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Cherry good cocktail recipes

At this time of year I really enjoy having nights in with my friends, watching cheesy Saturday-night TV and enjoying a good home-cooked meal. We also like to mix up the occasional cocktail and this week I tried out a new ingredient for our evening cocktails: cherry juice. When I picked up some cocktail ingredients at the supermarket, I came across Cherry Good and my mouth started watering! I was sure it would go nicely with the limes, lemons, juices and mixers in my trolley so when I got home I looked up drink recipes on their website and tried out a few.

The first recipe I tried was a cherry sour, because whisky sours is one of my favourite drinks ever and I wanted to know how it would compare if mixed up with cherry juice. Thankfully it was delicious and I tried a couple more of these cheeky cocktail recipes over the course of the weekend. Here they are, and I hope that you’ll enjoy them too:cherry sour cocktail recipe using cherry good juice cherry sour cocktail recipe using cherry good juice-2

Cherry Sour: 2 measures vodka, 6 measures cherry juice drink, 1 measure freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 measures lemonade, garnish with a fresh cherry on a stick or a slice of lemon. Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour over vodka, Cherry Good and lemon juice. Shake to mix and chill. Pour into a tall glass with ice and top up with the lemonade. michigan impossible cocktail recipe using cherry juice-2 michigan impossible cocktail recipe using cherry juice-3 michigan impossible cocktail recipe using cherry juice-5

Michigan Impossible 2 measures whisky, 4 measures Cherry Good juice, 1 measure freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 measure sugar syrup and optional 2 measures of lemonade to make a taller drink with ice. Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour over whisky, cherry juice, lime juice and sugar syrup. Shake to mix and chill. The lemonade is optional, to make a longer drink in a taller glass with ice. Sugar syrup is easy to make, by dissolving sugar into water (50/50) and heating it. Even simpler is pouring boiling water onto sugar and stirring, but make sure it’s cool before you use it!cherry and honey non alcoholic juice cocktail recipe cherry and honey non alcoholic juice cocktail recipe-2

Non-alcoholic cherry and honey: 200ml Cherry Good cherry juice drink, 100ml water, juice of half a lemon, 2 tablespoons honey, a pinch of salt (preferably unprocessed sea salt) Mix all the ingredients together, until the honey is dissolved. Add the salt last and adjust the amount to suit your own taste – not too salty.

These recipes are fast becoming my firm favourites and I will definitely be adding these to my Christmas party cocktail list too. Let me know if you give them a try and remember to drink responsibly! I also tried mixing up my own cocktail using the juice and here’s what I came up with:cherry apple juice cocktail recipe michigan impossible cocktail recipe using cherry juice

Cherry Apple 1 measure apple schnapps, 2 measures Cherry Good, 2 measures apple juice.  Fill a tall cocktail glass with crushed ice and pour in the ingredients and stir to mix.

 


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Top 7 cocktails for a Christmas party with Social & Cocktail

Today I am lucky enough to share a special blog post all about mixing famous cocktails, which has been written for me by my lovely friends over at Social and Cocktail. I hope you enjoy their ideas for creating cocktail classics for your Christmas party – and no, it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas!

With the popularity of cocktails exploding in recent years, they have now made their way into many Christmas parties across the country. Cocktails are a perfect option for any Christmas party, as they are fun, colourful plus there is a huge variety to cater for all tastes, be they sweet, sour, fruity, bitter or spicy.

If you are thinking of offering cocktails at your Christmas party, you can either mix up your own batch of cocktails (we advise you to trawl the web for cocktail recipes) or you can book a cocktail package from a variety of cocktail companies which have popped up over the last few years. Such companies will cater for all types of events, such as Office Christmas Parties Birthdays and Garden Parties. These companies will normally offer a mobile cocktail bar, bartender (trained in mixology), glassware, cocktail master classes and cocktail ingredients.

We have chosen fantastic 7 cocktails that we guarantee will be a hit at any Christmas Party.

1) Orange Chocolate Dream

Everybody remembers getting a Terry`s Chocolate Orange for Christmas, well, now you can have it in a glass…with alcohol.

The Ingredients: 45 ml White Chocolate Liqueur, 30 ml Bailey`s Irish Cream, 20 ml Orange Liqueur, 2 Teaspoons Cocoa Powder, 1 Teaspoon Bar Sugar, 1 Orange Twist

How to Make:

  • Mix the cocoa powder and sugar on a small plate.
  • Dampen the rim of a martini glass and swirl in the powder mixture to rim.
  • Add the chocolate liqueur and Baileys to a cocktail shaker filled most of the way with ice and shake for about 20 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture into a martini glass and float the orange liqueur on top.
  • Garnish with an orange twist.Orange Chocolate Dream

2) White Lady

The White Lady is a clean-tasting classic cocktail, perfect choice for the gin lovers at the office Christmas party.

The Ingredients: 50 ml Gin, 25 ml Triple Sec, 25ml Lemon Juice, Lemon Rind

How to Make:

  • Mix the ingredients in a shaker which is half full of ice.
  • Strain and serve in a sugar-rimmed glass.
  • Garnish with a strip of lemon rind. 

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Sunny weekend cocktails and my favourite recipe

There’s nothing better when the sun is shining and you’re sat outside enjoying an alfresco dinner than sipping on a cocktail with your friends as the sun goes down. That is exactly what I got up to last weekend and I wanted to share my new favourite cocktail recipe with you so that you too can enjoy a cheeky drink this evening! As it’s my absolute favourite drink, I went on the Southern Comfort website looking for inspiration and was met with a massive collection of cocktails. Actually, it took me a couple of attempts because the website asks for your date of birth to check you’re over 18 before letting you onto the site. Very responsible of them, but they didn’t count on my dodgy typing that ended up with me telling them that my birthday was on the 51st of the month and in 1998 – ha, I wish! So I was blocked out oops!

I was glad that I persevered because the range and ideas for Southern Comfort-based cocktails was great. Having only ever really enjoyed it with lemonade in the past I was very excited to try out some new recipes. I plumped for the yummy-sounding Scarlett O’Hara, mainly because I had all the ingredients to hand! While looking at the history pages on the website I found out that this cocktail was created in 1939 when “Gone With the Wind” was released and not long afterwards in 1945 Southern Comfort arrived in the UK. The spirit was actually developed by founder M.W. Heron in 1885 so it took quite a long time to reach us in the UK but I’m so pleased that it eventually did! I mixed it up in a jug so I increased the quantities, mixed it with handfuls of ice and added some slices of orange to look pretty and add a little extra zest to the mixture.

Here’s the cocktail ingredients:

1 part southern comfort

1.5 parts cranberry juice

a dash of lime juice

1.5 parts club soda (or as much as you prefer to dilute it to your taste)

I’m going to try out a second recipe this weekend that I spotted on the website called “Dixie Punch” – I just need to pop out for some pineapple juice to make this one. There are user-submitted cocktail recipes too so maybe I’ll experiment a bit with my favourite flavours and add my own “Cassiefairy” cocktail?? Plus, I’ve just discovered that there is such as thing as Bold Black Cherry Southern Comfort – wow, I can’t wait to try that! Let me know if you have a go at making a tasty cocktail this evening and you can enter your favourite concoction into the “Go Drink Yourself” cocktail creation competition – here’s the link www.southerncomfort.com/drink-yourself-uk and use the hashtag #whateverscomfortable to share your cocktail photos on twitter or instagram – but please please drink responsibly, like me ;)


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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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