CHRISTMAS EVE DRINKS

Champagne Parfait Cocktail
This champagne parfait cocktail is a wonderfully bubbly, light and festive drink that is perfect for toasting at Christmas Eve dinner. Take your favorite champagne (or any sparkling wine, Prosecco, Brut…really anything with bubbles!), with a little bit of gin, your favorite fruit liqueurs and fresh berries to create a beautiful drink. The different berries (like cranberries or blackberries) will float at different levels, creating that classic parfait look.

La Vie En Rouge
La Vie En Rouge (“Life in Red”) mixes Grand Marnier, fresh cranberry juice (use the real stuff so it’s not too sugary!) and fresh rosemary for a wonderfully fragrant Christmas Eve cocktail. It is a very simple cocktail to make, making it perfect for a big party, but it’s bright flavor makes for a great after-dinner drink. Float a few real cranberries in the glass for an even more festive look.

Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate (for adults)
Are you the kind of person that loves to have a coffee after dinner? Well this recipe mixes coffee, chocolate and liquor–so how can you go wrong?! You can obviously make the coffee flavor stronger or weaker to suit your tastes (or use decaf so you aren’t up too late), or even add a little cream to the mix to create an even smoother and silkier finished cup.

Holiday Sparkler
Don’t want to spend your night mixing individual drinks? Then go for a punch bowl of the Holiday Sparkler! With Cava, fresh mint, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice, it’s a bright and festive Christmas Eve drink you can make the day before your party to let the flavors really develop. The Holiday Sparkler also makes for a great substitute for mimosas during Christmas Day brunch.

Mulled Wine
Also known as Glogg or gluwein, this spicy hot wine drink is perfect on a good Christmas Eve. All you really need is your favorite (and cheap!) dry red wine, Port wine, Grand Marnier, and a whole bunch of oranges and some cinnamon sticks! You can cook it up on the stove, or even make it in a Crockpot so you can keep it warm throughout the evening and ladle out glasses as needed!

Mistletoe Martini
The Mistletoe Martini is a mix of chilled cranberry tea (pick your favorite brand!, orange and lemon juices and vodka. A little bit of sugar cuts through the tart flavors for a bright and tasty Christmas Eve cocktail.

Eggnog
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a cool and creamy glass of eggnog. You can buy the eggnog from the store (or make it yourself if you’re feeling extra fancy!) With bourbon (and spice rum if you like) this smooth Christmas Eve drink is a classic for a good reason, it’s delicious!

SPICED APPLE TEA

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 3 cups water
  • 5 tea bags
  • Additional cinnamon sticks (3 inches), optional

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the apple juice, cloves and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from the heat; add tea bags. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Strain juice mixture, discarding cloves and cinnamon. Stir into tea. Serve warm, with additional cinnamon sticks if desired.
Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 47 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

WINTER COCKTAIL: ESPRESSO GINGERBREAD MARTINI

This velvety smooth, espresso and gingerbread cocktail is the perfect warmer for chilly days – or as a cheeky, alcoholic alternative to pudding. Sit back and let the bartender do the work at Brighton’s award-winning Pintxo People (pintxopeople.co.uk), and Pinchito Tapas in east London (pinchito.co.uk), or mix one up in a matter of minutes at home

Ingredients:

  • Ketel One vodka 50ml
  • espresso coffee 25ml, chilled
  • gingerbread syrup 15ml, available from drinkon.com
  • coffee beans 3

Method:

  • STEP 1

  • Rim a chilled martini glass with cinnamon and sugar.

  • Shake all the liquid ingredients together with some ice and strain into the glass. add the coffee beans and serve.

HOT MULLED CIDER

Method

To make enough to serve 4, pour 1 litre still cider into a saucepan and add a glass of good apple juice if you like.

Add 6 cloves and 4 cinnamon sticks, cover and bring slowly to the boil.

As soon as it starts to simmer turn off the heat and add 200ml sloe gin (optional, but highly recommended) and 1 or 2 sliced oranges.

Taste, and add a little honey or sugar if you want.

Serve straight away… by a log fire.

Ingredients

  • 1 litre still cider
  • 1 glass of good apple juice
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 200ml sloe gin
  • 1 or 2 sliced oranges
  • honey or sugar to taste
  • 1 log fire

SNAKEBITE AND BLACK

Snakebite and black, diesel or any other term people have for it is sold (to my knowledge) in most student unions. I can even testify that we sell it in the local pub that i work in. So why is it that some Pubs and Bars in the UK refuse to sell it?

Some say it is illigal to mix 2 drinks together, but if that was true wouldn’t drinks like black velvet and mother-in-law be banned also.

I personally am of the belief that the bar staff find it a pain in the ass to be constantly scrubbing purple puke off the floors and upholstery as it stains something fierce!

But i have heard from various places that it is a well known catalyst for fights and such. Allegedly it makes people drunker quicker and also makes them violent but if that was the case then, down at our union it is litrally drunk by the bucket load (i mean everyone drinks it) , why isn’t there carnage in the bar?

I have also heard that when the beer and cider are mixed that the two fuse together to create some kind of uber-pint that has a percentage of like 20%. This i find kinda ridiculas, however in a wierd mixed up way it could be possible why some bar tender say “it’s not ethical to serve that drink here”.

There must be some clear cut answer here if any one knows it or has a good thoery why then please enligten us, because i find this very entruging.

oh and btw Snakey B is the ****est name i have ever heard it being called – sound like it should be served in a school canteen.

VODKA PARTY PUNCH

With only 4 ingredients this easy cocktail is going to be the hit of your next party!

Heading into spring and summer we need lots of punch recipes for parties and this one is perfect. Whether you’re celebrating Easter, Mother’s Day, heading to a Memorial Day BBQ or 4th of July gathering or just a pool party, punch is great because it serves a crowd.

