What to drink when decorating your Christmas Tree.
The discerning tree decorators of London and Surrey will no doubt soon be contemplating the arrival of their freshly cut home-delivered Christmas tree. Surely one of the greatest enjoyed annual family rituals is that of decorating the tree, and dare we suggest the perfect time to sample an early Christmas tipple in the process?
Rather than going for the age-old beverages such as mulled wine and eggnog why not try some of our hand selected winter warming cocktail recipes to add an extra dimension to this special occasion?
Hot Buttered Rum:
This drink harks back to colonial America where they believed rum to be a nutritious strengthener of the body and who are we to disagree? Not for the faint hearted, this cocktail contains a heady mix of rum (obviously), butter, water or cider, and various spices. For this recipe we credit the renowned Trader Vic (reputed to have invented the original Mai Tai):
For the Batter:
- 1 lb brown sugar, light
- 1/4 lb butter
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg (fresh ground)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (fresh ground)
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 pinch salt
- Preheat mug with boiling water. Drain and add 1 heaping teaspoon of Rum Batter
- Add 40ml . Rum
- Fill mug with HOT water
- Traditionally one would hit the drink with a hot poker (they use a large metal swizzle stick heated up. It makes for a nice show at a bar…and a nice sizzle.)
- Garnish with an 8″ stick of cinnamon.
Enjoy but be careful when operating heavy baubles!
Another rum based (other spirits are available) cocktail that looks absolutely delicious, and will certainly loosen you up to get creative with adorning your freshly delivered Christmas tree, is the Christmas Mojito.
- ½ lime
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 part Bacardi Silver Rum
- Dash of Malibu Rum
- 60 mL coconut milk canned
- Top with soda water
- pomegranate arils garnish
- Cut the ½ lime into 2-3 wedges.
- Muddle the lime wedges, mint and sugar in a glass to release the lime juice and mint oils.
- Add ice until it fills one- to three-quarters of the glass (based on your preference).
- Pour in the rum and coconut milk. Stir until combined.
- Top with club soda.
- Garnish with mint and pomegranate seeds.
Kicking off the festive season with a decadent spin on the classic margarita, this is bound to get you in the mood for a happy holiday. Also a great New Year’s Eve favourite and great for rocking around your real Christmas tree this year.
- Salt for the glass rim
- 1 part Tequila
- 1 part Triple Sec
- 2 parts Lime Juice
- Lime wedge to garnish
- Use a wedge of lime to rim the top of each glass then push the rim down into a shallow dish of salt.
- Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and a few ice cubes to cocktail shaker and mix well.
- Pour into glass and over ice if you like. Then top off with champagne!
Well no Christmas is complete without something being mulled. What better way to celebrate your recently home delivered Christmas tree (and not having to drive) than combining Christmas with gin?
- 100ml gin
- 400ml apple juice
- ½ lemon, sliced
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 cloves
- 2 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- 1 small cinnamon stick
- 3 juniper berries, lightly crushed
- ½ tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp runny honey
- Divide the gin between four heatproof glasses
- Pour the apple juice into a saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.
- Heat gently until simmering, then strain into a jug.
- Pour the mulled apple juice into the glasses with the gin and stir gently to combine.
- Garnish each glass with a slice of orange or lemon