It’s Christmas Day 2017, and this means another year of pretending to like terrible presents, laugh at terrible jokes and eat terribly dry turkey, right? Wrong!

This year you’re going to jazz up your 25th December by taking part in the 12 Drinks of Christmas challenge and everything is going to be the opposite of terrible!

The title of the challenge is pretty self-explanatory but here’s how it works:

1 day = Christmas

12 drinks = any as long as every drink is different

Disclaimer:

We want to promote responsible drinking,
So in our disclaimer here’s our thinking,
Eat plenty and drink lots of H2O,
Pace yourself and take things slow!

Now that’s the disclaimer out of the way, let’s get down to business.

As stated above to complete the 12 drinks of Christmas challenge you can chose any 12 drinks as long as they’re all different. But to help you along your way I have compiled a list of the 12 drinks I chose when completing the challenge myself last year. You’re welcome.

Drink 1 – Bloody Mary

Let’s be honest, the kind of people who are going to take the 12 Drinks of Christmas challenge are the kind of people who are also going to have been out partying on Christmas Eve till the early hours of the morning. Enter drink one, pre-made the night before and sat waiting for you in the fridge, a Bloody Mary, your friendly hangover cure.

Recipe:

  • 2 parts vodka
  • 4 parts tomato juice
  • A squeeze of lemon
  • 5 drops of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 drops of tabasco
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

If you’re still a bit squiffy from the night before, do not assume that doing a shot of vodka then eating a tomato is the same thing, it is not. This will not start your Christmas Day off well.

Drink 2 – Irish Coffee

Your family have now gathered in the living room and are opening presents. At this point you’d usually be trying to mask your disappointment as you open present by present realising that, yet again, your family deviated from the your very precise Christmas list.

Not this year though! This year you don’t have to mask your disappointment, because you’re not disappointed, you’re thoroughly chipper! This cheerful, content feeling is down to the hit of caffeine and warm feeling produced by the Irish coffee you’re drinking.

Recipe:

  • 25ml whisky
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Fresh black coffee
  • Squirty / double cream on top

 

Drink 3 – Bucks Fizz

Your extended family have arrived and it’s time for a toast. Merry Christmas, one and all!

For the toast, Bucks Fizz – also known as prosecco watered down significantly with orange juice. Usually you’d be annoyed at the juice to alcohol ratio, but not this year. You’ve got another nine drinks ahead of you so you’re happy to pace yourself.

Drink 4 – Mulled Wine

This drink is one of your greatest achievements. Whilst having the annual family debate early December about what starters to have this year (soup or prawn cocktail, every time) you told your family you’d noticed that lots of hip and trendy restaurants now serve mulled wine as a starter. You used all your persuasive skills to convince them that you should do the same and, hey presto, Drink 4.

Recipe:

It doesn’t matter, this is now classed as Christmas dinner and is therefore not your responsibility.

Drink 5 – White Wine

It’s turkey for Christmas dinner, white wine goes with turkey, done.

Drink 6 – Brandy

Time to dowse the Christmas pudding in brandy, set it on fire and bring it from the kitchen into the dining room, flaming impressively… Cue bringing the Christmas pudding back out because Grandma didn’t have her glasses on and missed it… Then repeat the process 4 times until cousin Emily has finally got her perfect Snapchat video.

Now the Christmas pudding is positively drowned in brandy, so it’s fair game to class this dessert your sixth drink.

Drink 7 – Port

My favourite part of the day has finally arrived, the cheese board is here! Rejoice! Time to show off your sophisticated side: pass me the stilton, brie, cheddar and the port.

Drink 8 – Cointreau

Because you haven’t already eaten enough over the past 3 hours, it’s time for an after dinner chocolate. After Eight, Elizabeth Shaw or Match Makers, whatever your choice of after dinner chocolate, it’s also time for a liqueur to wash it down. My personal choice is Cointreau, this orange flavour liquor complements the chocolate well.

Drink 9 – Espresso Martini

Dinner is finished, the late afternoon lull has smacked you in the face and you’re in a food coma, time to sneak upstairs and have a quick power nap. Once you awake from this nap your next move is very important. You can either continue Christmas in a sleepy lull, or you can make the decision to get the festive party started!

Get the festive party started it is… enter an Espresso Martini to kick you back into the game.

Recipe:

  • 25ml Vodka
  • 25ml Kahlua
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Espresso coffee (shaken with ice to make it cold)

Drink 10 – Tom Collins

Now you’re on your caffeine high, it’s time to introduce a festive favourite: gin.  Making a round of Tom Collins cocktails for the whole family is a good way to appear helpful whilst also hiding the fact that you are now on your tenth drink of the day.

Recipe:

  • 25ml Gin
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Soda water
  • Ice

Drink 11 – Red wine

A few hours ago you were convinced you could never eat again, but by some Christmas miracle you’re starting to feel a bit peckish. This is the first of many leftover plates you’ll be eating over the next few days, so you may as well enjoy this one with a good glass of red wine.

Drink 12 – Baileys hot chocolate

It’s come to the end of a very long, very boozy Christmas day. (After a few pints of water) snuggle up in bed with a Baileys hot chocolate and congratulate yourself on completing the 12 Drinks of Christmas challenge.

 

Jay

Jay Turner

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