Friday, 18 January 2013

Fabulous Friday: Cocktail Hour

Aoife, Cambridge

Just before Christmas, as I was in the middle of a baking and creating marathon I melted my last Christmas pudding to the steamer. At the time it felt like the push I needed for a nervous breakdown but from the ashes, or at least the reusable Christmas pudding, came my Christmas pudding vodka and from hence this delicious cocktail. I'm not feeling guilty that I am hanging on to the Christmas flavours, I love Christmas and I don't apologise for that.

Just before we set off for Ireland in December, I set up a little experiment. I shoved the left over Christmas pudding into a jam jar with some vodka and left it to steep for a couple of weeks. I've spared you a photo of this as it looked absolutely disgusting. However, once it was filtered and the hazardous waste safely disposed of it, it was possible to imagine drinking it. It really is the perfect encapsulation of Christmas pudding. I had to make it into a cocktail.

Cream and whiskey are the natural accompaniments to Christmas pudding. The orange brought to mind my Christmas stocking and the ginger syrup was a lucky left-over found in the back of the fridge. This cocktail jazzed me up considerably on a snowy January afternoon.

Christmas memories (makes one)

30 mL Christmas pudding vodka 
15 mL Irish whiskey (I used Jameson)
40 mL single cream
10 mL ginger infused sugar syrup
1 large piece of orange zest + additional pieces for garnish

Take the piece of orange zest and rub it around the glass to release the oils. Fill the glass with plenty of ice. 

Add all of the liquid ingredients and stir well. Garnish with orange zest pieces.


  1. That is the maddest thing i have ever heard! brilliant stuff. Wish I had seen this idea Christmas '11, or else my attempt at the "four ingredients" Christmas cake wouldn't have been such a wasted effort!

    1. Thanks! It didn't look good at all pre-filtration but I am glad I persevered. Going to see if I can some Christmas puddings reduced in M&S today and make more (can't face making more puddings). I suppose it is a bit mad, many other mad experiments going on here - not all of them turn out well!