Top 12 Christmas Cocktails

  1. Eggnog is an oldie but goldie! It’s a sweetened dairy-based beverage traditionally concocted with milk and/or cream, sugar and whipped eggs. It tastes great with or without alcohol, which makes it perfect for parties that with drinkers and non-drinkers.
  2. Hot Buttered Rum traditionally associated with the festive season and is for when you need some TLC over the holidays – perfect for small gatherings and parties of two.
  3. Mulled Wine is a wintertime classic – red wine with sugar and all sorts of spices. Perfect for an occasion outside and in the evening for warm bellies.
  4. The Peppermint Stick uses white crème de cacao and peppermint schnapps to get a mint chocolate flavour. Easy to serve one by one or in premixed pitchers. Peppermint creams are also a favourite sweet snack dessert which makes a lovely compliment.
  5. The Christmas Cookie blends the commonly paired Kahlua and Bailey’s with an unexpected shot of peppermint schnapps.
  6. Had enough of the holidays already? Have a Grinch and feel better.
  7. The Santa Shot layers peppermint schnapps, grenadine and green crème de menthe for a beautiful little shot of Christmas spirit.
  8. The Chocolate Raspberry Martini is just what it sounds like. Oh, yes, it is. The classic and fabulous Christmas combination of juicy fruit and chocolate.
  9. The Red Hot Santa Tini uses chili-pepper infused vodka and a rim that’s cocoa powder mixed with cayenne. Not your typical Christmas fare.
  10. Tired of being a grown up? Get a Snowball down you. A blended, creamy drink featuring tequila and cinnamon.
  11. The Poinsettia is very simple: champagne, Cointreau and cranberry juice.
  12. The Candy Cane blends peppermint schnapps with berry vodka and crème de cacao to make a drink that truly passes for dessert.

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Festive Chocolate Orange Brownies with a Kick

Our gift to you…, well, yes we do realise that you have to make them yourself but believe us you will be glad that you did.

Brownies are great at any time, lets face it who doesn’t love a soft gooey melt in the mouth brownie? These mouth watering delights are from a recipe developed in our very own kitchen where they are made regularly to celebrate birthdays in the office. We all love ’em and there is always a bit of a challenge for the last one, you know a bit like in the film Notting Hill with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, they go to his friends for dinner and there is a competition for the last brownie based on who has the best sob story.

Anyway, apologies for the distraction let get back to our brownies, they are a real chocolatey treat and a definite must have indulgence over the Christmas holidays, and to add to the festive spirit we have added some orange liqueur (ho ho, get the pun) to give them a bit of a kick.

Recipe

Festive Chocolate Orange Brownies……… with a Kick!

Ingredients

7 tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
3 eggs
1 tablespoon of orange liqueur
Rind and juice of 1 orange
10 oz caster sugar
6oz plain flour
4 level teaspoons baking powder
3 oz cocoa
pinch of salt
4 oz good quality cooking dark chocolate

Baking tray greased and lined with greaseproof paper

Gas mark 4
180 degrees centigrade
350 fahrenheit

Preparation
Put the vegetable oil, eggs, orange liqueur, sugar, orange rind and orange juice into a bowl.

Prepare all the dry ingredients together into a second bowl.

Break the chocolate into pieces.


Mix together the vegetable oil and wet ingredients.


Sieve the dry ingredients into the mixture and whisk together.


Add the chocolate pieces and mix in.


Pour the mixture into the prepared tray and place in the centre of a preheated oven to bake for 25 minutes.


The Brownie will still be soft in the middle and the surface will be cracked, don’t worry this is exactly how it should be.


Remove from the oven and place the tray on a cooling rack, allow to cool before removing from the tray.

It will sink in the centre as it cools and it is this middle bit that is the gooeyest and the best, you know the bit we all fight over.


You can add a little more liqueur if you like, alternatively if you are making it for the children you may prefer to omit it altogether.

This is our gift to you but if your still trying to find the best gifts this Christmas we have them all, check out our Christmas Present ideas at The Discovery Store