I had my first proper Christmas cocktail of the year last night. While present wrapping. A dirty martini. Allegedly, it was Churchill’s favourite cocktail. It’s really not much of a cocktail, but I’ve always been a bit of a gin-girl so it suits me fine. 4 parts gin to 1 part green olive brine. You can add a dash of dry vermouth, but I don’t bother. Shake over ice. I forgot to hold down the lid and ended up having to lick quite a lot of it up from the counter. Strain into a glass and serve with a couple of olives. If there’s any left in the shaker after the lid flies off. Want something a bit more, cocktail y (as oppose to spilt gin and olive brine)? Here’s a selection of vaguely Christmassy recipes to try.
The Refreshing One: Cranberry sea breeze punch
- Frozen cranberries
- 1litre cranberry juice
- 500ml vodka
- 400ml grapefruit juice
- 2 limes cut into slices
Pour the cranberry juice, vodka and grapefruit juice into a punch bowl or large jug and add lime. Add some ice and the frozen cranberries.
The Fizzy One: Sloe Prosecco Royale
- Crushed ice
- 50ml Prosecco
- 25ml sloe gin
- 25ml cherry brandy
- 1 sprig rosemary
Fill a glass with crushed ice and pour over the prosecco. Slightly bruise the leaves of the rosemary by rubbing lightly. Drop it into the glass. Slowly pour the sloe gin and cherry brandy into the glass so that they sink to the bottom.
Something Warm: Mulled white wine
Fancy something warm, but not a fan of red wine? Try this unusual mulled white wine.
- 750ml white wine
- 100ml madeira
- ½ lemon sliced
- 4 dried apricots
- 5 cardamom pods bruised
- 1 star anise
- 1 vanilla pod, split in half
- 1bsp honey
- A few drops of rosewater
Pour the white wine and madeira into a large saucepan. And the rest of the ingredients except the rose water. Bring to a simmer then strain into a jug. Stir in the rosewater before serving.
Is it a drink or is it a pudding? : Nutella Frangelico
- 50ml double cream
- 1tsp Nutella
- 150ml whole milk
- 25 g milk chocolate chopped
- 25ml hazelnut liquer (Frangelico)
- 1 tsp chopped hazelnuts
Whip the cream till thick then fold in the nutella. Try for a marbled effect.
In a saucepan warm the milk until simmering. Take off the heat. Add the chocolate and stir till melted. Return to the heat to warm through. Add the Frangelico
Pour the hot chocolate into a mug and add the whipped cream. Sprinkle with the toasted hazelnuts.
The One With A Rude Name: The Blow Job Shot
You’re supposed to drink this without using your hands. It could get messy. Infact, it will definitely get messy.
- 15ml Baileys Irish Cream
- 15mils Coffee syrup
- Whipped cream
In a shot glass, layer syrup, Baileys then cream. Drink in one go, no hands, or however you like.
Have fun, drink responsibly x