Christmas Cocktails That Will Make Your Holidays Festive
What are Christmas cocktails that will make your holidays more festive?
- All I Want for Christmas Is Booze
- A Christmas Parol
- Noche Buena Surprise
- Mr. Jack Frost
- Maligayang Pasko Eggnog
- Santa’s Treat
How do you normally prepare for the Christmas season?
Do you stock up on Christmas decor?
Do you prepare Christmas themed food and drinks?
During this chilly season, warm yourself up with some local liquor concoctions. As Christmas is all about the gift of giving, enjoy them with your family and closest friends. Or simply make them for you and your special someone to drink under the mistletoe. These drinks will definitely bring the festive spirit back into your home.
Read on to learn about Christmas cocktails that will make your holidays merrier more memorable.
All I Want for Christmas Is Booze
Christmas cocktails are best shared with friends. All I Want for Christmas Is Booze is a liquor-infused cranberry punch that can be savored with a room full of people. Its citrusy ingredients combined with sweet sparkling white wine will both refresh and warm your senses at the same time.
Here’s how you can make All I Want for Christmas Is Booze:
- 2 cups gin
- 1 bottle of sparkling white wine
- 8 cups cranberry juice cocktail
- ½ cup fresh clementine juice
- 3-4 cups fresh cranberries
- 3 clementines, thinly sliced
- For the ice, scatter cranberries and clementine slices into a Bundt pan.
- Top with clean water and freeze.
- For the cocktail, combine gin, cranberry juice, and clementine juice in a punch bowl. Mix well.
- Take the frozen ice ring out of the Bundt pan and add it to the punch bowl.
- Drop-in additional cranberries.
- Top with sparkling wine.
The next cocktail will help you reminisce about what makes a true Philippine Christmas.
A Christmas Parol
What images pop up into your mind when you think of Christmas in the Philippines?
Bibingka and Puto Bumbong?
Decorated Christmas trees?
The colorful parols that line the streets?
A Christmas Parol is a cocktail that blends ingredients of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Red and green apples, cranberries, and white wine are all a part of the drink. Even if all differ, they come together harmoniously, like the colors of a parol.
Here’s how you can make A Christmas Parol:
- 1 bottle white wine
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup cranberry juice
- 1 cup Seltzer water
- 1/2 cup whole cranberries
- 1 red apple, diced and mixed with lemon juice
- 1 green apple, diced and mixed with lemon juice
- Sliced apple, thinly for garnish
- In a medium pitcher, add in red apple, green apple, and whole cranberries.
- Pour in cranberry juice, wine, seltzer, and apple cider. Stir well.
- Cover the pitcher and refrigerate.
- Wait until chilled, approximately an hour.
- Garnish with thin apple slices and serve.
Another aspect of a Philippine Christmas that you may think of is Noche Buena.
Noche Buena Surprise
As we all know, the Noche Buena is the Philippine Christmas Eve. Families all over the country prepare a delicious spread of homemade dishes for their family dinner. And that’s the best part, the wide selection of food and drinks for you to consume to your heart’s content.
The Noche Buena Surprise is a combination of different types of liquor and ingredients. There are over three types of alcohol in this recipe along with five other ingredients. This is the perfect drink for you and your family to have while you celebrate your Noche Buena together.
Here’s how you can make Noche Buena Surprise:
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 2 bottles red wine
- 1 bottle prosecco
- 4 cups Cran-Apple Juice
- 2 cups frozen cranberries
- 1/3 cup mint leaves
- 1/2 cup sugar, for rimming glasses
- 2 limes, sliced into rounds
- In a punch bowl, add in all ingredients together.
- Add in ice and stir well.
- For the glasses, pour sugar on a small plate.
- Get your glasses and wet the rim with a lime wedge.
- Dip the rim in sugar until coated well.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
This next cocktail can booth warm you up and cool you down at the same time.
Mr. Jack Frost
It is said that the coldness during the holiday season is the work of Mr. Jack Frost. He is known to be a personification of cool weather, snow, frost, and anything cold. This drink blends ingredients that can recreate his cooling powers. At the same time, its alcoholic ingredients will warm you up from the inside.
Here’s how you can make Mr. Jack Frost:
- 1/2 cup vodka or light rum
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup blue curacao
- 1/2 cup cream of coconut
- Honey, for glass rimming
- Flaked coconut, for glass rimming
- 8 cups ice (depending on desired consistency)
- To rim the glasses, pour honey onto a small plate. Pour coconut flakes into another small plate.
- First, dip the rim of the glass into the plate with honey until coated. Then dip into the coconut flakes.
- For the drink, pour in vodka, blue curacao, pineapple juice, ice, and cream of coconut into a blender.
- Blend well until the desired consistency is reached.
- Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
Loving the drinks so far? This next one is a traditional holiday drink with a twist.
Maligayang Pasko Eggnog
Eggnog is a popular Christmas drink in countries all over the world. To make sure that you have the perfect mixture during Christmas day, test out different recipes until you find the one that you prefer. You could have it warm or chilled, with raw or cooked eggs, or with different spices.
Here’s how you can make Maligayang Pasko Eggnog:
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 4 cups whole milk
- 6 large eggs
- 2 yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar (with an additional 2 tablespoons)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg (with additional for garnish)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- Gather all of the ingredients around you for easy access.
- In a saucepan, combine egg yolks, eggs, sugar, and salt. Whisk well until combined.
- While continuously whisking, slowly pour in milk until incorporated.
- Turn on the burner at the lowest setting.
- Place the pan on the burner and continue mixing for approximately 25 to 30 minutes. The mixture should thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon dipped into it.
- With a fine sieve, strain the mixture into a large bowl. This should remove any cooked pieces of egg.
- Add in brandy, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Stir well to combine.
- Pour the mixture into another container and cover it with a lid or plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and at most 3 days.
- Once ready to serve, take a bowl out and pour in heavy cream. Whip until it forms soft peaks.
- Carefully fold the whipped cream into the custard mixture.
- Serve the drinks in chilled cups. Garnish with a dash of nutmeg.
Last, but definitely not the least, is a cocktail for the man who climbs down chimneys to give you your presents.
There are certain ideas and images that our minds associate with the great Santa Claus. An old man with a white beard, gingerbread cookies, and the iconic red suit.
Have you ever thought of what Santa does to celebrate after a long and hard day of delivering presents in the cold? Well, you can imagine that he sits down and makes himself a nice, warm treat.
Here’s how you can make Santa’s Treat:
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds, plus more for garnish
- 6 whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
- 3 star anise
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring it to a simmer, but not a boil. Then reduce the heat to a medium-low setting.
- Allow it to simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Serve warm and garnish with citrus slices and cinnamon sticks.
These are just some of the Christmas cocktails that will put your heart and soul in the festive mood. Make these drinks with your friends and family to prepare for the Christmas season.
The season of sharing is upon us once more. These cocktails were specially crafted with local liquor for you to share with your loved ones this Christmas time. Feel free to customize them and add more ingredients to fit your preferences. Have fun and try to make your own festive drink recipes for this Christmas season!
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