We might not be enjoying the usual social gathering this Christmas but that doesn't mean you can't indulge in some festive drinks and nibbles. Whether you plan to get dressed up as a family or embrace a virtual gathering, these ideas will certainly put you in the festive spirit.
Sloe Gin Fizz (makes 1 drink)
This is a popular cocktail in our house using our homemade sloe gin.
30ml (2 tbsp) sloe gin
30ml (2 tbsp) gin
30-45ml (2-3 tbsp) fresh lemon juice
1 tsp simple syrup or 1-2 tsp sugar
60ml (4 tbsp) soda water
Lemon slice for serving
- Add the sloe gin, gin, 15ml lemon juice and simple syrup (or sugar) to a cocktail shaker filled half way with ice.
- Shake vigorously until chilled.
- Taste then adjust with additional lemon and/or simple syrup/sugar to suit your taste.
- Shake and strain cocktail into a glass filled with ice then top with club soda and garnish with lemon wedge.
Grand Anno Cocktail (makes 1 drink)
If Christmas wasn’t an excuse for bubbles than no time is! This cocktail with it bitter orange flavours has the festive season written all over it.
10ml Grand Marnier
10ml fresh orange juice
Orange zest to garnish
- Pour the Aperol, Grand Marnier and orange juice into a Champagne flute.
- Top up with Champagne.
- Garnish with orange zest and enjoy
Cranberry Orange Mocktail (makes 1 drink)
If you don’t fancy an alcoholic drink but still want to enjoy this celebrations, this long mocktail is delicious with the sweetness being adjustable to suit your taste. The children will love it too.
60ml cranberry juice
60ml orange juice
15ml simple syrup
60ml ginger ale
Cranberries for garnish
- In a tall glass, add ice and 4-5 cranberries.
- Add the orange juice, cranberry juice, and simple syrup.
- Top off with ginger ale and garnish with additional cranberries.
Parmesan Shortbread Biscuits (makes 25-30 biscuits)
As well as nibbles to accompany drinks, these cheesy buttery biscuits make a beautiful gift. With just three ingredients, they are simple to make yet no less delicious. To add some additional flavour, you can add some chopped rosemary to the mixture.
100g salted butter, chopped
100g parmesan cheese
95g plain flour
- To make the dough, put the butter, flour and parmesan in a food mixer and mix until a wet crumbly dough. If you don’t have a food mixer, place the flour and butter into a bowl and use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour until a crumble dough forms. Then add the parmesan cheese and use your fingers to rub it into the mixture.
- Lightly flour a surface and turn the dough out onto it.
- Knead to bring together, then shape into two logs with a diameter of around 3cm and 15cm in length.
- Wrap the logs in clingfilm and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
- Preheat oven to 180°C/350F. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
- Remove the logs from the fridge and using a sharp knife to cut the log into 7mm thick rounds.
- Place the biscuits onto the baking tray at least 2cm apart.
- Bake biscuits for 12 minutes or until light golden.
- Stand on trays for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.