You just need these easy ingredients that you probably already have:

  • Vodka
  • Orange Juice
  • Pineapple Juice (get the can, it tastes better)
  • Lemon-lime soda (use diet if you want or regular, any brand)

Another thing I love about making party punch is that you can adjust the recipe to fit your needs.

If you think my vodka punch ratio is too strong, add more juice. If you think it’s too weak, add more vodka. Punch is where you can kind of be a mad scientist and it’s not going to kill the recipe.

The kind of vodka you use in party punch does matter.

I know that people might think that, because it’s punch and not a shot, that you can just use cheap vodka, but that’s not really the case. As I’ve aged I’ve realized that buying better brands of liquor is like buying that mid-range wine: it just tastes better and gives you less after effect.

Be sure to use a vodka you like to drink straight or mixed with plain soda. My favorite is Tito’s but I also recommend Skky or Kettle One or Smirnoff.

How long does vodka party punch last?

The soda will get flat after a day or so unless you put this in a sealed container. If you want to use it for a few days or make it ahead, mix the juices and vodka and then add the soda right before serving.

IRISH COFFEE

When it comes to coffee drinks, there’s nothing more quintessentially Irish than adding in a little drop of Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition to make a cold winter evening more enjoyable. Whether you’re looking for something tasty on such an occasion or a special St. Patrick’s Day cocktail to celebrate our national day, an Irish coffee is just the brew for you. 

  • Dark Roast Coffee
  • Demerara Syrup 
  • Jameson Caskmates Stout 
  • Nutmeg
  • 75ml Dark Roast Coffee
  • 25ml 2:1 Demerara Syrup 
  • 40ml Jameson Caskmates Stout 
  • Grated Nutmeg

FRIDAY PINTS

There are heaps of studies out there which suggest the benefits of drinking with colleagues. Not only has it been proven to increase workplace efficiency, there is evidence that moderate drinking with colleagues can increase staff engagement, workplace cohesion, and reduce the prevalence of today’s ‘silent killers’ of stress and anxiety.

 
In fact, a study published in 2012 found that those with a blood alcohol concentration of the equivalent of just over a pint and a half solved problems more creatively than those who hadn’t drunk at all – so not only will having an after-work bevvy help boost company morale, it’ll also spur on more “eureka” moments.

 

 
Where We Come In…

 
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“The Brewgooder Office Beer Club ticks all the boxes for us. It is a great way to engage, motivate and reward our team on a Friday, while allowing us to share in a much bigger impact as part of a community of like-minded companies across the UK”. – Shane Corstorphine, VP Growth, Skyscanner 


“Working with Brewgooder has made our Friday “beer o’clock” a little bit more special: not just a time to celebrate a week of hard work but also to celebrate helping such a superb cause”. – Alan Duncan, Marketing Director (Europe), Trust Pilot

“It’s the only beer we’ve found with a great commitment to sustainability and community, and it’s great to keep it in the b-corp family”.Will Jones, Office Superman, Innocent Drinks.

 
So there you have it, drinking beer at work can strengthen company culture, increase productivity, and reduce stress all whilst helping to end water poverty… a win-win if you ask us. 

AUTUMN GIN

Apple & Gin Autumn Cocktail

You guys, this drink is THE perfect autumn sipper and it would be a fabulous addition to your Thanksgiving celebration.  I mean, it’s just not a party without a cocktail or two.

Am I right or am I right?

Tart, slightly sweet, and impossibly smooth with a fruity apple forward taste, hints of warm cinnamon spice and a touch of herbaceous thyme, this gin cocktail isn’t just easy on the eyes, it is also downright DELISH.

Filled to the brim with cozy, warm, fall flavors (and booze), this cocktail just might rival your dessert.

Notes, Tips & Tricks for the best Apple & Gin Autumn Cocktail recipe:

  1. Always make your cocktails to taste!  The measurements in the recipe below are just my recommendations.  You should use the recipe as a guideline and not a rule book.  If you like a stiffer drink, use more gin.  If you really love cinnamon, add more than a dash.  Do you!
  2. You can make the honey simple syrup one of two ways.  The quick way: mix the honey and water in a mason jar, or a container with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously until the honey dissolves.  You just need to make sure the water you are using is HOT.  The slower way: combine the honey and water in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer.  Stir until the honey dissolves.  Both methods end up with the same result – honey simple syrup.
  3. I used fresh apple cider in the recipe below, but you can use hard apple cider if you really want to get the party started.  😉
  4. You can easily triple or quadruple (or more) this recipe if serving a crowd.  This cocktail would look really pretty in a pitcher with the apple and thyme garnishes.  Or you could serve it party punch style in a big ‘ole bowl!  It would be the perfect party bowl cocktail!

HOT CIDER

How enticing is a steamy, spicy hot cup on Bonfire Night to warm the soul (and the fingers)? 

Mulled wine is too Christmassy, so I prefer to brew up something more autumnal on  5 November, and throughout the winter months too.

Make the base an apple one instead, using decent cider and apple brandy  at the core (sorry). I use medium (not bone-dry) cider in a hot punch – it tastes softer and juicier. Use a good-quality, glass-bottled one, such as those below.

Method

For four drinks, gently warm up a litre or so of cider in a large pan with just two or three cloves, two cinnamon sticks broken in half, some slices of ripe orange, and of fresh green and red apples,  and a good dash – about 100ml – of Calvados/apple brandy.

To sweeten the mix, dollop in some honey, sieved marmalade or (and this is good) the sticky, peppery syrup from a jar of stem ginger.

Bring to just below simmering point, but don’t boil or all the alcohol will whoosh off into the night like a rocket.

Serve in thick glass tumblers if you have them.