As a child I LOVED leaving out a treat for Father Christmas and rushing down in the morning to see whether or not it had disappeared. I think it was normally a glass of sherry for my Father Christmas and a carrot for the reindeer.
For all those Father Christmases out there I have a very delicious alternative to sherry and carrots that would be perfect for Christmas eve and any other night of the festive period (oooh, maybe a New Year’s Eve cocktail). I am also very lucky to be showing off these delish recipes in some beautiful Villeroy & Boch glasses and festive crockery – the perfect combination.
Clementine mascarpone mince pies
These mince pies are the most delicious you will ever taste, a big claim I know, and I have my friend Agnes to thank for the idea. Basically, the secret is mascarpone cream – oh my word, so delicious. I use unsweetened short crust pastry with mincemeat (try this one if you don’t eat refined sugar like me) and then add a dollop of mascarpone with clementine juice and zest mixed into it (add enough to taste). I like a closed mince pie because I’m a pastry fiend. You can also make extra of the mascarpone cream to serve with the pies. YUM!
I don’t know about you but mince pies must be eaten warm and when you are making them you must be eating one from the last batch, natch.
Christmas gingerbread Old-fashioned cocktail
This is a festive twist on the classic Old-fashioned cocktail that makes a great drink throughout the Christmas period. Usually, an Old-fashioned has a couple of teaspoons of sugar syrup but you need to replace this with a more Christmassy gingerbread syrup. See this post from last year to find out how to make it.
It is a very simple and quick drink to make and doesn’t require any snazzy cocktail making gear so perfect is you have guests:
2 tsps gingerbread syrup (or to taste, depending on how sweet you like your drink)
4 drops of Angostura bitters
Shot of bourbon
Handful of ice
A slither of Clementine zest (you could even candy this if you have time)
Stir all the ingredients together in the glass and drink! Aren’t these Old-fashioned tumblers beautiful?
All that’s left to do is leave your Christmas spiced Old-fashioned and clementine mince pie for Santa to enjoy!
Enjoy the run up to Christmas this week. Anyone about to embark on a mammoth cook-in?!
*This post was written in collaboration with Villeroy & Boch.