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Top Christmas cocktails for the festive season

Spice up you Christmas with our pick of the best festive cocktails
Spice up you Christmas with our pick of the best festive cocktails

Bored of the usual Christmas booze of sherry and mulled wine? Spice up your festive bar with one of these fabulous cocktails.

Tia Expresso Martini

There's nothing like an espresso to get you up on Christmas morning. Tia Maria's own version of a classic cocktail uses its own spirit to add depth and smoothness to a drink for those with rich tastebuds.

The warming combination of coffee, vodka and Tia's dark liqueur deepens the flavor and smoothens the taste. Is there a better cocktail around to keep you buzzing throughout the Christmas holiday? Why waste the Christmas holiday sleeping when it only comes once a year.

Ingredients

25cl Tia Maria

25cl espresso coffee

25cl vodka

10cl sugar syrup to taste

Coffee beans to garnish

Instructions: Combine all ingredients together with cubed ice in a Boston and shake. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with coffee beans.

Tia Ginger

Keep your insides warm this Christmas with the combination of Tia Maria and ginger. The hint of ginger will bring you a spicy Christmas with an unforgettable sweet and creamy flavour. Put out the fire and pour out the cocktail mix and you'll have no need for your gloves this Christmas.

Ingredients

35cl Tia Maria

Half a fresh lime

Ginger Beer

Instructions: Pour ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice, squeeze in the juice of half a fresh lime and garnish with fresh mint.

Rum Holiday Eggnog

There's nothing quite like eggnog at Christmas time. The most unusual type of drink visually, but the tastiest drink that comes to mind during the season. Forget your Christmas Snowball, mixing eggnog with lemonade is a waste of time and eggnog.

This recipe is beyond exotic. The egg whites and yolks combined with the sweetness of rum create an intense combination. Add a little almond extract and you'll have a very merry Christmas.

Ingredients

1 oz heavy cream

1/2 tsp pure almond extract

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 oz Mount Gay Eclipse Rum

Grated cinnamon and nutmeg for garnish

Instructions:

Separate the egg into two bowls. Beat the yolk until stiff. Beat the white with 1 tsp. sugar until peaks form. Slowly fold the white and yolk together. Separately, beat the cream with the almond, vanilla, and 1 tsp. sugar in a bowl until stiff. Slowly fold in the cream with the egg mixture. Add Mt. Gay Eclipse and stir gently. Refrigerate overnight, or serve immediately over ice in a punch glass or martini glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnemon

Brandy Eggnog

Surprise Santa with something other than milk this cold Christmas Eve. Warm him up with some Brandy Eggnog.

This drink has Santa Claus written all over it, so pour a glass for him and you.
This recipe is the shaken up version of eggnog, and a very popular choice at the bar. Shake this cocktail extra hard to ensure all the ingredients mix well.

If you're not a Brandy fan then you can always use rum or whiskey in its place.

Ingredients

1 1/4 oz milk

1 oz Brandy

1/2 oz simple syrup

1 egg yolk

Instructions

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into an old fashioned glass.

Bourbon Eggnog

If you're looking to entertain a large number of merry guests this holiday, this recipe can serve a minimum of eight guests.

A mix of traditional eggnog, Bulleit Bourbon and Hennessy VSOP Corgac. The bourbon spices up the eggnog as it matches very well with the spices to create a christmas miracle of a masterpiece.

This recipe is simple, effective and not to mention delicious during the holiday season. Perfect to serve up to your favourite eight relatives.

Ingredients

4 large eggs

6 oz  granulated sugar

1 tsp freshly-grated nutmeg

1/8 tsp allspice

1/8 tsp clove

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 oz Hennessy VSOP cognac

2 oz Grand Marnier (Navan can be substituted for a more pronounced vanilla flavor)

4 oz Bulleit bourbon

12 oz whole milk

8 oz heavy cream

Instructions

In a mixer fitted with a whip attachment or a blender, blend the eggs for 1 minute. Add sugar and spices and blend for an additional 30 seconds to incorporate. Slowly add the cognac, bourbon and Grand Marnier, blend another 30 seconds. Add the milk and cream and blend 1 minute more. Cover and refrigerate.

This recipe is better made a day ahead to allow the flavors to combine.
To serve, portion 4 oz of eggnog in a champagne flute or teacup, grate fresh nutmeg or cinnamon over the top (optional) and serve.

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