Festive Holiday Cocktails
‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! Serve up one of these delicious cocktails or “mocktails” at your next holiday gathering.
With the tropical flavour of coconut and the smooth taste of crème de cacao, this cocktail will set the tone for a chilled night in with friends.
1 ice cream scoop chilled watermelon
1/4 cup (50 mL) shredded coconut
1 1/2 oz (42.6 mL) chilled watermelon purée
3/4 oz (21.3 mL) chilled crème de cacao
Dredge scoop of watermelon in coconut flakes. Mix the purée and crème de cacao in a martini glass. Place snowball into the centre of the glass. Serve immediately.
1 bottle (750 ml size) sparkling wine or champagne, chilled
2 bottles (10 oz size) cranberry juice drink, chilled
1/3 cup peach schnapps
Whole fresh strawberries for garnish
Stir together first 3 ingredients. Pour into glasses. Garnish, if desired, with strawberries.
This refreshing punch combines watermelon, mango and cran-raspberry with rum and cherry brandy to create a deliciously smooth-sipping punch.
8 cups (2 L) watermelon purée
4 cups (1 L) mango juice or purée
4 cups (1 L) cranberry raspberry juice
2 cups (500 mL) rum
1/2 cup (125 mL) cherry brandy
Ice for serving
Purée watermelon in a blender and then combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. Chill for at least 20 minutes. When ready to serve, stir punch and serve over ice.
Makes 16 servings.
Tip: For a pulp-free version, strain chilled liquid. Punch can also be prepared without alcohol.
PER SERVING: about 180 cal, 1g pro, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 24g carb, 1g fibre, 0mg chol, 25mg sodium. %RDI: iron 2%, calcium 2%, vit A 6%, vit C 10%
Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board. For more recipe ideas, visit www.watermelon.org.
When it comes to cocktails, some like it hot! Try this trio of ingredients with hot apple juice to taste.
Wassail got its start as a spiced, mulled cider served during the Yuletide season, but more modern versions have a base of wine or fruit juice instead.
2 cups water
1 cup honey
4 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
2 lemons, thinly sliced
1 bottle (750-ml size) red wine
Boil the water, honey, cloves, and cinnamon for five minutes. Remove from the heat, add the lemons, and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
Add the wine and heat slowly until just below the boiling point. Serve hot.
Makes 6 servings.
Colonial Hot Buttered Rum (in a slow cooker)
Hot buttered rum is a holiday favourite and there are many different versions out there. This classic recipe uses a slow cooker to simmer the mix and fills your home with a tempting aroma.
What if your guests prefer not to imbibe? Don’t make them settle for soda — try a warming, flavourful drink instead.
4 1/2 cups cranberry juice
4 dried apricot halves
2 tablespoons cranberries
2 tablespoons raisins
4 whole cloves
1 (3 inch) cinnamon stick
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Place all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain juice mixture and pour into mugs and serve hot — or chill and serve cold.
Makes 4 servings.
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If your guests prefer something cool, try this sweet mix of fruity flavours.