Cocktail Ideas for Non-Cocktail drinkers
This Christmas you may be thinking of something more fancy than beer, chips and a barbie after everyone has opened their Christmas gifts. Perhaps you'd like to host a sophisticated, dressy-up cocktail party. And why not? They're lots of fun. People get excited about the delicious recipes, the different shaped glasses, the exotic colours and playful cocktail accessories.
What, you may ask, do I do with guests who don't like cocktails?
Some of your party guests, particularly manly types, will quake at the thought of a delicate glass filled with something pink and a cocktail umbrella. You can see them now, can't you?
Take heart, we have some ideas for you.
Did you know there are beer cocktails? Oh yes! Wine cocktails too. And don't forget good old-fashioned 'punch'. Get a big bowl and fill it with punch – it evokes fun tinged with naughtiness. For Christmas gifts ideas along the lines of punch and cocktail themes, we've got the perfect punch container in the Anna Gare Tutti Frutti Dispenser.
Beer cocktails are great!
The novelist Anthony Burgess, who wrote A Clockwork Orange, created a Guinness cocktail dramatically called Hangman's Blood. The recipe: a shot of gin, rum, whisky, brandy and port poured into a pint glass (or maybe something smaller, and leave out a couple of the shots – this sounds very potent!). Then add some champagne and top it up slowly with Guinness.
Burgess said about his cocktail, “It tastes very smooth, induces a somehow metaphysical elation, and rarely leaves a hangover”. So if any friends drink this and complain about a hangover, tell them it's not a hangover, it's metaphysical elation.
If you'd like a less potent Guinness cocktail for your guests, give them a delicious Black Velvet. This is half champagne (or dry sparkling wine) and half Guinness – pour very slowly or it'll ooze out of the glass like a volcano.
Did you remember drinking Snakebites in your early boozing days? Your guests dreading fancy cocktails will perk up if you remind them of their younger years with this drink. It's half lager, half cider with a dash of blackcurrant. It might be in a pint glass, but it still has that cocktail-like colour.
Watermelon and beer is totally refreshing cocktail on a hot day. Blend some watermelon and pour it through a fine sieve. Chill it in the fridge, then blend it with beer so it's about 80% beer and 20% watermelon.
If you'd like a variety of beer glass shapes, or wish to give them as Christmas gifts for someone else's party, check out our Beer Connoisseur Glass Set.
Yummy wine cocktails
Cocktails can be sweet and strong. For guests who don't like traditional cocktails or beer, give them a wine spritzer, which is red or white wine mixed with soda water. Or make some Spanish Sangria in a large jug – this is red wine mixed with lemonade, slices of citrus fruits and apples mixed with ice.
There is a heap of wine and beer cocktail recipes on the internet. If you'd like to send cocktail- themed Christmas presents, we've a host of glasses and containers. For kitsch Christmas gifts, check out the men in swimwear Drink Markers – Drinking Buddies.
We want to make your shopping journey with us easy and reassuring. If you wish, we can gift wrap your Christmas presents for you, and include a free card with your personal message if you can't be there. Plus we'll give you a tracking number so you can be sure the presents get there on time.