I have quite a few special edition 'Christmas' Scented Products. Nothing evokes a special mood and memory like the sense of smell. For me obvious 'Christmassie' scents are things like gingerbread cookies, mixed spices , fruitcake, plum pudding and of course fresh pine. It's usually too warm here for other traditional foods and drinks like eggnog and mulled wine, but the nutmeg and clove smells used in these drinks still remind me of Christmas.
Speaking of drinks, I will be adding a few cocktails below, I have neglected Champagne Friday for a few weeks...(a combination of being too busy and having a nasty cold) But it is the season to drink and be merry, so I will definitely be catching up on this soon!
Fleurage have just created festive room sprays (appropriately called 'Christmas) that perfectly captures the essence of Christmas, and an absolutely delicious smelling vanilla and orange candle. Candles always make such an easy gift, it's the kind of thing I like to have on hand when you need an 'emergency' gift for an unexpected guest or an overlooked present. Of course, it's always nice to treat myself to a candle too, it's such a lovely way to enjoy fragrance.
And now for the cocktails! Here are some delicious Christmas favorites (or winter favorites best enjoyed during July and August for us Aussies)
45ml Dark Rum
1 egg yolk
sprinkle of nutmeg
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and sprinkle with nutmeg. YUM!
(This serves 6 people or one very thirsty person)
1 bottle red wine
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp ginger
6 slices lemon
Firstly press the cloves into the whole orange, studding it. Place all ingredients into a saucepan and stir and heat. Strain into heatproof glasses.
There is no better drink on a cold
If these two drinks sound like too much hard work or you don't like the idea of raw egg, try this:
30ml light rum
scoop vanilla ice-cream
Stir everything together until you have a creamy consistency. Enjoy.