The tree is decorated, the presents are wrapped, the festive movies are streaming – the only thing you need to complete the scene is a brilliant Christmas cocktail recipe. And luckily for you, we’ve got just the thing.
London Cocktail Club’s JJ Goodman has drawn inspiration from the most iconic flavours of December to bring us three of his sweetest seasonal drink ideas, and each one is more delicious than the last. Happy mixing!
Sticky toffee old fashioned
It always cheers me up to see my favourite dessert, the sticky toffee pudding, mixed in with my favourite whisky cocktail, the Old Fashioned. If the turkey needs a hand washing itself down, reach for one of these to help your digestion along nicely.
JJ says: ‘I really do love an Old Fashioned a LOT. The sweetener is usually sugar soaked in Angostura bitters, but you can use almost anything from honey, treacle or molasses, or if you fancy testing your skills, microwave equal parts Werthers Originals to water and use the syrup that it makes, you really can’t get this drink wrong.’
60ml Jack Daniels
10ml Werther’s Original syrup (see below)
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 drop vanilla extract
FOR THE WERTHER’S ORIGINAL SYRUP
In a saucepan add 1 x 50g packet of Werther’s Original for every 100ml of sugar syrup (You may also use Sugar Free Werther’s Original to make this syrup). Simmer on a medium heat for 6 minutes. Let the mixture cool, pour into an empty bottle or kilner jar and refrigerate (lasts up to 6 weeks).
- Add the ingredients to mixing glass filled with cubed ice, stir and strain into rocks glass filled with cubed ice.
Mince pie flip
Imagine a Christmas version of Baileys Irish cream, well…. This quick homemade egg nog tastes just that. This is for those of you who love a bit of booze with your festive mince pies. I’m sure if you left one out for Santa he’d take you off the naughty list!
JJ says: ‘I love flips of all styles, but this one is the king! Fruit “mince” (I always imagine minced meat for some reason) is available year round and it’s packed with flavour from orange, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to sultanas and raisins. I love this cocktail by itself, but feel free to pour it over your Christmas cake, you’ll never go back to regular cream again!’
30ml Scotch whisky
2 tsp fruit mincemeat
1 whole egg
5ml vanilla extract
10ml sugar syrup
- Add all ingredients to your shaker, add cubed ice, shake and fine strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Terry’s chocolate mulled wine
Nothing screams Christmas like the smell of mulled wine in the air and I can’t get enough of this recipe! Not even a full-blooded Scrooge could resist at least a glass on a frosty Christmas Day, so lock the doors, switch on the fire, and let this classic warm your soul!
JJ says: ‘The Terry’s Chocolate Orange always comes out at Christmas yet never seems to get finished at my house. Whether you’re a fan or not, I’ve found a perfect way to knock it back that will have you queuing up for more. Change or take the chocolate out if you like, it’ll still taste divine!’
100ml Scotch whisky
750ml shiraz red wine
1 (157g) Terry’s Chocolate Orange
5 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
1g powdered nutmeg
75g brown sugar
Juice of 1 orange & rind
Poured from the saucepan into your favourite mug
1 star anise
1 half of an orange slice
- Add all ingredients into a large saucepan, simmer for 6-8 minutes until all the chocolate has dissolved. Remove from heat, leave to stand for 5 minutes then pour from saucepan to mugs.
Recipes from Kitchen Cocktails: Recipes from the London Cocktail Club by JJ Goodman, £29.99