DIY Christmas Cocktails: 5 Easy cocktail recipes from award-winning barista

Every good host knows how to whip up a yummy cocktail for their guests, especially while we’re celebrating the holidays.

We’ve asked Sim, award-winning bar manager and partner at the famous Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, to share five easy drink recipes you can put together in a flash this festive season.

Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall is currently on a hiatus until further notice, although they remain open to private catering and reception requests.

5 Christmas Cocktails Recipes

  1. Eggnog Recipe
  2. Mulled Wine Recipe
  3. Christmas Punch Recipe
  4. Christmas Negroni Recipe
  5. Hot Toddy Recipe

Easy Eggnog Recipe

This rich, sweet, dairy-based beverage is a Christmas classic. “It’s an amazing dessert on its own,” says Sim. Eggnog is a traditional Christmas drink. It’s pale yellow creamy cocktail (pictured above) that’s made of eggs and rum.

Eggnog Recipe Ingredients:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 pint whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 ounces Diplomatico Exclusiva Reserva Rum
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 egg whites

Eggnog Recipe:

1. Prepare the eggs

In the bowl of a stand mixer or whisk, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in colour. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved.

Set aside.

2. Get the saucepan on high heat

In a medium saucepan, over high heat, combine the milk, heavy cream and nutmeg and bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Remove from the heat and gradually temper the hot mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Then return everything to the pot and cook until the mixture reaches 70 degrees Celsius.

3. Stir the bourbon in, then chill

Remove from the heat, stir in the bourbon, pour into a medium mixing bowl, and set in the refrigerator to chill.

4. Stir the bourbon in, then chill

In a medium mixing bowl or whisk, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. With the mixer running gradually, add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

Whisk the egg whites into the chilled mixture. Serve and enjoy!

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Easy Mulled Wine Recipe

Also known as spiced wine, mulled wine is a favourite when the weather is chilly. Served hot, it’s both festive and comforting. “It goes really well with desserts, like Christmas log cake,” says Sim.

Mulled Wine Ingredients:

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • For garnishing: 4 oranges, peeled,
  • Whole nutmeg, grated

Mulled Wine Recipe:

1. Throw it all in, and bring to boil

There is really only one step to the making of mulled wine. It’s the simplest cocktail you could ever think of.

2. Combine everything

Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each and serve.

To keep your mulled wine warm and toasty, keep the pot’s lid on and leave the fire on – albeit the smallest you can get. Be careful to watch that the wind doesn’t blow out the simmering fire!

Pro tip: Add in half a cup of your favourite spirit to spice things up!

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Christmas Punch Recipe

Served in large bowls, punch is a great drink for parties. Here, Sim shares his festive take on the classic mix. “It’s best with pork-based dishes like Christmas ham or porchetta,” he advises.

Christmas Punch Ingredients:

  • 2 red apples
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 500 ml of Apple Cinnamon Infused Bacardi Ocho Rum
  • 100ml maple syrup
  • 5 marsala tea bags
  • 150ml lemon juice
  • 1 bottle of sparkling wine
  • For garnishing: cinnamon sticks and thinly sliced red apples

Mulled Wine Recipe:

1. Slice and preparation

Slice the two red apples into 2cm-thick slices and combine into any preferred light rum. Add 2 whole cinnamon sticks. Set aside for 2 days at room temperature.

2. Store temporarily in freezer

Strain the apples and cinnamon and keep them for garnishing in the freezer.

3. Prepare the tea

Brew 5 bags of marsala tea in 250ml of boiling water for 10 minutes.

4. Pour all in

Combined all ingredients in a large punch bowl (or any large cooking pot). Then, top up with sparkling wine.

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Christmas Negroni Recipe

The Negroni is an Italian cocktail that is traditionally served with an orange peel. Here, cinnamon adds a dash of festivity to the drink.

Christmas Negroni Ingredients:

  • 30ml Four Pillars Christmas Gin
  • 20ml Campari
  • 20ml mulled wine
  • For garnishing: orange peel and cinnamon stick

Christmas Negroni Recipe:

The Christmas Negroni is as simple as can be. You put it all together, mix, and done!

Combine all ingredients and stir well in ice. Garnish with orange peel and cinnamon stick. Voila!

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DIY Christmas Cocktails: 5 Easy cocktail recipes from award-winning barista

Hot Toddy Recipe

Also known as hot whisky in Ireland, hot toddy is a comforting, bolstering drink that’s been described as the “vitamin C” of cocktails.

Hot Toddy Ingredients:

  • 45ml Monkey Shoulder Blended Whisky
  • 15ml honey
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 50ml hot water
  • For garnishing: slice of lemon, cloves

Hot Toddy Recipe:

Combine all ingredients and mix well using a spoon. Garnish with a slice of lemon pierced with cloves. Enjoy!

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Sim Sze Wei, Award-Winning Bar Manager

Sim Sze Wei, more affectionately known as Sim to his friends and regulars, is a banker-turned-bartender who has won several awards.

He has represented Singapore on the global stage in various competitions, bagging awards and honours such as Finalist for the recent La Maison Cointreau 2018, Top 16 Global Finalists in Bacardi Legacy 2018 in Mexico, and Top 16 Global Finalists for Stoli Elit – Art of Martini Global Finals 2017 in Ibiza.

Sim is currently the bar manager and partner in Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall after a stint at Atlas, the world’s eighth best bar, and Café Fernet, which was accorded the title of Best Restaurant Bar in Singapore in 2018.

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Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall (On Hiatus)

Tucked away in a second-storey shophouse along Boat Quay, Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall is a beloved regular haunt of locals who go back for the warm, easy hospitality and the delicious cocktails.

Though they serve world-standard drinks, the atmosphere is by no means stuffy nor formal: guests are treated to a relaxed, cosy ambience with the chatter and good humour usually found in a kopitiam.

“Being in Boat Quay, we wanted this place to pay homage to our forefathers who worked in the port,” shares Sim, bar manager and partner. The casual-rustic décor – with wooden stools, communal tables, and signs and noticeboards on the wall – is different from its sleeker neighbouring watering holes, and yet feels right at home in Boat Quay; any Singaporean stepping in would instantly be at ease with the familiarity of the place.

On the menu, you’ll find interesting local-inspired cocktails that pay tribute to aspects of Singapore culture, such as the Laksa cocktail.

With ingredients such as dried shrimp-rendered oil-infused tequila, lemon grass, and chilli padi, this drink is fresh with subtle savoury notes.

Another famous drink, Tak Qiu (kick ball in Hokkien and the colloquial nickname for Milo), is a variation of the popular Old Fashioned cocktail that combines Milo and bourbon for a nostalgic, comforting taste.

The bar also serves local dishes in generous portions – you’ll be able to enjoy classics like char kway teow, Hokkien mee, and carrot cake alongside your drink, while overlooking the Singapore River.

Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall used to be located at 60 Boat Quay, Singapore 049848. Tel: 6535 0838

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