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Pieday Friday ~ Apple treats & toddies

Today’s recipe post is another which focuses on apples. To say that mum had a lot of apples on her tree is an understatement and they all needed using or preserving. As you know, last week I made apple and blackberry jam (here’s the recipe), and a flavoured vodka (which I have tested and it’s immense). Lucy from LucyLovesYa blog sent in her own apple scones recipe as part of the inspiration challenge and seeing her photo of these tasty treats (below) has inspired me to have a go at making them for myself.

apple scones by lucylovesya

Here’s the recipe I followed, which is for a cheese and apple scone (how nice does that sound?!): 300g self-raising flour, ½ tsp baking powder, 75g butter, 125g extra mature cheddar, 1 eating apple, 1 medium egg, about 100ml milk.

Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl before adding the diced butter and use your fingertips to rub it into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add 75g of the grated cheese and 1 grated apple into the mixture. Crack the egg into a measuring jug and add enough milk to end up with a total of 150ml liquid. add the egg and milk mixture to the flour bowl and bring together with a knife to form a dough. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to around 2cm thick and use a biscuit cutter to cut out the scones and place onto a greased baking tray. Brush with a little extra milk and sprinkle the remaining grated cheese over the top. Bake at 200 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

my retro living room autumn decor harvest floral arrangment and spiced apple juice

A second treat that hubby and I have been having a lot of this week is hot apple toddies. I love warmed apple juice, and they have started serving it in our local pub, so it must be the right time of year to start drinking it! We have come up with our favourite way to make spiced apple juice where we add two cups of apple juice into a saucepan and heat up before adding one chai teabag to infuse the juice. We also like to stir in some brown sugar or a spoonful of treacle, depending on which we fancy at the time, and add a teaspoon of mixed spice or ginger for an extra kick. I love this hot apple juice, but it’s even better if you’re tucked up at home and won’t be driving anywhere, because you can add a shot of dark rum to it!

Enjoy!


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Cheeky cocktail recipe ~ cherry amaretto

I’m thinking ahead to the weekend already and today I want to share with you one of my absolute favourite cocktails of all time. There’s no shaking or stirring involved in this very basic cocktail, just combining a couple of ingredients to create the sweetest (some might say sickly) cocktail that is dangerously easy to drink.

cherry amaretto and coke cocktail recipe

Pour 1 shot of amaretto liqueur and 1/2 a shot of cherry syrup (the stuff in the jar with your cocktail cherries!) over ice in a short tumbler then top up with cola. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you could even use Dr Pepper instead of coke – what’s the worst that could happen? ;) Make sure you add a couple of tasty cherries to garnish too.

I’ve got a big weekend of parties and pub nights coming up so I’ll be sipping a few of these cocktails on Saturday, I’m sure. Plus, it’s always fun to have a cheeky drink on the go while you’re getting ready for a night out! Let me know what your favourite cocktail is and how you make it – I’d love to hear from you, so leave your recipes in the comments section below – thanks!

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Disarono sours drink cocktail recipe


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Drinks recipe // delicious amaretto sours cocktail

This is officially my favourite drink. In my world, a sours cocktail cannot be beaten and I love amaretto too. So this recipe for an amaretto sours cocktail is my idea of heaven. Here’s how I mixed up these yummy drinks and you can see from the photo that we enjoyed these drinks with my chocolate fridge cake that I blogged about yesterday – these sweet treats went perfectly together with all the cherry and marzipan flavours in the drinks and cake!

Amaretto sours cocktail recipe

Shake together with ice cubes:

  • 2 x 25 ml shots amaretto (almond liqueur)
  • 1 shot of lemon juice
  • 1 shot sugar syrup

Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry and lemon or lime slice, plus tacky mini umbrellas ;) To get the frosted rim of the glass, rub a wedge of lemon or lime around the rim of the glass and dip into caster sugar. Enjoy!

Disarono sours drink cocktail recipe


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Cheeky drinks recipes for your New Years Eve party

If you’re having a gathering for New Years Eve, be it a small family ‘do’ or a huge party with friends, you’ll be guaranteed to be serving and enjoying a few drinks during the evenings celebrations. You’ll need a selection of soft drinks, the odd lager and bottle of wine, but the exciting part of throwing a new years eve party is mixing up funky cocktails and impressing your guests with your yummy beverages.

If you missed my blog post on spiced hot drinks earlier this week here’s the link, and you can have a pan of spiced juice or mulled wine blipping away on the hob to welcome your guests in from the cold. And here’s a few ideas for easy festive cocktails to make the evening go with a bang!

  • Cosmopolitan: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and shake 35ml vodka with 15ml orange liqueur, a squeeze fresh lime juice and 25ml cranberry juice. Sieve into your glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.
  • Christmas Cocktail: Pour 35ml apple brandy and 35ml apple juice into a champagne glass and top up with sparkling wine
  • Ginger Fizz: Pour 25ml spiced rum and a squeeze of lime juice over ice and top up with sparkling non-alcoholic ginger beer
  • Christingle Gin & Tonic: Pour 10ml orange blossom honey into a glass, stir in 50ml gin, add ice and top up with tonic water, serve with a twist of orange peel.

cheeky christmas cocktails by cassiefairy ginger fizz with rum and lime


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British summer classic drink – Pimms goes patriotic

If anyone ever asked me what the best British summer drink is, I’d always plump for Pimms. As a summer spritzer drink it’s pretty universally adored; it’s girly but not too girly that the lads won’t drink it, it’s a refreshing long drink, and it’s always nice to have a bit of fruit floating in your glass!

And now, the clever-bods in the Pimms marketing department have added a union jack design label to their classic bottles in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics. So snap up one of these limited edition bottles and pour yourself a long, cool drink (and don’t forget to add your fruity ice cubes from previous recipe post!)