Mincemeat Christmas Martini is a unique sweet cocktail that you and your guests will fall in love with!
Earlier this month I kicked off the Christmas season with Iceland Foods at their Power of Christmas event. The event took place in Chester at the Iceland Food warehouse where they showcased their range of Christmas food for the 2017 holiday season. Whether you’re serving friends and family on Christmas Day or hosting a holiday party, the Luxury line has everything you could possibly need: starters, fish and seafood, main dishes, turkey, vegetables and trimmings, desserts, and party foods.
MINCEMEAT CHRISTMAS MARTINI
I’m going to tell you more about Iceland’s Power of Christmas event, and about their amazing Christmas luxury food range. But first, let me share with you the recipe to an awesome cocktail that they served at the event! A mincemeat Christmas cocktail! As I am a big fan of mincemeat pies, I was so excited when I was told at the Iceland Foods event that they were serving mincemeat Christmas martinis! They were sooo good so I had to share the recipe with you guys…
I know that the idea of a mince pie Christmas martini is a bit weird, but trust me it’s really good! Try it, and you won’t regret it!
- 25 ml Gin
- 25 ml Dark rum
- 12.5 ml Mincemeat infused syrup (recipe in notes)
- 25 ml Sweet vermouth
- Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
- Shake for 20 seconds and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- Serve with a mince pie on the side
2. Bring to the boil before cooling and straining into a glass bottle. * Recipe is by Iceland Foods
If you make this Mincemeat Christmas Martini cocktail, make sure to tag the pictures with #LittleSunnyKitchen and #ReasonsToBeJolly on social media as we would love to see your creations!
I’m sure that you all know Iceland Foods Supermarket, but for those of you who don’t Iceland Foods is a British supermarket chain with over 800 locations located throughout the UK. The company specialises in frozen foods such as prepared meals and frozen vegetables, but like most supermarkets they offer non-frozen grocery items like produce, meat, and dairy. Iceland Foods also makes food shopping easier with their online shopping feature and home delivery. This is a great feature to take advantage of while doing your Christmas food shopping so you don’t have to battle the holiday crowds at the supermarket.
Now let me tell you more about the wonderful event that I attended a week ago!
Iceland Foods pulled out all the stops for this event, which included live demos from Head of Product Development, Neil Nugent. Before joining the company in 2016, he actually worked for Iceland Foods competitors. And prior to that, Neil worked as a chef in many award-winning and Michelin-star restaurants. As you can imagine, it was a treat to see a chef of his caliber at work in the kitchen. One of the demos Chef Neil Nugent showed us was how to salt bake a turkey, which was quite interesting (I really want to try this at home!). It was my first time seeing a turkey prepared that way and it turned out VERY delicious!
Since the event was attended by around 30 influencers, there were many special activities taking place. Such as a Christmas styling corner by Simple & Season where we were shown how to style a table in three different ways. She incorporated holiday elements like cinnamon sticks, pinecones, and more and it really inspired me to use more natural elements when I style the table for my photoshoots! I also got so many great ideas for my holiday table!
There was also a corner dedicated to holiday spirits that would give anyone a #ReasonToBeJolly! Two really unique and interesting cocktails were served there; bacon-infused vodka Bloody Mary and a mincemeat cocktail, which were served with a Luxury Mince Pie. The mini pie’s buttery crust combined with the mincemeat filling of vine fruit (raisins, currants, and sultanas) and brandy made for a perfect cocktail dessert!
No turkey compares to the Luxury Class A Gilded Turkey with a Mustard & Honey Glaze. Iceland Food’s bird is cooked in two phases. For the first bake, the turkey is covered in muslin cloth and butter, which also bastes the turkey. The muslin cloth is removed and the bird is “gilded” with the mustard and honey glaze before being baked again. By cooking the turkey twice, each slice is tender and juicy – not dry like most turkeys! For the event, Iceland Foods actually gilded the turkey with gold foils and it was absolutely stunning! Even without the gold foil sheets, this holiday turkey would make a gorgeous centerpiece at any gathering.
I love a good dessert, and Iceland Foods’ offering of Christmas desserts are no exception! I especially loved the Luxury Chocolate & Orange Choux Garland. This chocolate choux pastry ring is filled with whipped cream and a chocolate and orange flavoured fudge icing. It’s then topped with a chocolate and orange flavoured ganache and sprinkled with dark chocolate shavings before it’s finished off with a coloured dusting. Absolutely divine!
Eating too much of the Luxury Triple Chocolate Gateau will definitely get you on the naughty list! This cake combines three layers of chocolate sponge with white chocolate flavour cream and chocolate cream as well as milk and dark chocolate sauce. For even more chocolatey goodness, it’s topped with a dark chocolate ganache and dark chocolate shavings. If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll definitely love this.
I also enjoyed the Luxury 4 Chocolate Crème Brulee Dessert. These dome-shaped chocolate mousses have a vanilla custard cream centre on an almond and chocolate base. They’re also decorated with cocoa jelly and a gold coloured powder.
However, the star of the show was definitely the Luxury Melting Chocolate Snowflake. The snowflake-shaped dessert features a brownie base layered with dark chocolate mousse and dipped in a dark chocolate shell. And to make it even more mouth-watering, you finish it off with a drizzle of chocolate glaze. This decadent dessert would be the talk of any holiday party! Not only does it look beautiful, but it requires zero prep. Just defrost for 12 hours and microwave the chocolate sauce for 65 seconds and serve.
Iceland Foods have so many brilliant ideas for the holiday season. I love how all their products look like they came from a four-star restaurant (and taste amazing!), but they aren’t priced like it at all. I left the event with so many ideas and can’t wait to entertain friends and family this holiday!
Many thanks to Iceland Foods for inviting me to their warehouse for this fantastic event!