Make Christmas more festive with these delicious four Christmas Drinks, two of which can be made into gifts.
Is there anything more festive then the perfect drink to match the perfect meal. Oh say like, a delicious cranberry and ginger ale mixed with fresh strawberries and cranberries and topped off with mint. All of which is served alongside either your favourite roasted turkey, pork or ham.
Of course, as I have cut back on a lot of my meat and hardly eat any these days, the ham and pork a no go for more. But at Christmas, even I will admit, it’s hard to sideswipe the Turkey for just veggies at the most wonderful and festive time of the year.
And whether you’re lounging by the pool with friends on Christmas Day, cooling down from a forty degree day, or relaxing by a fireplace staying warm and out of the cold, I have four delicious drinks, two warm and two colds, which suit any type of weather Christmas throws your way.
FOR A COLD CHRISTMAS:
Warm up by the fire, watching your favourite Christmas movies with this delicious Ginger Infused Vodka on the rocks. This recipe comes compliments from Zoe Sugg (aka: Zoella), you can click here for the recipe or check down below. It’s pretty easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious.
Note, this Vodka will expire after three weeks, so make sure to keep a record of the date.
Ginger Infused Vodka
- Fresh Ginger (100g)
- Glass Bottle
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 10 cloves
- Light Brown Sugar (100g)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
Chop the ginger and place all the ingredients, except for the vodka, into the glass bottle.
Then fill up the bottle (leaving a little breathing space at the top) with the vodka. Don’t shake to mix ingredients, just give it a whirl in the bottle. I also let it sit for at least half a day before enjoying.
Another favourite warm drink for Christmas, which is enjoyed by many, is Mulled Wine. Now this is a recipe from my family and is fairly simply to make. I do recommend you make it on the day of the event though, as I feel when you reboil the next day, it just doesn’t taste the same.
Christmas Mulled Wine:
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Fresh Orange sliced and with skin still on
- Red Wine
- Star Anise
In a pot on the stove, pour in the bottle of wine and then add in around 3 cinnamon sticks, 5 star anise, 10 cloves, and the orange slices.
Continue to stir the wine softly and slowly and bring to the boil. Once the wine has boiled, turn to low heat so it simmers. you want the spices to infuse the wine for at least twenty minutes no more.
Serve right away and enjoy.
FOR A HOT CHRISTMAS:
There is nothing more Christmassy then a delicious Chocolate drink, and I have created the perfect one for a hot day. This is my delicious Choc-mint Iced Chocolate drink.
You will need a blender to make this drink and the next one, as you need all the ingredients to be properly chopped up and not lumpy to drink.
Choc-Mint Iced Chocolate:
- Ice Cubes
- Cadbury Chocolate Drink Powder
- Mint flavoured chocolate block. I used the new one by Darrell Lea, but you can use whatever you like. Like Aero. Or even Arnott’s choc mint biscuits if you like.
- Milk (I used Almond milk for mine)
- Candy Canes
- Additional option is whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
Chop up your chosen mint chocolate or choc mint biscuit you have chosen.
In the blender, add the ice cubes, 1 large scoop of chocolate drink powder and whatever mint chocolate or biscuit you chose. I chopped up about half of a block for mine. Yummy.
Then pour your milk in and blend. The trick here is not to overland. I use the pulsate blend and only blended for 10 seconds in order to maintain some of the ice chips and chocolate bits for crunching.
If you opted for additional toppings like cream and chocolate sauce. Once you have poured your drink into a drinking glass, whip the cream onto and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Garnish with fresh candy canes.
As a child, I really disliked ginger. But as an adult, I absolutely love it. So of course, Christmas is just not Christmas without the addition of a delicious Ginger Iced Latte. Now it’s not quite like the one at Starbucks, but it’s tasty nonetheless.
Ginger Iced Latte:
- Almond Milk
- Gluten-free Ginger Biscuits
- Ground Ginger
- Ice Cubes
Chop up the ginger biscuits into tiny little pieces. I like the crunchiness of the biscuits, which is why I opted for these instead of fresh ginger or crystallised ginger.
Place the biscuits, 1 tsp of ground ginger, some honey (however much you wish), a shot of coffee (or a scoop of ground coffee for instant), milk and ice into a blender and blend until nice and smooth.
For a hot version of a ginger spiced latte. Skip the ice cubes and pour everything into a pot and stir through. Don’t use the ginger biscuits though, just stick to ground ginger with the honey instead. Stir everything and bring to the boil and top with whipped cream and caramel sauce.
And there you have it. Four very festive and delicious tasting drinks for Christmas, to suit any meal, any occasion and any type of season, no matter where you live in the world.
And don’r forget to click here for my delicious Christmas themed hot chocolate recipe too.