I love Christmas, I am one of those people that can't wait to put up my tree, I hang Christmas lights (that kind of stay up all year, or until they stop working) and it's just a fun time of the year. You get to spend time with your family, feeling grateful for all that you have been blessed with.
It's summer in Australia at Christmas so we need a few cold refreshments to help us celebrate during the festivities.
Here I have a few of my favourite Christmas cocktails. Hope you love them as much as we do.
This ones fun, and really nice to drink. Originally we made this with whipped cream, but we prefer it with ice cream.
20ml banana liqueur
vanilla ice cream
Shake the vodka, banana liqueur, midori and ice in a cocktail shaker.
Place a scoop of ice cream into a cocktail glass of your choice, I like the one pictured.
Strain the vodka mix over the ice cream.
Here is one of my favourite cocktails. It is beautiful-to look at and to drink. Very refreshing, lovely to drink on a hot summers day.
30ml peach schnapps
1 dash grenadine
150ml orange juice
Shake vodka, schnapps, juice and ice in a cocktail shaker.
Pour grenadine in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the mixture on top carefully.
Note: If you don't have a cocktail shaker (or can't find it like me), just make it all straight in your glass, works beautifully both ways. And I really never strain it, as I love sucking on ice cubes, and I love my cocktails really cold.
This is a simple one, it has a touch of elegance to it.
450g strawberries, hulled
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1 bottle of sparkling wine
Blend strawberries and icing sugar in a blender until pureed. Pass through a fine sieve. Cover and chill.
Half fill champagne glasses with crushed ice. Divide chilled strawberry puree among the flutes. Top each with 1 tablespoon of vodka and fill with sparkling wine.
We tried this one with soda water the first time we made as per recipe, but felt it needed some sweetness so changed the recipe to top it with lemonade instead. We enjoyed this one.
60ml light rum
60ml dark rum
30ml lime juice
1/4 teaspoon triple sec
1 teaspoon sugar, optional
top up with lemonade
Combine all ingredients except lemonade in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a highball glass half filled with crushed ice. Top up with lemonade, to taste.
You can't go wrong with a margarita and this one is delicious.
20ml grand marnier
20ml lime juice
Shake all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.
Spread salt onto a sheet of baking paper or on a plate. Using the limes that you squeezed, rub a little lime onto the rim of your glass, dip the rim of the glass into the salt .
Strain into your salt rimmed cocktail glass.
Now this cocktail is not only easy to make, but it is good. This is refreshing and just the perfect party drink in summer. It really is a festive Christmas cocktail.
Serves 2-4, depends on glass size
1kg piece seedless watermelon, chilled
½ cup orange-flavoured liqueur
1 tablespoon grenadine
2 teaspoons lime juice
4 cups crushed ice
Small watermelon wedges, to serve
Lime wedge, to serve
Method 1-No Pulp: Cut rind from watermelon and discard. Chop watermelon into pieces. You need 600g (about 4 cups). Place in a blender. Blend until pureed. Strain through a sieve into a large jug to give 2 cups watermelon juice. Discard pulp.
Add liqueur, grenadine and lime juice to watermelon puree. Stir well.
Just before serving, place 1 cup crushed ice in each glass (1 cup-capacity) Divide watermelon mixture over the ice. Decorate with small wedges of watermelon.
Method 2: With Pulp: Cut rind from watermelon and discard. Chop watermelon into pieces. You need 600g (about 4 cups). Place in a blender. Blend until pureed.
Add liqueur, grenadine and lime juice and ice to watermelon puree. Blend until the ice is crushed.
Divide watermelon mixture into your serving glasses. Decorate with small wedges of watermelon and lime.
So easy, two ingredients and a blender. This is so refreshing.
1 litre passionfruit sorbet
Place half the sorbet and half of the prosecco in a blender and blitz until combined. Pour into 4 champagne flutes. Repeat with remaining sorbet and prosecco.
I really love this one, one of my favourites.
1/4 lime, juiced
1 cup ice
Blend cointreau, gin, lime juice and ice in a blender. Pour into chilled glass. Top with sparkling wine and drizzle with blue curacao.
