Christmas is such an exciting time for all of the family. However, one of the best parts about Christmas is that it’s an opportunity for you to put on your most sparkly outfit and gather with your best friends for some legendary nights out.
There’s no better time to start experimenting in the world of cocktails than Christmas time. Cocktails are the solution for anyone who enjoys the embrace of sweeter and more indulgent alcoholic drinks, and as Christmas is the time of year to treat yourself, we can’t think of a better time to start finding your favourite cocktail.
We’ve compiled this guide to some amazing Christmas cocktails that we think you should try this festive season!
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this recipe is just for you. The pomegranate sangria is the perfect drink for anyone dipping their toe into the world of cocktails, with a sweet blend of pomegranate with the sharpness of wine.
If you’re a routine wine connoisseur that’s looking for a drink to vary your palette, this is the perfect option, with sweet notes of pomegranate, orange and other festive circuses with the familiar indulgence of wine.
One of the best things about pomegranate sangria is you can make this drink into a large pitcher, making it ideal for large festive gatherings where everything needs to be in bulk. All you’ll need to make this drink is:
- 1 bottle of white wine (supplement this with red for a traditional Spanish vibe)
- 1 ½ cups of pomegranate juice
- ⅓ cup of orange liqueur
- 2 oranges (sliced)
- Mint leaves
How to make:
- Juice one orange and pour this into the pitcher.
- Add your wine of choice, with your pomegranate juice, and orange liqueur.
- Stir in the decorative fruits of your choice.
Mulled wine is the traditional festive drink that’s warming, indulgent and the perfect variation for anyone stepping out of their wine comfort zone this Christmas. Mulled wine is a warmed, spiced drink that’s made with several mulling spices to give it that rich and delicious flavour.
With a blend of spices and the sharpness of wine, this is a great option for those that value a balance between sweetness and spice.
If you’re not quite ready to leave your red wine safety blanket for the cocktail world, this is the perfect starter cocktail that’s an ideal winter warmer. All you need for the perfect mulled wine is:
- ½ cup of muscovado sugar
- ¼ cup of brandy
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 1 sliced clementine
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 1 star anise
How to make:
- Put your red wine, cinnamon, and other mulling spices into a pan with some lemon zest and sugar and simmer this for 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and leave it to infuse for the next 10 minutes.
- Pour into a heat-proof mug or glass and enjoy!
Holiday Wine Spritzer
A classic wine spritzer is a great way to ease yourself into the world of cocktails. Wine spritzers are ideal for anyone wanting to tone down the volume of alcohol they consume, making it the perfect cocktail for pacing yourself at a long family gathering.
A white wine holiday spritzer is also ideal for making a single bottle of white wine go a lot further, making it ideal for large family gatherings. Here’s what you’ll need for a holiday wine spritzer:
- ½ cup of white wine
- ½ cup of cranberry juice
- Ginger ale
- A hand full of cranberries
How to make:
- Grab a pitcher and mix your white wine and cranberry juice together.
- Top with a little ginger ale and garnish with a handful of cranberries.
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