Friday, 20 December 2013

Friday Christmas Cocktail: The Stocking Filler

Christmas is a time of indulgence, and they don't come much more indulgent than this cocktail.

I love the traditional side of Christmas: I'm just as likely to be listening to Bing Crosby as Mariah Carey at this time of year, I love Elf but I'm more of a fan of The Bishop's Wife, and I love a stocking full of presents, but it wouldn't be the same without the classics: chocolate coins, satsumas, nuts and candy canes.

So I've put together a creamy, tasty, festive cocktail that focuses on all of those yummy things. I warn you, it's sweet - this is more of a dessert cocktail than something to knock back during the day, but it's going to be delicious to sip on Christmas night when we're watching the amazing specials on TV or playing yet another game of Monopoly with my crazy family.

The Stocking Filler Christmas Cocktail recipe (serves one)

Ingredients:

  • 60ml Chocolate liqueur
  • 15ml Triple Sec
  • 15ml Hazelnut syrup
  • 1 tbsp Nutella
  • A candy cane (preferably a vanilla or fruit one rather than a mint!) to garnish

Shake it!

1. Warm the nutella in the microwave for around 10-20 seconds, or until it's softened a little.
2. Put the softened nutella on a spoon and swirl it around the inside of a martini glass, creating a ripple/spiral effect so there's enough coating the glass to impart the lovely nutella flavours.
3. Put the chocolate liqueur, orange liqueur and hazelnut syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake it like Santa's belly when he laughs.
4. Strain into the glass (if you're lucky, you'll still be able to see the spiral of nutella around the edge of the glass, but if not don't worry - it's more for flavour than decoration.)
5. Garnish with the candy cane.

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