Christmas Cocktail Recipes You Can Make at Home
Easy-to-prepare drinks that are sure crowd-pleasers
No party is complete without alcohol. Even non-drinkers like myself will attest to this, since we do enjoy laughing at the drunks as they make complete fools out of themselves. Some of us can also relish a cocktail just as much as the next guy, especially in a Christmas get together. With just a little bit of cheer and holiday spirit, hearty food and laugh sluts for company, a cocktail—whether strong or light—is hard to resist. Here are some delightful drinks you can make at your house Christmas party that will please everyone:
FOR WINE LOVERS
Lovers of vino might prefer to drink wine, but this Christmas classic by Ina Garten has an aromatic and spicy twist that adds a kick to your Cabernet Sauvignon.
4 cups apple cider
750 mL (1 bottle) of red wine
¼ cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish
Add the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan.
Let it simmer over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes.
Pour the wine into the mugs.
Add an orange peel into the mugs to garnish.
If you’re up for a bit more challenge for this easy recipe, check out Gordon Ramsay’s version, where you’ll need more ingredients like lemongrass, cardamom pods and to use a muslin cloth.
If you’re not sure if your guests will be interested in the aromas of mulled wine, this traditional sangria of Emeril Lagasse is your safe bet, being basic and with its fruitiness more accessible to people.
2 bottles red Spanish wine
1 cup brandy
1 cup orange juice
¼ cup superfine granulated sugar
2 oranges, cut into thin rounds
2 Meyer lemons, cut into thin rounds
3 Key limes, cut into thin rounds
2 apples, cored and cut into ½-inch chunks
2 cups cold club soda
1. In a large pot or bowl, combine the wine, brandy, orange juice and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.
2. Add the apples, the orange, lemon and lime slices into the container. Refrigerate for about an hour.
3. Take out the container from the refrigerator and add the soda. Serve in glasses with ice.
FOR THE HOME-SWEET-HOME FEELING
Salted caramel rum hot chocolate
Hot chocolate is perfect in a cool, cozy Christmas. If you’re blasting the air-conditioning at your place for your party, warm up your guests with these alcoholic hot chocolate treats.
200 mL dark rum
16 tsp dulce de leche or thick caramel
1200 mL whole milk
400 g milk chocolate, chopped
1. In a big bowl, mix the rum and the dulce de leche or thick caramel until smooth. Set aside.
2. Warm the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until the milk simmers.
3. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the chocolate and stir until it melts.
4. Put the pan back on the heat until the mixture becomes warm. Add the rum mixture and a pinch of salt.
5. Pour into mugs and serve.
FOR THAT LOCAL FEEL
Pinoy cocktail, anyone? If your party is a simpler, humbler one, this drink is something you and your friends can enjoy. Other plus points? You wouldn’t have to go to the supermarket and shell out a lot of money.
Depending on the size of your pitcher, this recipe for Poison can serve 4 to 8 people.
1 part GSM Blue
2 parts Mountain Dew
2 parts iced tea
Pour the GSM Blue, Mountain Dew and iced tea into a pitcher. Stir well. Serve.
Serve your guests the very definition of “refreshments” by pouring them glasses of this drink. It’s arguably a unique choice for a Christmas cocktail with its citrus flavor reminiscent of summer, but your family and friends will taste and remember the joy and brightness it will bring. You’ll not only drink this together but look for more together.
5 cups orange juice
1 cup vodka
⅓ cup orange liqueur
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
½ cup maraschino cherry juice
orange slices for garnish
Stir all the liquid ingredients together. Serve over ice. Garnish with orange wedges.