Hilton Hotels in UK Create Seasonal CocktailsDecember 8, 2010 By: Jena Tesse Fox
This sounds like a wonderful way to enhance the season: Hilton Hotels & Resorts is introducing a new range of cocktails exclusively designed to celebrate the holidays. Aptly named 'The Twelve Drinks of Christmas', the cocktails will be available in 16 Hilton hotels across the UK for the month of December.
Mixologists Nelson Bernardes and Daniel Carvalho from The Waldorf Hilton, London, have taken one of the oldest and most popular Christmas songs and brought it to life in glasses of contemporary, yet seasonally evocative flavors, including port wine, blackberry and cinnamon.
The drinks include:
A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE
This cocktail combines the flavor of pear with a thyme undertone and a gentle caramel infusion. Served in a tall glass with fresh thyme and a pear fan.
Ingredients: Absolut Pear, lemon juice, caramel syrup, apple juice and thyme.
TWO TURTLE DOVES
Indulgent, nutty and like a warm duvet on a cold winter's day, this cocktail is perfect for those looking for something smooth and decadent. With a blend of Baileys, rum and espresso, this drink is served in a rock glass and decorated with a chocolate rim and real coffee beans.
Ingredients: Appleton Estate Rum, Frangelico, Baileys, espresso coffee and vanilla syrup.
THREE FRENCH HENS
This cocktail combines the Christmas classics, Advocat and cinnamon, served in a brandy glass and garnished with a cinnamon stick.
Ingredients: Appleton Estate Rum, Advocat, Kahlua and cinnamon.
FOUR CALLING BIRDS
The combination of bourbon and raspberry liqueur is tradition married with a contemporary twist. Served in a rock glass with fresh fruit and mint. (Pictured above.)
Ingredients: Buffalo Trace, Chambord, chocolate liqueur, raspberry liqueur, lemon juice, vanilla syrup and fresh mint leaves.
FIVE GOLD RINGS
The cinnamon schnapps mixes with butterscotch and a hint of port. Served with flakes of real gold leaf, this cocktail is served in a Martini glass with an apple fan and cinnamon stick.
Ingredients: Goldschlager, port wine, butterscotch and apple juice.
SIX GEESE A-LAYING
A combination of rum, Martini and Amaretto, this cocktail has a thick layer of floating cream and real hazelnuts, and is served in a brandy glass with fresh cream and nuts.
Ingredients: Appleton Estate Rum, Martini Rosso, Frangelico, Amaretto, sugar syrup and cream.
SEVEN SWANS A-SWIMMING
The use of elderflower liqueur, grass vodka, fresh lemon juice and rosemary gives this cocktail a sherberty burst. Served in a Martini glass, this cocktail has a frothy egg white hat accompanied by a rosemary sprig.
Ingredients: Zubrowka, St. Germain, lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white, rosemary.
EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKING
A creamy strawberry smoothie with a hint of coconut, this cocktail is served in a Martini glass with a fresh strawberry and a coconut trim.
Ingredients: Absolut Vodka, Crème de Cassis, coconut cream, strawberry puree and fresh cream.
NINE LADIES DANCING
This bubbly explosion of berry flavors is surprisingly light and refreshing, and is perfect for Champagne cocktail lovers. (It is served in a Champagne flute with a delicately sugar-coated blackberry to bring out its berry hints.)
Ingredients: Absolut Vodka, Crème de Mure, lemon juice, sugar syrup and topped with Champagne.
TEN LORDS A-LEAPING
Not for the faint-hearted, this mature cocktail is Christmas pudding in a glass with a hint of warming spice from the confident combination of Grand Marnier, cognac and red wine. Served in a wine glass with orange zest and evergreen cloves.
Ingredients: Merlot, Martell VS Cognac, chocolate liqueur and Grand Marnier.
ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING
Combined with a strong malt whisky base, this cheeky cocktail will leave a hot chili sensation on the tongue. Served in a Martini glass with redcurrants and fresh chilli.
Ingredients: Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky, chocolate liqueur, blackcurrant jam, cranberry juice and slices of fresh chilli.
TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING
Using a combination of smoky whisky, port, peach liqueur and apple juice, this cocktail is served in a rock glass with fresh peach and blackberry.
Ingredients: Port, peach liqueur, apple juice and Lagavulin.