It’s the time of the year again when the Christmas cheer begins to roll in. It’s a time of celebration, reflection, and spending time with family and friends, while looking forward to the year ahead. On top of this, your Christmas festivities are a time of exploration, where you get to try new things.
It could be a type of cuisine or a specific type of food you’ve never tried. There are more and more ways to get your hands on new foods and flavours, particularly if you don’t have the time. In fact, you can even have pre-portioned ingredients delivered to you for use in healthy recipes that are easy to make, which can be really convenient.
The Christmas season can also offer a great way to network and find new culinary experiences to try out. Often a lot of people tend to completely skip over the beverage-side of the festive dinner experience. While there is always a wide assortment of meats, vegetables and desserts, the drinks tend to be left forgotten. So, let’s check out some new drinks and beverages that you can make to revitalise your Christmas parties!
Here’s a list of the 6 best drinks of Christmas:
If you’re someone who loves a good, old-fashioned drink, sitting back with a Hendrick’s Gin could be the thing for you. It is important to note, however, that there is a bit of preparation involved. Heat some of Hendrick’s Gin for twenty minutes while throwing in some Madeira wine, grated nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon and honey to make a variation on mulled wine. It is bottled in a dark brown bottle and is sometimes infused with rose or cucumber to add flavour.
The North Pole Cocktail
There are a myriad of holiday cocktail recipes available online. You could even whip up your own North Pole cocktail as a way of breaking into the festive season. This is sweet little concoction that often includes both vodka and Kahlua. To reinforce the festive vibe, throw in some ginger extract, vanilla extract and some chocolate syrup. To round it all off, top the drink up with some whipped cream, candy canes and crushed gingerbread.
Chase Marmalade Vodka
This is one for the seasoned Christmas drinkers. If you’re in the mood for a decadent Christmas treat, mix yourself a breakfast martini with this funky marmalade vodka. Chase is infused in Alambic Copper pots, which helps build an authentic, traditional Christmas flavour.
This is one for the coffee lovers and generally works really well because gingerbread is a classic when it comes to Christmas treats. Whether it’s by choice or due to allergies, those choosing to abstain from alcohol over the holiday season should still be able to find delicious drinks suited to the occasion. For all the coffee lovers out there, this could be the festive drink for you. It’s a regular coffee infused with ginger spices and syrup, topped off with a generous serving of whipped cream and sprinkled with salted caramel flakes. It is perfect with a cherry vanilla pie or you can also add a cute little gingerbread man on top to maximise the holiday cheer.
White Christmas Mojito
It’s a bit odd that this gem is actually best suited for tropical climates, but regardless, it has become a favourite amongst party goers. Packed with white rum, coconut rum, coconut milk, fresh mint and lime juice to accentuate the tropical vibes, the White Christmas mojito is the perfect addition to those end-of-year adult parties. Serve it with parsley leaves for maximum enjoyment.
St Nick’s Nightcap
This is the perfect beverage to enjoy at the end of a busy day of shopping, celebrating and eating. It’s essentially a chai latte, spiced up with a liquor of your choosing. This could be anything from Irish whiskey to spiced rum or even some great-tasting gin. It’s the perfect addition to sitting down with the family on Christmas Eve to watch an old, traditional Christmas movie. Feel free to spice it up with some honey or fresh cinnamon if you have a bit of a sweet tooth.
Some final tips
It’s important to enjoy yourself over the Christmas break. Indulging in some sweets in moderation is completely fine, but it’s also important to not let things get out of hand. Try to aim to maintain a balanced diet over the festive season; it can be a tempting time to over-indulge, but with a bit of discipline, you’ll manage.