Christmas is almost here, and the ways to celebrate in Cairo are endless! Whether you go all out and obsess over a freshly cut tree and cinnamon sticks or not, chances are at some point or another; entertaining guests will be on your to-do list.
Cocktails are a great, simple way to not only add a little decadence to any festive occasion but also to provide some warmth and comfort on those cold winter nights. Below is a list of a few of our favourite hot and cold non-alcoholic cocktails for Christmas. With the help of some local ingredients and creativity, these easy-to-make drinks might just have your guests asking for the recipe. Enjoy!
Mint Julep: Common among the Southern region of the United States, this typical summertime refresher also works surprisingly well during the winter months.
In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar, roughly 1/4 cup of chopped mint leaves, and 1 cup of water. Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved, bring to a boil and simmer for around 5 minutes. Pour into a jug and keep in the refrigerator until chilled. Once cold, strain into a larger jug and add 750ml of soda water, and ice cubes. Separate into glasses and add mint sprigs for a garnish; expect 5 to 6 servings.
Moonlight Cocktail: This sweet treat is a bit heavier than the rest but makes a fun cocktail that’s nearing a sweet, tart dessert.
Take 3 cups of chilled, unsweetened pineapple juice, 1 chopped banana, and 3 tablespoons of strawberry ice cream; blend for 30 seconds or until creamy. Depending on preference, more or fewer bananas can be added. Top with red cocktail cherries and serve immediately. Expect 4 small servings.
Buttered Apple Cider: Apple cider is one of those traditional Christmas drinks that just have to be made. While modifications are in the hundreds, we prefer to stick to the basics.
In a slow cooker or large pot over low heat, add one 16-ounce bottle of apple cider and ½ cup of pure maple syrup. Leave for approximately 20 minutes or until piping hot. In a smaller bowl, combine 1/2 cup of softened butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of both ground nutmeg and allspice. After pouring into mugs, add a dollop of spiced butter and cinnamon to top it off. This recipe makes 8 servings.
Spiced Fruit Punch: While this drink also includes a taste of apple, the spiced fruity mixture is a unique take on a warm Christmas drink.
Take 570ml of both orange and apple juice, 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice; throw all into a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer over low heat for approximately 5 minutes. After pouring the warm punch into glasses, add slices of orange and apple to add some freshness and make it pretty. Cinnamon also makes a great addition to the drink. This recipe makes around 1.5 litres.