The Christmas season is getting closer again and it is time to start thinking about the Christmas parties. Organising a little party for your friends is a nice way to get into the right festive mood and will be a nice way to slow down for the holidays.
Here are some nice homemade drink suggestions for your party.
Of course the season’s favourite drink is hot mulled wine, which is perfect to serve at a party or just keep yourself warm during the long winter nights. Here is a nice mulled wine recipe to try out:
2 bottles of red wine
1 bottle of white wine
6cm piece of fresh root ginger peeled and sliced
3 cinnamon sticks
½ teaspoon of ground cloves
Some Demerara sugar to taste
Remove the zest from the oranges and juice them into a large heavy-bottom pot. Pour in the red and white wine and place in the cinnamon, cloves and sugar while gently mixing it all. You can also add a bit of the orange zest in for extra flavour.
Cover the mixture and heat over medium-high until the mixture is heated throughout but isn’t boiling yet. Reduce the heat and allow simmering for about an hour.
Add more sugar if you want it a little bit sweeter. Strain the mixture and serve hot.
This great recipe is from the BBC Christmas Food programme and it is perfect party drink.
1 lime with juice and zest used
3tsp caster sugar
1 small egg
50ml Scotch whiskey
In a bowl, mix together the lime juice, zest and sugar. You can let it rest around an hour before use.
Place the egg, whiskey and one tablespoon of the lime mixture into a cocktail shaker. Top with some ice cubes and shake well. Strain the mixture to a high cocktail glass and top up with ginger ale.
Punch is a great thing to serve at a party and there are a lot of great tasty punch options available for the Christmas season. This is especially great for all parties and can be served during daytime or in the evening as well.
100g brown sugar
1 star anise
1 cinnamon quill
1 lemon zest and juice
1 orange zest and juice
750ml red wine
Mix in the brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, lemon and orange mixture, and 125ml of water in a pot on low heat. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to boil. Simmer for around 2 minutes until the mixture becomes syrupy. Let the mixture cool.
Strain the mixture and stir in Cointreau and the wine. Chill for around two hours and serve in a punch bowl. You can top it with some crushed ice and add dried oranges for decoration.
The syrup mixture can also be made up to three days in advance and stored in the fridge. This makes this drink a great option for your Christmas part
Pauline is a big fan of Christmas and she loves to sip some mulled wine and eat delicious cupcakes during this season. She is also a big fan of organising large parties for her friends and family.