Mix and match: easy Christmas cocktail recipes |  Food

Mix and match: easy Christmas cocktail recipes | Food

ONEAt its best, Christmas is a mix of new discoveries and beloved traditions. Holiday drinks should also create a balance between surprises and memories. Fortunately, you do not need expensive or mysterious ingredients to make these seasonal festive toasts.

Bright side (picture above)

The challenge with non-alcoholic beverages is to make them as bold and assertive as spirits. Chili and ginger provide a warmth corresponding to this experience (a device often used by counterfeiters of the 18th and 19th centuries).

Gives 1 glass
fresh chili 1
Lemon ½
salt
sugar a pinch
non-alcoholic spirits or kombucha 50 ml
fresh lime juice 25 ml
ginger 1 thumb, notched
simple syrup 25 ml

Rub a sliced ​​piece of chili once around the edge of a cooled cocktail glass, then rub it with a sliced ​​lime. Dip the rim into a low plate of salt with a pinch of sugar mixed in.

Combine non-alcoholic spirits, lime juice, ginger and simple syrup in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake, then sift into your glass. Garnish with a fresh piece of chopped chili placed on the edge.

Winter spirit

Winter spirit.
Winter spirit. Photo: Patrice de Villiers / The Observer

Spritzes are not just for the warmer months. This is perfect for a sparkling winter evening.

Gives 1 glass
Red wine 50 ml
sparkling wine 50 ml
sparkling water 50 ml
ruby port 25 ml

Mix the ingredients in an ice-filled wine cup. Stir gently. Garnish with an orange twist and possibly a cinnamon stick.

Mulled wine and juice

Mulled wine and juice.
Mulled wine and juice. Photo: Patrice de Villiers / The Observer

Packages of mulling spices are available everywhere at this time of year. They save you from tearing through the spice cabinet. Pour a bottle of gin into a jar with a wide mouth. Add a bag of mulling spices. Leave it overnight, then remove the bag the next day.

Gives 1 glass
spicy gin 50 ml
cloudy apple juice 100 ml
apple 1 slice, or 1 piece of lemon peel
grenadines 5-10 ml, or pomegranate molasses (optional)

Mix the ingredients in an ice-filled highball or rock glass. Stir, then garnish with an apple slice or a lemon twist.

You can add grenadine or pomegranate molasses for a seasonal shade.

Instant eggnog

Instant eggnog.
Instant eggnog. Photo: Patrice de Villiers / The Observer

Eggnog has pretty much the same ingredients as ice cream – egg yolks, whipped cream, milk and sugar. Legendary bartender Harry Craddock found out about this in the 1920s at the American Bar on the Savoy when he created the white cargo by mixing equal parts gin and vanilla ice cream. He adorned this frosty masterpiece with a grated nutmeg. For Christmas, try this classic with a dark room or a Scotch whiskey.

Gives 1 glass
god vanilla ice cream 50 ml
stored room 50 ml, or whiskey (or whiskey)
nutmeg

Combine the ice cream and spirits in an empty cocktail shaker. Shake without ice. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and grate nutmeg over top.

Negroni slag

Negroni slag.
Negroni slag. Photo: Patrice de Villiers / The Observer

Negronia has passed martini when it comes to selling gin drinks in the UK. Its flavor profile works well for this delicious punch.

Serving 6
gin 100 ml (use cranberry juice for a serving with lower alcohol)
bitter aperitif such as Campari 100 ml
sweet vermouth 200 ml
chilled espresso 50 ml
cooled prosecco 350 ml

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl or large jug of ice cream. Stir lightly. Garnish with orange slices, star anise, cinnamon sticks, long orange and lemon twists and fresh cranberries. Server and punch cups.

Vegan white Russian

Vegan white Russian.
Vegan white Russian. Photo: Patrice de Villiers / The Observer

Coffee liqueur is effortless to make at home. Combine a cup of strong coffee or a couple of espressos with equal amounts of sugar to make a coffee syrup. Combine a measure of the resulting syrup with an equal amount of vodka or gin – plus a splash of cognac if you like. That is it! The last one we made took 12 minutes from inspiration to first sip.

Gives 1 glass
coffee liqueur 25 ml
vodka 25 ml
oat milk 50 ml (look for a barista version or similar creamy)

Mix all the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake, then sift into a chilled cocktail glass.

Warm G & Te

Warm G & Te.
Warm G & Te. Photo: Patrice de Villiers / The Observer

While gin and tonic are usually relegated to warmer weather, tonic syrup is now available in many stores and makes it possible to take the classic in new directions.

Gives 1 glass
boiling water 100-125 ml
winter spice or cranberry 1 pose
tonic syrup 25 ml (available online)
gin 50 ml

Combine the water and tea in a mug and brew as usual. Add tonic syrup and gin. Garnish with an orange or lemon twist if you like. OFM

Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller are beverage consultants at Mixellany

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