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Fabulous Festive Drinks

Get the party started with our festive tipples

Move over mulled wine, there are some new festive drinks in town. From gorgeous glasses to tempting recipes, here is TOAST’s guide to creating the ultimate stylish festive drinks this season, without a drop of mulled wine in sight.



Love it or hate it, mulled wine is always a bit hit and miss. Often it’s so sugary sweet that it ends up tasting more like a over spiced, syrupy fruit juice, or it’s been bubbling away for so long that it loses it’s flavour and has no remnants of alcohol in it whatsoever (nightmare). 

That said, there will of course always be a place for this traditional festive winter drink, but in 2016 there is a wonderful selection of new, interesting and equally festive alternatives out there, guaranteed to tickle your guests’ taste buds this Christmas and really get them in the Christmas spirit!

From gorgeous glasses to tempting recipes, here is TOAST’s guide to creating the ultimate stylish festive drinks this season, without a drop of mulled wine in sight.

TOAST'S TOP FESTIVE DRINKS FOR 2016 

Sipsmith's Hot Mulled Sloe Gin

London based trendy craft gin geniuses Sipsmith have come up with a really tasty recipe for hot mulled sloe gin – a stylish and delicious alternative to mulled wine or cider this Christmas. The use of spices gives it a festive touch, the cloudy apple juice gives it a lovely crispness, and the sloe gin adds a delicious kick of berries and booze!

When entertaining you can make up a large batch of mulled apple juice suitable for all ages to enjoy, and just add the sloe gin for grown ups! There is nothing like wrapping your hands (and lips) around a cosy winter warmer on a chilly winters night.

Ingredients:

  • 6 parts good quality cloudy apple juice to ½ part water
  • Spices – Sipsmith recommend 3 large cinnamon sticks, 5 star anise, 5 cardamon pods and 12 cloves, but you can pick and choose from the following; ginger, cinnamon sticks, allspice and cardamom pods)
  • Vanilla pod (cut down the middle)
  • 25ml Sipsmith sloe gin, per glass
  • Half an orange slice, per glass
  • A cinnamon stick, per glass

Method:

Combine the water and apple juice in a saucepan on a low heat and add the spices and vanilla pod. Cover the mixture simmer and let it simmer for about 20-60 minutes. Ladle into a mug, teacup, or Irish coffee mug and add slow gin per glass. Garnish with a half orange slice and/or cinnamon stick. 

Sipsmith

Sipsmith’s mulled sloe gin looks fabulous served in these retro chic Kilner drinking jars; the handle means that hands wont get too hot, and the clear glass will show off the festive orange slice and cinnamon garnish floating inside.

 Kilner

Price £17.99 for 4, www.lakeland.co.uk

Alternatively, these super cute ‘Holiday Icon’ mugs from Anthropolgie will add a cosy nostalgic Christmas twist, or for a more sophisticated look then go for these beautifully understated glass punch cups from LSA.

 Anthropologie Festive Mugs

Price £12 each, www.anthropologie.com or £37 for 4, www.lsa-international.com

Absolut Mistltoe 

Premium vodka Absolut is produced near the small town of Åhus, in southern Sweden. Its main ingredients are water and winter wheat – which differs from other crops as it’s sown in the autumn and grows under the Swedish snow (which means that the use of fertilizers is minimal) before harvested the following year. The water they use comes from a deep well in Åhus, protected from the elements, so it really is a unique and deliciously pure vodka. 

Their fresh and zingy Mistletoe creation is filled with citrus flavours and sharp but sweet (and oh so festive) cranberries, so it’s refreshing and uplifting, making it the perfect welcome drink at your Christmas do, or even on the big day itself! It also looks really Christmassy too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Absolut Vodka
  • 2 Parts Cranberry Juice
  • 1 splash of lime juice
  • Lemonade or lime soda
  • 2 mint leaves
  • Red currants

Method:

Fill a tumbler with ice cubes. Add the Absolut vodka, cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime juice. Top up with lemon-lime soda, and garnish with mint leaf and a few red currants.

