We enjoy a hot toddy as much as the next person but this year calls for something a tad more celebratory than a bottle of mulled wine, don’t you think?
This year calls for something a tad more celebratory than a bottle of mulled wine
Now, while we don’t suggest knocking back the cocktails is the most responsible way to deal with the calamity that is 2020 (ahem, we all have our vices), a Merry Mojito enjoyed in sensible moderation certainly helps matters and provides the perfect excuse to raise a glass to our resilience this year.
So, station yourselves firmly by the bar cart and make an occasion of happy hour at home with these very merry & drinkable festive cocktails.
The Christmas Margarita
A festive concoction with a classic tequila base, blended with cranberry juice, orange-flavoured liqueur and lime juice. You’ll never look back.
- Pop all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve over ice.
- Garnish with a lime or orange rind and frozen cranberries if you prefer.
The Baileys Espresso Martini
A rich and luxurious Yuletide take on the classic coffee-flavoured cocktail – that’ll get you in the holiday spirit.
- Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and serve in a martini glass.
- Garnish with coffee beans.
The Very Merry Mojito
Time to debunk the myth that mojitos sit firmly in the Summer bev category. The Merry Mojito is easy to make, light and refreshing on the palate with a seasonal, spicy twist. That sounds like a Christmas-appropriate jingle juice recipe to us but don’t take our word for it.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker (leave the Ginger Beer aside).
- Pour over crushed ice and mint leaves.
- Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with apple segment.
- If you prefer your mojito to be more tart, add a splash more lime juice.
The Winter Aperol Spritz
If you’re sad about giving up your favourite tipple o’ Summer, we’re here to tell you we can fill the void with this suitably drinkable Winter edition Aperol spritz.
The cranberry juice works in perfect unison with the fresh citrusy notes of the Aperol and the prosecco and orange zest = quite the holiday romance. Get shaking and making – you’ll see. Bottoms up!
- Add the zest, Aperol and cranberry into a cocktail shaker.
- Strain over a glass filled with ice, top with prosecco then add a splash of soda.
- Garnish with cranberries and an orange wedge and a sprig of rosemary if you have it.
The Sloe Gin Bellini
The perfect brunch-like cocktail for opening presents and lubricating those mid-morning salmon bagels. Sloe-secco is the new prosecco, people.
Combine all parts in a champagne flute. It really is as simple as that!