Looking for the perfect Christmas cocktail to get you through this festive season? Check this exclusive Avant Homes original - a gin, orange and mulled cranberry juice winter warmer!
Usually served hot inside a mug, we are switching things up with a chilled gin, orange and mulled cranberry twist on a Christmas favourite that you can make easily from the comfort of your own home.
I will take you step by step on everything from making your own mulled cranberry juice (perfect for a non-alcoholic mulled wine alternative) to mixing up your easy Christmas tipple.
Here’s how to make the Avant Christmas Cocktail!
- 40ml Gin
- 20ml Blue curacao
- Juice from half a lime
- Mulled cranberry juice see recipe below
- First make the mulled cranberry juice see recipe below
- Fill a tall glass with ice
- Pour all ingredients straight into your glass over ice.
- Give a light stir to combine.
- Garnish with a clove spiked orange peel and mini rosemary Christmas tree see below
How to make the mulled cranberry juice
- 1ltr Cranberry juice
- 4 Star anise
- 3 Clove
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 2 Sprigs of rosemary
- 3 Orange peels
- Put everything apart from the rosemary in a saucepan and slowly heat until just before boiling
- Cover with a lid and bring the heat down to low. Simmer for 15 minutes
- Add your rosemary sprigs and take off the heat, allow to sit infusing for 30 minutes
- Strain out the mixture and refrigerate. Will keep for up to a week.
If you fancy yourself a non-alcoholic mulled wine substitute this cranberry works perfectly. Just stick on the hob and heat till your preferred drinking temperature, serve in heatproof glasses and you’re good to go!
How to make the garnish
- Orange peels
- Granulated sugar
For the spiked orange peels: Cut the sides of your orange peel to make it neat then spike a line of cloves lengthwise through the peel.
For the mini rosemary Christmas trees: Trim the top of your rosemary sprig so it looks like a little tree. Dip them in water or sugar syrup then cover them in granulated sugar. Leave on a paper towel in the fridge or freezer. The sugar will dry onto the rosemary looking like a little snow covered tree.