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

Amaretto Sour

This is one of my husband’s favourite cocktails, and as a lover of all things almond (seriously, I’d live on marzipan alone if given the chance), I rather like it too. Not as sweet as you’d think due to the fresh lemon juice, and technically should be served in a rocks glass with additional ice,… Continue reading Amaretto Sour

Margarita

Sometimes only a Margarita will do on a Friday night, and last night was one of those nights. It’s the end of the summer but the sun is still shining into the evening, and starting the weekend sipping one of these was rather wonderful. Alas the cat didn’t seem to think so. Ingredients Per glass:… Continue reading Margarita

Negroni

Campari is most definitely a marmite drink (you either love it or hate it, there’s no in-between) and I’ve loved it since my first sip of the bright red aperitif, so its no surprise that I love a Negroni. It turns out that Stanley Tucci makes the odd Negroni too, which only makes me love… Continue reading Negroni

Clover Club

If it’s Friday night, it needs to be a cocktail – and this is a doozy. This is a Clover Club, first made for me by a bartender in London who made me write down the recipe (what a lovely lady!). Ingredients (enough for 2, because no one wants to drink a cocktail alone!) 150ml… Continue reading Clover Club