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The Twelve Drinks of Christmas

Hilton celebrates the season through a special cocktail menu.

Monday, December 20, 2010
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One profitable way to get into the holiday spirit is through spirits.

Enterprising hotels have created festive cocktails to encourage guests to celebrate seasonal flavors and enjoy limited-edition drinks.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts introduced “The Twelve Drinks of Christmas,” a seasonal cocktail menu available in December at sixteen Hilton hotels across the U.K.

Using the classic song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as inspiration, mixologists Nelson Bernardes and Daniel Carvalho from The Waldorf Hilton, London, used traditional winter flavors such as port wine, blackberry and cinnamon to create 12 cocktails.

Here’s how Hilton described its libations:

A Partridge in a Pear Tree
This cocktail combines the flavor of pear with a thyme undertone and a gentle caramel infusion. Served in a tall glass with fresh thyme and a pear fan.
Ingredients: Absolut Pear, lemon juice, caramel syrup, apple juice and thyme.

Two Turtle Doves
Indulgent, nutty and like a warm duvet on a cold winter's day, this cocktail is perfect for those looking for something smooth and decadent. With a delicious blend of Baileys, rum and espresso, it’s served in a rock glass and decorated with a chocolate rim and real coffee beans.
Ingredients: Appleton Estate Rum, Frangelico, Baileys, espresso coffee and vanilla syrup.

Three French Hens
Sophisticated, rich and uncomplicated, this cocktail is silky smooth and full of character. Combining the Christmas classics Advocat and cinnamon, this frothy treat is served in a brandy glass and garnished with a cinnamon stick.
Ingredients: Appleton Estate Rum, Advocat, Kahlua and cinnamon.

Four Calling Birds
Decorated with a nest of ice and fresh berries, the combination of bourbon and raspberry liqueur is tradition married with a contemporary twist. Served in a rock glass with fresh fruit and mint.
Ingredients: Buffalo Trace, Chambord, chocolate liqueur, raspberry liqueur, lemon juice, vanilla syrup and fresh mint leaves.

Five Gold Rings
The Christmas-fueled cinnamon schnapps will leave a subtle butterscotch kiss combined with a tawny hint of port taste. Served with flakes of gold leaf, this cocktail is served in a Martini glass with an apple fan and cinnamon stick.
Ingredients: Goldschlager, port wine, butterscotch and apple juice.

Six Geese A-Laying
A combination of rum, Martini and Amaretto, this cocktail has a warm and velvety texture. With a thick layer of floating cream and real hazelnuts, this cocktail is as delicate as snowflakes and as cold as ice. Served in a brandy glass with fresh cream and nuts.
Ingredients: Appleton Estate Rum, Martini Rosso, Frangelico, Amaretto, sugar syrup and cream.

Seven Swans A-Swimming
This cocktail combines elderflower liqueur, grass vodka, fresh lemon juice and rosemary. Served in a Martini glass, this cocktail has a frothy egg white hat accompanied by a romantic rosemary sprig.
Ingredients: Zubrowka, St. Germain, lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white, rosemary.

Eight Maids A-Milking
A creamy strawberry smoothie with a hint of coconut, this cocktail is 'maid' for those with a fruity palette. Served in a Martini glass with a fresh strawberry and a coconut trim.
Ingredients: Absolut Vodka, Crème de Cassis, coconut cream, strawberry puree and fresh cream.

Nine Ladies Dancing
This bubbly explosion of berry flavours is surprisingly light and refreshing, but tickles the tongue when least expected! This sexy tipple is perfect for Champagne cocktail lovers. Served in a Champagne flute with a delicately sugar-coated blackberry to bring out its berry hints.
Ingredients: Absolut Vodka, Crème de Mure, lemon juice, sugar syrup and topped with Champagne.

Ten Lords A-Leaping
Strong, classic and heady, this cocktail is all man. Not for the faint-hearted, this mature cocktail is Christmas pudding in a glass with a hint of warming spice from the confident combination of Grand Marnier, cognac and red wine. Served in a wine glass with orange zest and evergreen cloves.
Ingredients: Merlot, Martell VS Cognac, chocolate liqueur and Grand Marnier.

Eleven Pipers Piping
Combined with a strong malt whisky base, this cheeky cocktail will leave a hot chili sensation on the tongue. Flirtatious and bold, this cocktail will be heard coming for miles around. Served in a Martini glass with red currants and fresh chili.
Ingredients: Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky, chocolate liqueur, blackcurrant jam, cranberry juice and slices of fresh chili.

Twelve Drummers Drumming
This cocktail will leave a smouldering taste with its smoky, yet fruity flavour. Using a combination of smoky whisky, port, peach liqueur and apple juice, it gets the heart beating like a drum! Served in a rock glass with fresh peach and blackberry.
Ingredients: Port, peach liqueur, apple juice and Lagavulin.

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