I love celebrating any occasion with thematic drinks, so it’s only standard I’ve been experimenting with festive cocktails. Not that I’m ever against a glass of rosé, but these cocktails are much more fun and help set the mood. Here’s three recipes that put a festive twist on regular drinks.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without mentioning eggnog, would it? You can choose to make your own from scratch, but I think store-bought eggnog does just fine since you’re still taking steps to elevate it. The rum and coffee liquor balance it out quite nicely, and it feels all too festive using a cinnamon stick to stir.
Ingredients (makes 1)
3 oz store-bought eggnog
1 oz dark rum of your choice
1 oz Kahlua, or other coffee liqueur
freshly ground nutmeg, to garnish
cinnamon sticks or cinnamon bark, to garnish
1. Add eggnog, dark rum, coffee liqueur and ice to a cocktail shaker.
2. Pour into a glass and sprinkle ground nutmeg on top. Garnish with cinnamon stick or cinnamon bark.
Candy Cane cocktail
I attempted to rim the glass with crushed candy cane but it proved a bit too difficult, and I think it looks even cuter hanging on the side (bonus points for mini candy canes). People could choose to stir their drinks with it too. I couldn’t think of a martini that better represents the holidays.
Ingredients (makes 1)
2 oz strawberry vodka
4 dashes white creme de menthe
2 1/2 oz cranberry juice
1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and pour into martini glass.
2. Place a candy cane either in the glass or hanging off it.
I saved my favourite until last. This cranberry mojito is a sweeter, festive spin on the ever popular mojito. It’s perfect for those experiencing summer during Christmas (although I’d still drink it in snowy conditions), and you could easily omit the alcohol with it tasting just as delicious. The recipe is adapted from here.
Ingredients (Makes 2)
8 oz. fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
20 mint leaves
1 lime (cut in half then quartered)
4 oz. rum
1. Place cranberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Then lower the heat a bit to medium-low and continue to cook for about 10 minutes, before your berries start bursting. Remove from heat.