History of alcoholic and non-alcoholiccocktails x is over one hundred years. During this time, the mixed drinks have become a constant component of any celebration and traditional decoration of the table. In a separate group is to provide Christmas cocktails with bright flavors and create a festive and slightly mystical atmosphere of expectation is the most important day of the year.
The new year is great, but with a Christmas cocktail on the beach — just a fairy tale
A significant part of the classic mixed drinks prepared on the basis of strong alcohol. Included in their composition additional ingredients significantly mitigate the degree of the main component, give it a more sophisticated taste and aroma. It should be remembered that rum, vodka or gin perfectly with tart fruit juices, coffee, cream and milk. Consider the traditional recipes of alcoholic cocktails as an aperitif before the meal.
To prepare one serving of the drink you need:
- 40 ml dark rum;
- 20 dry Martini;
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice (you can substitute syrup).
All components are intensively mixed in a shaker. Serve with ice in tall glass glasses, the edges of which are encouraged to decorate cooked with his own hands “snow frost”. To do this:
- Carefully wipe the rim inside and outside with lemon juice, avoiding its spreading. You can use a piece of peel.
- Pour into a saucer of 30-40 g fine crystal sugar, spreading it evenly over the entire surface of the bottom.
- Turn the glass upside down and careful circular movements and immersed in a layer of sugar, achieving a homogeneous “snow” brown.
Part of the aperitif is composed of the following ingredients:
- 40 ml gin;
- 10 ml orange liqueur “Curacao”;
- the juice of one orange and half lemon;
- lemon zest;
- crystal sugar;
- a sprig of rosemary for decoration.
Combine all wet ingredients. Lemon zest to RUB on a fine grater, mix with crystal sugar and decorate the resulting “snow” on top of the glasses. Fill container one quarter with crushed ice, pour the drink and put in the center a small sprig of rosemary.
The main representative of the classic cocktails with vodka is perfect for celebrating the New year:
- 100 ml of vodka;
- 200 ml of clarified Apple juice;
- 2 tablespoons Campari;
- 2 tablespoons of liqueur “Cointreau”.
Mix all ingredients in a shaker. Serve with lots of ice in tall glasses, decorated with icing sugar and half the strawberries.
Warm warming drink perfect for the holiday table and will be a great alternative to the traditional mulled wine:
- To 200 ml drinking water;
- 50 ml whiskey;
- one round slice of lemon;
- honey, cinnamon, cloves, anise to taste.
Water to heat, but not boil, fill a glass (“highball” or “old fashion”). Add whiskey, lemon, honey and spices before serving, let stand for several minutes.
New year’s champagne cocktails
Those who do not want to change the Christmas traditions, you can diversify the holiday table with cocktails based on sparkling wines. For their preparation it is recommended to take the classic dry or semi-dry champagne without dyes, flavorings and other additives. Fizzy mixed drinks are often served at the end of the meal as a digestif, as a means to improve digestion. According to the latest fashion trends, sparkling cocktails for New year 2018 should have a rich red color, symbolizing fire, love and new life.
The Santa Claus Hat
Original a digestive red color with a cap of foam reminiscent of a traditional Christmas hat decorated with white fur. One bottle of champagne will need a can of canned cherries, one medium size lemon and a few sprigs of rosemary.
Cherry juice carefully squeeze, add the rosemary whole for 5-10 minutes to warm up on slow fire, without boiling. The cooled liquid, strain and pour 2-3 tablespoons in each glass. Pour cold champagne and squeeze a few drops of lemon juice. Garnish with rosemary or canned cherry, serve immediately.
Exquisite Kir Royale — the perfect form and perfection of taste
100 ml sparkling drink should take 20 ml of any liqueur of black currant. Components of the mix directly in the glasses, each adding one or two fresh or frozen berries. For these purposes, best suited BlackBerry, raspberry or currant.
Kir Royale and other cocktails with champagne, should be served in tall and narrow glasses for long and uniform release of bubbles of gas. Edge glass containers can be decorated with sugar or melted chocolate.
