The Pink Spritz

In Collaboration with Crock-Pot 

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One of the best things about our new house is the bar cart. A little copper cart in the corner, stocked with our favourite booze for making cocktails. Our friends have kindly gifted us some little bits and pieces, from match cocktail shakers to all the fancy bar tools you need to mix up a little something of an evening. Which is a good thing, because we’re staying in a whole lot more because this new house needs paying for (… especially now damp is starting to come through the walls…). 

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So, when Crock-Pot asked me to shake up a little spritz appropriate for a night in, I luckily had almost everything I needed on hand. The best thing about a spritz cocktail is that it always feels a little bit fancy (it’s all those bubbles) and you can adjust them so easily; this recipe makes two but if you like yours a bit stronger, keep all the gin mix to yourself and just top it off with the bubbles. Or swap out the elderflower cordial for elderflower liqueur. 

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You don’t have to use pink bubbles for this cocktail, but it’s just a bit more fun when things are pink, isn’t it? Especially for a night in with a little bit of pampering involved. Maybe a face mask. Maybe a home pedicure. Maybe just a giant bar of chocolate and a whole lot of Gilmore Girls. You do you, and let the spritz do its thing. I used a dry-ish Rose Brut but anything sparkly and pink will work. 

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Pink Spritz
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 shot gin
  2. 1 shot freshly squeeze lemon juice
  3. 1 shot elderflower cordial
  4. Sparkling Rosé
  5. Ice
Instructions
  1. Shake the gin, lemon juice and elderflower over ice.
  2. Strain into two champagne flutes and top off with the Sparkling Rosé.
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Rhubarb & Elderflower Vodka Fizz

Rhubarb and Elderflower Vodka Fizz // Amy Elizabeth

This year, I am obsessed with rhubarb. How can you not be, living in Yorkshire? It’s locally grown and totally delicious – sweet, tart, everything that is good in the world. Plus, it’s a beautiful pink colour, which is a definite plus. You don’t get much of that in food. I received a beautiful bottle of Chase Rhubarb Vodka for Christmas, long before the rhubarb season started, and I’m pretty sure it’s my favourite alcohol ever. It’s gorgeous to drink neat over ice, but I was struggling with what else to do with it. I didn’t want to overpower the distinctive rhubarb flavour with other fruits or hide that pretty pink colour. This cocktail is the solution. 

Rhubarb and Elderflower Vodka Fizz // Amy Elizabeth

The delicate elderflower is the best complement to that sweet rhubarb, and the addition of the rhubarb syrup just amplifies the flavour to be totally irresistible. The perfect, pretty drink for your summer get-togethers. Perhaps for a baby-shower or sophisticated hen-do? You can use plain vodka if you don’t want to splash out on the rhubarb version (although it’s worth it, I assure you), or leave the alcohol out altogether for a refreshing mocktail. Just don’t forget the chevron straws – it’s not the same without them. 

Rhubarb and Elderflower Vodka Fizz // Amy Elizabeth

Rhubarb & Elderflower Fizz
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For the rhubarb syrup
  1. 350g rhubarb, chopped
  2. water
  3. 330g caster sugar
To make one cocktail
  1. 50ml rhubarb vodka (or ordinary vodka, if rhubarb flavoured is unavailable)
  2. 50ml rhubarb syrup
  3. sparkling elderflower
For the rhubarb syrup
  1. Place the rhubarb in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat. Cover and leave to simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Strain the rhubarb mixture into a bowl or jug, and discard the rhubarb. Pour the liquid back into the saucepan and stir in the sugar.
  3. Bring to a boil whilst whisking, until the sugar has all dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Transfer to a bottle or jug.
To make one cocktail
  1. Pour in a measure of rhubarb syrup and rhubarb vodka. Top up with sparkling elderflower to taste. Serve with a straw!
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Gin & Tonic – Three Ways

Gin & Tonic Three Ways

Is there anything more perfect than a gin & tonic? Refreshing, aromatic and just ever so slightly bitter. It’s my drink of choice, and the more I learn about it, and the more I drink it, the more I like it. There are so many to choose from, each subtly different from the next, I’m sure I’m yet to find my absolute favourite. 

