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Friday, 17 December 2010

Christmas Drink?

We were given this recipe for a Christmas drink a few years ago, and it has been a staple of the GFGN household every Christmas morning since then. As 'tis the season to be jolly, I thought I would share.

  • Take one champagne flute.
  • Add one measure of Archer's Peach Schnapps.
  • Fill up to half-way with cranberry juice.
  • Top it up with champagne.
  • Serve immediately and frequently.

This isn't a standard cocktail. I have searched the web, and the closest is one that goes by many names (Kinky Pink, Peachface ...) which uses vodka instead of the champagne. So, as far as I know, this is one that is new to science. Vary the proportions of schnapps, cranberry and champagne according to taste; there's no right or wrong, but the ratio above works well. Personally, I don't care for champagne and prefer to use something similar like Cava - to be honest, the cranberry obliterates any subtlety, so the taste and the effects are the same.

It doesn't taste alcoholic, just nice and fruity, so you can neck three or four easily while Granny is opening her presents. It doesn't make you drunk at all, oh no. It just stops your knees from working.

As a by-product, it makes Christmas Day bearable.

If you give it a try, let me know what you think.



  1. Oooh, we have all of the above except the cranberry juice, but I'll definitely be trying that when we get some in! I love Archer's...

  2. And I'm not fond of champers either - especially if it's brut.

    M&S cava is just right for a champagne cocktail, though, our usual aperitif: two sugar cubes, couple of drops of Angostura, half-measure of brandy, top up with cava in a flute glass.

  3. Julia - let me know what you think. It's a drink that comes into the category of 'not very manly, but effective'. Champagne makes me wheeze (as do most white wines) and the better the champers the worse the effect. I tend to stick to the cheap fizz and I am OK. I like your cocktail, although I would question the quantity of brandy. Half measure? WTF is that?


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