Traditional festive tipples

When it comes to the Christmas season food becomes the focus, with everyone thinking about turkeys, roast potatoes and whether to sprout or not to sprout. However, no delicious Christmas meal is complete without a selection of amazing festive drinks to help wash everything down. Whether you need a cocktail for a Christmas canape party or a warming hot chocolate recipe to share with the family on Boxing Day, we’ve got some festive favourites that are sure to go down a treat.

Classic Christmas favourites

It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until you’ve had a glass or two of mulled wine. Typically a blend of red wine, sugar, orange slices and festive spices like bay, cinnamon and nutmeg, mulled wine is a firm favourite when it comes to colder months – particularly when served hot. Plus, according to the Evening Standard, there are even some health benefits that come from enjoying a few glasses of this festive favourite.

Eggnog is another very popular festive drink, particularly throughout the USA and Canada. It’s a chilled dairy-based drink traditionally made from whisked eggs, milk or cream and sugar, with spirits like brandy, rum or bourbon. Or how about a classic? The classic snowball cocktail, a festive blend of advocaat and lemonade with a splash of lime is a firm festive favourite; add a glossy red glace cherry for a Christmassy burst of colour.

Feeling fruity

Fancy something with more of a fruity kick? Try a cranberry sour with frozen cranberries, Disaronno and fresh lime, or kick off Christmas day with a classic mimosa, blending freshly squeezed orange juice with champagne for a refreshing tipple. Infuse your cosmopolitan with ginger wine for a festive take on this traditional cocktail, a perfect partner to the classic vodka and cranberry flavours.

If you need some non-alcoholic drinks to serve to your guests this Christmas then don’t panic – there are still plenty of options. Many supermarket brands sell a selection of winter punch drinks, or you can make your own. Try mulled apple juice by simmering apple juice with orange peel, cinnamon and cloves, or do the same with a blend of cranberry and pomegranate juices – or whatever takes your fancy.

Family favourites

Don’t forget about hot chocolate when it comes to concocting your Christmas drinks menu, as this warming brew is always popular year after year. You can’t beat a classic hot chocolate with whipped cream and mini marshmallows, although there are plenty of other flavour combinations out there if you fancy experimenting. How about adding a cool minty flavour, or going for salted caramel or honeycomb hot chocolate with crushed caramel dusting sprinkled liberally all over the top.

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