Shaken or Stirred

I am the cocktail Queen, especially at party season and when we have people over … Mixing coctails up is so much fun. Here are two of my favourite recipes that you can try out at home this Christmas time.

First up is the ‘Bramble’ a delicious mix of fruity Black Raspberry, sour Lemon and dry, sharp Prosecco. 

I love long drinks that you can sip at whilst catching up with family and friends and this one perfectly fits the bill for that. Plus it takes just a few minutes to make, simply pour a glass (or two) of Prosecco and add a few drops of Lemon Juice into it along with 25ml of your Gin of choice. 

I used Whitley Neill in the above, an African Gin that utilises botanical flavours such as sweet Citrus Peel, Juniper Berries and Iris to create a distinctive flavour unreplicated by other Gin manufacturers.

In order to recreate the layered look above, take a spoon and using the handle gently pour 25ml of Chambord into the glass. Running it along the handle will spot it mixing into the Prosecco and sink straight to the bottom.

Et voila, your Bramble is complete!

Next up is quite possibly my favourite cocktail in the world bar none, the Espresso Martini a drink that quite simply must be shaken to blend all of the characteristics of the drink together and create the smooth finish that we all know and love.

Start off by brewing a shot (25ml) of your favourite coffee (or you can cheat like me and use a Tassimo machine if you have one) and filling a shaker with some ice. Add into the shaker 50ml of Vodka (Grey Goose to me is the one to use) and 35ml of Coffee Liqueur before pouring in the Espresso and shaking until your hand is so cold you cannot bear to hold the hake any longer.

Strain into a Martini Glass (how gorgeous and festive are these lovelies from Sainsburys?) and decorate with a few Coffee Beans if you have them to hand, unlike me!

Then there were two!

Time to sit back, chat and enjoy the festive season!

What are your favourite festive cocktail mixes? Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x


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