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A little festive cocktail inspiration

December 19, 2015

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If there’s one thing I’ve really fallen in love with since moving house it’s having people over to visit. The idea of throwing a party or having people over for dinner makes me seriously happy in our new place. So I’m now on a bit of a mission to become hostess with the most-est. Gone are the days when some garlic bread and pasta in a jar sauce was me having friends over. Or my other option of ordering take-away… I now love the idea of making people welcome and having some fun with it – and what better time of year?! Christmas is the ultimate entertaining period and whilst we’ve often made ‘cocktails’ when having friends over, these have usually been about as adventurous as putting some lime in a vodka and coke… but today’s post is a little festive cocktail inspiration from thebar.com

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Baileys Hot Chocolate

Baileys Hot Chocolate

Now, back a few years ago I did work in a bar when I was at University. It was a nice bar and it did cocktails, although I wouldn’t call it a cocktail bar as such. I did learn a thing or two about making them – I could probably still rustle up a mojito given the right bit and bobs and if I’m feeling really confident I can do this lighter/orange peel trick that does look pretty impressive and is only a little bit of a fire hazard… (BE  CAREFUL – DONT PLAY WITH FIRE). But rather than rely on my distant Uni memories, there’s a whole site dedicated to different cocktail recipes and inspiration – thebar.com (suitable for over 18’s only) – where you can search by occasion, spirit or you can narrow down by what you have to recipes that fit. It’s actually really fun to just browse looking for ideas on your favourite spirit or liqueur. I decided to have a go at making one using my favourite festive tipple – Baileys. To give a little twist on a chocolately wintery drink by combining with hot chocolate. Best part being if you don’t fancy the booze element then feel free to skip the Baileys and just make the hot chocolate with a couple of the little twists I have suggested below.

Baileys Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 50ml. Baileys® Original Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 150ml. Hot Chocolate
  • 1 serving Whipped Cream
  • 1shaving(s) Chocolate Shaving

Making the cocktail itself is really simple. Make a glass or mug of your favourite hot chocolate – use a jigger (one of those double ended measuring cups for spirits measures) to pour 150ml of hot chocolate into a sauce pan and heat gently. Pour into a short glass or mug if you want to go the cosy route like I have. Then add 50ml of Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur.

Then to top it off add a squirting of whipped cream – I recommend the extra thick one as it takes longer to break down into the warm hot chocolate – and garnish with a sprinkling of chocolate curls. Or alternatively add your own twist like I have done. I added a crumble of ginger biscuit to give it an even more festive taste. Or you could use some flavoured chocolate such as salted dark chocolate to just add a little extra flavour into the mix.

See, such an easy concoction to create – and as before you can always just use this as a little inspiration for creating a cosy festive hot chocolate at home if you wanted to go the alcohol free option and skip the Baileys. Or if this isn’t quite up your street then have a little look as you can browse by so many different options – from blends that are the perfect match for a cosy night in, or if you want something perfectly Christmassy. The options are endless!

Baileys Hot Chocolate – 0.8 units of alcohol per serve – thebar.com also helpfully directs you to the www.drinkscalculator.com where you can check your ABV (Alcohol By Volume) so you can keep an eye on how much your drinking and keep it moderated and generally in check.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Maria December 19, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I LOVE Baileys hot chcocolate!! It is my go to Christmas drink.

  • Reply Akane December 22, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks you for sharing this amazing cocktail recipe…
    Baileys is my all time favourite drink during the whole year~
    Definitely will try this drink this Christmas

    Merry Christmas
    Akane
    http://www.humancat.co

  • Reply Emily December 27, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I love Baileys Hot Chocolate. It’s a winter favourite that never fails to please me! I love the idea of mixing it up with some salted caramel dark chocolate! Lovely post :)
    Emily xx

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