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RECIPE: CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS

It wouldn’t be a celebration without a cocktail or two!  This year I’ve been looking for ways to give some of my favourite Christmas classics a contemporary twist. So I donned a sparkly dress (why not?!) and headed along to the Bingham’s riverside bar in Richmond with photographer Fiona Kelly, to have a chat with their talented mixologists and mix up some new creations for you to try out over the holidays!

THE POMEGRANATE BRAMBLE

Contemporary Classic Christmas Cocktails - Pomegranate Bramble (4A)The Bramble is my favourite cocktail, hands down.  Traditionally an Autumn cocktail made with Gin and Creme de Cassis, we transformed this into a winter-y delight using Vodka and Pomegranate liqueur for a festive zing!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 50ml Vodka
  • 50ml Pomegranate liqueur
  • Honey or simple syrup
  • 3 Blackberries
  • Half a freshly squeezed lime
  • Crushed ice

To Garnish:

  • Blackberries
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Thyme sprig

METHOD:

Fill a tumbler with ice cubes and set aside to chill.  Place the honey and blackberries in a muddler and crush gently to release the juices.  Add the vodka, liqueur, lime and more ice cubes to the shaker, cloase and shake well.

Fill a glass tumbler with crushed ice and strain your cocktail over.  Garnish with fresh berries, a piece of cinnamon and sprig of thyme

Find the original recipe here

MIDNIGHT PUNCH

Contemporary Classic Christmas Cocktails - Midnight Punch (4A)jpgI’m pretty sure some point we’ve all had a glass of eggnog; it’s the most classic of Christmas cocktails, but not the most classy!  This homemade version is an indulgent treat – and nothing like Granny used to drink.  Rich, creamy and utterly decadent it’s the perfect Christmas cocktail along with a mince pie!

  • YOU WILL NEED:

  • 75ml Whole milk
  • 75ml Double cream
  • Cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon Caramel sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Maple syrup
  • 1/2 a Vanilla pod
  • 50ml Brandy

To Garnish:

  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick

METHOD:

Heat the milk, cream, caramel sauce and maple syrup over a low heat until the caramel dissolves, taking care not to scald the milk.  Add ice and brandy to a cocktail shaker and carefully pour over the warm milk mixture, cover and shake until frothy.

Serve in a brandy glass with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and topped with a cinnamon stick.  You can also serve this warm for a real winter treat!

Find the original recipe here

SANGRIA SPARKLE

Contemporary Classic Christmas Cocktails - Sparkling Sangria (4A)While the very mention of sangria may have you conjuring up images of warm Spanish beaches, there’s method to my seeming madness.  I’m not the world’s biggest mulled wine fan (Warm wine? Not for me!) but I love the mix of red wine, orange and spices so this is a welcome alternative in my house!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 Apple, cut into thin wedges (no need to peel)
  • 1 Navel orange, cut into thin wedges (no need to peel)
  • Handful of Pomegranate arils
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 100ml Pomegranate juice
  • 75ml Brandy
  • 50ml Cointreau
  • 1 bottle Red wine
  • Sparkling water
  • Fresh rosemary for garnish

METHOD:

Place the chopped fruit in a glass bottle or jug, add the cinnamon sticks and pour in the brandy, cointreau and red wine.  Cover with clingfilm and leave to seep for at least 4 hours to bring out the flavours of the spices and fruit.

To serve, add the sparkling water and pour over ice in a short glass.  Garnish with slices of orange and apple and a fresh rosemary sprig.

Find the original recipe here

If we’ve tickled your taste buds why not take a peek at some more of our Christmas Cocktail recipes here?

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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