A gin & tonic is so simple but a few little additions can turn this drink into so much more.The botanicals, used in the distilling of gin lend it perfectly to being paired with herbs and citrus fruits. By picking out and enhancing particular flavours, you can make the same gin and the same tonic taste different every time. Some brands will list the sorts of botanicals that they use to make their particular gin, so you can use this to work out your garnish; Hendricks, for example, goes best with cucumber, and Portobello Road with grapefruit peel. These combinations will work with most gins – I just used the Bombay Sapphire we had in the cupboard – but you can use them as a jumping point for your own signature blend. 

Lemon & Rosemary 

A shot of gin, a squeeze of lemon juice, a sprig of rosemary & a twist of lemon peel, topped up with tonic. Use the rosemary sprig to stir.

Lemon & Rosemary Gin & Tonic

Lemon & Rosemary Gin & Tonic

Lime & Chilli 

A shot of gin, half a lime cut into wedges & half a chilli, sliced & deseeded, topped up with tonic. Give the limes a little squeeze to release the juices as you put them into the glass for extra flavour. 

Lime & Chilli Gin & Tonic

Lime & Chilli Gin & Tonic

Cucumber & Mint 

A shot of gin, a few slices of cucumber and some torn up mint leaves, topped up with tonic. Lots of ice for extra freshness.

Cucumber & Mint Gin & Tonic

Cucumber & Mint Gin & Tonic

 

How do you drink yours?

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Sloe Gin Fizz

Sloe Gin Fizz // Amy Elizabeth At this time of year, it’s practically mandatory to drink fizz at every available opportunity. I think that’s why everyone gets so excited about Christmas; it gives you the chance to treat every day as a celebration. Family gatherings become parties, pub crawls become festive bonanzas, even a night spent in front of the TV becomes a special treat when paired with Baileys and mince pies. 

We are big fans of Prosecco in this house; we don’t save it for special occasions as there’s not denying that a little bit of fizz does your heart good (in the metaphorical, rather than the literal sense). Because we drink it regularly, it needs a little something extra to make it special, which is where this Sloe Gin Fizz comes in. Sloe Gin is delightfully festive, whether you make your own or just buy it like I do, and it just adds a little something extra that is perfect for celebrations. You can add more juice for a fruitier flavour, or leave it out for a more sophisticated taste, but I’m sure that this little number will become a fast favourite! 

P.S. Find more cocktail recipes right here

Sloe Gin Fizz // Amy Elizabeth

Sloe Gin Fizz
Whether you’re celebrating an occasion or just treating yourself of an evening, this fizzy delight of a cocktail will become a fast favourite. Add more juice for a fruitier flavour or leave it out for a more sophisticated taste.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 shot Sloe Gin
  2. 25ml Cranberry & Pomegranate Juice
  3. Prosecco
  4. Pomegranate Seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour the sloe gin into a champagne flute, followed by the juice.
  2. Top up with prosecco and finish with pomegranate seeds, if using.
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Feels Like Home

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I’m sure that I’m not the only one that feels the need to hibernate now that the clocks have gone back and the evenings are pitch black. Pub gardens and picnics in the park have been replaced with nights spend on the sofa, fleecy blanket on hand. In the winter, home becomes a sanctuary, a cosy cocoon to protect you from the harsh vagaries of winter. Rather than heading out into the icy chill, it’s much more preferable to stay indoors – and to make indoors the best place it can be. 

UGG Australia are on a mission to inspire people to make the most of their time at home this season, and have collected some recipes and how-to guides for ways to spend your downtime over the coming months to be the best it can be – including some seasonal cocktails from yours truly! 

I’ve been a fan of UGG for a long time; I loved in my UGG boots at University and they’re still pulled out of the cupboard when it’s wet and wild outside, and cosiness is the order of the day. They were kind enough to send me these gorgeous slippers, too, which have barely left my feet since. It’s always a disappointment to go from the furry hug of these bad boys to my regular day shoes.

