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It’s time you made a start on the Christmas Cocktail

Cocktail

Cocktail

I had my first proper Christmas cocktail of the year last night.  While present wrapping.  A dirty martini.  Allegedly, it was Churchill’s favourite cocktail. It’s really not much of a cocktail, but  I’ve always been a bit of a gin-girl so it suits me fine.  4 parts gin to 1 part green olive brine.  You can add a dash of dry vermouth, but I don’t bother.  Shake over ice.  I forgot to hold down the lid and ended up having to lick quite a lot of it up from the counter.  Strain into a glass and serve with a couple of olives.  If there’s any left in the shaker after the lid flies off.  Want something a bit more, cocktail y (as oppose to spilt gin and olive brine)?  Here’s a selection of vaguely Christmassy recipes to try.

Christmas Cocktails

The Refreshing One: Cranberry sea breeze punch

  • Frozen cranberries
  • 1litre cranberry juice
  • 500ml vodka
  • 400ml grapefruit juice
  • 2 limes cut into slices
  • Ice

Pour the cranberry juice, vodka and grapefruit juice into a punch bowl or large jug and add lime.  Add some ice and the frozen cranberries.

The Fizzy One: Sloe Prosecco Royale

  • Crushed ice
  • 50ml Prosecco
  • 25ml sloe gin
  • 25ml cherry brandy
  • 1 sprig rosemary

Fill a glass with crushed ice and pour over the prosecco. Slightly bruise the leaves of the rosemary by rubbing lightly.  Drop it into the glass.  Slowly pour the sloe gin and cherry brandy into the glass so that they sink to the bottom.

Something Warm: Mulled white wine

Fancy something warm, but not a fan of red wine?  Try this unusual mulled white wine.

  • 750ml white wine
  • 100ml madeira
  • ½ lemon sliced
  • 4 dried apricots
  • 5 cardamom pods bruised
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 vanilla pod, split in half
  • 1bsp honey
  • A few drops of rosewater

Pour the white wine and madeira into a large saucepan.  And the rest of the ingredients except the rose water.  Bring to a simmer then strain into a jug.  Stir in the rosewater before serving.

Is it a drink or is it a pudding? : Nutella Frangelico

  • 50ml double cream
  • 1tsp Nutella
  • 150ml whole milk
  • 25 g milk chocolate chopped
  • 25ml hazelnut liquer (Frangelico)
  • 1 tsp chopped hazelnuts

Whip the cream till thick then fold in the nutella.  Try for a marbled effect.

In a saucepan warm the milk until simmering.  Take off the heat.  Add the chocolate and stir till melted.  Return to the heat to warm through.  Add the Frangelico

Pour the hot chocolate into a mug and add the whipped cream.  Sprinkle with the toasted hazelnuts.

The One With A Rude Name: The Blow Job Shot

You’re supposed to drink this without using your hands.  It could get messy.  Infact, it will definitely get messy.

  • 15ml Baileys Irish Cream
  • 15mils Coffee syrup
  • Whipped cream

In a shot glass, layer syrup, Baileys then cream.  Drink in one go, no hands, or however you like.

Have fun, drink responsibly x

 

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Anyone for Gin and Prosecco?

Anyone for tennis?  Balls to that, we’re cracking out the summer cocktails.

It’s the first day of Wimbledon and that means just one thing… it’s time to shake and stir some summer cocktails.  We’re not very sporty here at DYP but we do like a good cocktail.  And Wimbledon seems like a good excuse to dust off the cocktail shaker.  Ignore the weather forecast, make like it’s summer, and get mixing. Here’s some recipes to get you started.  Don’t forget to share your own recipes with us if you’ve got some good ones.

Summer Cocktails

Gin Prosecco Love and Laughter

Since we’re pretty much fuelled by gin prosecco and laughter, we’ll start with this one. Discerning drinkers discovered the joys of mixing gin and fiz at least 150 years ago. Summer Cocktails

  • 1 measure elderflower cordial
  • 1 measure lemon juice
  • 1 measure gin
  • Lots of ice
  • Plenty of laughter
  • A bit of love
  • Prosecco
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Pour in the elderflower cordial, lemon juice and gin, and shake.
  2. Add some laughter and love and shake some more.
  3. Strain into a tall glass, and top with Prosecco.
  4. Serve with a spring of mint if you’re being posh.

Pimm’s

The quintessential Wimbledon drink. Apparently the recipe is a closely guarded secret, with only a handful of people knowing it.  But do you know how to serve it?

  • Pimm’s
  • Lots of ice
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Orange
  • Mint leaves
  • Pimm’s
  • Lemonade
  1. Slice the strawberries, cucumber and orange
  2. Fill a glass or jug with ice
  3. Pour in 1 part Pimm’s and add 3 parts lemonade.
  4. Chuck in the fruit and serve.

Gin Raspberry BeretSummer Cocktails

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A twist on the traditional French Martini and an ode to Prince all in one.

  • 1 part raspberry cordial
  • 1 part gin
  • Tonic water
  • Lots of ice
  • Slice of lemon
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the gin and raspberry cordial
  3. Strain into a glass
  4. Top up with tonic water and add a slice of lemon
  5. ( you can of course just sling everything into a glass if you don’t have a cocktail shaker)

The Never-Ending One

And finally, our favourite of all the summer cocktails.  If someone asks you if you’d like a game of tennis, tell them, when you’ve finished your drink.

  • Champagne flute (or wine glass, highball, tumbler, mug)
  • Prosecco
  • Orange juice
  • Lemonade
  • Mint
  1. Fill the glass with prosecco.  Take a sip. Chuck the mint away.
  2. Refill the glass.
  3. Take glug.
  4. Refill it.
  5. Take another sip.
  6. Refill.
  7. Continue.
  8. Save the orange juice and lemonade for the next morning.

Happy drinking.  If you can still knock a ball over the net after all those, you’re not doing it right!

Remember to drink responsibly, don’t be stupid, be safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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