Christmas Recipes…Drink anyone???


Day 8 of my Christmas recipes and today I thought I would you some liquid refreshments to make ….they would make a lovely gift in a nice bottle with a bow or some other decoration… make 2 and keep 1 without leaving home a lovely way to beat the  Christmas rush…

I hope you enjoy and if you have a favourite homemade Christmas tipple then please let me know…

Irish Cream:


10 oz Irish Whiskey

1/2 pt whipping cream

1 can condensed milk.

2 eggs.

11/2 tbsp Chocolate syrup.

1/2 tbsp each of, Vanilla Extract, Coconut Extract, and Chocolate Extract.Home made Baileys

Blend all ingredients together and refrigerate.

Serve cold and or over Ice.

Now isn’t that easy? and …you can get about 4 batches from one bottle of  Irish Whiskey so by my reckoning that’s a real saving and lots of Baileys…yay……

Homemade tonic for your gin???



My favourite Tanqueray Gin no less and a tonic recipe will never ever pull that metal ring and pour it over your gin again…This is sublime, the ultimate in a mixer and just what gin deserves and no I am not including the recipe for you…you will have to pop over to Chez’s blog and find it…haha…….Now you can all guess what I will be making this weekend 😉 If I can get Cinchona bark which gives the quinine flavour of tonic…..but Chez has it covered if you can’t she has given us the link to a man who can!




  • I litre bottle of your favourite vodka
  • 10 Lemons
  • 5 cups of water
  • 4 cups of granulated sugar

Let’s Brew!

Well, lets cook wasn’t really appropriate …Was it???

First, wash and peel those lemons and put the peels in a glass container ( big) enough to also hold the litre of vodka.

Leave to soak for at least 10 days. then drain off the liquid and dispose of the peels.

Make a syrup by dissolving the sugar in the water, cool and add to the lemon/vodka mixture. using a clean coffee filter strain the liquid…Voila!

You now have your own homemade Limoncello…

This last one is a lovely non-alcoholic apple-based drink.

  • 200 ml apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 1 mace blade
  • 2 whole cloves
  • small strip fresh ginger
  • 1 clementine with the peel very finely zested.
  •  100 gm golden castor sugar

Let’s Cook!

Heat the apple juice with the whole spices, ginger, clementine zest and sugar. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool, then strain the syrup into small bottles.

Refrigerate until required and serve in a glass with some apple slices and ice or warm with a stick of cinnamon it is also lovely drizzled over ice cream.

All of these could be given as a lovely Christmas present and everyone loves a gift which is made by your own fair hands much nicer isn’t it????


Until tomorrow when I will be back with some more Christmas treats…


43 thoughts on “Christmas Recipes…Drink anyone???

  1. Shery Harrisow

    Hi, I love your post. I recently published an article on storing beef. I love to make my own food for New Year!. I will be creating a nice pudding to go with it. The kids will be off school and I am positive they are going to love it.


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    1. Carol Post author

      Yes, I probaly should do a week of these quite early but have tried that and not as much respinse as when I publish them later…You can always pin and save for next year or New Year or Easter or..just because 🙂

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      1. Carol Post author

        You have stopped off at the right place just get some chat with the recipes here …I can never just write a recipe out without adding my two penneth…

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    1. Carol Post author

      Until a couple of years ago neither did I Gabe…..It is quite interesting how that much of what we buy is very easy and cost-effective to make at home and no nasties 🙂


  4. arv!

    Your post sets the mood for the Christmas, Carol which is just a fortnight away. I’ll settle for Irish cream! Makes for a great drink on a cold night. 🙂

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  5. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany

    Oh how I love Irish Cream. One year I made jars of it for my family at Christmas. I think I gained 10lbs that year. I felt that I needed to taste each batch (to be certain that it was good enough to give as a gift to my family). It seems that if you drink several glasses of homemade Irish Cream every day for 2 weeks, you will gain a large amount of weight! Who knew?


  6. marisselee

    Irish Cream was what I usually order right under my uncle’s nose and he thought of course it was some milk drink or whatever hahaha. But whenever we drink at home before (coz I stopped drinking 2 years ago), we go for Bailey’s. Once when a bottle was not enough, my brother concocted a drink made of coffee, cream and whisky. OMG, it tasted great but it caused heart palpitation that we never repeat that mistake again. Lol!

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  8. Doctor Jonathan

    Let’s see….Irish Whiskey has alcohol…alcohol kills germs
    Two eggs…great source of protein, fats and vitamins
    …therefore….drinking during the holidays prevents diseases while providing essential nutritional needs! 😀
    How do you like that spin? 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      Both lovely and so easy to make I hadn’t made either until I moved here and was amazed how easy and how much like the shop bought one it was 🙂



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