Whenever we think of festivities, we think of Christmas. The beautiful winter weather, lights, Christmas trees, gifts, Santa Claus, and most importantly, the Christmas cake. Who doesn’t like munching on a cake during festivities? Surely, we all do. In this article, we’ll be revealing the recipe of the cocktail version of the Christmas Cake, that is, the Christmas Cake Martini, for you to impress your guests during Christmas this year. Are you ready? Well, we are!
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Christmas Cake Martini Cocktail Ingredients
- 5ml lemon juice
- 5ml cognac
- 50ml whiskey
- 5ml cherry brandy
- 5ml sugar syrup (almond-flavored)
- Ground cinnamon
- Gather the liquid ingredients and put them in a cocktail shaker containing ice cubes.
- Strain the mixture after shaking it for some time to achieve a smooth consistency of the drink.
- Serve with a cherry attached on the side of the glass with cinnamon dust sprinkled over it.
The Star Ingredient: Cherry Brandy
When it comes to the Christmas Cake Martini cocktail, you can’t do without Cherry brandy. One interesting fact about Cherry Brandy is that it’s mostly made using liquors like vodka, instead of brandy. Brandy may be added to it at times but it is never entirely made of just brandy. You can even make it at home by following a few simple steps.
- The first step is a bit time-consuming and has to be done carefully but it’s all worth it. It refers to the elimination of stones from the fruit so that it doesn’t remain in the bottle of cherry brandy when it becomes ready to be drunk.
- Next, the cherries are stored in a bottle, and cinnamon is added.
- Finally, the bottle is filled with vodka and stored at room temperature for a few weeks, to achieve the best results.
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8 Festive Cocktails for Christmas
Checkout the 8 best festive cocktails that are appropriate for Christmas:
1. White Christmas Martini
Are you a fan of white chocolate? This cocktail’s for you then. The White Chocolate Martini is made with 1 ounce of creme de cocoa, 2 ounces of vanilla vodka, and of course, white chocolate liqueur measured 2 ounces. This has a smooth and creamy consistency and the rim is garnished with sugar after dipping it in honey.
2. Poinsettia Pomegranate Martini
Don’t you think red is the color of festivities? We surely do. The Christmas Cake Martini is as red as blood and so is this one, containing the richness of pomegranates. It has 1 ounce of pomegranate juice, 1 ounce of lime juice, half an ounce of sugar syrup, and 1.5 ounces of gin. The gin can also be replaced with vodka.
3. Jingle Juice Holiday Punch
The name is quite fun and elaborate but this cocktail requires just three simple ingredients, 1ounce of cherry 7-up, 1 ounce of whipped vodka, and 1 ounce of Sparkling Rosé or Pink Champagne. The mixture of these three is added to the ice-filled glass. The measurements can be increased and the cocktail can also be stored in a bottle or a pitcher. To make it look more appealing, the ice cubes can be filled with cranberries. The fruits are usually put in the ice tray along with water before it is refrigerated.
4. Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
Festivities call for embracing the goodness of berries. 2 ounces of cranberry juice, 2 ounces of bourbon, and 1-2 ounces of rosemary syrup and lemon juice constitutes its ingredients. These are stirred and the drink is served with a rosemary garnish. Making the rosemary syrup is no big deal and can be done at home as well. One cup of sugar, one cup of water, and rosemary are the only requirements. Boil the mixture for a few minutes and cool it down once it’s ready.
5. Cherry Almond Cocktail
This white delight includes all our favorites. The cherry and almond flavors are present in the ounce of cherry brandy and that of amaretto, respectively. Other than these, 2 ounces of half-and-half is also added. Blend the contents. As the final step, you might add a chocolate-dipped cherry or almond to make it look fancier.
6. Very Merry Ornamenti
How merry can your festivities be? Well, it depends on how well you’re able to make this cocktail. Note down the recipe right now. Half a cup of cherry juice, half a cup of orange liqueur, 1 cup of vodka, and quarter cups of both cranberry juice and orange juice are used. The serving method is unique, considering the sole reason for its creation being Christmas. The drink is poured into a glass ornament setup and the ornaments are finally put in glasses garnished with rosemary, sugar, and cranberries.
7. White Christmas Margarita
A Christmas-appropriate tequila drink? We’re in! Silver tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and coconut milk (unsweetened) are the core ingredients. The garnishing requirements are sugar, lemon slices, and cranberries. The procedure includes fusing the liquids followed by smearing the rim with sugar and putting cranberries and lemon slices on the top.
8. Santa Clausmopolitans
The best thing about cocktails is the creative freedom that one is entitled to possess while making them. Yet another suitable alternative for the Christmas Cake Martini, this one’s a tribute to our childhood favorite. It needs half a cup of cranberry juice, half a cup of fresh cranberries, a quarter cup of lemon juice, one cup of vodka, and a quarter cup of triple sec.
Once the ingredients are blended, pour the mixture into a sugar-rimmed martini glass and serve it to your guests. Now that you have so many options at hand, planning out the cocktail menu for your Christmas and New Year’s parties wouldn’t be a hassle. However, don’t forget to pep up for the ingredients that take time. Begin the process a few weeks prior to the arrival of the festive months.
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