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The Mixer’s Top Festive Tipples

 



 

Bring on the festive feels with these delicious Christmas cocktails from The Mixer, perfect for getting merry with your loved ones. 

 

Christmas Negroni 

 



The Negroni keeps making waves in the cocktail scene (yep, we’re looking at you, House of the Dragon fans), and we predict that the Christmas Negroni will be the next big thing this festive season. To make one, you’ll use the original Negroni recipe but add some flair by making your own Christmas-infused gin and using winter spice garnishes. 

 

Ingredients (per person)

 

● 1 Oz Campari 
● 1 Oz Christmas-infused gin (recipe below) 
● 1 Oz Cinzano Vermouth Rosso 
● Orange peel to garnish 
● Cinnamon stick, star anise and fresh bay leaf to garnish  
● Ice 

 

Method 

 

1. Pour the Campari, infused gin and vermouth into an ice filled mixing glass 
2. Stir until ice cold (about 30 seconds) 
3. Strain into a chilled rocks glass over a large ice cube or sphere 
4. Twist an orange peel over the Negroni to release its oil and add it to the drink 
5. Garnish with cinnamon stick, star anise and a fresh bay leaf 

How to make festive gin

 

To make your infused gin, grab your favourite gin and pour out a drink for yourself and a friend to make some space in the bottle to add the spices. Next, toast 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 staranise pods, 5 cloves, a teaspoon of black peppercorns, and 3 fresh bay leaves in a dry pan until fragrant. Transfer into a pestle and mortar and crush roughly. Add the spices to your ¾ bottle of gin, seal, and give it a good shake. Leave overnight - or for up to 3 days in a dark space - to infuse. Strain into a pitcher using a cheesecloth or coffee filter to remove the spice bits. Pour the gin back into the bottle, and voila! 

 

Eggnog Martini

 



A hands-down number one hit and family favourite at Christmas is eggnog. But what happens if you skip the rum, add a vanilla vodka and amaretto twist, shake it up and strain it into a glass? The Eggnog Martini, that’s what, and it’s epic! As far as best vodka Christmas cocktails go, this one is packed with sweet and indulgent holiday cheer. You absolutely have to try it.  

 

Ingredients (per person)

 

1.5 Oz Vanilla Vodka

0.5 Oz Amaretto

2 Oz Eggnog

Ice

Chocolate shavings, simple syrup, and cinnamon sugar to garnish

 

Method

 

1. Pour a dash of simple syrup onto one plate and cinnamon sugar onto another
2. Dip the rim of the martini glass into the syrup and then the cinnamon sugar and set aside
3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
4. Add the vodka, amaretto liqueur and eggnog 
5. Give it a good shake until chilled and creamy
6. Strain into a prepared martini glass, sprinkle over chocolate shavings and serve

 

Hot Toddy

 



Sip on a Hot Toddy cocktail for a drink to soothe your soul after a long (long) day of family and Christmas activity chaos. It’s the ideal drink to enjoy slowly for that fireplace feeling. Also, it will be just what you need if you feel yourself morphing into the Grinch about to steal Christmas gifts from sugared-up children. It’s in our book of easy winter cocktails, and you can customise it with your favourite alcohol and flavourings.  

 

Ingredients (per person)

 

2 Oz Bourbon Whiskey

0.5 Oz Fresh lemon juice

2 Teaspoons brown sugar

5 Cloves

Sliced lemon

Boiling water  

 

Method

 

1. Take a slice of lemon, press the cloves into the lemon round and set aside 
2. Boil water and fill a mug to the three-quarter mark
3. Pour in the whiskey and lemon juice and stir in the sugar until dissolved
4. Serve in a warmed mug

 

Mexican Hot Chocolate




 

Nothing warms the cockles quite like this intensely rich, spiced tequila hot chocolate. Mexicans have been enjoying hot chocolates like this in the snowy mountains for thousands of years, dating back to the Aztecs. Perfect to make in a batch for a movie night in with friends or at festive season gatherings.

 

Ingredients (per person)

 

• 1.5 Oz Espolòn Tequila Reposado
• 1.5 cups milk
• 1.5 Mexican chocolate, broken into chunks
• 1.5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 tablespoon granulated cane sugar
• 0.25 teaspoon cinnamon (Ceylon, if you can get your hands on it)
• 0.25 cup heavy cream, whipped
• a pinch of cayenne pepper
• a pinch of fine sea salt

 

Method

 

1. Warm the milk gently in a medium heavy saucepan
2. Add the chocolate, cocoa powder, and sugar, stirring until the chocolate melts
3. Season with the spices and salt
4. Pour into a large mug and top with whipped cream
5. Dust with extra cinnamon and cayenne

 


Brandy Alexander

 



The glitzy Brandy Alexander hails from the 1920s Great Gatsby era and became the coolest cocktail of the 1970s when Beatles fans discovered it was John Lennon’s favourite drink. Glamorous, romantic and oh-so-sweet, it brings a delicious mix of brandy and chocolate liqueur to the party. This boozy dessert cocktail is ideal for those who always crave an after-dinner sweet.

 

Ingredients (per person)

 

• 1.5 Oz brandy
• 1 Oz chocolate liqueur
• 1 Oz light or whipping cream
• to garnish, a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon (optional)
• ice

 

Method

 

1. Fill a shaker or mason jar with ice
2. Add the cognac and chocolate liqueur, and shake until well-chilled
3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, such as a martini glass or coupe
4. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon

 

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