Five Alternative Cocktails For Christmas

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As the festive period is now just a few short weeks away, most of our alcohol consumption is probably about to increase. If you're not a lover of mulled wine or beer, then rustling up some cocktails is gonna be your best bet for enjoying an alcoholic beverage over the Christmas celebrations. As we're no mixologists ourselves, we've called on the help of Smith & Sinclair who have just opened the world's first edible alcohol shop, Eat Your Drink, in London.

These cocktails have been provided by the company's co-founder, Emile Bernard, so he couldn't be in a better place to provide a mixture of festive cocktails you either need to go in search for or easily rustle up at home.

Check out Smith & Sinclair on their Website

Full-fat Old Fashioned, Hawksmoor

If you’re out and about in London this Christmas and you pass a Hawksmoor your next step is to go inside and order yourself a Full-fat Old Fashioned. Being Christmas time it’s easy to forgive yourself for not counting the calorie intake, because this beauty is made with a clarified butter infused bourbon, as they say on the menu “not for the (literally) faint-hearted”.

Because of the butter infused bourbon, the drink gives a full and rich flavour that is a welcome winter treat. The Americans may have their eggnog, but Hawksmoor have given us this.

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Photo Credit: Hawksmoor

Spiced Apple Gin Fizz

Gin can get left out of all the Christmas cocktail cheer, so here’s a gin fizz recipe with a difference.

  • *Spiced apple syrup
  • 100g sugar
  • 100ml water
  • 1 apple (cored and cut into diced cubes)
  • x3 cardamom pods
  • x1 cinnamon stick
  • x1 star anise
  • x1 vanilla pod (split and seeded)

Combine all ingredients into a pan and heat on medium heat until sugar has fully dissolved and simmer for five minutes on a low heat then pour through a sieve to remove spices and apple and chill until ready to use.

  • 40ml Gin
  • 30ml Lemon Juice
  • 20ml Spiced Apple Syrup*
  • 1 Egg Whites

Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds then strain into glass and top up with sparkling water and garnish with the remaining vanilla pod.

Spiced Apple GinFizz

After Eight on the Rocks

Mint and chocolate is always a winning combo for me and is my fuel at Christmas! So keeping with tradition, here’s a liquid twist on a classic that you should pull out to impress friends and family this Christmas.

You’ll also manage to finish off that crème de menthe that’s gathering dust on the shelf.

  • 40ml Dark chocolate (melted)
  • 40ml Crème de menthe
  • 20ml cream (double or single cream)
  • Pinch of salt

Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds and pour over ice to serve. For those of you who prefer a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, just replace the crème de menthe with an orange liqueur.

Hazelnut Lux Hot Chocolate

30g Dark chocolate

30ml Frangelico

30ml Baileys Choc Lux

150ml Milk

Pinch of salt

Gently warm all ingredients in a pan, whisk some froth and serve in a mug. Some whipped cream on top wouldn’t go a miss.

Alternatively you could turn this into a milkshake by not warming the ingredients and blending them all with a scoop of ice cream.

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Photo Credit: Austin 360

Blackberry & Tamarind Spiced Rum Punch,  World of Zing

It’s all well and good treating yourself and friends to some homemade cocktails, but if you’re not confident in making the cocktails yourself head over to World of Zing's website, where they create incredibly high quality pre batched cocktails in a bottle. One thing you can count on with a pre-batched cocktail from these guys is interesting flavour combos. Just chill the bottle and pour, or top up with prosecco or sparking water and enjoy!

Blackberry & Tamarind Spiced Rum Punch

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