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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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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