Christmas time! I will keep this brief because I know there are presents to wrap, food to prepare, parties to attend and Noel nonsense to deal with on the domestic homefront. Nerves need to be kept calm.
All that running around whilst shopping in town can make you feel like The Fast and Furious meets Nigella meets Kirstie Allsopp. The last thing on our minds is our WIPs unless the WIP is one of the presents to go under the tree!
But perhaps you have been inspired by some of the lovely things you have seen at Christmas markets, online or in your own knitting group. You know what the memes state: Knitting is the new yoga.Hopefully, despite the festive frenzy, you will be able to cosy up with a nice cup of cheer and get those needles and hooks blazing.
Try this refreshing concoction:
Combine pomegranate and cranberry juice, vodka, Cointreau, soda water, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a punch bowl. Fill glasses with cranberries frozen in ice cubes, and serve. Garnish with lemon slices if desired.
If you prefer a warm drink next to you, try this recipe from A Brown Table. Who doesn’t like a bit of hot chocolate on the table next to you whilst you are knitting or crocheting with your knitting circle… or on your own? This one comes packed with the Full Monty of Christmas cheer: cinnamon and whisky. This recipe is enough for four people.
You will need:
4 cups whole milk
1 cup (5 3/4 ounces) dark chocolate chips, unsweetened
1 cup (6 1/8 ounces) milk chocolate chips, sweetened
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly ground + a little extra for dusting
1/4 cup whisky
a few marshmallows for garnishing (optional)
4 peppermint sticks (optional)
- Place the milk in a thick bottomed saucepan. Heat the mixture on medium-low flame until the milk begins to steam with constant stirring. Reduce the flame to a gentle simmer.
- Add the chocolate and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the hot milk and whisk constantly by hand until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove from the milk from the stove and mix in the whisky.
- Pour the hot chocolate into serving mugs and top them off with a few marshmallows and dust with the extra ground cinnamon. Serve with the hot chocolate with the peppermint sticks and extra marshmallows on the side.
So there you go. Creative fuel for Yule.
Merry Christmas from Yankee Yarns!