Classy Christmas cocktails to make at home

Nothing says Christmas like a lovely festive drink! Treat your family and friends to a delicious Christmas cocktail while you snuggle up in front of the TV in a food coma.

Snowball

Snowball Cocktail | Drinks Recipes | GoodtoKnow
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  • 10-15ml lime juice or lime cordial
  • 50ml advocaat
  • 50ml sparkling lemonade
  • ice, to serve
  • Garnish with a cherry if you’re feeling fancy!

Fill a glass with ice and add lime juice to taste. Pour the lemonade and advocaat over the ice and stir together.

Spiked Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 4 cups of milk (this recipe serves 4)
  • 1 crushed cinnamon stick
  • A few chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of bourbon/ rye
  • Toasted marshmallows for serving

Combine the cocoa powder and sugar in a large saucepan. Whisk in the milk gradually. Add the cinnamon sticks and simmer the mixture. Simmer and stir occasionally for around 10 minutes or until you can smell the cinnamon. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and then strain into another pot. Add the alcohol and top with marshmallows.

Mulled Wine

(Although technically not a cocktail, no Christmas drinks list would be complete without it!)

  • Bottle of red wine
  • 1 sliced clementine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 50ml brandy

Pour the wine into a large saucepan and add the clementine, cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves. Cook on a low heat until simmering and then turn the heat off. Strain out the spices and then stir in the brandy. Serve in glasses with a slice of clementine in each.

The Grinch Cocktail

Midori Sour cocktail
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  • 1 ½ ounces midori liqueur
  • 1 ounce clear rum or triple sec
  • 5 ounces of lemonade
  • 1 maraschino cherry to garnish.

Fill a glass with ice, add the alcohol, then add the rest of the ingredients on top. Stir lightly and serve in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness…

Irish Coffee

Irish coffee in a glass
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  • 16 oz of hot water
  • 2 tsp of light brown sugar
  • 1 cup of brewed coffee
  • 2 oz Jameson
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream for topping
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish
  • Fill 2 mugs with warm water and let them sit for a couple of minutes. Remove water and add a teaspoon of brown sugar to each mug. Pour in the coffee and stir, and then add the whiskey. Whisk the cream in a bowl with an electric mixer. Pour the cream into the coffee and sprinkle with chocolate shavings.

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