Christmas is a time for luxury and overindulgence, it’s that one time of the year when it’s okay to overload on the finer things in life. Enjoy plenty of dancing, TV, food, chocolates and a few drinks to get you merry. Whether you have plans to party your way through the Christmas season, or you plan to put your feet up and watch the Queen’s speech, Mr Lender whom offers payday loans directly has put together five Christmas inspired cocktail recipes which will certainly see you through to the new year.
Christmas pudding vodka
Christmas pudding + vodka, what more could you want? Jamie Oliver’s Christmas pudding cocktail is sure to get you in the spirit of things by using 1 litre of vodka, and all the ingredients of a Christmas pud. Simply warm the spices over a pan, grate the lemon and orange into a bowl, then combine the rest of the ingredients including the vodka and warmed spices. Strain the mix, and enjoy. This recipe will keep for up to a year, so why not whip up a large batch so you can enjoy it right up to next Christmas.
Winter wonderland cocktail
This white, wintery cocktail won’t look out of place in the hands of an ice queen in her palace. The recipe specifically recommends cream of coconut (not coconut milk or coconut cream), as well as vanilla vodka, crème de cocoa and lots of ice. Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker until well combined, then strain into a suitably beautiful glass. Best enjoyed immediately, while it’s still ice cold.
Jack Frost winter cocktail
A festive spin on a piña colada, this blue frosty cocktail will wow guests at the Christmas party. Vodka or light rum, blue Curacao, pineapple juice and cream of coconut are all that you will need for this luxurious cocktail. Use sugar, water and shredded coconut to give the glass a frosty finish. Microwave the sugar and water to form a gluey mixture, dab this onto the outside of the glass, then roll the rim in the shredded coconut. Mix all the ingredients in a blender until smooth, then pour into the frosty glasses. Serve immediately, and wait for the compliments to pour in.
Hot buttered rum
Ditch the mulled wine this year and give hot buttered rum a go instead. Combine butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to create a batter for the basis of your drink. Place it in a mug and top with rum and boiling water, mix well until the butter mixture has melted and dissolved. Finish with whipped cream and cinnamon for a touch of extra indulgence.
Orange and cranberry spritz
If you’re avoiding alcohol this year, or you have a few little ones to cater for this Christmas, try James Martin’s quick and easy mocktail. Mix orange and cranberry juice in a jug, and slowly top with sparkling elderflower juice (avoid pouring too quickly as it will fizz up pretty fast). The recipe recommends serving it in a tall glass with plenty of ice.