With those cold and dark evenings slowly making an appearance, then we think there’s nothing better than enjoying a nice warming beverages whilst chilling on the sofa and watching some Christmas movies – but why not enjoy something a bit different than the standard cuppa? We’ve got some truly tasty festive inspired beverages that you, your friends and family will be able to enjoy this winter! Don’t forget to check out our tips on using up that Christmas dinner right here!
Baileys Hot Chocolate
Mmmm who doesn’t love that delicious taste of Baileys? Well how about combining it with some hot chocolate for a completely heavenly Christmas drink? This is super simple to make and tastes totally amazing!
All you need for this is one large mug, a few teaspoons of your favourite hot chocolate powder, warm milk and two teaspoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Make your hot chocolate in the usual way and add in the Baileys once everything has been mixed in. For extra indulgence, why not add some cream and marshmallows on top?
Winter Pimm’s Punch
Most people like to think of Pimms as a summer drink, but what about enjoying in the winter too? Add some brandy to this tasty drink and experience a new type of winter warmer! All you need 150ml Pimms No3 Winter Cup, 400ml apple juice, one apple sliced into small chunks, half an orange sliced into chunks and one cinnamon stick.
Throw all the ingredients into a pan and gently heat until it’s simmering. Take out the cinnamon stick from the mixture and pour into a large jug. Make sure that you serve this in heat proof glasses or mugs and enjoy for a lovely taste of winter!
There’s no better way to celebrate the festive season than with a rich and flavoursome glass of delicious mulled wine! This one’s pretty easy to make too. For this one, you’ll need two clementines, one lemon, one lime, 200g caster sugar, six cloves, one cinnamon stick, three fresh bay leaves, 1 whole nutmeg, one vanilla pod, two-star anise and two bottles of chianti or other Italian red wine.
Peel large sections from the peel of the fruit and throw it together in a pan along with the sugar – squeeze in the juice of the clementine. Once you’ve done this, introduce the cloves, cinnamon stick and bay leaves and about 10-12 gratings of nutmeg. Cut the vanilla pods into two, then pour in enough red wine to cover the sugar. Leave everything to simmer until the wine has absorbed the sugar – add the star anise and the rest of the wine and you’re good to go!
Mulled Pear & Cranberry Punch
This is another simple option which just tastes delicious – it’s certainly one that you won’t want to miss out on this Christmas. So here we have it in a nutshell for you; you’ll need one pear cider, one pear juice, a liberal handful of fresh or dried cranberries, 150ml sloe gin, two cinnamon sticks and two vanilla pods scored lengthways.
All you need to do for this one is add all your ingredients into your biggest saucepan or casserole dish. Simply heat to just below the simmering point, then ladle into glasses ready to enjoy!
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