Brighten up spirits with these festive Christmas drinks you'll want to enjoy all winter long. There's nothing like cozying up to a fire with a nice drink in hand - especially if it's spiced with some of the best holiday flavours. Whether you are a fan of traditional eggnog or an adventurous foodie seeking a liquid thrill, you'll find these Christmas drinks are the best addition to your holiday celebration.
RUM CIDER PUNCH
Apple cider gets kicked up a notch with the addition of rum, cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves. Chopped apples are simmered until tender and make a stunning garnish for this spicy winter punch.
- Take skinless, diced apples and add to apple cider with cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar, star anise and rum. Mix thoroughly.
- Heat the mixture and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and ladle into mugs while hot.
EGGNOG WITH CINNAMON
Eggs, milk, sugar and brandy are simmered gently until thick in this creamy eggnog recipe. A sprinkle of cinnamon is the perfect garnish. If you'd like, serve with fresh blackberries.
- Combine milk, eggs, brandy, sugar and a stick of cinnamon in a pan and bring to a simmer slowly while whisking to incorporate the sugar.
- Once the sugar has been dissolved and the eggnog has thickened to where it sticks to the back of a spoon, then turn off heat.
- Serve in mugs, garnished with cinnamon and blackberries.
This Swedish version of mulled wine will quickly become one of your favourite Christmas drinks. The addition of cardamom and almonds makes it irresistible.
- Make the wine base by heating the wine with the cloves, cinnamon stick, and cardamom in a pan until the wine almost boils, then reduce heat to very low and almonds and raisins, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
- Strain out the spices if desired, then, in a separate pan, soak the sugar with the brandy and light the brandy so the sugar melts. Add the mulled wine to the sugar mixture.
- Stir the sugar and brandy into the wine well, then serve in mugs.
A handful of fresh cranberries makes this Christmas punch stand out from the rest. Oranges, cinnamon, cloves and star anise round out the flavour and the rum adds a touch of fun.
- Pour wine, rum and orange juice into a pot, then add star anise, a cinnamon stick, cloves, orange wedges, squashed cranberries and sugar on low heat.
- Let the spices and fruit infuse the liquid for 5-10 minutes, and stir occasionally.
- Strain the liquid and serve in glasses garnished with fruit.
Looking for a booze-free Christmas drink? Warm up with a cup of this fragrant winter punch made with an exciting combination of spices - including cardamom and peppercorns.
- Steep any green tea in water in a pan with cloves, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, pepper and honey to sweeten over low heat for 4 minutes.
- Strain the spices, and add honey to taste. Serve.