We’ve got to that point in the festive season where every now and then I get a burst of Christmas butterflies in my stomach and run around like a little kid getting all excited because Christmas is coming! And that’s when I’m just sat at my desk working. When we’re wrapping presents, putting up the decorations or sipping on Christmas party cocktails, that exciting festive feeling is multiplied by a million.
So you know how last week I said you don’t have to make mulled wine with red wine, that you can also make it with rosé wine? Well – you can probably see this coming – but you can also make mulled white wine! Although the rich, full-bodied quality of red wine does make it more suitable for turning into a festive flavour-packed mulled wine, the added orange in this recipe really enhances the fruity flavour of the white wine, so the spices aren’t over-powering.
Mulled wine is one of my favourite Christmas drinks. Speciality hot chocolates are great, but they just can’t stand up to mulled wine, you know? Maybe it’s because I associate mulled wine with wandering around chilly Christmas markets, looking for odd little trinkets that I think are adorable but the people I’m going to give them to think are pointless, but mulled wine just feels incredibly festive whenever I pour it.
You heard that right – candy corn jello shots! Adorable alcoholic shots of jello with all the colourful layers of candy corn. Okay, so they don’t taste like candy corn – if I’m totally honest, I’ve never tasted candy corn in my life and therefore have no idea what the stuff actually tastes like. Layers of processed sugar upon processed sugar, I’m guessing.
Let me introduce you to the first cocktail I ever had – the tequila sunrise! I can’t for sure remember exactly what attracted me to it, but if I had to have a guess right now I’d say it was the colours. Just look at them! Although it’s called a tequila sunrise, the colours make me think of the sun setting at the beach after a long lazy summer day. What do you think?