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Christmas spirits: mince pie cocktail

By Lia Sanders on 19/11/14 6:44 PM

For some, the Christmas season does not truly get underway until they have tasted their first mince pie of the year.

Sainsbury’s have gone one better, coming up with a recipe for a cocktail based on the pie – including the mincemeat itself.

Created with the London Cocktail Club, The Mincemeat Irish was invented after more than 8 million mince pies were sold by the supermarket since September.

If you want to get into the “spirit” of the season, here’s how:

The Mincemeat Irish

50ml Irish Cream
25ml Cognac
2 teaspoons of fruit mincemeat
25ml whole milk
Clementine, whole

Add all of the ingredients – apart from the clementine – to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for ten seconds to allow for some dilution and to properly chill the drink.
Then strain the cocktail into a martini glass or a short glass filled with cubed ice. Take the clementine and a potato peeler, zest a strip of peel 3cm wide and 6cm (or so) long. Twist the peel over the glass orange side down to spray the oils over the drink, which will give you an amazing smell as you sip.