Our top 10 Christmas cocktails

The Christmas party season is just around the corner and festive spirit will soon fill the air. So to get us all in the mood, here’s Lazy Susan’s top 10 Christmas cocktails… Guaranteed to add some Christmas cheer to your holiday party!

The Caribbean Christmas

If you like something a little more refreshing and fruity after too much turkey and Christmas pud then this is the perfect cocktail. All you need to do is mix the following into a tall chilled glass quarter filled with ice:

  • 30ml. Vodka
  • 30ml. Malibu
  • 30ml. Grenadine
  • Equal Parts of Cranberry Juice & Lemonade
  • Serve with a slice of lemon on the edge of the glass

The Lazy Susan Homemade Eggnog

Our top 10 Christmas cocktails

At Lazy Susan we love eggnog. We use this recipe every year as a last day treat for all our staff and its the perfect eggnog recipe for larger parties. It requires a little more patience and time than your average cocktail, but its well worth the effort and is always a real crowd pleaser.

In terms of ingredients, you will need the following:

  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup fine sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups Brandy
  • 1 cup milk
  • Nutmeg (sprinkle for garnish too)

Start by beating the egg yolks, 1/4 cup sugar, nutmeg, salt and vanilla together until very thick and light yellow in colour. Slowly beat in brandy (rum and whiskey also work very well, but for the traditionalist it has to be brandy) and milk. Its very important that you then cover and leave it to chill overnight. Just before serving, gradually beat the egg whites and remaining 1/4 cup sugar to soft white peaks. You need to create a meringue-like cream. Finally, slowly pour this cream over the chilled brandy mixture, garnish with a dusting of nutmeg and serve.

The Silent Night

This is a great Christmas party cocktail and to make you need a highball cocktail glass filled with ice. In a cocktail shaker, simply mix the following:

  • 30ml. Tequila
  • 30ml. Blue Curacao
  • 30ml. Triple Sec
  • 30ml. Pineapple Juice
  • A squirt of fresh lime juice

Give it a really good shake (a la Tom Cruise in Cocktail if you wish) and pour.

The Christmas Jones

The Christmas Jones begins by blending the ingredients below, topping it off with some lemonade for a little fizz and then garnish with fresh mint. It is a really refreshing drink and the recipe below will make you two good size highball cocktails.

Add the following ingredients to a blender:

  • 4 fresh strawberries
  • 1 part vodka
  • 2 tsp superfine sugar
  • 150ml. pineapple juice

Whizz them for a few seconds until smooth and then pour the mix equally into two highball glasses. Top up each glass with lemonade and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

The Sleigh Crash Martini

Great name, great cocktail. The James Bond of Christmas cocktails, shaken not stirred of course! Start by wetting the rim of a Martini glass and dipping in white sugar. Then carefully add the following ingredients:

  • 30ml. Gin
  • 30ml. Raspberry Sour Puss Liquor
  • Cranberry Juice

Add a few fresh cranberries to the bottom of the glass and serve immediately.

The Winter Martini

Another one for 007. Into a cocktail shaker you need to fill it two thirds full with ice and then add the following:

  • Small (30ml.) shot of Apple Schnapps
  • Two and a half small shots of Cognac
  • Two dashes of sugar syrup

Give it a good shake, strain into a Martini glass and garnish with a slice of apple.

The Christmas Cranberry

Combine the following ingredients in cocktail shaker half full of ice.

  • 30ml. Cranberry Vodka (or plain Vodka will work just as well if not available)
  • 30ml. Hazelnut Liqueur or Amaretto
  • 90ml. Cranberry Juice
  • 60ml. of fresh Orange Juice (without any pulp)

Strain into glasses filled with crushed ice and garnish with orange slices or frozen cranberries.

The Grinch

You’ll be pleased to know that this green cocktail has none of the nasty elements of Dr. Seuss’s classic Christmas character and is a little more reminiscent of the changed Grinch with its sweet flavors.

Mix the following ingredients into a cocktail shaker half filled with ice:

  • 60ml. Midori
  • 15ml. of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of sugar syrup

Shake well, strain into a chilled highball chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a fresh cherry.

The Apple Strudel

Some of the ingredients in this cocktail can be a little tricky to track down, but if you like the dessert, then it is well worth the effort. Mix the following into a cocktail shaker half filled with ice:

  • 50ml. good quality Vodka
  • 12.5ml. Krupnik (this is a Polish honey liqueur and is available from thedrinkshop.com, The Whisky Exchange and drinksdirect.co.uk for just under £20 for 70cl)
  • 12.5ml. blackberry fruit purée
  • Dash of vanilla sugar syrup
  • 75ml. apple juice

Simply give it a good shake, strain, pour over ice into a tall glass and top with champagne.

The Lazy Susan Hot Cappuccino Eggnog

Takes a bit of work, but this one is well worth the effort and is probably the best variation of the classic eggnog we’ve come across. This recipe will make about 6 servings and is great on a cold winter evening in front of the fire.

Start by taking 3 eggs and beat them slightly. Then in a heavy bottomed saucepan over a low heat, combine the beaten eggs and 1/3 of a cup of fine sugar. Slowly add a cup of semi-skimmed milk in a steady stream, stirring gently as you pour.

Continue cooking on a very low heat and stirring gently for about 10 minutes, until mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon. Remove from heat and stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 2/3 of a cup of coffee liqueur, and 1 espresso size cup of good quality hot strong espresso coffee (not a full mug, you’ll be up all night, about quarter of a regular mug if you don’t have espresso cups).

Cover the pan to keep your eggnog warm. Beat some whipping cream and 1 tbsp of brown sugar on a high speed until stiff and then gently fold 1 cup of the sweetened whipped cream into warm the eggnog. To serve simply pour the eggnog into warmed mugs, top with some of the remaining whipped cream and dust lightly with ground cinnamon.

About Lazy Susan

About Lazy Susan

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