17 December 2016

Written by Luke Belsey
for Daily Focal

Whether you are a pro mixologist or just wanting to impress friends and family on the big day. I’ve complied my top 5 Christmas cocktail’s that are relatively simple to make yet look decadent and pack a punch (excuse the pun). All deriving from classic Christmas flavours these taste bud tantalisers will win over everyone.

Before you carry on just a little list of essentials to make your cocktail fun and not a struggle: Cocktail shaker, bag of ice, shot measure, array of fancy glasses, straws and the obligatory paper umbrellas.

What's your favourite Christmas tipple?
A classic Christmas cocktail that you can make in minutes. What better way than to open some presents with a glass of this fizz.

Juice of 1 Lemon
1 tbsp Ginger Cordial or syrup
50ml Fangelico (Hazlenut Liqueur)
350ml Prosecco
4 mini gingerbread men

Put 4 Champagne flutes in the fridge for 15 mins. When you’re ready to serve, mix together the lemon juice, ginger cordial and hazelnut liqueur in a small jug. Take the Champagne flutes out of the fridge, pour in the mixture, then top up each glass with Prosecco.

Gingerbread Bellini.
Overindulge in getting into the spirit on Christmas Eve? Need a wake up call that isn’t your kids waking you up at the crack of dawn? Refreshing and a known hanger over helper, this bonafide classic is topping my list. As its Christmas, why not go all out and garnish with streaky bacon?

50ml of Vodka
Juice of half a Lemon
6 dashes of Worcester Sauce
3 dashes of Tabasco Sauce
150ml of Tomato Juice
Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place the ice into a tall glass and add the vodka. Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and tomato juice. Stir well.
Adjust the seasoning, to taste, with salt and pepper and serve straightaway.

Bloody Mary.
The ultimate winter warmer.

2 parts Bacardi Carta Negra
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
3 cloves , (optional)
small knob of butter
cinnamon stick , to garnish
Freshly grated nutmeg , to garnish

Over a low heat, melt the butter in a pan with the sugar and cloves. Turn off the heat and add the Bacardi Carta Negra and stir well. Pour the contents through a sieve into a mug or toddy glass and top with hot water to taste. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and grated nutmeg.

Hot Buttered Rum.
Spiced, fruity mince meat in a party cocktail. Probably the most complication on the list but give it a go.

100g Golden Caster Sugar
50g Mincement
4 tbsp caster sugar
4tsp mixed spice
4tsp mincement
100ml Gin
100ml sweet red vermouth
20ml Dark Rum

To make a mincemeat syrup, put 100ml water, the golden caster sugar and mincemeat in a pan and bring to the boil. Cool and strain though muslin into a sieve. Separately, mix the caster sugar and mixed spice, then dampen the rims of 4 Martini glasses and dip in the sugar and spice mixture.

Muddle the mincemeat in a cocktail shaker (you may need to make in 2 batches), then add the gin, sweet red vermouth, dark rum, 80ml mincemeat syrup and ice. Shake well and strain into your prepared glass.

Mince Pie Martini.
A brandy cocktail with chocolate liquor and cream. Maybe an ideal substitute for dessert if the Christmas Turkey has defeated you.

40ml Cognac
30 ml Crème de cacao white
15 ml almond milk
15 ml double cream
1 star anise

Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, then strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Grate over a pistachio, then garnish with the whole nuts and star anise.

Christmas Alexander.
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