Christmas Cocktails

Though we know that this Christmas will be different for many of us, like much of this year, we will be relying on the simple pleasures in life to carry us through.

To add a little festive cheer, we have developed some new Christmas Cocktail Recipes, made with our much loved Winter Tea. This sumptuous blend is inspired by cosy nights in front of the fire. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

 

To make these cocktail, you will first need to start by making a syrup with the Winter tea.

(This syrup will work just as well with our new Higgins Christmas Blend Tea, or any of our other seasonal flavoured teas.)

Winter Tea Syrup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of H. R. Higgins Winter Tea

1 cup of water

3/4 cup of unrefined sugar

1 cinnamon stick

 

Method

Add 1 cup of cold water to a small saucepan and bring to the boil.

Once the water is boiling, add 1 tablespoon of Winter Tea to the saucepan and simmer for 3 and a half minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and strain the loose tea. We recommend passing the solution through a strainer or sieve. Return the liquid to the pan and place back on to the heat.

Next, add a cinnamon stick to the pan before slowly adding the sugar. Make sure to continue stirring the solution as you add the sugar.

Continue to stir the mixture, allowing it to simmer until it has reduced to between half to one third of the volume. You should be left with a very sweet syrup with tone of winter spices.

Discard the cinnamon stick and place the syrup in a clean, sterile jar.

The syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 months.

 

Cocktail Recipes

Now you have the syrup, we can move on to the cocktails.

 

Festive Bellini

Add a Higgins twist to this classic cocktail by substituting the fruit juice for our Winter Tea Syrup.

Take a champagne flute and add a splash of syrup to the glass. Top up with your favourite sparkling wine, champagne or prosecco and enjoy. A wonderfully simple festive Bellini.

 

Winter Cocktail

Our Winter cocktail is incredibly simple to make and deliciously moreish. Make for yourself or as a punch.

Take one part of the Winter Tea Syrup, two parts vodka and three parts cream soda and add to a jug. Stir together well and serve over ice. Garnish with star anise and orange for that extra festive flavour and enjoy!

Christmas Cocktail Ideas