Blogmas | Day 2

What would Christmas be without alcohol? I can answer that…boring!

Wine, Bailey’s, Prosecco, Port, Brandy, we all have a little tipple that we like to drink over the festive period. Let’s be honest, it’s just something else to add to the ‘Why Christmas is Great’ list.

But, why not try something a little different this year. Why not try putting together a few of these delicious Christmas Cocktails with the family?

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| Slow Cooker Spiced Wine |
Mulled wine at it’s finest. A perfect partner whilst cooking. You will need: A decent bottle of mulled wine, oranges and cinnamon sticks. Method: Place mulled wine into a slow cooker and once warmed, pour into a glass. Add a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick for that added ‘christmas’ flavour. You can find the full recipe at http://www.wellplated.com/spiced-wine/
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| Santa Hat Martini |
A fun and creative twist on a Pomegranate Martini. You will need: 1.5oz Pama Liqueur, 1oz Vodka, 5oz Cointreau and 1.5oz Cranberry Juice. Method: Combine all ingredients into a martini shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass. To make the Santa Hat Glass: Using your fingers, separate the pom until you find the center where it is bound together. Place two or three glue dots around the top of the stem of the glass. Wrap the pom pom around the glass placing a little glue at the edges of the pom. Squeeze together edges without gluing onto the glass. The pom pom will be a little off-center, but that’s ok. Melt chocolate, in small increments, using a microwave-safe dish stirring until smooth. Transfer the chocolate to a flat bottom bowl or plate. Dip the rim of the glass into the white chocolate covering the edges of the rim. Carefully dip the melted chocolate rim into the nonpareils. Try not to touch the bottom of the plate with the glass. This causes the chocolate rub off and the nonpareils not to stick. Slowly push the nonpareils on edges of the rim to create the fluffy Santa hat trim. Let harden. You can find the full recipe at http://www.ohmy-creative.com/holiday-crafts/christmas/santa-hat-martini/
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| Jack Frost Winter Cocktail |
Festive and fun take on the Pina Colada. You will need: 1 cup of pineapple juice, 1/2 cup vodka or light rum, 1/2 cup Blue Curacao, 1/2 cup cream of coconut (not coconut milk), 3 cup ice cubes, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp water and shredded coconut for garnish. Method: In a small microwave safe bowl, add sugar and water and mix. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, then microwave for 1 minute more. Sugar mixture should be thick but moveable. If sugar mixture is still too runny, microwave in 15 second increments until desired consistency is reached. Add shredded coconut to a plate, separating the pieces so there are no large clumps. Using a spatula, dab the sugar mixture along the outside of the glasses near the rim, then roll glasses in the shredded coconut. Set glasses aside. Add pineapple juice, vodka, blue curacao, cream of coconut, and ice cubes to a blender. Pulse until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Pour Jack Frost Cocktail into prepared glasses. Serve immediately. You can find the full recipe at http://homemadehooplah.com/recipes/jack-frost-cocktail/
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| Coffee Cocktail |
Bursting with flavour, this is the perfect way to end Christmas day. You will need: 4oz strong coffee, 1.5oz amaretto liqueur, 1.5oz coffee liqueur, 1oz butterscotch schnapps, 1oz creme de cocoa, fresh whipped cream and grated chocolate for garnish. Method: Combine strong coffee and liqueurs in a glass. Stir to combine and top with fresh whipped cream. Garnish with grated chocolate. Serve warm or over ice. You can find the full recipe at http://eclecticeveryday.com/christmas-coffee-cocktail
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Happy Cocktail Making!!
Sincerely, Sophie x