Hot chocolate: TikTok user details 'best' Christmas recipe
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From gingerbread lattes and spicy cocktails, you don’t have to go to a coffee shop or fancy bar to indulge in a Christmas drink. You can easily whip up a festive cocktail or hot drink at home for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Express.co.uk reveals the five best festive drink recipes to make right now, alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Gingerbread hot chocolate
This BBC Good Food recipe serves one and takes just 15 minutes from start to finish.
- 150ml milk (use plant milk if you’re vegan or dairy-free and ditch the cream)
- 50ml double cream
- ¼-½ tsp dark brown soft sugar
- ½ orange, zested
- pinch of ground ginger
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1 clove
- 2 drops of vanilla extract
- 50g dark chocolate, chopped
- whipped cream
- 1 mini gingerbread or speculoos biscuit, crushed
Stir the milk, cream, sugar, orange zest and spices together in a saucepan, then bring to a simmer over low heat. Remove from the heat and pour through a sieve into a jug, discarding the clove and orange zest. Pour the warm infused milk back into the pan and stir in the vanilla and chocolate until the chocolate has melted and is smooth.
Return the pan to low heat to warm through, if needed, then pour into a heatproof mug. Top with whipped cream and crushed gingerbread biscuits, if you like, then serve.
You can’t get more festive than Eggnog, and this BBC Good Food recipe serves 12.
- 6 medium free-range eggs (preferably organic and as fresh as possible), separated
- 150g/5½ oz golden caster sugar
- 500ml/18fl oz whole milk
- 400ml/14fl oz double cream
- 350ml/12fl oz rum, bourbon or a mixture of the two, depending on your preference
- freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl with 100g/3½ oz of the caster sugar until the mixture is pale yellow and thick (this is best done with an electric handheld mixer).
Stir in the milk, double cream, and rum and/or bourbon. You can add a little grated nutmeg as well if you like your nog this way.
Pour the mixture into two 750ml/1½ pint bottles with stoppers and store in the fridge for up to two weeks. (The alcohol will prevent any spoilage of the eggs or cream.)
Place the egg whites in a box and freeze until ready to serve the egg nog.
When ready to serve, defrost the egg whites into a clean metal or glass bowl. Using a handheld electric mixer, whisk the egg whites until foamy and opaque. Add the remaining 50g of sugar and whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed.
Pour the eggnog from the bottles into a large bowl and fold in the egg whites until well combined. Ladle the egg nog into glass tumblers and serve with a little freshly grated nutmeg over the top of each glass.
Vegan eggnog alternatives
Oatly Vanilla flavour oat drink replicates that frothy, creamy texture and flavour without any dairy or egg – and if you are feeling particularly spirited you could add a shot of rum!
Christmas cocktail recipes
Cocktail expert Chris Sanders, at Heartsease Farm has revealed his three favourite Christmas cocktail recipes.
Each recipe serves one and takes five minutes to make.
Merry Berry Christmosas
- 50ml champagne
- 175ml raspberry lemonade
- Dried cranberries for garnish
- Rosemary, for garnish
- Ice cubes
Fill a champagne flute with two to three ice cubes and pour in your desired amount of champagne. We’ve recommended 50ml, which is approximately one shot.
Add in your raspberry lemonade to fill the flute until there is about one inch of room left.
Garnish your cocktail with dried cranberries and a large sprig of rosemary for decoration.
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The Grinch’s Drink
- 120ml lemonade
- 50ml green melon liqueur
- 50ml vodka
- Lemon wedges, for garnish
- Mint leaves, for garnish
- Crushed ice
Fill a martini glass with crushed ice and then pour in your vodka and green melon liqueur.
Top with lemonade to fill the glass until there is about one inch of room left.
Garnish with two lemon wedges, surrounded by a few sprigs of mint leaves for decoration.
Christmas Mule Cocktail
- 45ml pear vodka
- 75ml prosecco
- 80ml fiery ginger beer
- Half a lime, juiced
- Cloves for garnish
- Ice cubes
To make a Christmas mule with a Prosecco twist, fill a serving glass with ice and pour in the pear vodka and prosecco.
Mix in the lime juice before topping the cocktail with fiery ginger beer. Stir and optionally garnish with two to three cloves for a hint of spice.
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