It’s almost Friday, which means…almost time to start the full on Christmas celebrations! Hurray!
If you’re throwing a party or hosting a house-full of family this weekend, we’ve got some great ideas for different and easy to make drinks to serve…from cocktails, to Christmas beer and even something for the drivers, we’ve got everyone covered with these fab festive recipes.
Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider
16 cups (3.8 liters) pasteurized apple cider (juice)
2 cups (500ml) pomegranate juice
4 tbsp maple syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves, plus extra for garnishing (optional)
ó vanilla bean (pod)
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, zest reserved
2 sliced oranges, for garnishing (optional)
In a large pan combine the cider, pomegranate juice, and maple syrup.
Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla bean, star anise, and orange zest. You can either discard the four oranges that are needed for the zest, or juice them and add the juice to the apple cider and pomegranate juice.
Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain to remove all solids.
Serve warm, garnished with clove-studded orange slices if desired.
50 ml/2 oz dry sherry, such as Fino or Amontillado
10 ml/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
10 ml/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice
10 ml/2 teaspoons sugar syrup
15 ml/ ½ oz pineapple juice or purée
thin lemon and orange slices, to garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, add all the ingredients except the citrus slices and shake well. Strain into a chilled tumbler or highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with slices of lemon and orange and serve with a straw.
Williams Bros Nollaig
Alloa, Scotland • ABV: 7.0% • Hops: Centennial, Bobek, Southern Cross
Ingredients: Christmas trees
As well as modern styles, Williams Bros make a range of traditional-style Scottish brews with Old World brewing ingredients found locally. Fraoch is a hopless Heather Ale, one of Scotland’s original beer styles, which contains bog myrtle and is a resinous yet fragrantly floral beer. Kelpie puts seaweed into the mash tun for a fresh, sea-air feel—harking back to the time when Scottish coastal brewers fertilized their fields with seaweed. Nollaig is the most fun of these beers: it’s made with Christmas trees and is Santa-approved. Sappy with pine but somehow as bright as the lights above the presents, there’s a fresh floral flavor, dried herbs, and some zesty citrus with a jammy kind of marmalade sweetness. No novelty value in the Williams Bros beers—they’re all excellent.
You can buy this beer direct from Williams Bros Brewing here.
These recipes are taken from (in order):
Mocktails, cordials, infusions, syrups and more, available here.
Parisian Cocktails by Laura Gladwin, available here.
The Pocket Book of Craft Beer by Mark Dredge, available here.