One of the best things about the Christmas and festive season is being able to sit back with a nice whisky, relax and enjoy time with family and friends. The lovely National Whisky Brand Ambassdaor for Diageo and MasterChef Australia alumni, Sean Baxter, has been nice enough to create two awesome cocktails for us to enjoy.
The first is the Christmas Cooler, which combines the toffeed sweetness of Johnnie Walker Red Label with the dryness of Cranberry juice and bittersweet citrus notes of Aperol, to create the ultimate Christmas aperitif.
Walker’s Christmas Cooler
30ml Johnnie Walker Red Label
120ml Cranberry Juice
8 mint leaves, picked
Dusting of icing sugar
Method: Add all ingredients into a tall glass (except for the garnish). Add a handful of ice cubes. Stir all ingredients and disperse the mint leaves evenly. Garnish with a freshly bruised mint sprig and dust with icing sugar.
(1.2 Standard Drinks)
To really impress your friends, have a go at the Golden Resolution, a smooth mix of Johnnie Walker Gold, Cointreau and Champagne.The Gold Label blend is the most dessert driven style of the House of Walker and is complimented perfectly by the citrus notes of the Cointreau and champagne.
The bitters finish the cocktail off excellently and make if the perfect cocktail for a warm summer night coming into the New Year.
15 ml Johnnie Walker Gold
10 ml Cointreau
Dash of Angostura bitters
90ml French Champagne
Caster Sugar rim
Method: Briefly shake Johnnie Walker Gold Label and Cointreau with plenty of ice. Strain into a champagne flute that has been rimmed with caster sugar and top with chilled French Champagne. Garnish with a peel of lemon after first squeezing it over the top a little.
(1.5 Standard Drinks)
Christmas Gifts from Johnnie Walker
We are 15 days out from Christmas so there is still a little bit of time to cross of the rest of the items on your Christmas shopping list. Johnnie Walker’s gift range thankfully caters for all budgets ($36-$235), meaning there is a gift for everyone whether it be a work colleague or your beloved father.
I have received a few of these gifts in the past few years and let me say – I wasn’t disappointed.