian red wine
2 star anise
1. Peel large sections of peel from the clementines, lemon and lime using a speed-peeler.
2. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice.
4. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and add to the pan, then stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.
5. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. The reason I’m doing this first is to create a wonderful flavour base by really getting the sugar and spices to infuse and blend well with the wine. It’s important to make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with both bottles of wine in there you’ll burn off the alcohol.
6. When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into heatproof glasses and serve.
Source: Jamie Oliver
MULLED WHITE WINE
Red wine is the typical mull you’ll find at Christmas, but a mulled white wine can be just as good. If the weather’s unseasonably warm, you can serve this chilled instead of hot.
2 x 750ml bottle dry or medium-dry Riesling
6 strips of lemon peel, pared with a vegetable peeler
2 apples, sliced into rings
4 tsp coriander seed
3 star anise
75g golden caster sugar
125ml elderflower cordial
1. Place all the ingredients except the elderflower cordial in a saucepan and warm gently over a medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
2.Stir in the elderflower cordial. Pour into glasses, discarding the coriander seeds and lemon peel, and place a slice of apple in each glass.
Source: Sainsbury’s Magazine
POMEGRANATE & ROSEMARY GIN FIZZ
This cocktail simple screams Christmas, it’s our favourite !
¼ cup gin
1tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp rosemary simple syrup (1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 sprig rosemary. Boil water until sugar dissolves, remove from heat add rosemary and let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove rosemary and refrigerate simple syrup)
2 tbsp pomegranate juice
Club soda, chilled
Rosemary sprigs and pomegranate arils for garnish
1. Mix gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and pomegranate juice in a shakes with ice and shake vigorously, then pour over ice into a glass.
2. Top with club soda and stir gently.
3. Garnish with rosemary and a large spoonful of pomegranate arils.
Swap peaches for red berries and you have a gorgeous Rossini
3 strawberries, hulled
1 tsp sugar
1 squeeze lemon juice
1. Blend the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a blender to make a syrup.
2. Pour the syrup and Prosecco into a shaker, fill with ice and stir gently.
3. Strain into the glass and top up with a little more Prosecco for some fizz.
ULTIMATE G&T WITH A FESTIVE TWIST
With a single clementine and dash of Martini, create a festive twist on everyone’s favourite Gin & Tonic.
35ml Bombay Sapphire Gin
20ml Martini Bianco
Juice of one clementine
75ml premium tonic water
1. Fill a glass with ice.
2. Juice the clementine into the glass
3. Followed by the Martini Bianco and Bombay Sapphire, swirl well to mix.
4. Pour the chilled tonic water over a spoon onto the ice.
5. Swirl and serve.
Delicious layers of vanilla vodka, chocolate cream liqueur and a dash of raspberry make a perfect alternative to dessert at your Christmas party.
1 shot of vanilla vodka, well chilled
2 shots of Baileys Chocolate liqueur
2 tbsp raspberry sauce or raspberry liqueur
1. Layer the vodka and chocolate liqueur into a martini glass.
2. Top with a drizzle of raspberry liqueur.
3. Serve and enjoy!