Alcohol has always been popular over the Christmas period but what are the traditional drinks that you can make at home? Well here’s a few that we have selected for you to try at home.
Punch is known the world around, with one of the most popular being rum punch which is perfect for heating and making a hot rum punch. However, for this recipe we are going to recommend vodka as we are going for a chilled punch to enjoy when you are warm and cosy in front of the fire or in a crowded room at a Christmas party.
There is nothing to worry about with this drink as it easy to make and only take about 5 minutes and serves about 4 people. So adjust the measures based on the amount of people you have to provide for.
- 2 Glasses of cranberry juice
- 500ml of lemonade
- 500ml Litre of ginger ale
- The juice from 1 whole lemons
- 340ml of vodka
- Sliced orange
- Ice (depending on size of the bowl and how much you want)
This is where it gets really easy:
- Put ice into a large bowl
- Pour all ingredients apart from the orange slices into the bowl and mix together
- When you can clearly see that it is well mixed, add orange to finish
And there you have it, a tasty festive punch.
Hot Toddy might be one drink that you might not have heard of but it is a traditional hot Christmas drink, which is usually made with whisky, honey and cloves. Typically, this hot drink is poured into a mug that has been heated with boiling water.
If you want to go for different taste you can also try brandy or rum and add an orange slice instead of whisky and cloves. If that doesn’t appeal to you, why not try tequila with a lime slice?
These ingredients make 4 cups so adjust the measures based on the amount of people you have to provide for.
- 2 and a half cups of boiling water
- Half a cup of whiskey (or alcohol of choice)
- Juice from whole lemon
- 4 tea bags
- Half cup of honey
There is always the option to add cloves, lemon wedges and cinnamon sticks as well.
Instructions (spread ingredients over four cups):
- Brew tea bags for around 10 minutes.
- Pour honey into bottom of cups equally
- Pour now brewed tea on top of honey and mix together
- Add chosen alcohol and lemon juice adding the amount you wish to make as strong as you like
- Add cloves, lemon wedges and cinnamon sticks if you wish to do so
This is the one that everyone knows and a Christmas favourite, I It is the combination of sweet and spice that makes this one of the most popular drinks during the festive period for markets, pubs and parties.
This is an easy to make recipe that serves 8 and takes about 25 minutes to prepare and cook.
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 500ml water
- Half a cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
- Sliced orange
- Mix the water, spices, orange and sugar in a large pot
- Bring to boil then reduce heat, let it simmer for 15 minutes
- Reduce heat further and mix in the wine
- Reheat but don’t boil
- Serve when ready
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Glogg is quite simply a Scandinavian style of mulled wine which is stronger and sweeter than it’s more common counterpart. Raisins and almonds are added to give it extra sweetness and the use of either vodka or brandy to give that stronger taste.
This is an easy to make recipe that serves 8 and takes about 40 minutes to prepare and cook.
- 1 and a half bottles of red wine
- 2 teaspoons of cardamom
- 14 cloves
- 200g of raisins
- 100g of sugar
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- 200g of almonds
- 500ml brandy
- Mix the red wine, cinnamon sticks, cardamom and cloves
- Heat up slowly until the wine is about to boil
- Bring the heat down and add raisins and almonds mix in and slowly heat for 15 minutes (don’t let it boil)
- Take out the cloves, cardamom and cinnamon sticks out if you want
- Meanwhile put sugar and brandy in a separate pan and light with a match allowing the sugar to melt.
- Put the melted sugar into the wine mix
- Mix together and you are then ready to serve.
There you have it. Our selection of Christmas drinks you can make at home.