Five Christmas Cocktails to add Merry to your Christmas



Christmas cheer is in the air and the holidays are riddled with fancy house parties in every corner. With Christmas falling this Sunday, we don’t have much time left to plan our gifts and the parties we are going to throw.

If you are strapped for time and limited by lack of helping hands, get those jolly parties jazzed up with some impressive drinks that you can whip up in your kitchen.

Business Insider got in touch with Afzal Kaba, Brand Ambassador, Diageo Bar Academy who uses Smirnoff Red No.21 Vodka and Royal Challenge Whisky to make the best holiday cocktails out there. Check it out.

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Vanilla Eggnog

Vanilla Eggnog
Ingredients:
Royal Challenge Whisky 60ml
Monin Vanilla Syrup 10ml
Orange Wedge 1 piece
Fresh Cream 15ml
Egg White 1 piece

Method
Add all the ingredients and ice cubes in a shaker. Strain the contents in a chilled martini glass. Take an orange peel and spray orange oil by bending it on top the glass. Rim the glass with orange peel in a way the orange oil sticks to it. Place a maraschino cherry on the drink and serve.
Garnish
Garnish with orange peel and maraschino cherry
Glassware: Martini

Smirnoff Snowball

Smirnoff Snowball
Ingredients:

Smirnoff Red No. 21 Vodka 60ml
White Grapes 5
Pears 5 dices
Lime Juice 10 ml
Caster Sugar 1 bar spoon
Basil Leaves 5 nos

Method

Muddle chopped pears, white grapes and add lime juice and caster sugar to the mix. Add gently crush basil, along to the muddled ingredients in the shaker, to infuse the aroma. Pour Smirnoff No. 21 vodka and fill the shaker with ice. Shake well and strain the contents into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes.
To prepare the ice basket, take a lime squeezer and fill it with crushed ice. Squeeze till the extra ice falls off and then take the ice mould out, thereby forming the ice basket. Place it on top of the drink and garnish it.

Garnish

Garnish this masterpiece with chopped pears and white grapes.

Glassware: Old Fashioned

Royal Apple & Cinnamon Pie

Royal Apple & Cinnamon Pie
Ingredients

Royal Challenge Whisky 60ml
Cinnamon Syrup 10ml
Apple Juice 60ml
Angostura bitters 2 dash

Method

Add all ingredients in an Old Fashioned glass and fill 3/4th the glass with ice cubes. Stir the drink for 30 seconds to dilute it and add more ice cubes. Proceed to cut 4-5 thin apple slices and hold them together to make a Japanese fan. Place it on top of the drink along with a cinnamon stick. To create a nice cinnamon aroma, dust cinnamon powder from a salt shaker while keeping a flame on using a cigarette lighter on top of the drink, while taking care not to burn the fan.

Garnish

Garnish the drink with apple fan/cinnamon stick and cinnamon sparkles.

Glassware: Brandy Balloon

Pomegranate & Rosemary Fizz

Pomegranate & Rosemary Fizz
Ingredients

Smirnoff Red No. 21 Vodka 60ml
Pomegranate Pearls 2 bar spoon
Rosemary 1 sprig
Lime Juice 10ml
Soda top up

Method

Muddle pomegranate pearls and add lime juice to infuse the sweet and sour flavours in a shaker. Gently crush a rosemary spring and add to the mix with Smirnoff No.21 Vodka and lime juice and fill the shaker with ice cubes. Shake well and strain the content into a Collins glass. Top the drink with soda and garnish it.

Garnish

Garnish your cocktail with a rosemary spring

Glassware: Collins

Pink Rudolf

Pink Rudolf
Ingredients:
Royal Challenge Whisky 60ml
Monin Blood Orange 15ml
Lime Juice 15ml
Egg White Dash (Optional)
Orange peel

Method
Add all the ingredients and ice cubes in a shaker and shake well. Strain the contents in a chilled martini glass. Take an orange peel and spray orange oil by bending it on top the glass and rim the glass with orange peel in a way the orange oil sticks to it.
Garnish
Garnish the drink with orange peel or a cherry
Glassware: Martini
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