Christmas Cocktails

christmas cocktails.

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.

Boozy eggnog

Eggnog cocktail

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
ice cubes
freshly ground nutmeg, to garnish
cinnamon sticks or cinnamon bark, to garnish

Instructions
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.

Eggnog cocktail

Candy Cane cocktail

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
ice cubes

Instructions
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.

candy-cane-cocktail

Cranberry mojito

cranberry mojito

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)
crushed ice
4 oz. rum
soda water

Instructions
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.
2. Once the berry mixture has cooled, you can strain them. If you prefer, you can keep the mixture in the fridge for a couple hours or overnight before straining.
3. Put about 10 leaves of mint, 2 oz rum and a half a lime, quartered, into each glass. Alternatively you could use 1 tbsp of lime juice. Slowly muddle it up about 9-10 times with the back of a wooden spoon or anything else you can find.
4. Add crushed ice until it reaches about 3 quarters of the glass. Pour 2 oz of the cranberry syrup.
5. Top off each glass with soda water. Stir. Add fresh or frozen cranberries and mint to garnish.
Cranberry mojito