F O U R F E S T I V E C O C K T A I L S
We've been exploring some of the top Mixologists online and we'd like to share with you some of our favourite ways to bring a unique pinch of spicey warmth to your winter evenings.
Key ingredients to have in your festive bar kit include spices like star anise, cinnamon and mulling spices. As for spirits, make sure you stock up on the rum, brandy and bourbon. But don't forget the fruity favourites, such as tequila, campari and Grand Marnier. To garnish, be sure to have oranges, rosemary and fresh nutmeg to hand for that extra special touch.
But first... here's our top four recipes...
Then, when you're ready to serve, make sure you bring out the classic Bohemian crystal glassware in your favourite festive colours.
C R A N B E R R Y S A U C E M A R G A R I T A S
1-1/2 ounces blanco tequila
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1 tablespoon cranberry sauce
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled 2/3 with ice. Shake well for about 30 seconds. Strain over fresh ice into a glass rimmed with sugar. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.
Brought to you by cocktail experts Stir and Strain, these fruity margaritas offer a festive twist on this traditional tequila-based cocktail. Using real cranberry sauce and Grand Marnier, this pink treat is topped off beautifully with a sprig of Rosemary.
Add additional cranberry sauce if desired. Sweetness can also be adjusted by adding more or less Grand Marnier.
B E A U T I F U L L Y B A L A N C E D E G G N O G
8 egg yolks
8 egg whites
4 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cup cream
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 tablespoon cinnamon
Beat or whisk the egg yolk. Once frothy, add the sugar and cream and whisk on medium setting. Add in the spices and mix well. Gently whisk in the milk next, adding slowly to not splatter. Combine the liquor and mix. Set this is in the fridge for at least one week (and up to 1 year). When ready to serve, whisk the egg whites into soft peaks and fold into the eggnog mixture. Serve and Sprinkle with fresh grated nutmeg.
We fell in love with this traditional but gorgeously rich cocktail posted by drinks guru Ashley Rose Conway. Having a party? This recipe makes enough for 15 and combines all our favourite festive spirits; brandy, rum and bourbon!
3 teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
7 oz bourbon)
7 oz rum)
2 oz brandy
2 oz rye
C H R I S T M A S C A M P A R I P U N C H
16 cups water
30 g mulling spices
20 g dried hibiscus
10 g dried orange peel
5 g dried lemon peel
In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil then remove from the heat. Place mulling spices, hibiscus, lemon peels and orange peels into the water and steep for 15 mins, stirring occasionally. Strain out solids and then add sugar, stirring until dissolved.
Chill for 2 hours, then add spiced rum and Campari. Serve in punch bowl with sliced orange and cinnamon sticks. In need of a punch bowl? Take a look at our Shadow Collection bowls.
Brought to you by cocktail experts Stir And Strain, this festive punch combines the zesty zing of orange and lemon with the warming spice of cinnamon and mulling spices. This punch bowl recipe serves 10, making it perfect for Christmas gatherings.
1 cup sugar
2 oranges, sliced
10 g spiced rum
5 oz. Campari
10 cinnamon sticks
W I N T E R S T O R M
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled 2/3 with ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass.
Intoxicology is the lovechild of husband and wife team Alex and Lori, whose mission is to make cocktails a sensory experience to be savoured. We were particularly taken with this frosty vodka-based recipe. So, embrace the snow this winter with your very own storm in a cup.
1 ½ parts vodka (apple vodka if possible)
¾ part agave nectar (or sugar syrup)
¾ part fresh lemon juice
2 parts apple juice
Garnish with a red apple slice and sprinkle of cinnamon.