Aperol sour

I like an Aperol spritz for it’s speed, simplicity, and the sociability of a longer shared drink, but when I have the time to make it and am in the mood for a cocktail, I’d rather drink this Aperol Sour – I think that’s because it is reminiscent of a Negroni, which I adore (you… Continue reading Aperol sour

Mojito

After the wettest May on record, June has arrived and the sun has most definitely got it’s hat on, hip hip hip hooray! This is the drink that I want at the end of a long sunshine filled day (especially after a day of gardening, yes I’m middle aged), I think it’s the freshness of… Continue reading Mojito

Coco loco

C’mon summer, hurry up so that I can lounge around in my garden supping these please! Just 4 ingredients, very simple to knock up, and utterly delicious to drink. Well done Waitrose Food Magazine, this has become a regular in our house, and surely the inclusion of coconut water makes it healthy, right? Ingredients (per… Continue reading Coco loco

Rhubarb Martini

When life gives you rhubarb, you’ve cooked it up and eaten the delicious sharp pink fruit, you are invariably left with a bunch of syrup. This is what you should do with that syrup – make a martini! Wondering what to do with the fruit? Well the list is endless, but my first suggestion would… Continue reading Rhubarb Martini

Rose Margarita (Rosarita?)

Although I’ve never lived there, I’ve definitely inherited a taste for all things Turkish from my father, and a love of all things rose is one of them. I think if given the chance the only thing I’d ever have on toast is rose petal jam (marmite comes second) and I’m quite partial to rose… Continue reading Rose Margarita (Rosarita?)

Russian Spring Punch

This is a recipe from a cocktail-making-food-loving old friend who I’ve known for almost 25 years – what he doesn’t know about both probably isn’t worth knowing, and this is the drink he’s been quaffing on our regular Friday night lockdown zoom parties. It’s gooooooood, and certainly gets the weekend started on the right track!… Continue reading Russian Spring Punch

French 75

NYE 2020 was kicked off in weird COVID-era style by a couple of French 75 cocktails, which most definitely packed a punch. Created in the 1920’s and named after a WW1 french field gun (!) this is a remarkably refreshing drink for something so boozy, and led to a very giggly Zoom call with some… Continue reading French 75

Toffee Vodka

I’ve made this every December for as long as I can remember, and if you’ve ever been to our house over Christmas then you’re very likely to have had a snifter (or two). It’s utterly delicious, and December just wouldn’t be December without it. Here’s some in a pretty bottle, ready to be gifted to… Continue reading Toffee Vodka

Christmas Negroni

Or, as I like to call it, Christ-mas-y Ne-gro-ni. As the name suggests, this is a twist on a standard Negroni and therefore it’s not for everyone (hello my Campari hating husband!), but I think its excellent. What could be more Christmassy than clementine and nutmeg? Ingredients Per glass: 60ml gin 15ml Campari 15ml lemon… Continue reading Christmas Negroni

Appletini

This drink is exceedingly Autumnal, and exceedingly easy to both make and drink. The slice of apple is of course optional, but between that and the apple juice in the drink that’s got to be 1 of your five-a-day right? Ingredients Per glass: 60ml Vodka 60ml cloudy apple juice 1.5 tsp lemon juice 1.5 tsp… Continue reading Appletini