5 cocktails to spice up your Christmas spirit

The Christmas markets have opened in Leipzig so it’s officially ok to become Christmas-obsessed. This list compiles the cocktails which always increase my Christmas spirit and are a welcome change from your typical Glühwein. Enjoy drinking them responsibly and allow yourself to feel like a child waiting for Santa again!

Christmas cocktails
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Irish Dream

The ultimate comfort drink with a creamy liquor kick. Perfect for nights by the fire watching the cringiest of Christmas movies. You’ll need:

  • 350ml of milk (per cup)
  • Approximately a tablespoon of any cocoa powder
  • 2cl (or 4cl if you’re feeling feisty) of a cream liquor, Baileys is best but any cream liquor works well
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate sauce (optional) 

Heat the milk in a pan until it’s warm. Pour the cream liquor into your favourite mug. Add the cool powder to the milk in the pan and stir. Pour the cocoa mix into the waiting mug. Spray the cream over the top and pour a dash of chocolate sauce on top, if desired.

Now, put your favourite slippers and pyjama on and enjoy your creamy, chocolatey delight. (Source: own recipe)

Tea Time with a Twist

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If there’s one thing better than a warm cup of tea on a cold winter’s day it’s tea with a splash of herbal liquor.

For this adventurous drink you’ll need:

  • 5cl of any herbal liquor (Jägermeister is perfect)
  • 2cl lemon juice
  • Some lemon zest
  • 5cl black tea
  • 1.5cl maple syrup
  • Ice cubes

Boil the tea and let it cool down. Add your herbal liquor, lemon juice and maple syrup into a cup. Add ice and stir. Finally, pour into your fanciest of glasses, add some lemon zest and drink with your pinky pointing upwards.

Tea Time with a Twist is a great drink to make in a larger quantity and enjoy with friends. So grab some of your closest pals, fix the quantities to the number of people you’re with and get mixing! (Source: jagermeister.com)

Salted Caramel White Russian

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Toast to Christmas with this twist on an old classic. This smooth cocktail is made even more delectable with a caramel and salt touch. For this, you’ll need:

  • 3cl vodka
  • 3cl Kahlua
  • 2cl cream
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce
  • Coarse ground sea salt (to garnish)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, vodka, Kahlua, cream and 1/2 of the caramel. Shake well. Swirl the remaining caramel around the inside and rim of a mason jar or cocktail glass. Fill with ice. Pour the cocktail mixture over top. Garnish with sea salt. (Source: bctent.com)

Blackberry jam
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Purple Purple Christmas

Purple Purple Christmas is the ultimate winter warmer. From its deep violet colour to its berry mix, everything about it screams Christmas. And here is what you’ll need to bring a little burst of Christmas to your party prep:

  • 5cl herbal liquor
  • 2.5cl beertea
  • Powdered sugar
  • 2.5cl lemon Juice
  • 1cl blackberry Jam
  • Blackberries
  • Ice

Add the blackberries and jam to a shaker and mix gently. Add the herbal liquor, cooled tea and lemon juice to the blackberry mix and shake it to the beat of your favourite song. Fill the whiskey tumbler with ice and let the contents of the shaker run through a fine-pored sieve onto the ice.

Now imagine perfect winter snow and sprinkle icing sugar on it.

With a wonderful full taste of sweet and sour, this cocktail is top of my list when it comes to tipple that I really enjoy. Best served beside a roaring fireplace with soothing tunes playing in the background. (Source: jagermeister.com)

Cinnamon and orange cocktail
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Fiery Christmas

Cinnamon is, undoubtedly, the ultimate Christmas flavour. Combine cinnamon with whiskey and fruits and you get the ultimate Christmas tippler. For this Fiery Christmas, you’ll need:

  • 2cl Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • 250ml apple cider
  • A splash of Sprite or Club Soda
  • Slice garnish: oranges, blood oranges, whole cloves, cinnamon stick

Use a vegetable peeler, and cut strips of orange peels for garnish. Set aside. Slice oranges into small wedges, squeeze a slice of orange in the glass. Fill glass 1/2 full of ice, pour 1 shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. Fill the glass within an inch of the top with apple cider. Place 5 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick with orange peel garnish wrapped around. Pour a splash of either Sprite or Club Soda.

Serve and enjoy the ultimate cinnamon kick. (Source: delicioustable.com)

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There you have it; the best way to put your Christmas spirits to good use. Go, grab your friends and family and, together, have as much of a party making these cocktails as drinking them!

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