Who's hosting Christmas dinner at their house this year? Are you in need of inspiration for something a little different? I've trawled through Pinterest for hours and hours to find dessert and cocktails that looks delicious but also something that would be suitable for the family because if you're anything like me, you want to please everyone! If you want to see more of what I'm pinning on my Christmas Food Board, hop over to Pinterest. But for now, here are 8 delicious ideas that I've picked out to feature on my blog:
This is a festive twist on a traditional English dessert, Eton Mess, which is always a crowd-pleaser! The strawberry compote has cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg which is what gives it the "taste of Christmas" and then of course, it's topped off with meringue that's shaped like a Christmas tree!
Anything that requires "no baking" is a winner with me, and looking at the recipe, it doesn't look too difficult either! It sounds really simple to make which means your focus can be on the presentation.
Here's another one that's easy to bake up but requires patience and creativity to put together. The cupcakes themselves aren't difficult to make. Cupcakes are about the only thing I'm confident in baking but I really like decorating them. However, I'm not sure if my skills stretch this far to make them look this nice, but I'd quite like to have a go at this as it looks so cute and has the 'wow' factor.
If you can't make a cookie to finish off your hot chocolate at Christmas, then when can you!? Going the extra mile by making these tiny cookies that sits nice on the rim of the mug is going to make your guest feel special. You can make a big batch of them all in one go and use them when you have visitors come over for Christmas. I've seen a lot of different versions like these adorable miniature gingerbread houses which have been doing the rounds on the Internet. As cute as they are, I just think "who's got time for that?!". I think the the plain Christmas trees look just as lovely! It shows that you've gone through the effort without coming off like a total goody goody!
Here's a nice gingerbread spice shake to wash the Christmas desserts down! The recipe doesn't contain alcoholic (we'll get to that in a bit!) but for an adult version, I'd add bit of ginger flavoured vodka or Bailey's wouldn't go amiss here! Or to give it a chocolately kick, Marks & Spencer have a Hot Chocolate flavoured vodka in store at the moment! Yum!
Oi oi! Now on to the cocktails! My fave! I'm a bit on the fence for this one. On the one hand, I find the thought of rosemary in a drink quite weird, but on the other, I'm always up for trying funky flavours! It requires a homemade rosemary infused syrup and I suppose you can tweak the flavours to suit you. You can find the recipe here if you fancy trying this rosemary infused cranberry cocktail it for yourself!
This creamy vodka based cocktail will sure warm your cockles! With a kick coming from the ginger liquer, it will sure heat you up on a frosty Christmas day!
Sugar and spice, and all things nice! Another festive twist on a refreshing classic drink, even down to the salt rim garnish. Recipe for the spiced apple margaritas here. This cocktail looks like it's going to be great with your Christmas dinner.
For more food and drink ideas, take a look at my Christmas Food Board on Pinterest. I'll be adding more and more to it in the next two weeks!
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