Christmas provides as good an excuse as any to dust off the bar trolley and shake-up some festive serves and tasty tipples. Whilst the Margarita and Hugo Spritz may have dominated the warmer months, we’ve selected our top three seasonal festive serves below to take you into the winter time - the twist? These three cocktails only call for two ingredients. So, when the turkey comes out the oven burnt and you realise you forgot to get a present for your Great Aunt, these cocktails will uncomplicate Christmas again:
Penrhos Spirits Rhubarb & Orange
This one couldn’t be easier, or packed full of more festive flavour with just two ingredients. What’s more, Penrhos Spirits are now available in 100% recycled aluminium bottles, so you can tick this one off your list if you’re counting your carbon calories this Christmas. Keep the rest of the orange and use it in a festive bake.
50ml Penrhos Rhubarb Gin
Half an orange
Pour 50ml Penrhos Rhubarb over ice and squeeze in half an orange.
Bardinet Mousse Au Chocolat
Turning up the festive feels French-style, Bardinet is celebrating iconic French desserts in a glass for this festive season, to mark the launch of Bardinet’s Inspirations. But fear not, fancy and French doesn’t mean complicated. This cocktail is made simply with two quality ingredients, and ready to enjoy in mere moments.
1 scoop of quality chocolate ice cream
25ml Bardinet Inspirations
Add the frozen ice cream and Bardinet to a jug and blend.
Pour into a long stem glass and garnish with your favourite festive topping – try grated chocolate, nutmeg or cinnamon.
A classic whisky cocktail, that’s often overlooked for its popular siblings the Whisky Sour or Old Fashioned, what’s more festive than a dram and a dash of amaretto?! Traditionally made with Blended Scotch Whisky, but you can swap in your favourite Bourbon or Single Malt Scotch too - it’s Christmas, so enjoy it your way.
60ml Scotch Whisky
Fill a mixing glass or jug with ice. Add the Scotch Whisky and amaretto, and then stir until chilled. Strain over a fresh piece of ice in a tumbler to serve. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, if you’re feeling extra festive, or leftover orange peel from Christmas baking.
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Chatting Food contributor: Lucie Rhoades is a freelance food & drink copywriter, with a passion for cocktails. Find her @ScenicSipping.