08 Dec Christmas kitchen: Cocktails to inspire
T’is the season for home entertaining, with drinks parties, canapés and cocktails abound. If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than our favourite recipes for the ultimate glasses of festive cheer…
Gin & Ginger Fizz
Simple and delicious you can’t go wrong with this festive twist on a classic. Muddle a 1.5cm thick slice of fresh ginger in the bottom of a highball glass and fill with ice. Add 50ml of your preferred gin and top up with tonic water. Garnish with a strip of orange peel.
(recipe and image courtesy of Red Online)
Mulled Pear Cider
Move over mulled wine, there’s a new kid in town. Pour 2 litres of pear cider into a very large heavy-based pan with a lid. Squeeze the juice from 6 clementines, then add to the pan along with the squeezed peel. Add 500ml pomegranate juice, 120g caster sugar and 3 star anise, a tablespoon of cloves and one cinnamon stick, then bring up to a gentle steam. Cook on a very low heat for 40 minutes, then add a splash of rum. Cover with a lid, leaving a gap to let the steam out, and keep on the heat on the lowest setting while serving.
(recipe and image courtesy of Delicious Magazine)
Winter Spice Negroni
With this delicious blend of spiced gin, campari, red vermouth and charred orange, it’s the perfect drinks party showstopper. To make it, heat an un-oiled frying pan over a high heat while you brush 2 orange segments lightly with oil. Place both segments flesh side down in the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until beginning to char. Flip over and cook the other side in the same way. Remove from the pan to cool. Add one charred wedge into each ice cube filled glad. Pour 30ml gin, 60ml red vermouth and 60ml Campari over the ice. Stir briefly. Add the remaining orange segment & serve immediately.
(Recipe and image courtesy of Little sugar Snaps blog)
Cranberry Rosemary Refresher
Loaded with anti oxidants and vitamin C, this cranberry cocktail will make you feel good outside and in. To create it, simply add 2 cups of water to a covered saucepan or small pot and bring to a boil. Add 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, and lower heat to a simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep, covered, for one hour. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Then juice 450g cranberries and 4 apples apples together. Mix with the chilled rosemary water. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and serve over ice.
Recipe and image courtesy of For The Love of Food Blog
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