As of December 2nd, Nottinghamshire fell into Tier 3, along with a lot of parts of the country. With that comes the continued closure of our beloved pubs and bars.

Bartender Dan Turvey, who works at Brown’s Brasserie on Park Row in the city centre, has pulled together some of his favourite festive cocktails, to make sure we can all enjoy the spirit of Christmas in the comfort of our own homes.

Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini

Components:

  • coffee liqueur
  • espresso or instant coffee
  • cocoa powder*
  • orange liqueur*
  • vodka
  • sugar syrup (mix equal parts boiling water and sugar and add until it becomes syrup)
  • ice
    *Alternatively you could use a chocolate orange liqueur if you have it

Method:

  1. Make up your espresso/coffee and add the cocoa powder.
  2. Make up the sugar syrup.
  3. Using a plastic cup and a glass of similar sizes as your mixer, or any kind of watertight container you have, add two shots of coffee liqueur, two shots of espresso, one shot of orange liqueur, one shot of vodka and one shot of sugar syrup.
  4. Fill your mixer with ice, and ensuring it’s watertight, shake the mix vigorously until it becomes frothy and the mixer feels cool to the touch.
  5. Gently open the mixer and strain the mix through a sieve into a clean glass.
  6. For garnish, rub an orange slice around the glass rim and top with cocoa powder or coffee beans.

Spiced Rum Cinnamon Daiquiri

Components:

  • spiced rum
  • lime juice (we didn’t have any so we used lemon)
  • sugar syrup
  • cinnamon powder
  • ice

Method:

  1. Make sure you already have sugar syrup made up.
  2. Add to your mixer: two shots of spiced rum, two shots of lime juice, one shot of sugar syrup, and half a teaspoon of cinnamon.
  3. Fill your mixer with ice, ensure it is tight, and shake well until mixer feels cool to the touch.
  4. Strain the mix with a sieve into a clean glass.
  5. For garnish, use a slice of lemon or lime (we didn’t have one so we used kiwi, it was just as good)

White Russian

Components:

  • vodka
  • coffee liqueur
  • single cream
  • milk (optional)
  • ice

Method:

  1. Add to your mixer: two shots of vodka, two shots of coffee liqueur, and four shots of cream, or two of cream and two of milk.
  2. Fill your mixer with ice, ensure it is tight, and shake well until mixer feels cool to the touch.
  3. Serve in a clean glass, leaving the ice in.
  4. Garnish with espresso powder, and enjoy!