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5 Mistletoe Cocktails That Are Made For Christmas

Mistletoe cocktails

Ah, Christmas that enchanting time of year when old traditions mingle with the world in a harmonious celebration. Among these cherished traditions mistletoe holds a place. This evergreen plant, adorned with its berries and vibrant green leaves symbolizes not only love and goodwill but also serves as inspiration, for mixologists during the holiday season. The unique and slightly earthy flavour of mistletoe coupled with its aroma sparks the creation of a selection of cocktails that truly capture the essence of Christmas.
 
Our curated list features five mistletoe cocktails that expertly blend this plant with spirits, like gin, vodka, tequila and whisky. Join me on this journey as we explore these tantalising concoctions, each paired with an appetizer to elevate your Christmas celebrations.
 

The Mistletoe Martini

Imagine a timeless martini infused with a twist. The Mistletoe Martini combines gin and vermouth, is completed with a touch of mistletoe essence.

The Mistletoe Martini
Ingredients:

- 45 ml of Tanqueray Gin
- 15 ml of Dry Vermouth
- 10 ml of Mistletoe Syrup
- Ice Cubes
- A sprig of Mistletoe for garnish

Method:

1. Combine the gin, vermouth and mistletoe syrup in a mixing glass.
2. Add ice and stir until its nicely chilled.
3. Strain the mixture into a frosty martini glass.
4. Finally garnish with a sprig of mistletoe.
 
- Serving Suggestion: This cocktail pairs wonderfully with smoked salmon canapés for a treat.

Snowy Mistletoe

A vodka-based cocktail that offers a blend of creamy and crisp flavours perfect for snowy Christmas Eve.

Ingredients:

- 40 ml of Smirnoff Vodka
- 20 ml of White Chocolate Liqueur
- 10 ml of Mistletoe Extract
- Crushed Ice
- White Chocolate Shavings for garnish

Method:

1.  Shake together the vodka, white chocolate liqueur and mistletoe extract with crushed ice in a shaker until frothy.
2.  Strain the mixture, into a cocktail glass.
3. Top it off with some chocolate shavings.
 
- Serving Suggestion: For added festivity serve this cocktail alongside gingerbread cookies.
 

Mistletoe Margarita

This delightful concoction is a mix of tequila, tangy flavours and a touch of sweetness all enhanced with the essence of mistletoe, for that Christmas taste.

Mistletoe Margarita
Ingredients:

- 45 ml Don Julio Tequila
- 15 ml Triple Sec
- 30 ml Lime Juice
- 10 ml Mistletoe Syrup
- Salt for rimming the glass
- Lime wheel for garnish

Method:

1. Rim the glass with salt.
2. In a shaker filled with ice combine tequila, sec, lime juice and mistletoe syrup.
3. Shake vigorously. Strain into the salt rimmed glass.
4. Garnish with a lime wheel.
 
- Serving suggestion: This drink pairs wonderfully with grilled prawns, for a combination.
 

Whisky Wonderland

Experience the heart-warming delight of a cocktail featuring Johnnie Walker, perfectly capturing the essence of Christmas with a touch of enchanting mistletoe.

Ingredients:

- 45 ml Johnnie Walker Whisky
- 15 ml Maple Syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Mistletoe Infused Water
- Orange Twist for Garnish

Method:

1. In a mixing glass combine the whisky, maple syrup, bitters and a splash of mistletoe infused water.
2. Add ice and gently stir until nicely chilled.
3. Pour into a glass.
4. Garnish with an orange twist.
 
Serving Suggestion: Pair this concoction with a slice of fruitcake for a traditional Christmas experience.

Frosty Mistletoe Fizz

Indulge in the refreshment of this gin based cocktail that embodies the hearted and playful spirit of Christmas.

Frosty Mistletoe Fizz
Ingredients:

- 40 ml Gordons Gin
- 20 ml Lemon Juice
- 10 ml Simple Syrup
- Soda Water
- Mistletoe Ice Cubes (frozen mistletoe leaves in ice)
- Lemon Twist for Garnish

Method:

1. Gently strain the cocktail into a highball glass filled with ice cubes made from mistletoe.
2. Add soda water to fill up the glass.
3. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
 
Serving suggestion: These cocktails pair perfectly with airy cheese puffs.
 
During the holiday season when the Christmas bells chime these mistletoe cocktails not bring joy but a touch of enchantment. With every sip they serve as a reminder of the magic and delight that fills this time of year. Each moment becomes a celebration embracing the spirit of life and love, beneath the mistletoe.

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