Toast the New Year with these celebration drinks
Whether it's a fully loaded Hot Chocolate with “the works”, a warming mug of Spiced Cider or the cool fizz of a Mimosa, we all look forward to drinking something a little different to raise a toast or wash down the turkey at Christmas. Here are five of our favourite festive drinks to jazz up your holiday toasts and bring guaranteed fun to your New Year get togethers.
CHRISTMAS MORNING MIMOSA
A “Buck's Fizz” is the epitome of the Christmas morning drink but add a splash of triple sec for an extra Christmassy splash and your Buck's Fizz becomes a Mimosa.
- 1 bottle sparkling wine, Cava, Prosecco or Champagne
- Orange Juice
- Triple Sec
Half fill your champagne flute with your choice of chilled sparkling wine, top off with chilled orange juice and gently stir then add just a splash of Triple Sec to taste. Enjoy!
SLOE MULLED WINE
A modern twist on the classic boozy Winter warmer with this easy mulled wine recipe brimming with Christmassy spice and a kick of sloe gin to raise your glasses and spirits.
- 750ml bottle red wine
- 1 large cinnamon stick, or 2 small ones
- 2 star anise
- 4 cloves
- 2 strips lemon zest, pared using a vegetable peeler
- 4 tbsp caster sugar
- 100ml sloe gin
Put the red wine, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, lemon zest and sugar in a large pan. Cook on a low heat for 10 mins without boiling, then remove from the heat and cool, leaving to infuse for about 30 mins. To serve, heat again without boiling, stir in the sloe gin and pour into mugs.
Add a warming cider cocktail to your festive beverage repertoire this year. This traditional holiday drink is indispensable for those returning from a cold Winters day walk to the warmth of the fireside.
Ingredients you will need ...
- 2 pint (1.2L) medium dry cider
- 4oz (110g) soft brown sugar
- 12 whole cloves
- 4 sticks of cinnamon
- 8 whole allspice
- 1 apple, thinly sliced
- 6 dried apricots, thinly sliced
This really couldn't be simpler to make, just place all the ingredients in a saucepan and warm until the sugar has dissolved then strain the cider into tumblers, serve and enjoy. It can also be made in a slow cooker and you can use also cloudy apple juice instead of cider for a non-alcoholic version but do reduce the sugar you add as apple juice is naturally sweeter.
THE ULTIMATE HOT CHOCOLATE
It is New Year after all so don't hold back! We're talking real melted chocolate, whipping cream, marshmallows, peppermint candy canes, extra grated chocolate, the works! Tastes just like Christmas in a mug!
Ingredients to make six mugs
- 200g bar plain chocolate, broken into chunks
- 600ml milk
- 150ml pot single or double cream
- sugar, to taste
- 6 peppermint candy canes, to serve
Put the chocolate in a pan with the milk. Gently heat, stirring until all the chocolate has melted. Continue heating until the milk is steaming, then remove from the heat and stir in the cream. Divide the hot chocolate between 6 mugs, add sugar to taste and hang a candy cane on the edge. The candy cane is to be used as a stirrer which everyone can let as much of the sweet peppermint dissolve into their hot chocolate as they fancy.
How about this for a quick and easy idea for your kids and their friends at your Christmas get togethers? Simply add a festive “Melted Snowman” label to mini bottles of water or lemonade to transform add some cute Christmas fun to an everyday drink.
A quick Google search for “melted snowman drinks printable labels” will lead you to lots of free designs to choose from then simply print and stick to add a little extra cheer to some regular mini bottles of water or lemonade for the junior guests over Christmas.
Wishing you all a very happy New Year from everyone a Betta Living.
Now tell us, which is your favourite tipple to toast the New Year?