From everyone at Geek and Tonic, have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
It’s that time of year! Time for lots of nog, mulled wine and festive cocktails because we’re done with work and it’s time to get MERRY. If you can’t get a bit tipsy at 10am on Christmas Day, when can you?
…Is that just me?
We only have a couple of cocktail recipes for you this time because I’m a strong believer in drinking whatever makes you happy at any time of the year, but especially during the festive season when you’re spending time with loved ones. There’s no point trying to be fancy just for the sake of it; drink what delights you, drink what excites you, and have a ball of a time doing it.
On a personal note: To those in retail, hospitality or food service, we salute you and thank you for your work over the holiday period. Having personal experience working many Black Friday’s. Christmas Eve’s and Boxing Day’s, we know how tiring it can be.
On to the recipes!
God, I love gingerbread. It’s easily one of my favourite flavours at any time of the year, not just at Christmas. It takes the heady spice of ginger then sweetens it, adds a couple of other spices and BAM! makes something far more delicious than the sum of its parts.
I noticed that a few supermarkets have released their own Gingerbread Liqueur (specifically, Aldi and Asda at the very least) so it was only a matter of time before I had to buy it and make something with it, thus the White Christmas was born.
This is a quintessential winter cocktail that perfectly summarises the festive season; it’s sweet, spicy and just ever so slightly nutty which makes it a veeeeeery drinkable cocktail. Plus, hello, gingerbread? Winner winner, right there. It’s mellow enough to not overpower your tastebuds, but strong enough to leave a lasting impact on your memory. This is definitely not one to be missed.
♦ 2 ounces gingerbread liqueur
♦ 1 ounce vanilla vodka
♦ 1 ounce RumChata
♦ ½ ounce amaretto
Shake together with ice – the ice is very important in this one! – and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Is it even Christmas if you don’t drink ungodly amounts of mulled wine?
…Just me? Nevermind.
From the very first sip of the Hortus Plum and Cinnamon Gin Liqueur, I just knew I had to use it in a mulled wine recipe, at the very least it has so many similarities in terms of flavours and spices with the real thing that it would be doing it a disservice to not at least try it.
Thankfully, it works wonder when combined with red wine and triple sec; between the heartiness and depth of the red wine, the cinnamon of the Hortus and the dried fruit flavours of both the Hortus liqueur and the triple sec you pretty much cover all the base flavours that one would expect from a glass of top-drawer mulled wine, but with only minimal effort needed. There is something special about a homemade mulled wine that you just can’t beat, but for a large event or impromptu gathering – or unexpected cold weather snap – you really can’t argue with the results of this recipe.
The big added bonus of this recipe is that even once the drink has gone cold it’s still a delight. You sometimes find that cold mulled wine can be unpalatable which kind of puts you on edge, and personally I’m not one for having a deadline on my drinks. Sure, most of the time I finish the glass before it has time to lose temperature, but it’s nice to know that if you do need a bit longer – or get pulled away from it – it won’t be a write off once you return to the glass.
♦ 4 ounces red wine
♦ 1 ½ ounces Hortus Plum & Cinnamon Gin Liqueur
♦ 1 ounce triple sec
Geek and Tonic Snowball
I’m sure many of you have had a Snowball, or two, in your time. However – and this may be controversial – as far as I’m concerned none of y’all have been doing it right. Every Snowball I’ve ever had, either outside of my home or premade, has been far too weak; advocaat is a subtle flavouring, so believe me when I say that you can afford to be a bit bolder with your measurements and gosh darn it, DON’T BE AFRAID TO DREAM A LITTLE BIGGER DARLING.
Sure, if I’m being honest I don’t usually measure the amount of advocaat I put into my Snowball (I kind of just pour until I feel like it’s a decent amount, which usually ends up with the advocaat a third of the way up the glass) and go from there, but every single person I’ve made a Snowball for has loved it and asked for another. It’s something I’m bizarrely proud of.
♦ 4-5 ounces advocaat
♦ 6 ounces cold lemonade
♦ ½ ounce lime juice
♦ ½ ounce cherry liqueur/cherry juice
Pour the advocaat into a tall glass, then slowly pour the lemonade into it whilst trying to avoid foam. One tip to prevent it foaming up too much is to pour the lemonade against the side of the glass. Add the lime juice and cherry liqueur/juice and then stir vigorously. Enjoy!
So there you have it, our top 3 Christmas drinks to enjoy over the festive period.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.