The Christmas Jones is a festive strawberry-pineapple drink that will put a little extra fun into the holiday season. It was created at New York City's Metro Marche (now closed) to coincide with the 2006 release of the James Bond movie "Casino Royale."
The cocktail recipe is quite simple and it all begins in the blender. Fresh strawberries and pineapple juice are blended with your favorite vodka to create a boozy fruit smoothie. The drink is then poured into a glass and topped with a little soda to add extra Bond-like bling.
Despite its holiday-themed name, this is a fantastic drink for any time of year. Also, this recipe is designed to create two servings so you can share with a friend.
Gather the ingredients.
In a blender, whiz the vodka, strawberries, sugar, and pineapple juice together.
Pour the mix equally into two highball glasses.
Top with 7-Up.
Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Serve and enjoy!
- To make a good Christmas Jones, start out with a mid-range vodka (any of the popular brands are excellent candidates). One that you wouldn't mind in your vodka tonic should do just fine.
- Save those frozen strawberries for your next strawberry daiquiri and go with fresh berries for the Christmas Jones whenever possible. This is not the average blended cocktail because there is no ice added to the blender. Instead, it is more of a spiked fruit puree or a blended juice and that would warrant the freshest fruits possible.
- If you have a juicer, do yourself a favor and use fresh pineapple juice because the drink will be just a little brighter.
- If you're using bottled pineapple juice, you may find that the little cans of pineapple juice are the best option. They usually come in 5- to 6-ounce cans, which is perfect for a single round of drinks and you don't have to worry about wasting a larger can.
- For the best drink, choose a juice that is "Not From Concentrate." Keep an eye on the expiration dates, too, as they can easily be pushed to the back of the refrigerator and forgotten.
How Strong Is a Christmas Jones?
This recipe is exceptionally light on the alcohol. Despite the fact that the recipe creates two highball drinks, there is only a single shot of vodka used. With an 80-proof vodka and a final volume of 8 ounces in each glass, the Christmas Jones would weigh in at a very mild 3 percent ABV (6 proof). Surprisingly, it is lighter than the average bottle of beer.