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Homemade cocktails feel very decadent, but these are simple to make – whether you’re enjoying them alone or with friends. The cocktails I’ve created use seasonal ingredients which are at their best during the coming months – you can find the recipes here, but here’s a little taste for you: 

Winter Sunshine Cocktail

Citrus fruits are one of my favourite things about winter; although we associate their zesty freshness with summer they are at their best in the darkest months – a little gift from nature, perhaps. This cocktail combines clementine juice with vodka, limoncello and rosemary – and don’t forget the sugar rim! 

Spiced Rum Punch

This Spiced Rum Punch which feels like a warm hug in a glass. You can heat this through gently before serving, or drink as is, but the flavours of cinnamon, orange, apple and dark rum are reminiscent of the best parts of autumn and winter. 

As well as these cocktails, you can also pick up tips for blogging, illustration, beauty and a delicious recipe for Wild Blackberry Buns from other bloggers, so you can really make the most of slipper season. 

P.S. Find more cocktail recipes right here.

This post is in association with UGG Australia and I was compensated for these cocktail recipes, but I promise you that these slippers are the bomb-diggity and these cocktails are delicious and will impress your friends. That sugar rim, in particular. I’m tempted to put it on all of my drinks… 

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Boozy Spiced White Hot Chocolate

Boozy Spiced White Hot Chocolate // Amy Elizabeth

I am a hot chocolate aficionado. I don’t drink coffee or tea, so it’s my hot drink of choice; necessary on bitter mornings when even gloves won’t stop the chill and delightful on lazy afternoons spent chatting about everything and nothing. It upsets me when people make hot chocolate from that powder mix – you can’t possibly get a rich, creamy taste when your drink is mostly made from water. This hot chocolate take almost no extra time but feels luxurious – a proper treat. You can leave the booze out if you fancy, but it’s better with a slight kick to cut through the creaminess. Top with all the trimmings – whipped cream, marshmallows, a dash of cocoa powder. If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly. 

Boozy Spiced White Hot Chocolate // Amy Elizabeth

Boozy Spiced White Hot Chocolate
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 40g white chocolate, chopped
  2. 125ml milk (I used semi-skimmed, but use whatever you prefer)
  3. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. Zest of 1/4 orange
  6. 1 shot dark rum (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, add all of the ingredients except the rum and place on a low heat.
  2. Whisk gently until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is warmed through. Don't allow it to boil.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the rum, if using. Whisk vigorously until slightly frothy and pour into a mug, ready to enjoy!
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Gin and Tonic with a Twist

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Inspired by a recipe on Pinterest, but not having all the ingredients – I attempted to make this drink for friends on New Year’s Eve. Rather overzealous with the spirits, it was promptly named a ‘Sin ‘n’ Tonic’, and merriment quickly ensued. I’m relatively new to the world of gin, previously preferring sweeter concoctions, but I love the diversity of gin and its refreshing, grown-up flavour. Limoncello has also been a firm favourite of mine for years, and although I know that it is a little sickly, it combines well with the mellow gin, the slight bitter-ness of the tonic and the sharp squeeze of lime. Not a drink to be taken lightly, but delicious all the same! Despite having made this drink for NYE celebrations, it’s actually the perfect, refreshing drink for the summer as well – it’s sure to become a firm favourite when you’re dining al fresco. But surely, any time is the right time for gin?

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You’ll need:

  • 1 shot gin (I used Bombay Sapphire, but any will do!)
  • 1 shot limoncello
  • 1 lime
  • Tonic (I used Tesco’s own, but again – any will do!)
  • Ice

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I feel a bit silly giving you the instructions, as this couldn’t be simpler! Pour in your spirits, over the crushed ice. Squeeze in the juice from the lime and add the squeezed wedges to the glass for extra flavour. Top up with as much tonic as you like. Add a silly straw and enjoy!

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