New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) This December, embrace the Christmas spirit and celebrate with an intimate gathering with friends and family. Be it in the cozy comfort of your home or while indulging in midnight revelry, delicious cocktails are the perfect celebratory addition to the festive season.
Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador, Jamie Walker shares his personal favorite cocktails to help you spread the Christmas cheer and compliment the feasting this festive season.
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* Christmas Toddy:. Ideal for reminiscing memories with friends and family, this light and comforting cocktail combines fruity flavors with the gentle, yet rich flavors of the Singleton – a single malt whisky.
Glassware: Coffee Mug
45ml Singleton of Glen Ord 12 year-old
* Salted Caramel Old Fashioned: This quintessential cocktail is specially refashioned to embody the Christmas spirit. The warm flavors of salted caramel blended with the smooth and smoky Talisker whisky gives you the perfect sip for a night spent by the fireplace. With the orange peel fused with the bitters of angostura complimenting the whisky’s creamy smoothness, this drink will surely compliment a cold winter night.
Glassware: Rocks Glass
Method: Add all ingredients to shaker and shake hard with cubed ice. Strain over cubed ice in a highball glass and top with soda water.
Garnish: Lime Wheel
* Yuletide Mule : Spicy and smoky, this rich concoction is perfect for rounding off an evening or toasting in Christmas or New Year. The combination of the full bodied Lagavulin, with its gentle yet strong sweetness, and lemon juice gives you the perfectly balance assemblage of sweet and sour. Best paired with aged blue cheeses, Lagavulin’s mighty flavors are delicious with Gorgonzola, Roquefort or Stilton cheese platters.
Glassware: Highball Glass/Wine Glass
60ml Lagavulin 16 year-old
15ml fresh Ginger Juice
20ml Lemon Juice
15ml Sugar syrup
Top with either soda or hot water depending on your taste
Method: Either shake the first four ingredients and strain over ice into a highball glass and top with soda or add the first four ingredients into a wine glass and top with boiling water.
Expert Tip: This drink can be served cold or warm depending on your taste.
Garnish: Grated Nutmeg