Let’s Whip up a Winter Cocktail: Our Best Festive Bevvy Recipes

'Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry, and we've got just the tipples to help you get into the festive spirit. We’ve called upon our lovely Paperchasers to share their best festive bevvy recipes with you. From a warming winter twist on a classic hot chocolate to a very creative take on mulled wine, there’s something for everyone to enjoy while rocking around the Christmas tree this year. 

 

Caitlin’s Christmas cracker: ‘The Espresso Martini’ 

Submitted by the lovely Caitlin, she has a very special story to explain how this espresso martini came to be her go-to Christmas drink... 

It’s getting cold BRRR and like many people in the UK this year, my housemates and I haven’t turned on the heating. So, naturally we needed something to warm us up on a chilly Saturday (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thur….) evening. 

Espresso martinis are my sister's favourite but I wanted to make it more festive. 

“What could possibly be more jolly than a bit o’ Baileys?” I say, barrelling over the conversation Rachael and Patrick are having about the state of contemporary politics. 

Much to my chagrin they do not jump up and praise me like the Christmas saviour I so clearly am. I give them a moment to come to this obvious conclusion, but after 30 seconds of glaring (Rachael) and polite confusion (Patrick) I decide they need a gentle helping hand.  

“Espresso martinis” I add, helpfully.  “I don’t like Bailey’s” Rachael’s flat tone feels particularly Grinch-like in the wake of my magical mental discovery.  Patrick wrinkles his nose “That’s what my Mum drinks” 

With those kind words of encouragement, I set off to do my best Heston Blumenthal impression.

Absolutely no google recipes from Bailey’s or Absolute Vodka were harmed in the making, honest. 

 

 Caitlin's cocktail

Above: Caitlin's espresso martini

 

Serves 1 

Ingredients: 

  • Ice cubes 
  • 30ml fresh brewed coffee 
  • 50ml vodka 
  • 120ml kahlua 
  • 20ml Baileys 

 

Magical Method: 

  1. Add a handful of ice to your cocktail shaker. 
  2. Measure out all your ingredients and pour over the ice (make sure to engage in a bit of festive bickering over the generosity of your quantities). 
  3. Slap that lid on your shaker, making sure it’s nice and tight (unless you enjoy tipsy cleaning? Whatever floats your proverbial boat). 
  4. Wait until a really good bit in the music to start shaking what your mama gave ya. 
  5. Once out of breath, give the cocktail shaker an enthusiastic wiggle. We suggest holding onto that lid as if your evening of gaiety depends on it (honestly no one likes tipsy cleaning). 
  6. Don’t stop shaking until froth starts to appear (if this isn’t happening, try upping the ante - you might have a lacklustre shimmy). You can also add more ice…or just give your mixture a freezing look. 
  7. Once your beverage has a nice Guinnessy air about it, pop that lid off and pour into an awaiting vessel. 
  8. If you’re a fancy fella, feel free to add a coffee bean garnish (but if it's the end of a particularly gruelling Monday and you cannae be bothered, this is also dandy). 
  9. Take a sip, exclaiming in delight over this incredibly sweet creamy, caffeine-injected drink. 
  10. Settle into an evening of squabbling over the need for more or less Baileys in the next round. 

 

 

Jess’ Winter warmer: ‘Ginger and Chili Hot Chocolate’ 

Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like a hot chocolate at Christmas. Whether you’re the type of choccy lover that counts down the days till Costa release their Christmas drinks or you prefer to bust out the Cadburys powder yourself, nothing gets you into the holiday spirit more. However, for Jess a plain hot chocolate just won’t cut it. She created an extra-special recipe that’s sure to get you warmed up in no time this winter. 

