Fight away the winter chills, spice up a Christmas drinks party, make the perfect après-ski concoction or whip up a detox cocktail. You will impress anyone with these winter drinks recipes which are both simple and fun to make.
Alps hot chocolate/ Alcoholic’s milkshake
Perfect if you have a sweet tooth, love chocolate and want that après-ski drink, this recipe can be drunk hot or cold.
*1 spoon chocolate syrup – such as nuttella
* 25 ml Baileys
* 25 ml Rum
*75 ml Hot or cold milk depending on whether you want hot chocolate or milkshake
* 20ml Cream
* 1 large spoon Chocolate powder
* Sugar – (apply as sweet you want the drink I advise one spoon of brown sugar)
Shake it all up in a cocktail shaker and pour into a tall glass. You can add chocolate or butterscotch ice cream to the cold milkshake version. Garnish – chocolate around the glass and watch it melt then top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
English After Eight
Perfect as a fourth course at a dinner party
* 50 ml – 50-50 Cream & milk
* 8 Large leaves – Fresh mint leaves
* 45 ml – Tuaca – caramel and vanilla rum
* 25 ml – Chocolate schnapps
* 1 spoon Chocolate Syrup
* 1 large spoon Gomme
Shake hard and double strain into a martini glass garnish with mint leaf and chocolate shavings.
The Green Giant
If you’re run down and feeling groggy, knock yourself up a medicinal cocktail to help fight away those winter germs: The Green Giant (Hot Green Tea cocktail) will warm you up, keep your immune system strong against colds and help speed up your digestion, and made up of chopped fresh ginger, green tea, brandy and honey with fresh lemon, it’s a real winter warmer.
* Green tea bag
* 1.5 average size cup of hot water
* ½ of a lemon sliced
* 1.5 shots of Brandy
* ½ a shot of citron vodka
* 1 large spoon of honey
The advantage of this cocktail is that you can change it to being your own perfect drink, for instance replacing the brandy to gin and the lemon to orange, or adding cinnamon or ginger. This really is open to a wide range of twists. No garnish. Serve in a tea cup
Seven Sisters Detox
When the Christmas season is over and you have drunk so much alcohol that your liver looks like a shrivelled raisin and your energy levels are lacking make the 7 Sisters Detox. This drink will detoxify your liver and immune system, help destroy the toxins in your body and revive your energy levels for the New Year. With no alcohol you can drink it and keep your New Years resolutions and kickstart your day with wholesome ingredients each with their own beneficial properties:
* Fresh lemon juice -3 tablespoon or half a lemon
* Agarve – 2 tablespoon (a healthy alternative to sugar with the same sweetness but almost no calories)
*10 ml ginseng – liquid (a popular Chinese health supplement and energiser)
*1 chopped ginger clove / muddled
*10 ml milk thistle (Helps to repair liver damage)
* 50 ml cranberry juice
* 5 crushed fresh raspberries
Preparation – muddle all the fruits together with the ginger and lemon, add agarve syrup in the mixing shaker then add milk thistle, ginseng and cranberry to ice and shake very vigorously together for at least 20 seconds. Garnish with a raspberry and even some fresh ginger. Serve in a tall glass
Do not drink before bed, preferable drinking time is in the morning – it will give you a buzz!
These cocktails are the creation of master cocktail maker Christian Ozzati. You can have the drinks made for you at Juju’s Bar on the Kings Road: JUJU 316 – 318 King’s Road, Chelsea, London; 020 7351 5998; www. jujulondon.com.
From January JuJu will be hosting seasonally themed cocktail lessons; chocolate cocktails around Easter, and floral cocktails in May for the Chelsea Flower Show.