Salty Dog

This drink has an acquired taste. You will either love it or hate it but I love it!

Fresh breakfast juice – which is pink grapefruit and orange juice, Gin, loads of crushed ice but the rim of the glass is salty not sweet. Give it a try you might be pleasantly surprised.

Ingredients and Method

Firstly get a saucer and pour on a good amount of fine salt

Now rub a lemon wedge around the rim of the glass. Turn the glass upside down and salt the rim.

Fill the glass half full at least with crushed ice

Add 1 measure of Gin

Top up the glass with fresh breakfast juice

Add a lemon wedge to garnish


Fruit Smoothie

Getting the day off to a great start, this fruity smoothie is bursting with vitamins. Strawberry, pineapple, melon and orange.

Great for breakfast on the go when you’re short on time or a post work out energy boost.

Serves 2

Ingredients

5 strawberries

2 slices of pineapple (round)

1/4 small honeydew melon

Juice of an orange

A few cubes of ice

Method

Simply chop all your fruit except your orange and blitz with a few cubes of ice in your blender. Squeeze in your orange, stir and enjoy.


Tropical Gin Fizz

Anyone need a holiday? Bringing all the holiday vibes with this gorgeous melon, kiwi and passion fruit cocktail. A lovely one for all my fellow gin lovers.

Bursting with fruity Summer flavour to cheer up your weekend.

You might need to make a jug full.

Ingredients

120ml lemonade

30ml melon and kiwi gin

30ml Passoa

Handful of ice

Juice of 1/4 lime

Fresh lime to decorate


Berry Smoothie

This has to be the easiest smoothie to make on the planet but also the most delicious.

Full of immune boosting vitamins. If you try it I promise you will love it!

Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh strawberries

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Juice of 1/4 of a lemon

Ice and fresh mint leaves to serve

Method

Simply pop all the ingredients apart from the ice and mint leaves into your blender and whizz until smooth.

Pour over ice and garnish with mint.


Mango and Oat Smoothie

Starting the day off right with this fabulous mango and oat smoothie. Nope we’re not adding gin to this one but be my guest!

Ice cold and delicious it’s great after a work out and bursting with vitamins. It will set you up for the day.

Makes 2 mason jars full or 4 smaller glasses

Ingredients

300g frozen mango cubes

1/2 cup oats

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 cup natural yoghurt – I use 0% fat free Greek yoghurt

2 cups semi skimmed milk

Juice of 1 lemon

Method

Simply pop it all in the blender and blitz away until a lovely smooth, slushy consistency. Serve with a straw.


Candy Puff Cocktail

Everyone’s missing a bit of glamour at the moment so I thought I’d glam up your Friday with a Candy Puff Cocktail. I’m sure everyone’s got an abundance of candy floss at the current time, right?!!

Ingredients

1 measure rhubarb gin

1 measure Hendricks gin

60ml cranberry juice

60ml apple juice

15ml lime juice

ice to serve.

Candy floss garnish optional but fantastic for aesthetic purposes.


Christmas Boon Cocktail

We love messing about inventing new cocktails and calling them silly names. Little things and all that ha ha! I made this one last Christmas and it’s no exception. The name stuck and it’s become a Christmas favourite. We love a few of these while we’re playing board games and having a few goodies. They’ll definitely be making an appearance New Years Eve.

Ingredients

1 measure raspberry vodka

Half a measure Cointreau

Shot of prosecco

Top up the glass with 1/2 apple juice and 1/2 orange juice.

Slice of orange to garnish

Method

Firstly sugar the rim of a cocktail glass with lemon and sugar. I do this by running a wedge of lemon around the rim of the glass, then placing it face down on a plate of sugar and twisting.

Now add 1 measure of raspberry vodka, half a measure of Cointreau and a shot of prosecco.

Top up the rest of the glass with a mixture of half apple juice and half orange juice.

Mix to stir.

Boon: Helpful, beneficial or friendly….. This drink is all three. Cheers!


Cointreau Hot Chocolate

Posting today to try to offer some comfort to all my lovely followers, especially those in tier 4 like we are. This is more of a suggestion than a recipe. If you love chocolate, orange and alcohol and let’s face it who doesn’t, then this is a winner.

Simply make your hot chocolate, add a measure of Cointreau, stir, add lots of frothy squirty cream and sprinkle over a little grated chocolate.

Sit by the fire basking in the light of the Christmas tree watching the Grinch. Do your best to have yourself a merry little Christmas and let’s look forward to better times ahead with our loved ones.

“Maybe Christmas (he thought) doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” The Grinch.


Tequila Sunrise

I thought my Tequila drinking days were over. The memories still fresh from one too many Tequila slammers in Mexico, when it all seemed such a good idea until the next day! Then I discovered the classic Tequila Sunrise. An impressive little cocktail reminiscent of the flavour of fizz bomb sweets with a twist and super easy to make.

Ingredients

1 measure of Tequila

Fresh orange juice to top up

10ml grenadine

Method

Pour your measure of Tequila into your glass. Top up the glass 3/4 of the way with fresh orange juice. Now slowly pour in your grenadine.


Porn Star Martini

If we can’t go to the bar, then we’ll bring the bar to us. We’ve been loving making these gorgeous cocktails during lockdown. Be warned they are strong and go down far too easily!

Ingredients

1 passion fruit – puréed

60ml vanilla vodka

30ml Passoa

Passion fruit juice to top up

Shot of champagne

1/2 a passion fruit to serve

Method

Purée your passion fruit with a hand blender.

Pass the juice through a sieve and pour into your cocktail glass.

Add your vanilla vodka

Add your Passoa

Top up with passion fruit juice and stir.

Serve with a shot of champagne. I like to pour mine in!