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Eggnog: A Twist on the Traditional

Eggnog. One of those love it or hate it things isn’t it?  Until recently I didn’t know very much about it, apart from the fact that I really loved the flavours! I’ve even made Eggnog Cupcakes before too!

Eggnog hails from East Anglia and traditionally is made from a mix of cream, sugar, eggs, an alcoholic spirit and spice. Most people probably know the alcohol element as rum and the spice as nutmeg but really, there are lots of variations!

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The ‘nog’ part of the word Eggnog is taken from the middle English word ‘noggin’ – a small carved wooden mug traditionally used to serve the drink.

The lovely folk at Waitrose Cellar asked me to put my own twist on Eggnog, using their classic basic guide ‘How To Make Eggnog’ which you can find on their Christmas Drinks Website here.

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I chose to use Amaretto, as I love the almond based liqueur and to me it always seems like a Christmassy spirit. I served it up with a little bit of cinnamon, shaved chocolate and orange peel. I adhered to the amounts in the above recipe, swapping the 100ml rum, for 100ml of Disarono Ameretto.

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For me, the perfect time to drink eggnog is most definitely on Christmas Eve. Surrounded by family and friends, and preferably in front of a roaring open fire! Even better, why not serve them up with some delicious little ameretti biscuits too.

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tropical fizz mocktail

Tropical Fizz Mocktail

Nowadays there are lots of campaigns urging us to give things up for months at a time to support worthy campaigns and charities, for example ‘Movember’  – men growing facial hair for men health awareness, and ‘Stoptober’ for stopping smoking in October. Well now there’s also Go Sober for October, raising money for Macmillan. Even though I’m not activaly taking part in this, when I was asked to make a non alcoholic cocktail with Appletiser,  I thought why not? I’m often the designated driver when we go out so have drunk a lot of mocktails over the last few years – and certainly have my favourite flavours.

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Luckily, I’m already a pretty big fan of Appletiser so this wasn’t too hard a task for me. Pairing it’s fizz with a couple of my favourite tropical flavours topped off with some fresh passionfruit and a hint of lime is a drink made in heaven for me!

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Makes 2 long drinks

You will need:

  • 50ml Passion Pureé  –  use the fruit purees you can buy for cocktail making like Funkin Pro
  • 2 fresh passionfruit
  • 100ml Mango Juice
  • 400ml Appletiser
  • Ice Cubes
  • 1 lime

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Method:

  1. Muddle the seeds and juice from 1 passion fruit at the bottom of the glasses, add the passion fruit purée and then fill the glasses with ice cubes
  2. Divide the Mango Juice between the glasses
  3. Top with the appetiser and a squeeze of lime and stir
  4. Garnish with the other passionfruit, halved and lime wedges

Happy drinking 🙂

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If you liked this recipe, why not try your hand at some other great mocktail recipes like these:

Cinnamon White Russian. The Bar

Cocktail Time: Cinnamon White Russian

It’s no secret cocktails are a favourite thing of mine, and recently I’ve tried out a recipe for pink grapefruit margaritas and of course, drunk my fair share. So when thebar website got in touch asking me to try out one of their recipes I was in cocktail heaven browsing through their wide selection of classic concoctions.

I decided to put my own spin on the timeless White Russian. The White Russian first came into its own during the 1970s, alongside other sweet, creamy drinks like the Grasshopper and also features in the cult classic The Big Lebowski from the Coen brothers starring a lovable slacker known as ‘The Dude’, who drinks White Russians throughout the film.

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I wanted to lift it a little so have given it a cinnamon twist with cinnamon sugar around the rim of  the glass and a cinnamon dusting for extra sweetness. For me this would be the perfect indulgent after dinner treat.

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Either serve short or in a martini style glass.

Ingredients (makes 2)

  • 100ml Smirnoff 21 vodka
  • 50ml Baileys Coffee Cream Liquer
  • 100ml Cream
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon sugar (3tbsp caster sugar, 1tsp cinnamon powder mixed together)
  • Extra cinnamon powder and sticks to garnish

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Method

  1. In a cocktail shaker add the vodka, liquor and half the cream to a few cubes of ice. Shake well until cold
  1. Dampen the rim of your glasses and then dip the rims in the cinnamon sugar so that dusts the edges of the glass.

