Four cocktails to try out this Christmas

December 10, 2014
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Tis the season to be jolly. We all know jolly means happy and we all know happy means drunk. Tis the season to get proper sloshed. When we think Christmas, we think of over indulging in food, presents, the sun and most importantly alcohol.  As a kid, we thought we were having the most fun getting hyped up on ginger beers and playing murder in the dark, but the truth is, the adults had it right the whole time. Sitting around, drinking and belting out ‘Fairytale of New York’, by The Pogues really is much more fun. We decided to encapsulate the spirit of Christmas within these four cocktails. Shake it, stir it, drink it, enjoy it. Cheers!

The raspberry sunburner

This bad boy is bound to sting you like the sun. After lazing around at the beach all day, you can start to look a little pink. The raspberry sun burner will help to make your tongue match your complexion. Just make sure you’ve had lots of water beforehand. Heat stroke and alcohol can only lead to bad things.

What you’ll need

Four glasses (chill them in the freezer beforehand)
Eight tablespoons of pomegranate juice
Four scoops of raspberry sorbet
Four tablespoons of pomegranate seeds
A bottle of champagne

Add juice and sorbet to the bottom of the glasses. Top with pomegranate seeds and fill the glass with champagne. Have a nice cool shower, coat yourself in aloe vera cream and treat yourself to this delicious and refreshing summer cocktail.

Grandma Dixie’s holiday punch by Sam Bennett

Grandmas are sneaky with their cocktails. They will be clever and disguise the taste of the alcohol with various sweet juices and bubbles, but beware: grandmas know how to party – they’ve been doing it far longer than we have. You’ll be pissed by your second cup and then forced to “come and dance with your Grandma Dixie”. And dance you will.

What you’ll need

A punch bowl
Frozen lemonade (thawed)
Frozen orange juice (thawed)
A large bottle of apricot nectar
Three large bottles of ginger ale
Your choice of fresh fruit for garnish (oranges, strawberries, mint)

Mix them all together and then drown it with vodka. It’s as simple as that. But as your grandma will tell you, you should take pleasure in the simple things in life.

Santa’s little helper

Everyone needs a little helper around Christmas time – whether it’s to help organise Chrissy dinner or to carry the shopping for you. Santa’s little helper will help you get through the stressful aspects of Christmas with ease. For this one, you’ll have to pre-soak some of the ingredients overnight. It might seem a little tedious to do so, but remember, it’s here to help you!

What you’ll need

Two cinnamon sticks
A small handful of cloves
A small handful of fresh cranberries
Bourbon (the good stuff)
Ice
Triple sec
Lemon-lime soda

Soak the cinnamon, cloves and cranberries overnight in the bourbon. The next day, fill a glass with ice and pour three parts of your infused bourbon with one part triple sec. Fill with the soda and add those cranberries on top, they’ve been soaking all night so they’ll have a little kick to them.

The Pavlova gin fizz

“Gin”. Did you hear that? That was the sound of every 30-50 year old female in Australia shuddering with delight at the idea of a post-work-friday-afternoon-the-kids-are-at-a-sleepover-I-really-need -a-drink, G&T.

Gin is the essence of every good cocktail and this one is a great way to celebrate ‘straya in style.

What you’ll need

Ice
A small piece of meringue
Strawberries
Kiwi fruit
Soda water
Lemon
Passion fruit
60ml gin 

Chuck the fruit, ice, gin and meringue into a blender. Blend. Squeeze in some lemon, pour your concoction into a glass and top with soda water for that extra bubbly zing. Garnish your cocktail with passion fruit and bob’s your uncle! (Or Robert’s your mother’s brother, as my super ‘strayan friends would say.)

I hope everyone has a boozy Christmas, I know I will be.

Kate Neilson

Kate Neilson is a second year journalism student at CSU in Bathurst. She likes to unwind with a nice cup of tea and enjoys making lists. She's still figuring out what she wants to be when she grows up.

Image: Arturo Sotillo

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