With Christmas around the corner, we start to think about all the delicious food and drink that comes along with the most wonderful time of the year. More importantly, how we can impress party guests with a vast array of delicious canapes and festive drinks. We will take a look at some of the most popular Christmas drinks around the world and give you all the information you need to be able to whip up a very merry array.
Unsurprisingly the most popular spirits at Christmas include: Warninks, Baileys, Chambord, Jack Daniels, Tia Maria and Disaronno. Who doesn’t love a snowball, right?
It’s no surprise that Mulled Wine has been named as the UK’s favourite festive tipple. This warming, fruity and delicious beverage ticks a lot of boxes as well as being easy to make.
Heading over the pond, America’s drink of choice is Eggnog of course, which is very similar to the much loved Advocaat over here in the UK. Ireland can’t go wrong with a traditional Irish Coffee and Germany are big fans of Mulled Wine, known natively there as Glühwein.
This year people are looking to break away from old festive traditions and try something new, including lots of new and delicious cocktails to try this Christmas.
Vanilla Rum Espresso Martini –
A delicious twist on a classic and well loved cocktail with this seasons must-have gift.
- 25ml M&S vanilla rum
- 25ml Coffee liqueur
- 25ml Sugar syrup
- 25ml Espresso
Simply add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and mix well. Strain the cocktail into a martini glass and discard the ice. Mix with edible cocktail glitter to make this even more jolly!
The Snow Queen –
This drink not only looks beautiful and luxurious but it will also put a spring in your step! Serve in an old fashioned champagne glass for the WOW factor.
- 50ml Gin
- 25ml Triple sec
- 25ml Lemon juice, plus peel to serve
- 2 tsp sugar syrup
- Handful of ice
Put all the ingredients, apart from the lemon peel, into a cocktail shaker and shake until the mixer feels almost freezing. Strain the cocktail into your glass of choice, we recommend an old fashioned champagne glass for this one, and get rid of the ice. Decorate the side of the glass with the lemon peel.
Eggnog Martini –
Is it even Christmas without eggnog? We think not! This super simple, yet delicious, cocktail is sure to put you in the festive spirit!
- 90ml Eggnogg
- 30ml Vanilla vodka
- 30ml Amaretto liqueur
- Handful of ice
- Grated nutmeg to garnish
Add all ingredients, apart from the nutmeg, into a cocktail shaker and mix well. Strain the cocktail into a martini glass and discard the ice. Finish with a grating of fresh nutmeg for the ultimate Christmas treat!
Sugar Plum Fairy –
A brand new and exclusive festive drink for you to try, perfect as an alternative to a dessert at a dinner party or for those with a sweet tooth! Serve in a martini glass to dazzle your guests!
- 50ml M&S sugar plum gin
- Top up with prosecco
- Top with candy floss
- Super simple to make and even easier to drink!
Christmas Flower –
This is another twist on a Christmas classic and we love it! Serve in a classic tall champagne flute and garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary or a few frozen cranberries…or both!
- 30ml M&S Clementine Gin Liqueur
- 90ml Cranberry Juice
- 90ml Champagne or Prosecco
No fuss needed, just pour and enjoy!