Add festive flair with Christmas cocktails!
Let’s face it, who doesn’t love a delicious cocktail?
It’s that time of year when we’re all busy getting ready for Christmas, hosting or attending a multitude of end-of-year functions and wondering how the silly season came around so quickly! Hosting or planning events for home, work or school can be really stressful, but we have a few ideas that will add a fantastically festive touch to your event, without taking a lot of time to prepare.
This classic Christmas cocktail is inspired by our native Pohutakawas, which make our coast look so festive when they come into bloom!
750ml bottle of Prosecco
180mls of vodka
180mls of cranberry juice
Serve chilled in champagne flutes with a twist of orange peel. Use a potato peeler to get a lovely wide, but thin slice, and if you’re feeling adventurous, char the peel slightly with a chef’s torch for a delicious bitter orange aroma and taste!
This non-alcoholic punch is great for the kids, the sober drivers and anyone else who prefers not to drink alcohol. It looks amazing in a glass dispenser and served in cocktail glasses or tumblers. A couple of days before your event, make some ice cubes with whole pomegranate seeds in them.
On the day, mix together:
2l of orange juice
1l of gingerale
1l of lemonade
Add orange slices, fresh mint and the pomegranate ice cubes for a dash of texture and colour. If you like pomegranate juice, try replacing half the gingerale with it. Sarah, the owner of Hibiscus Coast Party Hire, advises it’s an acquired taste, but she highly recommends it!
You’ve probably seen the grazing table phenomena all over Pinterest and Instagram. Making up platters means you can tap into this trend but it’s much easier to prep ahead of time, store and transport. Think Christmas colours and load up your platter with gorgeous reds and greens. Include grapes, strawberries, prosciutto, salamis, cheeses, crackers and of course nuts; they not only taste yummy but look so festive!