A Christmas dinner party would be incomplete without appropriate drinks. Instead of pulling out a couple of your favorite wine bottles, go berserk with some beautiful cocktails.
You can choose from evergreen cocktails like martinis and long island tea or decide to go with the flavor of the holiday season and choose cocktails that reflect the spirit of the season.
All time favorites
Let us start with few classics that no Christmas cocktail party can do without.
Egg Nog is an all time favorite that may be served chilled or warm. Irrespective of which hemisphere you are living in, you can serve this drink for your Christmas party. It does require some pre cooking.
Prepare the eggnog in a thick pan until it is thick enough to coat a spoon. Serve warm or chilled with a little cocoa powder dusted over it. Add a few berries at the bottom of the glass.
The next would be a French Martini, a delicious mix of pineapple juice, raspberry liqueur and vodka, along with some ice, strained and served in a martini glass.
Christmas is the season of indulgence, and indulge with the classic Champagne Cocktail. Drop a sugar cube soaked with bitters at the bottom of a champagne flute. Add a little cognac and then pour in the champagne until the glass is full for a decadent cocktail.
One spicy cocktail for the cold winter evenings, perfect for the white Christmas is the Bloody Mary. The exact proportions are always a thing of debate, but the ingredients are not! Tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, salt and freshly ground pepper added to a tall glass with a couple of ice cubes, is all it takes for this hot cocktail to be a success.
Long Island Iced Tea is a classic cocktail that packs a mean punch. It is a fantastic cocktail combining rum, gin, vodka and orange liqueur with a little lemon juice and fresh orange juice, and fizzy cola to top it up.
The Grinch combines Midori liqueur with a little lemon juice and simple syrup to give you a green cocktail. Shake well with some ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry to complete the look.
Candy Cane Martini calls for shaking vanilla vodka with peppermint schnapps and club soda. Prepare the martini glass by dipping the rim in water and then into crushed candy canes. Serve in the chilled prepared glass.
A Christmas cocktail that is almost sacrilegious, The Silent Night is served in highball glasses and packs a punch with blue Curacao, tequila, triple sec and pineapple juice. Add a squirt of limejuice for a citrus flavor.
Another Christmas special needs a little advance preparation and plenty of cooking. The Wassail is a warm drink, perfect for the cold nights. Ingredients required are apple cider, cranberry juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks, all spice (whole), orange (studded with plenty of cloves), and rum. All the ingredients need to be cooked in a covered crock-pot on high for an hour or for 4-8 hours on low.
A creamy cocktail to help soothe you over is the perfect White Christmas. Combine crème de Cacao (white), vodka and crème de menthe (white) with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into chilled martini glasses for the perfect evening treat.
If you have guests who are less into spirits (and there are always a few) there are a variety of online specialists that do christmas wine hampers which takes the thought out of the preparation and can make a great pre-christmas gift if you are staying with friends or relatives!