This is so good, a alcohol based slushy, divine. It is very refreshing, very easy to sip on, and perfect for a warm Australian Christmas.
250ml cranberry juice
200ml cold sugar syrup
6 large limes, juiced
In a large jug add the vodka, cranberry juice, sugar syrup and lime juice, mix well.
Pour into a large container, cover and freeze overnight.
Once frozen, stir and spoon into glasses.
Serve with a wedge of lime.
I love frozen cocktails, they are just perfect on a hot summers day, and this one is delicious.
30ml fresh lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
2 cups of ice
Pour all the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Pour into your serving glass.
Garnish with a lemon circle.
I love eggnog, it is absolutely delicious, and I will be making this again and again and again. I love the rum in it, I love the cinnamon on top, I love that it is cold, it's great for a hot Australian Christmas.
5 cups full cream milk
1 ½ cups caster sugar
1 large cinnamon stick
10 egg yolks
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup white rum
Pinch of ground cinnamon
In a 3-4 litre saucepan, combine the milk, sugar and cinnamon stick. Place over a medium-low fire, stirring often, heat until it comes to a full boil. Turn off heat and remove the cinnamon stick.
Immediately, whisk the egg yolks in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Slowly, add the hot milk, whisking rapidly at the same time, until all the liquid has been incorporated.
Place the mixture back into the pan and return to the stove over very low heat. Stirring frequently, continue cooking, not boiling, for another 5 minutes. Make sure that at this point it does not boil, because it will curdle.
Remove from the stove and let it cool. Add the vanilla and rum and mix well. Chill in the refrigerator overnight and serve in your favorite holiday glass, sprinkle the top with the ground cinnamon.
This is a great summer party drink and as Christmas is in summer for us, this is a great Christmas Party drink. It's so easy to throw together and looks so festive.
125g punnet raspberries
2 limes, thinly sliced
1 cup dry gin
750ml bottle sparkling crisp apple juice, chilled
375ml can lemonade, chilled
750ml bottle sparkling rose wine, chilled
Berry Ice Cubes:
250g punnet strawberries, hulled
600ml bottle raspberry flavoured soft drink
To make berry ice cubes, cut strawberries into quarters. Divide half the strawberries among two x 12-hole ice cube trays. Fill with raspberry soft drink. Freeze. Reserve remaining strawberries in a covered container in the fridge.
Up to 1 hour before serving, combine raspberries, lime, gin, apple juice and reserved strawberries in a large serving jug. Cover and refrigerate to chill.
Just before serving, add lemonade, rose and berry ice-cubes. Serve immediately.
I love coffee, I love Baileys. So I love this. So if you are like me, this is such a beautiful cocktail, you need to try it
1 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon instant coffee
Chocolate topping (optional)
Place the baileys, milk, ice cubes and coffee in a blender, blitz until almost smooth.
If using chocolate topping, swirl it around the rim of your glass.
Pour in the Baileys mix.
This is more like a Christmas in July drink for us as our Christmas season is in middle of summer, but we love it, the flavours are delicious, you can taste the lemon and the orange and the cinnamon, so I added it for those that have a white Christmas.
2 litres (8 cups) red wine
750ml (3 cups) water
500g (2 cups) sugar, you can reduce this amount if you like
1 orange, cut into eighths
1 small lemon, cut into eighths
3 cinnamon sticks
Place all of the ingredients into a large saucepan. Place over a very low heat and stir for a few minutes until the sugar has dissolved. After that, keep heating the wine slowly until it is almost boiling, but do not allow it to boil. The longer it is left on the heat, the better it is.
Then sip and enjoy all night long.
I love eggnog, it is so good, and so easy to throw together, this version especially.
30ml dark rum
15ml sugar syrup
Pour rum, brandy, sugar syrup, egg and ice into a blender, blend for about 30 seconds, until frothy and mixed well.
Pour into serving glasses and top up with milk.
This is used in many cocktails, is easy to make. I store mine in the refrigerator.
250ml white sugar
250ml cold water
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil, simmer gently for 10 minutes or until the syrup thickens slightly. Remove from heat and refrigerate until cold.