If you are hosting a cool and stylish party at one of the Christmas Party Venues in Cheshire this holiday season, the right cocktails could really bring the party to life. Cocktails are a fun and classy way to have a holiday drink, but you don’t have to stick to the typical mixed drinks for your holiday party. There are a lot of Christmas cocktail recipes that will get you in a seasonal mood, including wintery twists on some of your favorites. Here are a few great Christmas cocktail ideas for your party:
A frozen Margarita is a classic summer drink, but you can turn it into a Christmas-themed beverage by using cranberries. Start with ice and lime juice in a blender and crush the ice. Add cranberry juice, sugar, fresh or frozen cranberries, tequila and orange-flavor liqueur. Blend it together until it is slushy, then taste it and add more alcohol, juice or sugar as needed. Divide among glasses and then add a cranberry skewered with a toothpick as a garnish.
Hot Buttered Rum
This comforting and delicious cocktail will warm you up inside and put you in a very festive mood. It is made with Bacardi Carta Negra rum, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Over a low heat, melt the butter in a pan with the sugar and cloves. Then, remove from the stove and add the Bacardi Carta Negra, stirring well. Pour the contents of the mixture through a sieve into a mug or a hot toddy glass. Top it off with hot water according to your taste. To garnish the drink, use grated nutmeg or a cinnamon stick. This is a lovely drink to warm you up on a cold winter’s night and your guests will really enjoy such a lovely and indulgent treat.
Winter Pimms Punch
Pimms is usually associated with summer, but this cocktail is a great twist that turns a Pimms punch into a winter drink. Combine Pimms with an equal amount of brandy and then add to apple juice in a jug filled with ice. Add cinnamon sticks and slices of apple and orange. This drink is spicy, refreshing and delicious and is sure to become a holiday favourite.
What is a Christmas party without eggnog? This creamy beverage is associated with the holiday season and is rich, indulgent and delicious. Place golden caster sugar in a saucepan with water and simmer it until the sugar has dissolved, then chill. Then beat egg yolks with vanilla until smooth, add condensed milk, the brandy and the sugar syrup after it has cooled, mixing well. Pour the eggnog into a jug and let it chill for at least two hours. Serve it within 24 hours, over ice. Eggnog tastes lovely with a sprinkling of nutmeg on the top.
This drink is made with infused gin, which makes it extra special. Make the infused gin as far ahead as possible – a week or two at least. Add golden caster sugar, cloves, oranges, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and star anise to a small pan. Gently bring the mixture to the boil and then simmer it over a low heat for approximately 8-10 minutes. It will form a light syrup, at which point you can take it off the heat and leave it to cool. Once it is cold, pour the cooled syrup and its infusions into a glass bottle and top it off with the gin. Shake it up and leave it for at least a week so that the flavours can infuse into the gin. Afterwards, strain it before you use it.
When it comes to making the cocktail, fill old fashioned whisky glasses with ingredients, stir them well and divide them between the glasses. Your guests will feel very classy when they are sipping these elegant whisky cocktails.
These are just a few of the lovely and delicious winter cocktails you could serve at your next holiday party, whether you are holding the party at your home or at one of the lovely Cheshire hotels that make such great party venues. Of course, you could also serve the classic cocktails that everyone knows, but it’s always fun to have a new and different drink that is themed to the season. After a few of these delicious cocktails all the guests at your party will be in a very jolly and festive mood!