17

Dec

2013

Christmas Cocktails – Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Options

 

Christmas Cocktails

The Christmas season is upon us and for a lot of people that means lots of food and lots of drinking! I’m not going to lie I am really struggling with the no drinking rule from being pregnant, especially at this time of year! So many christmas parties and not a drop of alcohol has passed my lips, I am living on ginger ale, ginger bear and cranberry and lemonade at the moment. So I thought it would be fun to research a  few Christmas cocktails for those of you lucky enough to be drinking this Christmas and to find a non alcoholic option for those of you who can’t drink or prefer not to. I hope you like my section, personally I shall be trying them all out over the next couple of weeks.

Raspberry Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Raspberry Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail 1

Ingredients

  • 1 pint raspberry sorbet
  • 8 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 4 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
  • chilled champagne (non-alcoholic option soda or spring water)

Instructions

STEP 1) Freeze your glasses until frosty.
STEP 2) Add 2 tablespoons of pomegranate juice to the bottom of each glass.
STEP 3) Add a few small scoops of the raspberry sorbet and 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds to each glass.
STEP4) Top with chilled champagne or soda/spring water

Raspberry Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail 2

(Recipe: www.heatherchristo.com/cooks)

Cranberry & Rosemary White “Christmas” Sangria

Cranberry & Rosemary White “Christmas” Sangria 1

Ingredients

  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 Braeburn Apple
  • 1 heaping Cup Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 large Sprig Rosemary
  • ½ Cup White Grape Juice
  • ¼ Cup Sugar (more, for garnish)
  • 1 Can Club Soda
  • 1 Bottle Pinot Grigio (non-alcoholic option white grape Shloer or ginger ale or apple juice)

Instructions

STEP 1)  You need to chop up the apples
STEP 2) Add the other fruit, apples, sugar and rosemary to a large pitcher
STEP 3) Add the wine or non-alcoholic option to the fruit and sugar mixture, stir thoroughly so all the ingredients are combined
STEP 4) Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill
STEP 5) While that chills, make the garnish. To do this, simple place about 1/2 cup of granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Lightly wet the rosemary and then give it a good shake to remove any excess water. Then roll the sprigs in the sugar until they are coated as you please.
STEP 6) Once the pitcher has chilled for about an hour, it should be ready to serve.

Cranberry & Rosemary White “Christmas” Sangria 2

(Recipe: http://cookingstoned.tv/)

Watermelon Lime Frosty (or Margarita)

Watermelon Lime Frosty (or Margarita)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon, cubed and frozen
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or maple syrup
  • Zest from 2 limes
  • Juice from 2 limes (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • For margaritas: add 3-4 shots of silver tequila

Instructions

STEP 1) Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more water as needed to keep the mixture moving.
STEP 2) For margaritas: add 3-4 shots of silver tequila
STEP 3) Sometimes add more watermelon than called for to thicken this up, or to make the drink appear more pink. This has to do with how juicy or bright your watermelon is to start with and the measurements provided in the recipe is a great place to start, but it’s really easy to add watermelon for your own preferences.

(Recipe: www.krystaslifeinfood.com)

Strawberry Smash Cocktail

Strawberry Smash Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz vodka (leave out the vodka for the non-alcoholic version)
  • 5 strawberries, leafy ends removed
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 lemon (plus more for garnish)
  • drizzle honey
  • club soda

Instructions

STEP 1) In a mixing glass, thoroughly muddle strawberries with the basil.
STEP 2) Squeeze in the juice of one lemon and a drizzle of honey.
STEP 3) Swirl with vodka.
STEP 4) Fill a collins glass with ice and pour your mixture into the glass. Top it off with club soda.
STEP 5) Mix by pouring the drink back into your mixing glass, then back into your drinking glass. Garnish with lemon round and a strawberry.

(Recipe: www.cookieandkate.com)

Mulled wine cocktail or Mulled apple juice

Mulled wine or apple

 

Mulled Wine cocktail

Ingredients

  • 100g/4oz light muscovado sugar
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 150ml water
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 clementines
  • 150ml Cointreau
  • 750ml/ 1¼pint bottle light red wine, such as Beaujolais
  • Twist of orange zest and a star anise, to serve

Instructions

STEP 1) Put 100g light muscovado sugar in a pan with 1 star anise, 1 cinnamon stick, 4 cloves and 150ml water. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
STEP 2) Simmer for 2 mins, then pour into a large jug and leave to cool. Add 1 lemon and 2 clementines, both thinly sliced, to the jug along with 150ml Cointreau and a 750ml bottle light red wine, such as a Beaujolais. Stir well, then cover and chill for at least 2 hrs or overnight if you can.
STEP 3) Serve chilled or over ice, with a twist of orange zest and a star anise. If you’d like to serve a traditional warm mulled wine, there’s no need to chill – simply warm through without boiling and serve in heatproof glasses.

(Recipe www.bbcgoodfood.com)

 

Mulled Apple Juice

Ingredients

  • 1l apple juice
  • strips of orange peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus extra to garnish, if you like
  • 3 cloves
  • sugar or honey, to taste

Instructions

STEP 1) Simmer the apple juice with the strips of orange peel, cinnamon stick and cloves for about 5-10 mins until all the flavours have infused. Sweeten to taste.
STEP 2) Serve each drink with a little orange peel and a piece of cinnamon stick, if you like.

(Recipe www.bbcgoodfood.com)

 

So which is your favourite? will be trying any of these out over the Christmas period? they could also work for weddings! If you have any other ideas or recipes then do feel free to share them. 

 

Big Boho Love

Kelly xx

 

 

 

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Comments

    Andree K.

    Great collection! I am impressed by how many winter themed cocktails you were able to find that match different tastes and occasions.

    Reply
    Claire

    Brilliant! I’ve been looking for Christmas cocktails recipes, who’d have thought I’d find them here… but love those pomegranate ones in the tall glasses. Thank you so much! Now… back to my search for guest book ideas! Claire xx

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