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Fruity Christmas Drinks

If you want to serve something other than Champagne or wine at your holiday gatherings, try these fruity seasonal drinks.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

Old-Fashioned Rum With a Twist

Ingredients for each drink:

2 tbsp. sugar syrup
2 fl. oz. aged rum
ice cubes
1 fresh mint leaf
pared lime rind, to garnish

Steps:

1. Put the honey and 1 tablespoon of rum in a Rocks glass. Stir the mixture until the honey has mixed into the rum.

2. Add 1 ice cube and 1 mint leaf and stir until the ice has nearly melted. Add another tablespoon of rum and another ice cube. Stir until the ice cube has partly melted.

3. Add the rest of the rum and one more ice cube. Stir the drink 15 times or so, and then fill the glass to the top with ice cubes.

4. Take a piece of pared lime rind, crack it over the glass to release the oils from the skin and serve.


Spiced Fruit Cocktail

Ingredients for each drink:

1 pear
1 tsp. plum jam 
1 pinch ground cinnamon
2 fl. oz. Cognac
2 fl. oz. apple juice
ice cubes
a few drops of fresh lemon juice

Steps:

1. Peel and slice the pear and place it in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.

2. Add the plum jam and ground cinnamon and muddle down. Tip: A muddler is a barman's wooden utensil used to crush hard ingredients to release flavors — the handle of a wooden spoon can be used instead.

3. Add the Cognac, apple juice and some ice. Shake and strain the mixture into a cocktail glass, add a few drops of lemon juice and serve.


Fruit Fizz

Ingredients for each drink:

ice cubes
1⁄3 glass fresh orange juice, chilled
1⁄3 glass cranberry juice, chilled
1⁄3 glass organic lemonade, chilled

Steps:

1. Put some ice cubes into a tall tumbler or highball glass. Pour in equal amounts of orange juice, cranberry juice and lemonade. Stir well and serve.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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