‘Tis the season to enjoy a few winter tipples! Get the cocktail shaker out, invite your friends and family over, and bring out a few of these festive flavours to get everyone into a jolly mood as Christmas fast approaches. If these Christmas cocktails don’t take your fancy, we’ve got loads more food and drink ideas in our upcoming December/January issue, so look out for that on or around 6 December!

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Gingerbread White Russian

An image of a white russian cocktail ready to be mixed

Long ago, when PosAbility staff writer Katie was still fun, she used to go to a bar in Glasgow that served a wide assortment of cocktails, among them being the greatest drink of all time: the gingerbread White Russians. Nothing says “Christmas” as far as she’s concerned than a few gingerbread White Russians followed by a mulled Buckfast chaser. Here’s her DIY version of what is, in her opinion, the greatest of all the festive cocktails:

What you’ll need

25ml gingerbread syrup
25ml vodka
50ml coffee liqueur
50ml double cream
Whole milk
Gingerbread men or cinnamon sticks to garnish

How to make it

Add ice to a cocktail shaker, then add the vodka, coffee liqueur, syrup, and double cream. Top up with whole milk. Shake it like your life absolutely depends on it. Pour into two old fashioned glasses. If you’re looking to impress whomever you’re with, add a little gingerbread man or a cinnamon stick to garnish.

Tom and Jerry

A Tom and Jerry is a cocktail made with cream, eggs, and a lot of alcohol

You know how Americans have this weird drink called “eggnog”, right? It’s basically a mix of milk, cream, sugar, egg whites, and egg yolks. The Tom and Jerry is a cocktail that incorporates this weird eggy drink with rum and brandy, and serves it hot, making it infinitely better in every conceivable way. This recipe is adapted from the fantastic Difford’s Guide, which has more cocktails than you can shake a cocktail stick at, and the BBC’s food guide. Note that it serves 12 and you definitely should not drink all of this yourself.

What you’ll need

To make the nog:
150g caster sugar
6 medium eggs
500ml double cream
500ml whole milk

To make the cocktail:
The aforementioned nog
200ml dark rum
150ml brandy
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp ground cloves
1tsp allspice
Nutmeg for garnish

How to make it

Let’s get noggy. Separate out your eggs, then in a bowl, mix the yolks and 100g of the caster sugar with a hand mixer, then stir in the milk and cream. Add it to a saucepan on low heat, and let it warm up as gently as possible, but don’t let it reach a boil. In your saucepan, add the rum, brandy, and spices, and stir. While those flavours get to know each other on the heat, take your remaining egg whites and sugar, and with a hand mixer, combine until fluffy. Take your saucepan off the heat, and make sure it is warm (not boiling!) before folding in the egg whites. Serve this eggy cocktail in mugs, add a little whipped cream, and grate nutmeg over the top.

 

Kinderpunsch

This cocktail is perfect for children or people who like spicy non-alcoholic drinks.

Im Englisch, Kinderpunsch literally translates to “children’s punch”. It’s a very traditional German fare that’s dished out at Christmas markets to make the kids feel less left out when their parents are drinking the harder stuff. Still, it’s a beautiful, spicy, tasty drink, and it’s perfect for those who don’t partake in alcohol as well as the little ones. Grab yourself a Schneebälle, a bit of Weihnachtsstollen and a few Lebkuchen, and settle in for Christmas. This recipe is adapted from The Kitchen Maus and Daring Gourmet’s recipes – danke schön!

What you’ll need

5 bags of rosehip and hibiscus tea*
250ml cup apple juice
250ml orange juice
250ml cranberry juice
500ml cups water
3 cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
2 whole star anise
2 oranges
Honey

How to make it

This cocktail for those who don’t partake in alcohol isn’t rocket science: add your apple, orange, cranberry juice and water to a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Stud one of the oranges with cloves and add it to the saucepan, then throw the cinnamon sticks and the star anise. Once it hits the boil, reduce it to a simmer, then add in the tea bags to seep. Once the tea is infused, add honey to taste. Decant into mugs, garnish with star anise and cinnamon sticks, and serve.

*”What is rosehip and hibiscus tea,” I hear you ask. It’s technically a tisane. But you can pick it up pretty easily at health food shops, German import stores, and online. Don’t worry: your cocktails won’t suffer without it. If you can’t find it easily, any herbal or fruity tea is a good substitute.

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Image credits:
White Russian Preparation by Ivo Posthumous/Flickr
Ein Glas Glühwein mit Mandarinen und Tannenzweigen im Schnee by Marco Verch/Flickr/Website (CC BY 2.0)