You can sprinkle some fairy dust on your Christmas party by preparing some extra special Christmas cocktails for the big event. But with so many yummy yuletide treats to choose from, which will you prepare?
In today’s blog, we’re highlighting five of our favourite Christmas party cocktails. There’s something for every need, from warming your weather-beaten guests to spicing things up on the dancefloor later than night.
Pick a holiday tipple from the list and try your hand at a batch in time for the big occasion.
1. The Warm Welcome
100g/4oz light muscovado sugar
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
750ml/ 1¼pint bottle light red wine, such as Beaujolais
Twist of orange zest and a star anise, to serve
Since guests will have likely braved a cold snap to make their way to the party, give them a warm welcome with a super simple Mulled Wine Cocktail. You can make a batch of this delicious cocktail well ahead of the party, then serve chilled on arrival, or warmed up for extra festive fun.
2. The Party Starter
600ml orange juice
2 x 75cl bottles sparkling wine
strips orange zest
Alternatively, you could kick things up a notch with Amaretto Fizz. Served in champagne flutes for a swift shot of party spirit, this sparkling wine cocktail takes just five minutes to make and could kick start your Christmas party in just as little time when served on arrival.
3. The After Dinner Treat
400ml Tia Maria, chilled
16 tbsp (approx 250ml) double cream
cocoa, for dusting
If you’re serving dinner at your party, then guests are sure to relish the Angel’s Kiss. This decadent after-dinner cocktail is made from Tia Maria and cream and works best with some rich chocolates. Add a dusting of cocoa on the top and you’ll also have a feast for the eyes.
4. The Sharer
350ml dark rum
1l cranberry juice
1l ginger ale
Huge pitchers or bowls of cocktail are perfect for parties and the Rumberry Punch cocktail is a wonderful festive option. Party goers can help themselves to this delicious blend of dark rum and cranberry juice with some added warming spice from a helping of ginger ale.
5. The Wild Card
100g golden caster sugar
4 tbsp caster sugar
4 tsp mixed spice
4 tsp mincemeat
100ml sweet red vermouth
20ml dark rum
If you want something to get lips smacking and tongues wagging at the Christmas party, create something truly unusual like the Mince Pie Martini. This clever little cocktail takes a while longer to prepare than some of the other options on the list but features all of the flavour of spiced, fruity mincemeat. You’ll need gin, sweet red vermouth and dark rum for this one, not to mention some very real mincemeat for flavour.