Florence’s Food: Christmas Cocktail

It’s time to start winding down for the Christmas period at Florence Finds. Apart from the fact that I’m so full of cold that I can barely muster the energy to write this post, I know you guys have better things to do than read FF at this time of year. I hope you’re all enjoying time with your loved ones, finishing off the shopping and feasting, because that is what Christmas is all about. As a result, there will be just one post today and tomorrow – come back for a festive What to Wear and Friday Frock combined.

In the meantime, something that is not entirely medicinal and very festive… over to Phoebe.

Orange and Clove Brandy.
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a cocktail and all the spices that we associate with the smells and tastes of Christmas. Phoebe sent in this recipe after you guys requested it last week, when I resurrected her mince pies post. I’m planning on taking this home to my in-laws and making the cocktail version for Christmas Eve drinks after carolling around the village Christmas tree 🙂 It’s super easy too!

700mls brandy (I used Morrison’s ‘The Best’ as I had NO idea about Brandy!)
3 cloves (I used 6)
2 cinnamon sticks
Zest of 1 orange
250g caster sugar

Place all the ingredients into a sterilised glass bottle and keep tipping the bottle daily until the sugar has dissolved (about a week.) It is Christmas in a glass.

Festive cocktail
50mls Orange and Clove Brandy
175mls of ginger beer

These are soooo yummy. I had a Christmas party and served them, and they went down so well. Everyone seemed a bit “ewww brandy??” at first but they went down a treat and sooo easy to do!


Have you got a favourite Christmas Cocktail?


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13 thoughts on “Florence’s Food: Christmas Cocktail

  1. I’ve got very partial to old lady drinks this year. I will now happily drink Brandy without wincing at all *hic*. This may not be a good thing. I am a cinnamon and orange obsessive so this combo sounds delicious and very festive!

  2. Ooh I love brandy, and this sounds yummy! Although, if it takes a week for the sugar to dissolve I’m not going to have time to make it before Christmas 🙁

    A favourite Christmas cocktail of mine is brandy, disaronno, cream or milk, a pinch of cinammon and some orange zest shaken with ice – Christmas in a glass and so yummy it could alsmost be dessert 🙂

  3. I bet it smells gorgeous! I’m serving The Twinkle on Christmas Day, Wyoborowa vodka, Elderflower cordial, a twirl of lemon peel and Perrier Jouet champagne to top, super easy, delicate and a little bit Christmassy!

    • That sounds a little bit like my favourite cocktail of all time – a French 75!

      Just lemon juice instead of the elderfower and gin instead of the vodka. They are divine but absolutely lethal. I’ve lost more than a couple of nights to French 75’s!

  4. I bookmarked this page last year and was determined to make it for this Christmas. Oh wow, it is so yummy! I enjoyed it yesterday topped up with bubbly (like a festive twist on a classic champagne cocktail) while I decorated the Christmas tree. Very festive 🙂

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