Christmas is coming only 33 sleeps…Chrismas Pudding(tick), Christmas Cake(tick)…Christmas Cocktails and drinks …they need to be tested and triple-tested (Hic)
Guess who got a bottle of Naga Vodka? A few of them might bring the New Year in with a
In the meantime, I will give you some lovely recipes which don’t pack quite so much of a punch…As this might…
So come on own up has anyone been brave enough to try this??
Next one of my Favourites…
- I litre bottle of your favourite vodka
- 10 Lemons
- 5 cups of water
- 4 cups of granulated sugar
Well, lets cook wasn’t really appropriate …Was it???
First, wash and peel those lemons and put the peels in a glass container ( big) enough to also hold the litre of vodka.
Leave to soak for at least 10 days. then drain off the liquid and dispose of the peels.
Make a syrup by dissolving the sugar in the water, cool and add to the lemon/vodka mixture. using a clean coffee filter strain the liquid…Voila!
You now have your own homemade Limoncello…Enjoy!
This one is a lovely non-alcoholic apple-based drink.
- 200 ml apple juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp whole allspice
- 1 mace blade
- 2 whole cloves
- small strip fresh ginger
- 1 clementine with the peel very finely zested.
- 100 gm golden castor sugar
Heat the apple juice with the whole spices, ginger, clementine zest and sugar. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins.
Remove from the heat and leave to cool, then strain the syrup into small bottles.
Refrigerate until required and serve in a glass with some apple slices and ice or warm with a stick of cinnamon it is also lovely drizzled over ice cream.
My favourite Tanqueray Gin no less and a tonic recipe ..you will never ever pull that metal ring and pour it over your gin again…This is sublime, the ultimate in a mixer and just what gin deserves and no I am not including the recipe for you…you will have to pop over to Chez’s blog and find it…haha…….Now you can all guess what I will be making this weekend 😉 If I can get Cinchona bark which gives the quinine flavour of tonic…..but Chez has it covered if you can’t she has given us the link to a man who can!
Who doesn’t love a glass of Irish Cream over ice??
Ingredients: Makes about 1 litre.
- 1 2/3 cup(400 ml) Irish Whiskey
- 1 cup double(heavy) cream
- 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk…
- 3 tbsp Chocolate syrup or chocolate topping..
- 1 tsp instant coffee granules
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract.
Cooks Tips: Irish Cream or Baileys is now sold in many flavours which means you can be inventive…Below are a few ideas…You can also make a dairy-free version which is equally as good…
- Replace the coffee and chocolate syrup with Kahlua.
- Add orange extract and extra chocolate.
- For a dairy-free version use coconut milk to make sweetened condensed milk and then use coconut milk instead of cream.
- Use Drambuie instead of coffee and add some Cointreau and a spot more chocolate sauce.
- if you don’t have chocolate syrup, use 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder instead. I suggest whisking the cocoa powder with a tbsp of cream until smooth.
- Your alcohol…your choice how about Southern Comfort and Amaretto. Brandy… it was awesome! or Bourbon.
Blend all ingredients(except) for the alcohol) together lightly as you don’t want to curdle your cream add your alcohol and then refrigerate.
Serve cold and or over Ice…or buy some pretty glass bottles add a bow and a message…Now, who wouldn’t love to receive that as a Christmas Gift?
How easy is that? plus …you can get about 4 batches from one bottle of Irish Whiskey so by my reckoning that’s a real saving and lots of Irish Cream which we tested alongside Bailey’s and it was very close…yay……
Bloody Mary’s… just saying! One of my favourite cocktails and this Naga Vodka which my son bought me apparently the best way to drink it is in a Bloody Mary.. Shots are not advised! I am waiting until New Year’s Eve until I sample it ….Have any of you been that brave and tried Naga Vodka yet ????
- 3 ¼ cups of tomato juice
- 1 ¼ cups of vodka ( or thereabouts) Hic
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tbsp horseradish
- 2 tsp Tabasco sauce or peri peri sauce
- 2 tsp Lea & Perrins sauce ( Worcestershire sauce)
- ½ tsp celery salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 6 stalks of celery with leaves.
Combine everything together in a jug or cocktail shaker and TASTE… this is where I adjust and give it a tweak or two…I make my own tomato juice and as tomatoes vary so does the TASTE….It is a fine art and needs much testing to get this just right …Hic
Chill in the fridge until required… this recipe makes about 6 glasses.
Add some ice to a chilled glass and fill with the Bloody Mary mix…pop in your celery stick and a slice of lime and or some olives and if you are feeling really….well… If you have some bacon to use up then crisp it up and stick a slice in with the celery… Anything goes when I am making cocktails.
I love the taste of Chai Tea so when I saw this recipe for a Chai Tea Egg Nog I thought…Yes, please!
How about a Winter Sangria?
- 1 bottle (750 ml) of red wine, like a Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1 cup (237 ml) brandy
- 1 cup (237 ml) pomegranate juice
- 1 cup (237 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 1 pomegranate, arils removed
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 cinnamon stick
In a large jug or serving bowl, stir together the wine, brandy, pomegranate juice, and orange juice. Add orange slices, pomegranate arils, cranberries and cinnamon stick. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
Serve with ice cubes.
On a cold winter’s day a mug or three of mulled wine will warm the cockles of your heart…I have many fond memories and the mug of my trip to the German Christmas Markets and my mugs of Gluewein…Just in case you missed it the recipe can be found on my Christmas Treats and Traditions post.
All of these could be given as a lovely Christmas present and everyone loves a gift which is made by your own fair hands much nicer isn’t it????
Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx