Let me ask you a question, when do you start planning Christmas? Are you a last minute shopper panic buying on Christmas Eve, or are you super organised ready months in advance? I have to confess I’m one of those annoying people who have all the presents bought and gift wrapped by the first of December. You see, I love Christmas! I love it so much I actually start planning as soon as the kids go back to school in September. Yes, I know that’s slightly crazy but I have to get my spreadsheets in order (colour coded, with formulas – don’t judge me!). But whatever your approach to Christmas, there’s one thing that every Christmas party needs and that’s a signature cocktail or mocktail!
Esme, my heroine in Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage has a favourite bar called the Singapore Sling and loves a cocktail, but if any of you are like me and have tried to make cocktails at home, you’ll know that mixology is a real skill and there’s a reason cocktails now come in cans, ready-made! So, in honour of Esme, I’ve done some thorough and might I add, arduous, research in finding the best Christmas cocktails and mocktails you can easily make at home. The lovely Alessandro Geraci at Mr Foggs Residence in Mayfair was kind enough to share some recipes with me and I’ve also included some handy hints and tips I’ve picked up along the way.
Hendrick’s gin 40ml
Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto 10ml
*Apple Strudel 40ml
Fresh Grapefruit Juice 10ml
Wash 2 green apples, chop them into small pieces.
Blend them with 10gr cinnamon powder
Add 100gr of sugar and 50ml of cold water
Strain it, ready to use.
Add all the ingredients into a shaker and mix them together, fill up the glass with ice and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon powder on top.
Top Tip: The type of glass you use makes absolutely no difference to the flavour, so use whatever you have!
Getting The Goose:
*Peppermint Tea 50ml
Pour into a container 250ml of hot water up to 82C° and infuse a bag of peppermint tea. Let it rest for 1 minute and strain it.
Pour all the ingredients into your glass and blend with your favourite spices, such as cloves, star anise or cinnamon.
Reyka Vodka 30ml
Amaro Montenegro 10ml
*Philadelphia Zabaione 20ml
One espresso 20ml
Pour two egg yolks and two teaspoons of Philadelphia cheese into a container.
Add 100g of caster sugar and blend all the ingredients together.
Strain it, ready to use.
Add all the ingredients into a shaker and mix them together, fill up the glass with ice and garnish with chocolate flakes into your favourite glass.
Top Tip: At cocktail bars they nearly always serve your drinks with a carafe of water on the side. It’s definitely worth doing this at your party so everyone can drink responsibly.
Speaking of which, you might have noticed that a lot of mocktail recipes are made with sugary fruit juices and the sweetness can sometimes be a bit much, but with the invention of flavoured non-alcohol spirits and by changing prosecco for sparkling water, there’s no need for a hangover.
So there you have it, some amazing cocktail recipes you can easily make at home. You can’t say I don’t give good Christmas presents! And whatever you’re up to, I hope you enjoy the holiday festivities. I’m off to drink a Mayfair Mistletoe followed by a big glass of water, and wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!