Today, we’re upping it a bit and moving on to the indulgent side of Christmas – namely – the festive drinks. Of course, it’s not mandatory that you have an alcoholic beverage at Christmas, it’s very much personal preference, but if you were looking for an excuse to crack open the Irish Cream at 10am in the morning, then Christmas is that excuse 😉 After all, Festive Drinks are a big part of the festive activities for so many.
So, starting with a simple and obvious one – and an absolute classic in our household on Christmas day. I think we knocked back a couple of bottles of this early doors last year – the great thing with Bucks Fizz is that it’s really not that strong at all. Mixed as 2 parts Champagne, 1 part Orange Juice, it’s refreshing enough for the morning, but not filling enough to ruin you for the rest of the day. Get a few bottles in – you won’t regret it.
I stumbled across this on BBC Good food – and it sounds delicious. It’s Prosecco, Sloe Gin, Jägermeister and Apple Juice, with a bit of clementine and ginger for taste. You can find the recipe for it here – but it really does sound like a good slow burner for the day – and long in to the evening 😉
Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour
If there’s one thing that 2020 has given me – it’s a love of Whisky. I never really got in to it previously, despite my friends being fans and offering good tipple advice. But then I was thinking of what to drink one night, and remember my friend Phil suggesting Whisky and Ginger Ale – and that was that. I’ve got a good selection of Whisky on the shelf now, so why not put some to use in a nice festive dram.
This recipe from Cookie and Kate is quick and simple, and sounds really warming and sweet. Bourbon, Lemon Juice, Maple Syrup and a bit of cinnamon, this one is definitely for that feet up moment at the end of Christmas day – when the dishwasher is working overtime, and the toddler is in bed!
I’ve never tried this, but it’s another Whisky based drink that I really want to give a go. It’s a creamy, whisky based cocktail that again would go down a storm relaxing in the evening, or maybe even with that Christmas Pudding. Cream, Whisky, Egg, Stout Syrup, Butterscotch Liqueur and a sprinkle of Nutmeg, and you’re well on your way to silky smooth cocktail heaven (if you like Whisky, of course)!
Check out the Molly Bán recipe here.
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
This is really one for Christmas Eve, and a staple in the festive drink must haves – I think. Get this on Christmas Eve morning, and by the evening, you’ll all be sipping the creamiest, smoothest hot chocolate – and there’ll be plenty to go around! Milk, Cream, Cocoa Powder, Sugar, Vanilla and Real Chocolate. It takes 5 minutes to prepare, simmer for 6 hours in the slow cooker, and you’re good to go. If you wanted a more adult version, a splash of Baileys would simply enhance the flavour.
Top with whipped cream, marshmallows and / or a crumbled chocolate flake – and it really is Christmas Eve in a mug. Delicious. For full steps and ingredients, visit Sallys Baking Addiction, just here.
There are so many variants on Christmas themed cocktails and festive drinks – these are just a few that we might be trying this year (especially that slow cooker hot chocolate!) You can check out the rest of out Blogmas series just here, too.