Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The 12 Days of Christmas ~ Day 1: Christmas Cocktails

For a while now I have been trying to work out how I would manage to include all of my recipes that I wanted to post in the run-up to Christmas as there are a few (!), so I decided to start my very own 12 Days of Christmas! My version however will run from December 13th and will finish just in time for the big day with the last post on December 24th, Christmas Eve. Each day will feature a new recipe, sometimes a few recipes, but they are all some of my favourite things to have at Christmas time. There is a mix of drinks, starters, desserts and of course a baking recipe or two, one thing you won't find however is a partridge or a pear tree!

So let's get into the Christmas spirit and get the party started with a few ideas to help bring in that festive cheer!

Christmas Sparkle

Ok, so this is by far one of my favourite drinks ever! Think Pomegranate Cosmopolitan mixed not with vodka but with some Prosecco! This is so Christmassy it would even get Scrooge in the mood for some festive fun!!

250ml pomegranate juice, chilled*
125ml Cointreau or Grand Marnier
Squeeze of lime juice (just a spritz)
1 bottle of Prosecco, chilled

In a large pitcher or jug mix the pomegranate juice, cointreau and lime juice. Keep cold until ready to serve then when you are ready to share some Christmas sparkle pop open the Prosecco and add to the other ingredients. Give a quick stir then carefully pour into some champagne glasses then toast the night away!

*When I made this recently to take photographs I couldn't get any plain pomegranate juice so I used a pomegranate and cranberry mix which was just as delicious so feel free to change things around a little!

Cranberry Fizz

I make this drink all the time when I have parties as it is delicious as a mocktail for all the drivers and non-drinkers but can be turned in a moments notice to a delicious cocktail with the addition of some good old vodka. Just make sure that if you make 2 batches you don't get them mixed up!

1 litre Cranberry Juice, chilled
juice of 2-3 limes, plus some extra lime slices
500ml Ginger ale, chilled
500ml Vodka (optional)

Pour the cranberry juice and lime juice into a large jug or punch bowl and if using add the vodka. Just before serving add the ginger ale, lime slices and lots of ice then serve at once so it has plenty of fizz!

Mulled Wine

It's not a new recipe but it just wouldn't be Christmas without some Mulled Wine at some point or other! Perfect for a cold night to warm you up after a day Christmas shopping or to have for some friends popping round to spread some festive cheer. Either way Mulled Wine is a Christmas must have!

This is not perhaps the most traditional way of making mulled wine but by making a sugar syrup first that is infused with all of the Christmas deliciousness, you get all of the flavour without having to boil off all of the alcohol from the wine – result!

125g caster (super fine) sugar
125ml water
2 tangerines, peel removed in thick pieces with a vegetable peeler
4 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla pod, sliced in half lengthwise
1 bottle of red wine (something you like to drink)

Put the sugar and water in a small pan along with the tangerine peel, cloves, cinnamon sticks and the vanilla pod. Cook over a gentle heat stirring from time to time until the sugar has completely dissolved then allow to simmer for a good 10 minutes or so until all of the flavours really get concentrated into the syrup. Cut the tangerines in half then add to a larger pan along with the bottle of wine then add as much syrup as you like depending on how sweet you like your mulled wine. Stir well and allow the wine to gently warm, then ladle into heat resistant glasses, sip and enjoy!

For more ideas why not try my Mulled Cider and extra special Wild Hibsicus Royale.


  1. Mmmm, these look wonderful! Love the festive presentation, too :)

  2. Such pretty photos! And now I want mulled wine. I love that you use vanilla in yours. I thought I was the only person who ever did that :-D

  3. oooh what lovely cocktails... and three in one... gorgeous piccies too!!

  4. Smart move with the mulled wine!

  5. Great drinks to have on hand over the holidays. The mulled wine is wonderful.

  6. Gorgeous pictures. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com.

  7. Thanks everyone! It was a difficult job having to make them up this past weekend so I could take photos....it's a tough life but someone has to do it!! ; )

    Janet - I love vanilla in my mulled wine - I think it makes all the difference! And honestly making the syrup up first really helps.

    Jo - Thank you so much- would love to so will be over soon!


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