The Christmas cookies are baked, the present lists are made and checked twice, the holiday party preparations are well on their way… what could you possibly have forgotten? I’ll tell you what. Your signature festive cocktail, of course! This one comes with homemade Christmas spiced rum, which you can also give away as a gift (if you can bear to share), as well as homemade gingerbread syrup. Oh, and it tastes a-ma-zing!!
Gingerbread Syrup Ingredients:
- 5 1/2 ounces Demerara sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3-4 whole cloves
- 3 star anise
- 1 large orange peel
- 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
- pinch ground cloves
- Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes until the syrup is reduced. Cool in the pot.
- Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve into a jar. Cool and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. You can use it to flavor your festive coffee, as well as your cocktails!
Spiced Christmas Rum Ingredients:
- 1 large bottle dark rum
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup sultanas
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 star anise
- small clementine, sliced thinly
- orange and lemon peel strips
- 1 large jar
- Put all the ingredients in a large jar.
- Keep in the fridge for at least two days before using. After two days you can strain the rum and use it in cocktails.
Spiced Winter Mojito Ingredients:
- 4 measures Christmas Rum
- 2 measures homemade gingerbread syrup (or more, to taste)
- juice of two limes
- 20 mint leaves
- ginger beer to top up
- fresh cranberries and mint to garnish
- crushed ice to serve
- Put the rum, gingerbread syrup, lime juice and mint leaves in a large glass or jar.
- Muddle the leaves to release the lovely mint oils — you just need to bruise the leaves.
- Divide the cocktail between two highball glasses filled with lots of crushed ice.
- Top with chilled ginger beer and stir. Taste and adjust the sweetness if needed.
- Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and a couple of cranberries threaded onto a cocktail stick.
Put the rum, gingerbread syrup, lime juice and mint leaves in a large glass or jar.
Muddle the leaves to release the lovely mint oils — you just need to bruise the leaves.
Divide the cocktail between two highball glasses filled with lots of crushed ice.
Top with chilled ginger beer and stir. Taste and adjust the sweetness if needed.
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