Absolut MisletoeFor Mad Men-esque sophistication serve your Mistletoes in these beautiful hand cut crystal tumblers from celebrity chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton’s popular new range Social.

Social By Jason Atherton 

Price £30, for 2 www.johnlewis.com

These elegant gold dipped tumblers from Anthropolgie would also work really well – whether you go for subtly coloured purple, yellow or green glass, they are perfect for stylish festive entertaining;

Anthropologie

Tumblers £18 each, www.anthropologie.com

Why not add these cute retro red or green striped straws for a splash of Chirstmassy candy cane appeal, or go gold for a touch of glamour.

Festive Straws

Straws, £3.25 for pack of 25 www.pipii.co.uk

Lady Tipplesworth's Sloe Mule

Cocktail guru Frankie Snobel (aka Lady Tipplesworth) has a decade of mixology experience working at cocktail bars and events across the globe. Her company Tipplesworth, which creates stylish travelling cocktail cases and kits, is a combination of Frankie’s passion for mixing drinks and a love of mid-century vintage design.

“Christmas is all about relishing the time spent with family and friends and indulging in delicious food and drink.  Great cocktails are a must on my festive menu, and this means premium ingredients mixed with some TLC.  An amazing meal deserves some delightful cocktails served alongside it!” explains Frankie.

“This a festive twist on a retro classic – the Ginger (or Moscow) Mule.  It is deliciously refreshing and filled with zing! Mules are meant to be served in a copper mule cup, but tastes just as fabulous in a glass tumbler if you don’t have one”

Sloe Mule

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Sloe Gin (Sipsmith Sloe Gin is Lady T’s favourite)
  • 12.5ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 2 Drops of Orange Angostura Bitters
  • Top with Fentimans Ginger Beer
  • Lime Wedge

Method:

Fill your mule cup with ice. Pour in sloe gin and lime juice.  Top with ginger beer and stir. Add 2 drops of Orange Angostura Bitters to the top.  Garnish with a wedge of lime. 

Bespoke Barware’s copper mule mugs are ideal for this; choose from a smart, smooth shiny copper or a sparkly hammered effect. For a more rustic look then SPARQ’s distressed, hammered Mule Mug is a must – it has a worn, vintage look and looks beautiful stuffed with fresh mint and lime.

Copper Mule Mugs

Bespoke Barware £15 each www.bespokebarware.com

SPARQ £15 each www.johnlewis.com

SPARQ

For a more contemporary style then check out British Designer Tom Dixon’s stunning sculptural Moscow Mule cocktail glasses. Made from brushed stainless steel, copper plated and lacquered for a durable long lasting finish, they are perfect for making any cocktail look instantly stylish.

Price: £55 for 2, www.tomdixon.net

Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon Set

And of course, Tippleworth’s Ginger Mule Cocktail case is ideal for this too  - it contains everything you need form 2 mule cups and cocktail making kit, to the angostura bitters and ginger beer! Just swap out the standard vodka for sloe and you’re good to go…

 Tipplesworth

Price: £189 www.tipplesworth.com

The Showstopper

OK so this isn’t a cocktail, this is the amazing Coupe Stack!

Everyone loves a glass of fizz at Christmas, and what better way to serve it than in free-flowing, champagne tower form?! The Coupe Stack kit contains 6 unique champagne glasses that stack safely to create a tower – start pouring your champagne in to the top glass and watch it flow and beautifully fill all 6 glasses (1 bottles fills them all).

The kit also comes with champagne napkins and coasters, all presented in a super stylish gift box. Perfect for delighting guests and creating your very own piece of fun and fizzy show stopping party theatre this Christmas!

Coupestack

Price: £70, www.coupestack.com. For more information check out TOAST’s Notebook on the Coupe Stack over on the Edit


And if all this has whet your appetite and left you wanting more then make sure that you check out Lady Tippleworth’s very special recipe for her Dreamy Festive Eggnog, over on The Edit now. 

 

Posted in Inspire Me

by Sophie Farrah
on on 16 December 2016

  cocktails, festive tipples, winter drinks

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