The original drink is a cross between the classic digestif and dessert alcoholic:
- 50 ml Brut;
- 100 g of natural butter ice cream without additives;
- 30-40 g of fresh strawberries;
- a sprig of mint.
The drink is recommended to serve in cups, small glasses or glass “Irish coffee”. Chop the mint leaves, strawberries, remove the sepals and cut into four parts. In the tank to flow gently to mix the cream, mint and strawberries, gently pour the champagne. Dessert is usually drunk through a straw or use a teaspoon.
Important! For drinks, champagne is not allowed to be shaken to avoid the formation of large amount of foam, so the ingredients are always combined directly in the glass.
Recipes non-alcoholic cocktails at the festive table for children and adults
Among fans of a healthy lifestyle are gaining more popularity the so-called mocktails are mixed drinks, not containing alcohol. As a basis usually use different syrups, juices, milk, coffee or soda. Non-alcoholic Christmas cocktails will appeal to gourmets of all ages.
To prepare one serving you will need:
- 120-150 ml of water without gas;
- 40 g fresh raspberries;
- 2 tablespoons liquid honey;
- 1 teaspoon of sugar;
- lemon peel for decoration.
Thoroughly crush raspberries with sugar, add honey and water, heat on a slow fire, without boiling. Warm mixture to serve in a glass “Irish coffee”, with a garnish of lemon zest and skewered on a wooden skewer 3-5 whole raspberries.
The drink will be appreciated by fans of the classic combination of coffee and citrus:
- 110 ml fresh grapefruit juice;
- 50 ml espresso;
- 30-40 ml of the prepared sugar syrup;
- one whole grapefruit.
A tall glass or a cocktail to fill the ramekin up to the top of large chunks of ice, pour in sugar syrup, coffee and juice. Gently stir ingredients long cocktail spoon, decorate the edge of the glass a large slice of grapefruit peel in it.
Refreshing non-alcoholic cocktails for a perfect end to a Christmas feast. To prepare one liter of drink you need:
- 500 ml soda water;
- 200 ml pineapple juice (with pulp);
- 50 ml coconut syrup;
- 200 g banana pulp;
- 50 g of red grapes.
Pitcher to fill 450-500 g of ice cubes at two thirds volume. In a blender mix banana, coconut syrup and juice, pour into a pitcher. Last add soda, stir with a cocktail spoon and garnish with grapes.
New year’s eve cocktails for kids
No Christmas feast is not complete without the youngest members of the family. Let’s try to make children’s cocktails based on milk products and fruit juices.
Bananas in the snow
Two large ripe banana clean, slightly mash them with a fork and mix in blender with 200ml of skim milk and 400 g of creamy ice cream. The resulting homogeneous frothy pour into glasses and decorate with a few slices of banana. Serve with a straw or a long dessert spoon.
One portion will need:
- 4 large apricots (you can substitute homemade of canned);
- 100 ml of milk;
- 100 ml natural yoghurt without additives;
- 30-40 ml apricot juice with pulp;
- a few drops of lemon juice.
Blend apricots until smooth, mix with the other components. Serve in a Cup or small glass, garnished with a slice of apricot.
Traditional Cuban cocktail can be adapted for children’s menu:
- 2 liters sparkling water or sprite;
- 3 lime;
- the pulp of one orange or grapefruit;
- bunch fresh mint;
- sugar to taste.
Everyone should have their holiday, and something to celebrate!
Limes cut into 6-8 slices, citrus slightly to stretch. Fill a glass pitcher of crushed ice, to enter the sugar. Add the remaining ingredients and leave for 1-2 hours to infuse in the fridge. Serve in tall glasses with a straw.
For younger children, lime and citrus it is recommended to replace the crushed kiwi. Cool drink with ice in this case is not necessary.
New year’s feast, complemented by delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails will be remembered by all participants. The main thing is to observe a measure and to use for drinks only quality ingredients.