It’s Christmas – pass the cocktails! There is no better time to celebrate with friends and fine wine than during the holiday season. However, if you are bored with the traditional rum and egg nogs and bottles upon bottles of red wine, consider sprucing up the Christmas season with these festive favorites. Each cocktail promises to be delicious, flavorful and just what St. Nick ordered. These recipes can all be made into mocktails by simply leaving out the alcohol and are perfect to all party hosting needs.
Minty Berry Punch Christmas Cocktail
Add some pizzazz to the standard punch drink with this twist on a classic. This recipe will serve eight thirsty guests:
1) Combine the following ingredients in a large jug or punch bowl. Stir together:
- 1.5 litre raspberry cranberry juice drink
- 3 cups soda water
- 1/4 cup lime juice
2) Add the following ingredients to the mixture:
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup mint leaves
3) Fill large wine goblets with crushed iced and top with the punch mixture as well as 30 ML of vodka (if desired).
4) Stir and enjoy
Ginger Peach Fizz Festive Drink
This is a great cocktail for holiday happy hour. The below mixture is enough for 8 drinks and is best served in a Tom Collins glass or similar, with a straw:
- Puree 4 peaches, peeled and chopped in a blender with ice cubes
- Fill each glass with ¼ cup ginger beer, ¼ cup soda water and 30 ML of white rum.
- Top each glass with peach puree.
- Stir gently and serve
Sparkling Mint Juleps Holiday Special
This refreshing beverage is great for those on a gluten-free diet and also the cheapest drink option on the menu:
- Combine one cup of castor sugar, ¼ roughly chopped mint leaves and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan
- Stir over low heat without boiling until the sugar has dissolved.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes.
- Pour the mixture into a small jug and place in the fridge until chilled.
- Strain through a sieve into a large serving jug
- Add 750 ml of soda water, ice cubes and mint leaves
- Stir the mixture together and add a splash of bourbon to spice it up.
Regardless of whether you are hosting a family Christmas dinner, a Christmas breakfast for your best friends or a New Year’s Eve party to remember, these Christmas cocktails can create just the right amount of flare to the standard Christmas drink menu. Bottoms up!