December Days … a well earned drink!
Yes, Friday at last!
Many of us will be off out partying tonight trying not to misbehave in front of the Boss or embarrass yourself by dancing like a two-year old!
But what of those of staying home on Friday night, how about becoming a cocktail expert and mixing up a few lethal combinations?
A Sparkly Gin Cocktail
2 fl ozs of gin
1 sugar cube ( I like brown sugar for this)
half a lemon squeezed for the juice
Shake together the gin, sugar cube, lemon juice and ice, starin into a cocktail glass or a whisky tumbler and top up with bubbly.
My fave the Cosmo
35ml/1½fl oz vodka
15ml/½fl oz orange liqueur
squeeze fresh lime juice
25ml/1fl oz cranberry juice
twist orange peel, to garnish
The vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice and cranberry go into a cocktail shaker, then fill with ice. Shake it baby and then strain into a cocktail glass
If you want to show off then hold the piece of orange peel over the glass and carefully flame with a match. If you haven’t singed it to a frazzle then drop in the glass! The orange peel, not the match
Or the very yummy Chocolate Raspberry Martini
1 1/2 ounce raspberry vodka
1 ounce white creme de cacao
Chill your ingredients beforehand. Pour them into a chilled martini glass – no need to stir or shake or anything.
You could dust some cocoa over it or perch a raspberry on the side. I like to freeze the raspberries and float them on top
This one is delicious and very addictive, it is called a Poinsettia
a shot of Cointreau
3 fl ozs cranberry juice
Put the Cointreau and cranberry juice in a chilled champagne flute.
Stir them and top up with champers.
To make it stronger you could a shot of vodka or tequila
Or avoid alcohol all-together, replace the champagne with ginger ale. (yeh right)
And finally for you non alcohol types, a mocktail or two
A friend of mine made this once, she called it a Holly Berrie
500g strawberries, hulled A wine glass full of cranberry juice 5 wine glasses of lemonade Put strawberries and cranberry juice in a blender, Blend until smooth.
Pour into 4 tall glasses and top with the lemonade. Decorate with more fruit
And then a delicious Berry Punch, this is also yummy warm, just leave out the soda water
1½ litres raspberry cranberry juice 3 wine glasses soda water 1 to 2 limes, squeezed for the juice, keep the peel as a granish 1 punnet raspberries 1 punnet blueberries 1 bunch of mint, tear up 1 extra lime, thinly sliced 1 bottle ginger ale or ginger beer. Add the whole lot into a large jug or punch bowl and watch it disappear
I have personally tried all these recipes (hic) and can vouch for them all being yummy and very very moreish
Enjoy and stay safe !