Christmassy cocktail recipes
Planning a fancy soiree this festive season? Why not make some of these Christmassy cocktail recipes for the occasion
Merry Christmas, dear reader. We hope you’re enjoying the festive celebrations as much as we are. Everything from the food we’re eating to the beverages we’re drinking is zapped with Christmassy pizzazz. Cinnamon, orange, cream, spice… the festive flavours just taste so good.
With that in mind, Ireland’s Blue Book (a romantic collection of Irish country house hotels, manors, castles and restaurants) has compiled seven must-try Christmassy cocktail recipes. Each of these can be made and enjoyed at home, or purchased in one of the Blue Book destinations.
The chosen Christmassy cocktails are…
1. Bourbon Stout Flip
From the Merrion Hotel
60ml Woodford Reserve Bourbon
20ml brown sugar syrup
1 whole egg
Garnish with a stick of cinnamon
Add all ingredients to a shaker and using the hand blender, blitz the ingredients for 3-4 seconds.
Add ice to the shaker and shake hard.
Double strain into your chosen signature Irish coffee glass
To enjoy the drink hot, steam the entire drink, but be careful not to cook the egg.
2. Spiced Winter Gin & Tonic
From Hayfield Manor
40ml Glendalough Gin
20ml Irish Mist
10ml Pumpkin Spice
15ml lemon juice
3. White Christmas Cocktail
From L’Ecrivain Restaurant
35ml of Bombay Saphire,
35ml orange juice
20ml Gingerbread Syrup
35ml lemon juice
One egg white
Shake in your cocktail shaker once as a dry shake (without ice), and once as a wet shake (with ice). Garnish with star anise.
4. Winter Wonderland
From The Wilder
50ml Jameson whiskey
Quarter of lemon squeezed (15ml juice)
Pinch of cinnamon
3 teaspoons of maple syrup
Garnish with an orange twist
5. Gin-gle Bells
From No.1 Pery Square
40ml cranberry juice
10ml sugar syrup
10ml lemon juice
1 egg white
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and a single cranberry.
6. Festive Dream Cocktail
From Cahernane House
1 shot pouring cream
1 shot Baileys
Half shot of Tia Maria
Half shot of Captain Morgan rum
Half shot of Frangelico
Mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain into a martini glass. Dust with chocolate.
7. The BallyMULLoo Christmas Warmer
From Ballymaloe House
750ml Shiraz red wine
50ml Killahora Apple Port
25ml apple brandy
2 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise
Zest of 1 orange
Gently warm all ingredients together in a heavy-bottomed pot on low heat. Strain all bits before serving. Garnish with a fresh slice of orange and cloves.
Photos: Kieran Harnett
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