Christmas cocktails

You just know it’s going to be a lovely get-together when you’re greeted by the host of the party with a delicious drink. This little entertaining trick is one of our all-time favourites and is actually quite handy when it comes to setting up the tone of a gathering. Being met with a drink – all the better if it’s alcoholic – is such a brilliant way to ease guests into relaxing and making casual chit-chat.

But we’re not hard task masters, we know come Christmas day the last thing you feel like dedicating time to is shaking cocktails, so we’ve done the mixing for you. We’ve crafted four incredibly delicious, summer-appropriate pre-made cocktails, which you can pop into your Christmas orders now. We’ve mixed up a delightfully sharp caprioska, a tres tropical pina colada, a refreshing lychee mojito, and a fun and fizzy plum and thyme prosecco smash. Of course, once we’ve turned the corner on Christmas ’tis still the season of entertaining, so these infusions will be available on regular weekly orders to perk up your summer party roster.

OK then, you have your bottle of cocktail infusion, what next? Well, because our Christmas gift to you is easiness (you’re most welcome), all you have to do is stir together the infusion with the required bottle of alcohol for each recipe, then throw some ice in a glass and decorate with the pretty garnishes we’ve supplied for you. It’s beyond simple. You could mix this all up before guests arrive and enlist a little helper to pre-garnish the glasses, so all that’s left to do is add ice and the chilled cocktail and voila! consider your party started.

We’ve thought of everything, naturally, and have included instruction cards, too (also below). You might consider setting up a drinks station complete with recipe card and a willing bar tender, then direct guests to the bar as they arrive. And for the pint-sized patrons, these kits can easily turn virgin, simply omit the alcohol and you have a tasty mocktail. Bottoms up!

Happy merrymaking to all!

Kate and the Katering at Home team

Raspberry Caprioska

Makes 15 cocktails (only make ½ for a smaller jug)

Shake the Christmas caprioska infusion bottle well and pour into a large jug. Add 1 bottle vodka, 700ml soda water and stir to combine. Fill glasses with ice, squeeze in lime wedges, a few raspberries and pomegranate seeds and top with caprioska mixture. To make this a mocktail, simply omit the vodka.

Pina colada

Makes 15 cocktails (only make ½ for a smaller jug)

Shake the pina colada infusion bottle well and pour into a large jug. Add 1 bottle rum and 600ml soda water and stir to combine. Fill glasses with ice, squeeze in lime wedges, and add a sprinkling of coconut flakes. Top with pina colada mixture and serve with a wedge of pineapple on the side of the glass, if desired. To make this a mocktail, simply omit the vodka.

Lychee mojito

Makes 15 cocktails (only make ½ for a smaller jug)

Shake the lychee mojito infusion bottle well and pour into a large jug. Add 1 bottle rum or 1 bottle vodka (depending on your preference) and stir to combine. Fill glasses with ice and a large sprig of mint, squeeze in lime wedges and top with lychee mojito mixture. Thread lychees on skewers and place in glasses to serve. To make this a mocktail, simply omit the rum or vodka.

Plum thyme prosecco smash

Makes 15 cocktails (only make ½ for a smaller jug)

Shake the plum thyme prosecco smash infusion bottle well and pour into a large jug. Add 2 bottles of proscecco and stir well to combine. Fill glasses with ice and add sliced plum and thyme sprigs to each glass. Top with plum thyme prosecco smash mixture. To make this a mocktail, simply swap the proscecco for sparkling grape juice.

Tips: All cocktails can be made one hour in advance and placed into the fridge ready for when guests arrive.

 

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