Happy Monday Everyone, I hope you are all well and happy this fine Monday morning...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.