One week until the Big Day! The Christmas countdown is well and truly ON. Still not sure what to serve at your Yuletide soiree or seasonal feast? Fear not! We’ve got three delicious sippers up our sleeves, and they couldn’t be simpler to recreate.
Mulled wine, anyone? The answer is always yes, but capturing the taste of Christmas in drinkable form is not necessarily straightforward. Step in Christmas Mulled Cup!
What is this Christmas Mulled Cup? It’s our fabulous solution to concocting the most delicious and seriously impressive mulled wine in the comfort of your own home. A blend of VSOP Cognac, Vintage Port, cold-distilled orange and lemon peels, cold-distilled fresh root ginger, and fabulously festive tinctures made from all kinds of Christmas spices.
So how does it all work? Once you’ve identified the occasion for your mulled wine simply gather:
The Christmas Mulled Cup. You’ll only need 75ml for now.
A bottle of good, fruity red wine. The juicier the better!
60g granulated sugar
Simply throw the whole lot in a pan, gently heat and serve. Just wonderful!
Mulled wine not your thing? Try a Christmassy Cherry Sour!
While Mulled Wine does wonders when out in the cold or snuggled up by the fire, sometimes you want something with a little bit of a pick-me-up to get that Christmas party started. Why not try a Cherry Sour with our Cherry Brandy for a seasonal twist on the classic?
The secret ingredients (aside from the delectable Cherry Brandy, of course!), are the lemon juice and sugar syrup, which combine for a magnificent sweet/sour mix. And this one is shaken, not stirred, so fish out your shaker and prepare to wow your Christmas guests.
All set? Good. Then pull together:
The Cherry Brandy. 35ml makes one serve, you can double the quantities up in your shaker for speed if you’ve got a few to make.
25ml lemon juice
5ml sugar syrup
A dash of Angostura Bitters
Chuck them all in, shake over ice, and then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and top with soda. Garnish with a cherry and lemon slice for a flourish!
And one for the sloe gin fans…
Frankly, it’s not Christmas without the Sloe Gin making an appearance. Bathtub Gin’s is a belter, with almost half a pound of sloes in every bottle! Other botanicals include juniper berries, cassia, coriander, cloves and orange peel, which are all blended with copper-pot-still spirit. This classy, character-filled Sloe Gin is ideal in a Sloe Gin Mule – and the best part? It’s super easy to make!
In addition to the Sloe Gin, you’ll need some lime juice (dig out that juicer!) and some ginger beer. To craft take:
40ml Bathtub Gin – Sloe Gin
20ml Lime Juice
Build over ice in a highball glass and top with ginger beer. Add a lime wedge as a garnish and voilà! Christmas Sloe Gin cocktails are go.
That’s the drinks sorted, then. Enjoy!
Christmas Mulled Cup, Ableforth’s Cherry Brandy and Bathtub Gin – Sloe Gin are available from all good drinks retailers.
Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.