December 18, 2016

Can you believe we're so close to Christmas, where has December gone? Where has the year gone?!

While we're full of Christmas spirit, we have decided to try some super festive cocktails, that are beautiful and delicious! We have a Blackberry Ombre Sparkler, a Christmas Cranberry Mojito and an Apple Jingle. We can't take all the credit though, we found the ideas on Pinterest and followed them here, here and here

First, we decided to make these cute cranberry ice cubes, so if you want to do this make sure to plan ahead and make these the day before. Just pop some cranberries into an ice cube tray, top up with water, and freeze! 

Blackberry Ombre Sparkler

(This makes around 4 drinks)
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 bottle prosecco/champagne

First, make the blackberry syrup by placing the blackberries, sugar and water into a small saucepan, and bringing to the boil on a high heat. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and let cook for approx. 15 minutes. By this time you will have a bright pinky red syrup. Take it off the heat and drain the blackberries, pouring the syrup into a jug. Set aside the syrup and blackberries (only if you fancy using them later) and allow to cool.

Once the syrup is cool, spoon some into the bottom of your champagne glass. We used about 4 tablespoons, but this recipe should make around 4 drinks. Top with prosecco and garnish with fresh blackberries and a sprig of rosemary.

Christmas Cranberry Mojito

(This makes a jug of Mojito)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh mint and extra for garnish
2 limes, sliced
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup cranberries and extra for garnish
1 cup white rum 
1/2 cup cranberry juice
soda water
crushed ice

Add the sugar and mint into a jug and muddle together. Then add the slices of one lime and the cranberries. Pour in the lime juice, cranberry juice and rum, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Fill to the top with soda water. Fill your glasses with crushed ice, or your cranberry ice made earlier and pour in your Mojito. Garnish with cranberries, mint and a slice of lime.

Apple Jingle

(This makes 1 drink)
2 shots of gin, chilled
250ml of Appletiser original, chilled
ice cubes
cinnamon stick
apple slices
lime slices

This is super quick and easiest of them all. Pour the gin into a glass, and top with Appletiser, add the ice cubes, cinnamon stick and apple slice. Gently squeeze the lime on top and then add to the drink.

These are all very quick and easy to make, and look super festive for the Christmas period. They can all be changed around a bit to make them an all year round drink, just take out the christmassy tastes and add in a summer taste like mint or fruits.

We are in love with how these look and definitely want to make the Blackberry Ombre Sparklers for Christmas morning, and generally throughout the day! They all taste of Christmas and definitely look the part! The only problem is that now we have lots of left-over Winter berries that I guess we will have to make some sort of special festive dessert with!

Do you have a cocktail you love at Christmas time? We would love to know!

Thank you so much for reading this post!
Please make sure to check out our other christmassy posts too, and let us know if you try anything we have made!
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See you soon,

Lots of love, Antonia and Imogen x

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