Santa Suit

19 Dec

Santa by Thomas Nast

Did you know that the first illustrations of Santa and his infamous fur lined red suit started in the 19th Century? Illustrations by artist Thomas Nast had surfaced in the early 1900s that would later be made popular by none other than the official sponsors of everything, Coca Cola. Though the image of our modern day Santa’s true origins are still very much debatable, his red suit is undeniably Coca Cola. Santa used to also wear green suits and tan suits back then before he got splashed onto Coke’s advertisements wearing the company’s colour and a jolly round belly. Thus was born the era of the red suited Santa.

If you found this little information tid-bit terribly dull, well, so did I. I couldn’t really care much about Santa’s suit, but apparently people on the interwebs do! So, I should too! Here’s my version of the Santa Suit! It’s red and white and fluffy around the edges too.

Santa Suit - Closeup

The Santa Suit is a pleasant, versatile and really pretty drink that can be served as a cocktail or as a shot. We’ll be going through both the styles here. This drink is a little chunky because of the fruit-to-liquid ratio so be prepared to serve with a spoon.

Now, what you’ll need to make a Santa Suit is Irish Cream, vodka, and raspberries for the drink; whipping cream, icing sugar, and vanilla extract for the whipped cream, and McVitie’s Digestive biscuits to top.

The Santa Suit - What You Need

Back row: Smirnoff Export Strength Vodka; Bailey’s Irish Cream; Arla Whipping Cream; Star Brand Vanilla Flavour
Front row: McVitie’s Digestives – The Original; Raspberries; Icing Sugar

The Recipe:
1 shot Irish Cream
2 shots vodka
4 raspberries
1 crushed McVitie’s Digestive biscuit to top

Whipped Cream:
2 tbsp whipping cream
½ tsp vanilla essence
½ tsp icing sugar

The only difference between the cocktail version and the shot version is essentially serving size so get your choices of glasses ready and let’s go through the steps one by one. We’ll try to be as efficient as possible with our steps.

First things first, crush all the things that need crushing. Take your raspberries and muddle them into a puree. Then crush up the Digestive biscuits into crumbs. You can leave slightly larger crumbs for an extra crunch and also to prevent it from sinking into the drink too fast so, don’t grind it into a powder.

The Santa Suit - Crush

Next step, prepare the whipped cream.

Pour the measures of whipping cream, vanilla essence, and icing sugar into a bowl big enough to accommodate a whisk. Using the whisk, whisk the contents until the liquids start to ‘stiffen’. You’ll be able to tell it’s ready when the consistency is almost alike to a really thick smoothie.

Santa Suit - Whipping Cream

And you’re done with the first part!

Now, fill up a cocktail shaker till full with ice. Pour the measures of vodka and Irish Cream in and shake until well frosted.

Santa Suit - Pour

Irish Cream!                                                                       Vodka!

Alright then, time to combine everything into the glasses. We’ll start with the cocktail version using a martini glass.

Step 1: Spoon the raspberries into the martini glass

Step 2: Pour the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass.

Santa Suit - Making

Step 3: Gently spoon the whipped cream on top. It’ll form a nice floating layer on the top of the drink. When you’re done, you can use the back of your spoon to very, very, VERY gently even out any creases on the whipping cream to create a completely even top.

Step 4: Sprinkle some crushed Digestive biscuits over the top. Only top with the biscuits once you’re ready to serve or it will very quickly soak up the liquids and begin to sink into the layer of cream to create a gross soggy look, though it doesn’t really affect the taste.

And you’re done! What a beauty…. 🙂

The Santa Suit - Cocktail

The Santa Suit wearing a martini glass

On to the shots!

For the shots, you can use the same ratio for the Irish Cream and vodka mix, and also the same whipping cream recipe.

Per shot, muddle 1 raspberry and top with the vodka and Irish Cream shaken over ice.

Next, top with a layer of whipped cream. For the whipped cream, whipping any smaller amounts is impossible so just make it as the recipe says and top as you require. If you find yourself having excess whipped cream, grab a raspberry, dip it into the whipped cream, then dunk that into the crushed Digestive biscuits and makan (eat)! It’s truly amazing. I know, coz I ended up with extra whipped cream as well. Nothing goes wasted.

Finally, top with crushed Digestive biscuits when you’re ready to serve.

Santa Suit - Shot Steps

Voila! Santa Suit shooters!

The Santa Suit - Shot

Santa Suit in shooters. Everyone down!

Santa Suit is proudly brought to you by sponsors, Coca Cola.

I kid. We didn’t get paid for anything.


2 Responses to “Santa Suit”

  1. Arone Tan December 20, 2012 at 10:36 #

    Awesomely gorgeous drinks! White Russian + Santa suits would make killer Christmas party drinks! Put enough digestives and you’d have yourself a finger-food-drink 😉 Merry Christmas to you and to the rest of the Cham Chamers!

    • chamchamgirl December 21, 2012 at 16:28 #

      Aww thank you 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too! Have a great rest of the year! 2013 looks promising 🙂

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