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5 Festive Cocktails for a Winter Wedding

The festive season is a time to eat, drink, and be merry. Combine that with a wedding, and you’ve got the perfect excuse to party! We have selected our 5 favourite festive cocktails that will be sure to wow your guests at any wintertime event. Grab your cocktail shaker and measures, and please remember to enjoy responsibly.

Festive Cocktails for Before dinner

Classic Snowball

We love a retro classic at Christmas. And honestly, if it ain’t broke why fix it! The Snowball is a fantastic festive drink because the sharp lemon cuts through the richness of all the festive food. But it is also sweet and creamy enough to feel like a real treat. It is also criminally easy to make.

To make a Snowball you will need:

  • 10-15ml lime juice or lime cordial
  • 50ml advocaat
  • 50ml sparkling lemonade
  • ice and a Maraschino cherry, to serve

Fill a glass with ice and add your lime juice or cordial. Pour the advocaat and lemonade over the ice and stir until the outside of the glass feels cold. Garnish with your cherry and you are good to go!

 

Mulled Wine Martini

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A fun twist on a classic, this cocktail recipe elevates the comforting mulled wine into a cocktail hour hit. Just like the above recipe, this is super easy to make. As long as you have the patience to mull your wine you are good to go. For this recipe you can use your favourite mulled wine recipe, but we have included a super simple one just in case.

For the mulled wine:

  • 500ml red wine
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 3 dried cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 strip orange rind

Simply combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Turn off the heat and set aside for 30 minutes. Strain out the solids and allow to cool to room temperature. Or simply pour hot into steaming mugs, add some brandy and serve in the traditional way!

For the martini:

  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Orange wedges
  • 150ml vanilla vodka
  • Large pieces of orange rind

Combine the sugar and ginger on a plate. Run the orange wedges around the rim of 4 martini glasses, then press into the sugar mixture to coat the rim. Divide the mulled wine among glasses. Stir in the vodka. Serve with a piece of orange rind on the rim of the glass.. You could even cut these into festive shapes like stars.

 

White Christmas Sangria

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Another twist on a classic, but this time its a summer banger given a wintery feel. Strange to switch from red to white wine for a winter beverage, but trust us on this one.

To make white Christmas sangria you will need:

  • 3 limes
  • 750ml bottle dry white wine, chilled
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 125g cranberries
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 2 cups chilled soda water

Juice two of the limes leaving the third one intact for now. Place lime juice, wine, brandy and sugar in a large glass jug. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Thinly slice remaining lime. Add lime slices, orange slices, cranberries and ice cubes to the jug. Top up with soda water, stir and serve.

 

Festive Cocktails for After Dinner

Crème Brûlée Martini

If you are looking for some more decadent festive cocktails, then look no further than this custardy treat. This cocktail is so thick and creamy that it really can double as a dessert too.

To make a Crème Brûlée Martini you will need:

  • 160g caster sugar
  • 800ml thick vanilla custard
  • 125ml vanilla vodka
  • 60ml thickened cream
  • 2 tbsp butterscotch schnapps
  • Caramel sauce, to serve
  • Ice cubes, to serve

Line a baking tray with foil. Place the sugar and 80ml of water in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir only until sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to medium and cook for 3-4 minutes or until dark golden. Do not stir during this part or crystals will develop in your sugar! Carefully pour over the mixture onto prepared tray and set aside to cool completely. Once cooled,  break into shards. This is your toffee.

Next, pour the custardvodkacream and schnapps into a jug and stir to combine.

To assemble, pour a little caramel sauce onto a small plate. Dip the rims of serving glasses into the sauce to coat. Fill glasses with ice cubes then pour in the custard mixture. Serve topped with the toffee shards.

Chocolate Bailey’s Espresso Martini

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Chocolate, coffee and Bailey’s is such a warming combination. The bitter coffee works well here to offset some of the sweetness and bring out the depth in the chocolate.

To make a chocolate Bailey’s espresso martini you will need:

  • A cocktail shaker
  • 50ml Baileys Chocolat Luxe liqueur
  • 25ml Smirnoff Red Vodka
  • 25ml espresso
  • Dark chocolate to serve
  • Ice cubes
Pop all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it up until everything is perfectly blended and the liquid is silky smooth. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a sprinkle of finely grated dark chocolate.
We hope you enjoyed our list of festive cocktails. Please leave a comment if you try any of these at home, or include them in your winter wedding cocktail hour.

 

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