Sunday, 29 November 2009

Happy Hour

If you are planning to entertain around Christmas time, cocktails are a fun way to welcome your guests and help break the ice (pardon the pun).

Christmas Cocktails

Winter Martini

Into a shaker two thirds filled with ice add a small (30ml) shot of apple schnapps, two and a half small shots of cognac and two dashes of sugar syrup. Shake and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a slice of apple.

Coral Reef

1 measure Advocaat--2 measures pineapple juice--1 measure lime juice
Shake with ice-cubes, serve in a highball glass and garnish with a slice of lemon.


1 measure Hendricks gin--1 measure white rum--1 measure Apricot brandy--1 large dash lime juice
Mix gently, serve in a Martini glass and garnish with a cherry.


1 measure Benedictine Dom--1 dash raspberry liqueur--Top up with Champagne
Serve in a flute glass and garnish with a few cranberries.

Black Magic

1.5 measures Vodka--1.5 measures Tia Maria--1 dash lemon juice
Shake together, strain over ice into a tumbler.

Brandy Blazer

2x30ml shots Cognac--1 sugar cube--1 orange twist--1 lemon twist
Mix in a heatproof container, flambe briefly and extinguish the flame. Stir well and serve in a small glass.

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