 

Jess' Hot Chocolate

Above: Jess' ginger and chili hot chocolate

 

Serves 1 

Ingredients: 

  • 250 ml of milk 
  • Your favourite hot chocolate powder 
  • ½ teaspoon of powdered ginger 
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • ¼ teaspoon of chili powder 
  • Whipped cream and marshmallows to taste 

 

Magical Method: 

  1. Microwave your milk or heat over the stove until warm. 
  2. Slowly mix in your hot chocolate powder and stir until silky smooth. 
  3. Mix in all the spices. 
  4. Leave for a moment to let all the flavours combine. 
  5. Pour into your favourite mug and top with cream and marshmallows. 
  6. Enjoy! 

 

 

Dave’s tropical take on Christmas: ‘The Honolulu’ 

Dave loves to keep a little sunshine by his side all year round. Forget scraping ice off your car or walking around with frosty fingertips, for a tropical twist on Christmas try his ‘Honolulu’ recipe. This one pairs great with our range of tropical decorations (think Christmas flamingo), made for the sun-chasers among you. 

 

Dave's Cocktail

Above: Dave's honolulu

 

Serves 1 

Ingredients: 

  • 4-5 ice cubes 
  • 1 measure of pineapple juice 
  • 1 measure of fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 measure of fresh orange juice 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grenadine 
  • 3 measures of gin 
  • A pineapple slice and a cocktail cherry for decorating 

 
Magical Method: 

  1. Place your ice cubes into your cocktail shaker. 
  2. Next, pour in the juices, the grenadine and gin over the ice. 
  3. Shake until a frost forms. 
  4. Strain the drink into a cocktail glass and decorate with a pineapple and a cocktail cherry, and ta-da! 

 

 

Liv’s French family fave: ‘The Vin Chaud Blanc’ 

That's white mulled wine to me and you. Well, minus the wine but with an added little twist. When the lovely Liv and her mum had a crack at creating something festive in their kitchen back in France, they stumbled across something magical. With a dash of – and just a sprinkling of vanilla, a new Christmas recipe was born (one that’s sure to become a festive tradition in their household). Just take a look at this beauty! 

 

Liv's Cocktail

Above: Liv's vin chaud blanc

 
Serves 2 

Ingredients: 

  • 300 ml Noilly Prat (aka white vermouth) 
  • 2 slices lemon 
  • 1/2 star anise (to taste) 
  • A few green cardamom pods (bruised) 
  • Drizzle vanilla essence 
  • 4 dried apricots halved 
  • A few orange peel curls 
  • Squeeze of honey 
  • 1 cinnamon stick 

 

Magical Method: 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small pan and bring to boil.  
  2. Simmer for a few minutes to extract the flavours.  
  3. Strain into glasses and voila! Time to enjoy. 

 

 

Sara’s sweet sipper: ‘The Candy Cane Cocktail’ 

There’s nothing Sara loves more than throwing a Christmas Eve bash and whipping up her signature candy cane cocktails. A real showstopper in themselves, they are at the centre of all her holiday celebrations – the pretty sprinkled edge and vibrant pink hue makes them perfect for pictures! To allow those who prefer to remain alcohol-free to enjoy, simply swap out the vodka and crème de menth for lemonade. 

 

Sara's cocktail

Above: Sara's candy cane cocktail

 

Serves 1 

Ingredients: 

  • Ice cubes 
  • 60ml strawberry vodka 
  • 20ml white creme de menth 
  • 100ml cranberry juice 
  • 10ml lime juice 
  • A little honey 
  • 1 candy cane  
  • Sprinkles for decorating 

 

Magical Method: 

  1. Place your ice cubes in cocktail shaker. 
  2. Next, pour in all the juices, crème de menth and vodka over the ice. 
  3. Shake until a frost forms. 
  4. Strain into a beautiful coupe glass. 
  5. Line the edge of your glass with the honey, roll over your sprinkles and place a mini candy cane over the lip of the glass – perfection!  

 

 

We hope we’ve inspired you to get creative in the kitchen and whip up your very own festive bevvy. If you do decide to take on the challenge or even fancy replicating any of the recipes above, we’d love to see! Simply tag us on Instagram (@frompaperchase) to be in with a chance of being featured on our page. 

 

Happy sipping x 

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