Cocktails from our pre-Christmas drinks.
Mix together 175g of sugar with 1 litre of vodka and 250g fresh cranberries (pierce each one before you put it in the jar). If you use frozen cranberries they don't need to be pierced. Store in a sterilised jar for about two weeks and shake several times a day.
Serve in shot glasses or over ice.
Irish cream liquer
Much better than anything commercial. Mix together a tin of condensed milk with 250ml of single cream, 350ml of Irish whiskey and 1 tsp vanilla. For the coffee/chocolate hit you can either mix 2tsp of high quality coffee powder (NOTgranules) with 2tsp of high quality cocoa powder and 2 tbsp of cream and add this to the mix. Or you can use 1tsp of coffee essence. Add to this 3 tsp chocolate sauce or you can melt together 75g of good quality dark chocolate together with 2 tbsp of cream and blend and then add this to the mix. Blend everything together for a few minutes and then store in sterilised containers in the fridge for up to a month. Serve over ice.
Blackberry Martini Fizz
A real crowd pleaser! Mix together 350ml of martini rosso and 150ml of gin and store in a sterilised container until needed. When your guests arrive put 0.5 tsp of icing sugar in a champagne class and a 3-4 frozen blackberries. Pour over a measure of the martini/gin mix and top with prosecco or champagne.
Cranberry orange cocktails
Acquired from an American friend after Thanksgiving:
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup cranberry juice
2/3 cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute
Juice and zest of 1 orange
1 (750 ml) bottle Prosecco, champagne, or sparking white wine
Combine cranberries and cranberry juice in a food processor or blender. Blend until berries are roughly chopped.
In a small saucepan, combine the berry mixture, sugar, and orange juice and zest. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until syrupy. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain syrup into a small bowl; let cool to room temperature. Do not refrigerate.
Just before serving, add 1 Tablespoon of cranberry syrup to each glass. Top with sparkling wine and serve.