With just one sip, these coffee cocktails, brought to you by De'Longhi, will turn your festive spirit dial up to the max!
Close your eyes and think of these aromas, flavours and tastes and tell us that they don’t immediately make you feel like you are in your comfy place at Christmas surrounded by all the festive things you love?
Here’s a list of ingredients we feel are quintessentially Christmassy:
It’s a spice that is the dried inner bark of evergreen trees that are in the laurel family, of which there are three types and the one mainly used in Europe is Ceylon cinnamon. Used widely in festive baking, the smell alone will make you hear sleigh bells ring! And the sticks make great additions to short cocktails!
The unique fragrance and flavour of ginger comes from its oil. It has amazing health benefits and is often used in drinks to combat colds. In cocktails, however, it takes on a completely different use, adding zinginess when combined with citrus, fantastic smoky flavours when burned and richness when candied.
Perhaps not an obvious festive flavour, but mint has been used in Christmas recipes for decades, in particular with cocoa for desserts.
Orange is probably the most commonly used citrus at Christmas, but citrus, in general, is used in so much baking, including the peels. Lest we forget candied orange peels dipped in chocolate?!
Almond / Hazelnut / Chestnut
All the nuts! We’ve grouped these together for obvious reasons, but each one has its own individual flavour and uses in festive cooking and drinks. Chestnuts weren’t as popular in Ireland previously, but now you can find them in every shop and even, roasting on an open fire...
Sage / Rosemary
These seasonal herbs surely make Christmas Day dinner more enjoyable. The addition of rosemary with turkey or both herbs inclusion in a variety of stuffings sum up the flavours that make us nostalgic for this giant meal every year. In cocktails they take on a new life, adding a herbal freshness to liquors and citrus that bring the taste of Christmas alive in a drink!
Mulled wine just wouldn’t happen without this great festive spice. It is derived from the dried, unripe berries of the pimento tree. It has the flavours of many different spices including cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper.
We are not suggesting that drinking brandy is something that makes us reminisce about Christmas, but it is used to soak dried fruit and marry flavours together for the traditional cakes and puddings that we all know and love. Imagine creating these flavours in a cocktail? Delicious!
Cream / Butter
We have such a high quality of dairy in Ireland and used in cooking it adds richness, creaminess, and velvety tones to so many dishes. Whether you use these ingredients in sweet or savoury, they are always a brilliant addition.
We all love tucking into a box of Quality Street or Roses, but as an ingredient in desserts and cocktails, chocolate or cocoa adds a delicious depth to flavours and can be used for bitterness as well as sweet.
Much like cinnamon, cloves are synonymous with its health benefits and is a recognisably strong flavour. Used to bring out flavours in your cooked ham or as a sharpness to a hot whiskey, we think cloves can be an exciting flavour in cocktails too.
Here are some recipes for cocktails that use some of the ingredients in our list and that we feel a few sips will immediately make you feel like you’ve tasted Christmas itself!
Coffee Cherry Tea
A version of cascara tea, made with muddled cherries, lemon and orange peel.
3 cherries (normally made with dried cherries)
1 lemon peel
1 orange peel
40ml Cascara Tea
15ml Sugar Syrup (to taste)
- Steep cherries, lemon peel and orange peel in the water in a saucepan for 10 minutes on a low simmer and allow to cool.
- Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake for a few minutes.
- To serve: Add ice to a glass, a single large cube looks great! Strain the mixture into glass.
- To garnish: Add a slice of orange.
Here is a video of how to make this lush cocktail:
This drink will take you right back to your childhood on a cold Christmas morning when you smashed open a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and nibbled away on its distinctive flavour.
25ml Espresso coffee
15ml Triple Sec
25ml lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup (to taste)
1 tsp chocolate powder (heaped)
- Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass
- Glass: Coupe Ice:
- To garnish: Rim the glass with chocolate, as pictured.
Here is a video of how to make this divinely good cocktail:
Black Forest Coffee Brandy
This cocktail is a black forest gateau in a glass!
25ml Cherry Brandy
25ml Whole Milk
1 tsp Hazelnut Spread
- Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cognac glass.
- To garnish: Whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.
Here's a video of how to make this delish cocktail:
Pumpkin Spiced Latte
A sweet and seasonal latte with homemade pumpkin syrup should help everyone get in the Halloween mood.
40ml Spiced Rum
25ml Pumpkin Syrup (Add pumpkin puree to sugar syrup)
50ml Whole Milk
2 drops Vanilla extract
- Warm the milk in a saucepan over a medium heat until simmering and take off heat.
- Mix all ingredients, top with cream and dust with cinnamon.
- Glass: Latté glass
- Ice: None
- To garnish: Dusting of cinnamon.
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