Here are our top 5 super easy cocktails for Christmas that you can make with very few ingredients...
As the festive seasons approaches, you may be planning to indulgence in a few cocktails. Rest assured you don't need to be an award winning mixologist or have a bar stocked to rival the Ritz to create a few delectable concoctions from some basic ingredients.
Make your own Rossini by pouring a little Strawberry puree in to a champagne flute, add a small amount of Prosecco and stir, then fill up with more Prosecco - fill it slowly as it will foam up.
Let's make a Daiquiri with the delicious dark rum, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva. This rum is made in Venezuela and matured in 1st fill Bourbon Barrels. Amazing!
Start with come ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and then add 50ml of Diplomatico, 20ml of freshly squeezed lime juice and 10ml of sugar syrup. Then give it a good shake and serve in a Martini Style Glass.
For a variation, make a strawberry or raspberry Daiquiri with 5ml of fruit puree and 5ml of sugar syrup.
The long forgotten but recently revived Old Fashioned is a great pre-dinner drink. For a traditional serve, use a quality whisky like the 5 year old Bank Note Blended Scotch or the Michter’s American Whiskey.
Add a couple of drops of Angostura bitters onto a sugar cube or if you don’t have cubes, half a teaspoon of white granulated sugar. Put the sugar in an old fashion style glass (Tumbler) with a few Ice Cubes and add 25ml of the whisky. Stir everything for a minute or two until the sugar starts to dissolve.
Cut a slice of zest from an Orange and a Lemon and squeeze them over the glass so that the oils in the skin are coating the ice. Add the peels to the glass and stir a bit more.
Add another 25ml of the whisky, a few more ice cubs and stir again. Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry and that's it, you now have and you have a great tasting aperitif.
You can exchange the whisky for Rum to make a twist on the traditional version of this cocktail.
Dark and Stormy
What could be nicer this time of the year than to sit on a sandy beach under a palm tree and sip a nice big Dark and Stormy? You might not get to the Caribbean but you can pretend while you fill a long drink glass with ice, the fill almost to the top with Ginger beer and top it up with 25ml of the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum.
You add a little Lime Juice and a dash of the Angostura Bitters and transform your D&S into a variation of a Moscow Mule.
The long cold winter evenings ask for a nice warming Sloe Gin like our Sloe Gin from Morrison and MacKay. It is such a versatile drink. You can have it neat, over ice, with Lemonade or Soda water. You can also jazz up your White wine, Prosecco or Champagne with it by adding just a splash to the glass.