Non-Alcoholic Christmas Drinks

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Now we’ve already given you a list of our favorite alcoholic Christmas cocktails, but now we have a list of non-alcoholic drinks too.

We hope this helps you both celebrate and get through your holiday season. For those who don’t drink, those who are underage, and those who act as the designated driver this festive season – Alexa, play Enrique Iglesias “Hero”.

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Gin-free G&T

Bruise the cardamom pods and slice the cucumber. Put them both in a large jug and add the chamomile teabag, mint leaves, lemon zest, cloves and rosemary. Top up with 500ml cold water. Leave to infuse in the fridge for 2-4 hrs.

To serve, strain the infused water and pour 50ml of it into each glass. Top up with tonic water and lots of ice. Garnish each one with a few more mint leaves and pomegranate seeds.

1 strip lemon zest

5 cloves

½ bunch rosemary

tonic water

ice

5 cardamom pods

½ cucumber

1 chamomile teabag

½ bunch mint leaves, plus extra to garnish

pomegranate seeds to garnish


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Spiced Apple Syrup With Clementine & Cloves

Heat the apple juice with the whole spices, ginger, zest and sugar. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool, then strain the syrup into small bottles.

200ml apple juice

1 cinnamon stick

1 tsp whole allspice

1 mace blade

2 whole cloves

small strip fresh ginger

100g golden caster sugar

1 clementine, zest finely peeled with a vegetable peeler


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Nutmeg and Orange Coffee

Put the ground coffee, cinnamon stick and dates in a large cafetiere. Add the ground nutmeg, cloves and orange zest, then pour over 400ml freshly boiled water.

Stir gently with a wooden spoon to combine, then leave to steep for 4 mins. Slowly push down the plunger and serve in espresso cups.

4 tbsp ground coffee

1 small cinnamon stick

2 pitted dates

pinch of ground nutmeg

2 cloves

strip of pared orange zest


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Mulled Wine

Put the pomegranate juice, sugar, blackberries and apple juice in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, peppercorns and orange. Heat gently until simmering. Taste for sweetness, then strain into heatproof glasses.

250ml apple juice

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise

4 cloves

3 black peppercorns

500ml pomegranate juice

25g golden caster sugar

1 orange, quartered

handful of frozen blackberries


Words: Natasha Fountain | Featured Photo: iStock


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Christmas Cocktails To Help Get You Through The Season

Now this one is for our older readers. For those readers that are of legal drinking age in whatever part of the world you may be.

We’re here to put the RUM in “pa-rum-pumpumpum“, and make these spirits bright for your next holiday party! So hold on to your Reinbeers, here are some of our favorite cocktails…

Christmas Cocktails

Pear & Orange Champagne Punch

Mix all ingredients in punch bowl! Throw slices of pears and oranges in for freshness!

(750-ml.) Bottle Chilled Sparkling Wine/Champagne

Chilled Pear Nectar 2tbsp. 

Orange Bitters

Slices of Pears & Oranges

Christmas Cocktail

Jack Frost

Coat rim in Coconut shavings. Blend all ingredients in blender. Pour to serve.

8 Cups of Ice

1 Cup Pineapple Juice

1/2 Cup Blue Curacao

1/2 Cup Vodka or Light Rum

1/2 Cup of Coconut Cream

Christmas Cocktails

Driven Snow Cocktail

Coat rim in crushed candy cane. Mix all ingredients together, shake and pour.

White Chocolate Liqueur 1oz. 

Blackstrap Rum 1/2oz. 

Ginger Liqueur

Ice 

Water

Christmas Cocktails

Krampus

Coat shot glass rim in red sugar crystals than layer the following:

½ ounces cranberry juice, chilled

1 ½ ounces black vodka, chilled

1 cherry, for garnish

We hope this helps you both celebrate and get through your holiday season! tweet us your Christmas cocktails!

Please remember that MDRN MAG does not condone underage or reckless drinking. Always stay safe and make sure you have a ride home!

Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: Frank P Wartenberg / Getty Images


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BOOzey Halloween Drinks

BOOzey halloween drinks

Now this one is for our older readers. For those readers that are of legal drinking age in whatever part of the world you may be. We know that you wanna get sheet faced, so we put a list together of BOOzey Halloween Drinks!

witches heart BOOzey Halloween Drinks

A Witches Heart

This one is relatively easy: 

¾ Purple Viniq (or any shimmering vodka)

1 Shot Apple Crown Royal 

Garnish with berries

candy corn martini BOOzey Halloween Drinks

Candy Corn Martini

Coat rim in orange sugar or nonpareils, then with a layering tool (or spoon) layer the following:

2 ½ Shots of Candy Corn Infused Vodka

3oz Pineapple Juice

3oz Cream Top Layer

skull shots BOOzey Halloween Drinks

Skull Shots

½ ounce lime juice

¼ ounce grenadine

A splash of Mountain Dew

Dry ice chips, for presentation (optional)

Note: Always observe dry ice safety measures: Never touch dry ice with bare skin and do not swallow.

black widow shot

Black Widow Shot

Coat shot glass rim in red sugar crystals than layer the following:

½ ounces cranberry juice, chilled

1 ½ ounces black vodka, chilled

1 cherry, for garnish

Spooky Sangria

Muddle lime in a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients, shake well, and pour contents (including ice) into a wineglass.

2 ounces Crater Lake Vodka

3 ounces prosecco

1 ounce pear or white grape juice

1 ounce cranberry juice

3 lime slices and 3 lemon slices

What do you think? Will this help you have a BOOzey Halloween? We sure hope so!

Please remember that MDRN MAG does not condone underage or reckless drinking. Always stay safe and make sure you have a ride home!

Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: Tara Mills On Oddities / Clip Art


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Salvatore Brothers Bourbon? Sign Us Up!

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So, if you’re like us, you will never be over the Salvatore Brothers. You will never recover from watching our beautiful Knight in Vampiric Armor, Stefan Salvatore, dying. And you will never be over Damon… well just being Damon (which is a synonym for perfect btw).

But even though we had to say goodbye to our boys then, we get one last hoorah with them!

Ian Smoulderholder -uh, we mean- Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) and Paul -please marry us- Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) are creating their own brand of bourbon!

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Doing some of my favorite things: drinking/savoring my OWN bourbon, editing photos and working with the team from a @wheelsup8760 King Air 350i on my way to China. Yup, meaning OUR own bourbon… Can you imagine if the Salvatore brothers had their OWN bourbon? Well, it’s coming! @paulwesley and I have been working our asses off with our incredible team to make this happen. WITH passion, hard work and an uncompromising quest/thirst for quality, we have arrived! We want to share with you something very special and dear to us. You’ve given us so many wonderful years as these characters and we want to bring you something to enjoy that brings back some great memories and some good times to come! It’s going to be fun. We’re going to be traveling the WOLRD meeting so many of you and launching this with some very fun parties I must say! How many of you want a taste!? What do you look for in a bourbon? What does your guy or gal look for in a bourbon? Let me know in the comments- I can’t wait to read them! I’m working tirelessly to create and build great companies with products that mean something to you and the world. To generate revenue through business and in turn use those resources for good. Part of our company mission and ethos is to invest profits into helping our world through regenerative agriculture and farming practices. It’s the surest and quickest way to slow climate change by sequestering carbon and producing oxygen. This in turn protects and regenerates our precious water sources paving a way to a healthy future. This is about helping our communities, our farms and our farmers that work so hard to feed us all giving us life. It’s the best way to preserve life for us all and future the generations. I’m proud of the work we’re doing and I can’t wait to hear from you. I’m not there yet, I’m still going to need help with @isfofficial but I’m confident that this will be so successful that I can stop asking you for help and put some substantial projects together for a brighter and healthier present and future! We can’t wait to share this experience with you! Let’s do this! Who’s in??? Cheers! 🥃 Love, Damon and Stefan

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Now if you are asking yourself “why?” and thinking that this is random… It’s clear that you have never seen a single episode of The Vampire Diaries. Which is illegal.

In practically every single episode of TVD one of the boys (mainly Damon) is drinking bourbon. Bourbon is said to help the subside the craving for blood. Tbh same.

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So if you read Ian‘s post correctly you may have caught something that literally has our hearts bursting out of our chest with excitement. Ian said that “We’re going to be traveling the WOLRD meeting so many of you and launching this with some very fun parties I must say!”

Um… Is this a dream? Are we stuck on the other side? And if so, is Kai here and can you point us in his direction? But seriously, this is the biggest news ever for us TVD super fans.

Ain’t no party like a Salvatore Party!

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Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: The CW