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  1. Strain into 2 glasses and then top with the remaining cream
  2. Dust with cinnamon powder and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Happy drinking 🙂

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Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with thebar.com. All views are my own. Plus, as much as I love cocktails, I am drink aware, so please don’t indulge too much! 

Cocktail Time: Pink Grapefruit Margaritas

It’s likely to be no secret to you now that I like cocktails. They’re often featured in my food reviews and sometimes even get a full post dedicated to them. Despite this I’ve never really made them at home. They’re quite an expensive habit to have, and keeping in lots of different spirits and mixers, as well as syrups, garnishes etc can be quite a hard feat!

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Since buying our own home 5 years go (doesn’t time fly!) our spirits shelf has slowly built up so I thought I would now have a go a creating some of my own. One of my favourite cocktails historically has been the Margarita, I love sharp citrus drinks and so thought I’d try a twist on this with some pink grapefruit, as we always seem to have some of these in the house as Lee likes them for breakfast.

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 50ml tequila blanco
  • 20ml triple sec
  • 50ml pink grapefruit juice
  • 25ml lime juice (I use freshly squeezed for both juices)
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • salt (for the glasses)
  • ice (a large handful)
  • 2 half moon segments fresh grapefruit (to garnish)

Method:

  1. Firstly salt your glasses and fill with ice to chill- I like using Martini Style glasses for these (see pic for example). Wet the rim of the glass with ice or lime juice, then dip into salt that you have scattered over a small plate and then add some ice.
  2. Put the tequila, triple sec, syrup and both juices and more ice into a cocktail shaker or jam jar with the lid on, and give it a good shake.
  3. Discard the ice and then strain the cocktail between the glasses.
  4. Garnish with the slices of grapefruit, or as you wish. Put your feet up.

Happy drinking 🙂

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Making Homemade Lemonade with the Better with Brita Campaign

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Summer is well and truly here. (*crosses fingers*) and I wanted to celebrate. So to do so I fancied going back to those long hot spring summer days of my childhood making and selling lemonade in the front garden. Ok so we lived on a main road and I think I only did this a handful of times so the scene is a little less idyllic than I like to remember, but never the less it is a nice memory.

This lemonade recipe is dead easy and not very time consuming at all. Some recipes call for a syrup to be made first, which is great if you want to keep the syrup for a week or so and then just add sparkling water when you want a drink, but is a little more time consuming. This recipe is better if you just want a quick huge jug to last the day, or for entertaining. A BBQ would be  the perfect setting.

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I’ve recently been using my Brita Marella Water Filter Jug a lot and am really finding that it makes a difference to recipes that require using a lot of water, like soups and stocks and wanted to try it with this recipe too. I made a couple of batches of lemonade, one using tap water and one using filtered water and I could honestly taste quite a bit of difference. The filtering reduces the unwanted chemicals in the water making it taste cleaner and fresher.

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Brita have teamed up with Delicious Magazine, for the ‘Better with Brita’ campaign in an aim to find and celebrate people who are making fantastic food and drink in their own homes using filtered water and great local products, to give them the chance to sell their produce at The Big Feastival from 29th Aug- 1st Sept 2014.

A panel of expert judges will decide on a shortlist of people who will then be able to go to London to create their produce for the judges. Three lucky winners will then go on to attend and sell at the Big Feastival. Is there a better way to showcase your products and gain recognition?

This is a fantastic competition with a superb prize so Brita want to hear from you! For full details and rules visit the competition website here.

The recipe itself is pretty versatile. You could try pink lemonade by simply adding a drop of red food colouring or a few fresh raspberries. Or why not try swapping one lemon for a lime, or even adding a tablespoon of rosewater to the finished product for a really summery floral taste.

Makes approx 2 litres lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 6 unwaxed lemons
  • 320g caster sugar
  • 750 ml cold water filtered with a Brita Marella Jug
  • 1 litre soda water
  • lime slices

Method:

  1. Cut the ends off the lemons but there’s no need to peel them, cut into rough quarters and put them in a food processor, along with the sugar and 500ml of the cold water.
  2. Blend for about 30-60 seconds
  3. Pass through a fine sieve and discard all the pulp
  4. Top up with the rest of the water, soda and add ice cubes and slices of lime if you wish

Happy Drinking 🙂

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