Summer is in full swing AND it’s the weekend, double wooo! To celebrate, I’m sharing a summery cocktail and spirit infusion and a quick DIY cocktail glass project. These have all been extracted from Mason Jar Nation by JoAnn Moser. This recipe wold be great for fruity summer cocktails or even for a birthday party so read on to find out how to make it…In honour of moonshiners of old and new, here’s a less volatile preparation that doesn’t require a still: pineapple-infused vodka. Complete the concoction with a Mason jar cocktail glass and a summery drink recipe using your homemade hooch, and you’ll be good to go.
Red carpets, high glamour, cocktails and luxury food. And that was just at my house! Last night was the BAFTA ceremony in London and the excitement has spread all the way to my little home in East Anglia where we had an enjoyable little party at home. Of course, it’s ‘my job’ to keep an eye on the red carpet and report back on all the fabulous fashion from the event but this time we actually decided to celebrate ourselves by getting dressed up, pouring a drink and enjoying a few party treats.
It was a rather fun evening as we popped open a mini bottle of champagne (I get so dizzy if I drink any more than that!), mixed up some drinks and nibbled on gourmet popcorn. When we missed the occasional award – while mixing up more drinks and fixing our evening meal – we managed to keep up with all the gossip from the big event on Twitter – thank goodness the winners we’re all announced live on social media!
Today’s recipe is a great one for adding a little bit of excitement to your party. If you’re planning a wedding, hen party, birthday or are even gathering together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th at a street party, this little fruity recipe would be a great addition to a glass of something bubbly. Whether you’re drinking soda, lemonade or a sparkling wine, these little cubes of fresh fruit add a little kick to any glass of fizz, turning it from a basic drink into something special for your big occasion. Read on find out how to make fruity cubes for your very own party and how you can WIN a case of sparkling wine from Premier Estates for yourself! Freezing pureed fruit into ice cubes is a simple enough idea, but it’s the fruity combinations that add the wow factor. Popping a couple of cubes into a champagne flute before topping up with fizz creates a cocktail-in-a-glass. The cubes bubble and roll around in the glass before gradually dissolving to turn your glass of wine into a bellini. It’s a no-fuss drink, with no need to pour measures of puree, so guests can easily add their own fruit flavouring to whatever they are drinking. Recipe 1 – Peach & apple. I used tinned peaches for this recipe because they are easy to blend but you can use very ripe fresh peaches if you prefer. I used half a tin, which made enough puree for at least 24 cubes, which is enough for 12 drinks, so you can adjust the quantities if needed. I drained away most of the syrup and added 100ml of apple juice instead. Blend into a pulp and then pour into an ice cube tray and freeze. Recipe 2 – Mixed berries & cranberry. For this recipe I defrosted a bowlful of frozen mixed berries but you can use fresh strawberries, blackberries, cranberries and raspberries for this recipe if you like. I added a sprinkling of sugar to sweeten slightly and then poured over 100m cranberry juice. Blitz the fruit and juice together before pouring into the ice cube tray and freezing. You can sieve the seeds out of the puree if you like, but I wanted to keep them in, so that the floating ice cubes would resemble berries themselves. Again, this made 24 ice cubes, enough for 12 drinks. Recipe 3 – Lime & mint. This is a flavour combination that would work best in a soda or lemonade (you can add vodka or whisky if you like) rather than a sparkling wine. In this instance, mix the juice of a whole lime into 100ml lemonade, and add a big handful of fresh mint leaves. Give it a quick blend to mash in the mint and then pour into the ice cube trays and freeze.
Earlier this week I wrote about my plans for Valentine’s Day and shared an idea for a thrifty DIY date night at the movies – if you missed my post, you can check it out here. With cinema prices rocketing I’ve come up with a way to enjoy a romantic evening with your Valentine without spending a small fortune on tickets, food and parking! And today I’m DIYing another popular Valentine’s Day date; a luxury afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is one of my favourite activities and I’ve spent many hours searching online for afternoon tea voucher deals but the prices seem to go from £15 upwards per person and that’s just a little more than I’d like to spend on a date. However, I love to treat my husband – and I know that he enjoys cakes and scones as much as I do! – so I’ve thought of a way to make a more personal version of afternoon tea that you can enjoy at home. This would be great for birthdays and anniversary celebrations too so check out the recipes and give it a go yourself! Continue reading “Thrifty DIY afternoon tea date for Valentine’s Day” »
I’ve already posted a few recipes for making my favourite festive drinks and cocktails so I thought that I would compile each of these articles into one post so that you can find all the Christmas drinks recipes in one place! It’s not just boozy beverages that I’ve been concocting, but lovely hot drinks too so check these out to keep you warm this winter:
Let me know if you give any of these recipes a go and I’d love to see snaps of your festive hot chocolate creations so please tweet me a photo @Cassiefairy.
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: 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 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!
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 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.
Of course there are many more cocktails and mocktail recipes that you can find online and mix up so let me know if you find any other interesting recipes containing cherry juice. And if you’re interested in learning cocktail-making skills for yourself why not consider taking a course to develop your knowledge? Search for bartending courses from training providers such as CHT Melbourne and take the first step towards learning new skills and possibly creating a new career for yourself. Studying on a course is a great way to learn more about mixology and bar skills – plus you can meet new friends at the same time. Best of luck!
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.
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.
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 😉
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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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