With chilly mornings and dark nights approaching, it’ll soon be time to pour away your spritz coolers and reach for your winter warmers. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect beverage to brighten your evenings, you’re in luck. Dimitri Marqueteau, Manager of Bohemia Bar & Restaurant in Jersey, has kindly prepared a seasonal drinking guide to quench your thirst. Read on to reveal five top tips for creating the ultimate alcoholic beverages at home, featuring a winter-friendly twist.
PICK UP A POMEGRANATE
Pomegranate is a key ingredient to consider when preparing winter cocktails due to its ruby-red colouring and sweet flavour. Try making Pomegranate Mimosas, using two parts pomegranate juice to one part orange juice. Then, add an orange-flavoured liqueur (preferably Cointreau) followed by well-chilled Cava.
SANGRIA SEAON – NOT JUST FOR SUMMER
Contrary to popular belief – Sangria season isn’t over. The refreshing drink might be perfect for seaside-sipping in summer, but there’s no reason why it can’t be enjoyed throughout the year. After all, the heated variety is just as tasty. Neatly slice oranges and add them to a pitcher of red wine, then bring the liquid to the boil along with orange juice and sugar. Excelente!
GROWN UP HOT CHOC
For those with a sweet tooth, this indulgent drink offers a sophisticated twist on the simple hot chocolate. Kahlua works well with most good quality hot chocolate powders when combined with milk and topped with whipped cream.
CLASSIC WINTER COMBINATIONS
Classic winter flavours of cranberry and cinnamon complement each other wonderfully. Add fresh cranberries and two cinnamon sticks to a glass of bourbon or whiskey, followed by a touch of lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice and sugar to sweeten. Top up with water to lessen the strength of the liquor.
If mornings = tea & biscuits, then evenings = cocktails & gingerbread. Gingerbread makes for a fabulous and playful addition to a warm winter cocktail. Whether you’re enjoying a warm glass of Baileys or a warm mug of Kahlua Hot Chocolate, a crunchy gingerbread biscuit is guaranteed to add a touch of festive magic to your drink.