The theme may be holidays but the mood is anything but jolly when competitors go head to head over festive feasts in this season of Beat Bobby Flay: Holiday Throwdown. Luckily, you can stay out of the kitchen and whip up one of these cocktails guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer to your guests and loved ones as you watch Bobby try to out cook his best friends and worst enemies.
Watch the season finale of Beat Bobby Flay: Holiday Throwdown, Friday, December 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada. Also Available on the Global TV App and STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, fuboTV, Rogers Ignite TV and Ignite SmartStream.
Bobby Flay takes sangria into the winter months with this moody purple-hued pomegranate concoction. With pomegranate juice and tendrils (not to mention a generous amount of brandy, triple sec and red wine), this twist on sangria is sure to add a festive glow to the holiday proceedings.
Blood Orange Negroni
The winter months are peak citrus season, and blood oranges are a dramatic way to give your cocktails a little flair. Although purists may scoff, the act of replacing a basic orange twist with a splash of juice from its blood orange cousin gives the drink a fiery colour and a hint of sweetness.
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Apple Spruce Gimlet
The green glint of a classic gimlet is already holiday themed, but this recipe takes it even further with an ingenious spruce infused apple syrup, literally bringing the Christmas tree into the glass. Make the syrup ahead of time and the hardest thing to do when serving guests will be choosing between white or brown spirits to add to the cocktail.
Spiced Rum Punch
Although the origins of rum punch may be hazy, with versions throughout the Caribbean and England dating back at least to the 17th century, if not earlier, this version lets you play with creating your own spiced rum. With the fragrance of star anise, all spice and cinnamon wafting through the house, it’s sure to feel like a holiday celebration.
Rudolph’s Cranberry Antlers Cocktail
Geoffrey Zakarian has been a competitor on many a Bobby Flay show, but this cocktail takes the reins with an antler-bedecked marshmallow confection. Cranberry juice gives the drink a holiday cheeriness, while rosemary sprigs dial back the sweetness.
For vegans or those unable to consume raw eggs, this egg and dairy-free version of eggnog uses coconut milk to give it creaminess and heft. Sweetened with maple syrup and flavoured with traditional cinnamon and nutmeg, this eggnog will satisfy traditionalists and neophytes alike.
A French 75 is a perfect celebratory cocktail — sweet and effervescent, the drink is balanced by lemon so that it’s not cloying on the palate. Although gin is the usual suspect, Ina Garten (who has challenged Bobby on occasion) uses Cognac for her take on this classic.
A lambic framboise (Belgian raspberry beer) can be a bit of an acquired taste due to its slight sourness and complex funk. Combining it with fizzy Champagne may seem counterintuitive, but the addition dials back the lambic’s forwardness into a crowd pleasing cocktail.
Ginger Rosemary Cocktail
Looking for an alcohol-free option that looks like the holidays in a glass? This pretty cocktail blends rosemary, white cranberry juice and ginger-infused water, and then tops it with a festive float of pomegranate and rosemary.
Burnt Citrus Cocktail
Another Bobby Flay competitor with a flair for the dramatic, Giada de Laurentiis devised this cocktail using extra flammable 151-proof rum to char a lemon shell into orange liqueur, white rum and lemon juice. A traditional coupe glass gives you lots of room to work with, but be extra careful that the glass is on a stable base away from holiday decorations.