October 31, 2018
As the weather cools down and November is nearly upon us, there are so many different options for winter warming drinks. From a few seasonal favourites with a twist, to even a dairy free option for your vegan party guests, we’ve rounded up the top trends in winter cocktails for when the temperature really drops. Do try this at home!
Cardamom Pear Punch
Serve the masses at your Christmas party with this earthy punch full of flavours of cardamom, spicy fresh ginger, and perfectly tart red pears.
- For the Punch:
- 3 cups Vodka
- 6 cups pear juice
- 1-2 teaspoons orange bitters
- 2 red pears sliced thin horizontally
- 10 Dehydrated pear chip
- For the Cardamom Ginger Syrup:
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- ¼ cup sliced ginger root or 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Firstly, mix honey, water, cardamom, ginger, and vanilla in a pan, and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the flavours infuse overnight for best taste. In a medium punch bowl or beverage dispenser, pour in the Vodka, pear juice, bitters, and sliced pears. Stir in the Cardamom Ginger Syrup. Refrigerate until ready to serve and serve over ice. For added effect float a dehydrated chip for decoration on the top.
Orange, Ginger and Bay Leaf Gin
Infuse your own Gin in preparation to the festive season with zesty clementine peel, ginger and aromatic bay leaf then just add to tonic or soda water for a quick Christmassy classic.
- 1 bottle of Gin
- 3 clementine’s peeled
- 5 bay leaves
- Root ginger bulb (chopped into chunks)
- Tonic or soda water
Add the clementine peel, bay leaves and ginger to the gin and leave for a few weeks for it to infuse. When its time for a party mix the gin with tonic water, to allow the Christmas inspired flavours to compliment the gin.
Orange and Cranberry Mulled Wine
Traditional festive flavours that tastes like Christmas in a cup, with added orange and cranberry’s perfect for any gathering.
- 2 bottles of medium to full-bodied red wine
- 1 orange stuck with cloves
- 2 oranges thinly sliced
- 3 star of anise
- 2 lemons thinly sliced
- 5 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Freshly grated ginger or a tablespoon of ginger granules
- A handle full of cranberry’s
Add the red wine to a pan and begin to heat gently. Add all the ingredients and allow this to simmer for 20 minutes, but do not bring to the boil or the alcohol will evaporate. Serve it warm to your party guests in jugs with the cranberry’s and orange slices to garnish.
Blackberry and Rosemary Juniper Gin Fizz
For an alternative to the usual heavy Christmas classics, impress your guests with this light, sharp but fruity substitute, while still encompassing seasonal flavours.
- 2 lemons sliced thinly and chopped in half
- 10 juniper berries
- 3 sprigs of rosemary
- 5 tablespoons of honey
- 500ml of gin
- 1 litre soda water
- 500g frozen blackberry’s
Divide the berries, rosemary and lemon between tumblers and add ½ a tablespoon of honey and ice. Then crush the rest of the berries together and mix with the gin, to top the glass off add a dash of soda water and stir well.
With more people becoming dairy free or vegan make sure to cater to these guests with a delicious, creamy and comforting Christmas alternative.
- 2 cups Homemade cashew milk or sweetened almond milk
- 25g raw cashew nuts
- 25g pitted dates
- 25g dried apricots
- ½ tablespoon mixed spice
- 1 vanilla pod (seeds only)
- 100ml bourbon brandy or spiced rum
- Pinch of salt
- ½ tablespoon nutmeg
Overnight soak the cashews, dates, apricots and mixed spices in the brandy. Blend all these ingredients the next day with the vanilla pod seeds, salt and almond or cashew milk until smooth and creamy. Then pour into glasses over ice with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top of each.