We’re back again in that strange no-mans land between Christmas and New Year where no one knows what day it is or who they were before they became a walking-talking ball of stuffing. A Christmas Carol is on for the 17th time, you’ve lived off left-overs for what feels like 200 years, and if you’re not constantly full to the brim, muttering about how ‘stuffed’ you are then is it even Christmas?
But we love it.
It might feel as though it’s groundhog day and we’re sure you won’t be short on drinks, but if you’re wondering what to glug and want to make use of these last few ‘anything goes’ days before the ‘new year new me’ kicks in, we thought we’d give you a rundown of our favourite Christmas Cocktails… ft Coffee… Of course.
So let's get right into it!
Espresso Martini – while it’s an obvious choice, that doesn’t make it any less glorious. It’s contemporary and elegant and tastes as good as it looks. To make this after dinner classic put 2 martini glasses in the fridge to chill.
Pour 1 tbsp of sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker, along with a handful of ice, 100ml vodka, 50ml freshly brewed espresso coffee & 50ml coffee liqueur (we like Tia Maria).
Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold.
Strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish each one with 3 or 4 coffee beans if you like.
Dark and Stormy Coffee Cocktail – if you’re a die hard Dark and Stormy cocktail fan then why not try this one out with your other one true love – coffee?
To make this twist on the classic simply fill a highball glass with ice and pour in 25ml dark rum and 25ml tequila.
Then stir and top with ginger beer. Slowly pour in your freshly-brewed espresso and voila!
Turkish Coffee Sour – if you like to put slightly more time and effort into your alcohol like you do your coffee then this one’s for you. Packed with festive flavours like cinnamon, cloves & spiced rum, this one will have you feeling merry and bright in more ways than one! To make start by putting 5 tbsp ground coffee in a pan with 250ml water.
Add 5 cardamom pods (bruised), a strip of lemon peel, 2 cloves and a cinnamon stick.
Bring to the boil, then strain through a sieve lined with 2 pieces of kitchen paper.
Leave to cool.
Once cool, pour 50ml into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and add 20g egg white, 75ml spiced rum & 25ml lemon juice.
Shake hard for 1-2 mins then double strain into 2 cocktail glasses.
Decorate with a couple of cardamom pods and a few drops of Angostura bitters if you like.
Reverse Espresso Martini – everyone loves a martini… especially when it’s got coffee in it. So why not combine your love of both in this twist of the classic cocktail with a festive splash of Baileys? This one’s great fun and goes down well at dinner parties! To make this gem start by freezing freshly brewed espresso in an ice cube tray until frozen solid.
Pour 50ml vodka and 25ml baileys into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Stir together for about 1 min then strain into a tumbler.
Put some of the coffee ice cubes into the drink to serve.
And party on!
Irish Coffee – Some might say this isn’t a cocktail, but we say it’s anything you want it to be once you’ve had enough of them! To make the perfect treat to end a meal lightly whip 2 tbsp double cream just so it’s very slightly thickened, then set aside.
Pour 150ml freshly brewed black coffee into a mug or heatproof glass.
Add 50ml Irish whiskey and 1 tsp brown sugar.
Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Gently float the cream on the top and sprinkle a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg over the top (optional).
*Top tip* Slowly pour your cream onto the back of a dessert spoon, so it trickles onto your drink. This will help it to sit on top of the coffee for a perfectly decadent finale to any meal!
Okay so now we’ve got your mouths salivating with the thought of these delicious concoctions – what are you waiting for? If it’s for 5pm then don’t because a) it’s Christmas, and b) time doesn’t count at Christmas!
It’s 5pm somewhere!
P.s. If you use up all your coffee beans on these (we wouldn’t blame you) then don’t worry, we’ve got reams of the stuff. Get your coffee on subscription and never worry about running out again!