Winter Warmer Cocktail

What an unbelievably stressful few days it has been.

As if Christmas wasn’t all consuming enough, we’ve just gone and moved back to London in the midst of it and things haven’t exactly gone according to plan – the plan being, to move in, unpack, decorate our new flat and begin preparations for the big day. No such luck. We arrived to a filthy flat that requires total repainting, a dodgy boiler, a nest of ladybirds in the spare room, I think I’ll leave it there.

Some of you may know already, so forgive for repeating myself, but we have moved into the apartment just above my Sister – much to my Mothers delight! It’s a two bedroom flat, which means Mama and Papa have their own room for when they come to visit and seeing as the flights back to Ireland were of a colossal nature they have instead decided to travel to us this year.

That means I will be in charge of Christmas dinner, and whilst this is not unfamiliar territory, I am a little more anxious than usual because of the move.

Delegation will be key. I shall be dividing tasks between myself and my Sister, as my list of side dishes almost runs into double numbers:

sweet potato casserole

green bean casserole

braised cabbage and apple

maple roasted parsnips

stuffing balls

sliced brussels with chestnuts and dried cranberries

roast potato

cranberry sauce

bread sauce


Wait! That is double numbers. I must be mad.

And not forgetting dessert, snacks and bread for Christmas morning….

pumpkin pie

Nigella’s veganized trifle

ginger bundt cake

vegan pumpkin everything bread (this has become somewhat of a tradition in our house)

Yes, I am most definitely mad.

Factor in the fact our apartment is nowhere near habitable and I have another weeks work experience at Closer Mag and you’ll begin to understand why I need a few festive cocktails to get me help me through what has turned into a mega manic time.

If, like me, you need some alcoholic aid to see you through the yuletide season then look no further than my Winter Warmer cocktail, which has just enough bite to put a spring back in your weary step.

It’s great to see that cider is taking off again as a Christmas drink here in Britain. Many moons ago, it was traditional to have cider at this time of year but since our tastes have become more ‘sophisticated’ we have swapped cider for Champagne. Look at us getting all European! I for one am glad to see cider taking main stage again, as I’m all about championing local produce and here in the UK we have some fabulous ciders on offer.

Aspall cider is my current favourite although it changes periodically. For this cocktail you don’t want anything too dry so go for a medium sweet cider and definitely not anything too fizzy.

Now forgive me whilst I scarper but I must attend to my ladybirds. Any advice on how to remove these creatures without using a vac on them (as per our Landlords advice)?

whiskey warmer

1 part scotch

1 part disaronno

3 parts cider

2 parts ginger ale

Firstly ensure your selected cider and scotch is vegan friendly. Next up make sure the ginger ale and cider are nicely chilled.

You’ll need a champagne flute – it will work in other glasses, of course, but I find the flute works best.

Measure out and pour in one shot of scotch followed by the disaronno. Tip the glass slightly to pour in the chilled cider and then carefully and slowly top with the ginger ale.

Serve immediately.

Need some more vegan inspiration for the Holidays? Look no further, we have a the entire meal sorted…….

Carrot Pâté by Diet, Desserts, and Dogs

The Drink
Winter Warmer Cocktail by Pea Soup Eats

Main Dish
Vegan Holiday Casserole by Namely Marly

The Sides
Cranberry and Orange Ginger Mango Chutney by Loves Veggies and Yoga
Vegan Sweet Potato Puree with Maple and Sour Cream by Vegan Good Things

The Bread
Crescent Rolls by That’s So Vegan

The Best Part: Desserts
Four Ingredient Vegan Pumpkin Pie by Lunch Box Bunch
Skillet Pear Gingerbread Cake by The Tolerant Vegan
Chocolate Pecan Cookie Pies by Your Vegan Mom
Eggnog Cheesecake by Manifest Vegan




21 responses to “Winter Warmer Cocktail”

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  2. Marly says:

    It does sound like a very hectic time for you. I’m glad it’s at least full of family and food…now you just need to throw in some fun to make the alliteration complete! Happy Virtual Holiday Vegan Holiday to you!

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  5. peasoupeats says:

    It’s been crazy Marly – I was up till 3am cleaning last night and I doubt I’ll get to bed before then tonight. Soldiering on though and the place is starting to take shape now:) Seeing all this wonderful Vegan food has cheered me no end though – so much inspiration, what to make first is my only question?! Happy Virtual Vegan Holiday!

  6. thanks for linking up my cranberry mango chutney and your cocktail looks just about perfect right now!

    • peasoupeats says:

      It was so much fun linking up with all you talented and inspiring bloggers – I was honoured to be a part of it all:) Let me know if you try the cocktail! x

  7. Ricki says:

    Ah, would sure love one of those right now! I’ll just have to drink vicariously via your blog post. 😉 Hope you have a happy (not too stressful) holiday!

    • peasoupeats says:

      Me too and I now have more ingredients to make one but I’m going to hold off until during the week I think. Thanks for leaving a comment – Happy Christmas to you! x

  8. Becca Evans says:

    Congrats on the move lovely lady. Hope you’re very happy in your new home.

    And yes, that menu is MADNESS.

    Merry Christmas Aine, it’s been lovely getting to know you a little bit this year x

    • peasoupeats says:

      Oh Becca, you are too sweet:) It has been wonderful getting to know you too – hope you have a Magical Christmas!! xxx

  9. I can’t believe you somehow found the time to contribute to the Virtual Vegan Holiday Dinner but I’m so glad that you did because I feel so lucky to have found your blog! This cocktail looks delicious and I’d take it over champagne any day. Good luck with settling in and with your holiday cooking! I can’t wait to visit your blog more in the new year.

  10. Leinana says:

    Wow, that is quite a menu you have planned! Your cocktail looks fantastic – cheers to you & the holidays!

  11. Olive says:

    We’ve had ladybirds living with us since we bought our flat (20 months ago!) They’re not too much bother – our problem is that we have no idea where they are coming from!! The only time they are annoying is when one gets trapped in the lampshade and spends the next few hours banging about inside it, haha!

    Hope you’ve managed to get yourselves sorted out, your list of foods is pretty epic. I’ve set myself the same task and we are going away until the 24th so I’ll only have about five hours to do it all in before xmas day, I must be a div!

    • peasoupeats says:

      Jas dealt with the ladybirds today – he carefully took them out one by one with no casualties:) Yeah, I’m beginning to regret the menu but I loathe shop bought stuff and Christmas is but once a year! xx

  12. Bethany says:

    Now, did you mean alcoholic cider or apple cider?

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