Monday, 21 December 2015

10 ways to put Christmas cheer into your prosecco

Twas a few days before Christmas, when up on the blog,
Came a feature so fizzy you'd possibly explode;
So read if you dare, the secrets I share,
What else can fare with Prosecco and glassware!?

Prossecco is one of my favourite tipples, that is, alongside gin, cocktails, and Champagne obviously. The way the bubbles tickle my tongue always makes me giddy, and the only time better to have bubbles (than all the time) is the festive period! I love to celebrate everything and anything with my family and friends, be that birthdays, promotions, new jobs, engagements, anniversaries, you name it. So, with that in mind, and with the month of festive celebrations already underway, it would have been rude not to have pulled together a number of 'quirky' prosecco tipples for y'all to indulge in over the festive period. It is Christmas after all! 

For those who like to kick-start the festivities bright and early

1. Terry's Not-So-Chocolate Blood Orange:
Squeeze and strain the juice of a ripe blood orange and pour 50ml into a tall flute glass. Top up with ice-cold prosecco and garnish with a slice, or twist, of the orange. The perfect way to start off Christmas morning, especially when accompanied by eggs Benedict and smoked salmon, delicious!

2. Oh-So-Classy Buck's Fizz:
Pour 1/3 of fresh orange juice into a Champagne flute and top up with 2/3 prosecco. Add 1/2 teaspoon of grenadine and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

For those who love a little bit of Christmas quirk, and are avid Instagrammers #proseccoparty

3. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Fill a champagne flute with prosecco, and add a flavoured rock candy stick into the prosecco. The flavour is completely up to you, however, to create a variation of different tastes add two different flavours together and experiment with your tastebuds before, or even after Christmas dinner.

For those who enjoy a spicing up the festive period

4. Spicy Santa-Tini:
To a glass of prosecco add 1 shot of chilli infused vodka and 1 shot of chocolate liqueur. Dust cocoa powder round the rim of the glass. Ho, Ho, Ho.

5. Cranberry and Pear Prosecco Cocktail:
Pour one or two shots of pear vodka (Absolute Vodka has a fantastic one), and top up with prosecco, garnishing with fresh cranberries. Decorate the rim of the champagne flute with sugar and cinnamon. (Put one tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, mix, and then dip the glass rim into the mix).

For those feeling a little adventurous...

6. Rudolph's alcoholic water bucket:
Every hard-working reindeer needs to replenish after a long night at work.

Slice lemons and limes and squeeze into a punch bowl, add 200ml of Edinburgh Gin's Raspberry Liqueur, and 100ml of Vodka alongside one cup full of raspberries (preferably frozen) to the punch bowl and top up with a bottle of prosecco. Top up with prosecco, raspberry liqueur and vodka as and when.

7. The Grinch:
Grab a champagne flute, add one shot of Midori and a dash of lemon juice, top up with prosecco - oh so sweet and not so sour, just like The Grinch (in the end that is!)

8. Jack Frost:
A glass of your finest prosecco with a shot of Blue Curacao (decorate by putting coconut shavings on the rim of the glass)

For the traditional Christmas lover;
someone who will usually be seem sporting a variety of Christmas jumpers throughout the day...

9. Mrs Clause Bakewell Fizz:
Place a tablespoon of Kirsch into the bottom of a champagne flute and top up with one part Amaretto Disaronno and three parts prosecco. To garnish, add a Kirsch-soaked cherry into the glass, the more the merrier!

10. Gingerbread Bellini:
Before you get started, get those mini gingerbread men at the ready!

Put 1 tablespoon of ginger cordial, or gingerbread syrup and a dash of lemon juice into a cold champagne flute. Add splash of hazelnut liqueur in and top up with prosecco, voilà!

Tip: If you want to keep those wee gingerbread men standing tall, roll up a tiny piece of icing sugar and place on the rim of the glass, it works a treat!

For Now...

Just Julia

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