#Callitaweek: Strawberry Champagne Punch

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Valentines is upon us again, not only that but the new 50 shades of grey film has been released into cinemas as well. We know that you’ll want something fabulous to share with your partner and cool you down after that steamy film so we have chosen a deliciously romantic and icy cocktail for you to share this weekend (6 servings)

Equally, for those of you who would rather spend the evening with your pals and toast to each other, this is perfect! Versatile valentines cocktails 😉

Ingredients:

1 bottle of champagne

750mls of strawberry purĂŠe

150mls of ginger ale

Ice

Raspberry sorbet

Fresh Strawberries

Equipment:

1 Blender

1 ice cream scoop

2 chilled champagne flutes

Method:

Add your ice, strawberry purĂŠe and ginger ale to your blender,

blend for 20-30 seconds

pour yourselves half a glass each, top with champagne and give it a little stir,

put the rest of the mixture in the fridge or freezer,

Place one scoop of raspberry sorbet in each glass

Garnish with a strawberry.

If you didn’t want to drink all of your cocktail you can always freeze it and put it in champagne or cava on a different date or if you and your partner are having a night together, use it to romance each other in different ways.

Happy valentines flockers!!

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#Callitaweek: Manhattan

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A classic for this weeks #callitaweek recipe. The Manhattan is something a bit different, but equally as tasty as our other recipes, especially fitting to warm us up, now the snow has crept in.

Ingredients: (for cocktail – serves 1)

50mls Whiskey

25mls Sweet Vermouth

A dash of Angostura bitters

Brandied cherries (need to be made in advance so feel free to use normal cherries)

Ice

Ingredients and method (for brandied cherries – found at http://www.bettycrocker.com)

3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup brandy
1 lb fresh dark sweet cherries, pitted
1 heatproof jar with tight-fitting lid

In a saucepan, mix sugar, water and lemon juice.

Heat to boiling.

Reduce heat to low; simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture slightly reduces and thickens.

Remove from heat.

Stir in brandy and pitted cherries.

Transfer cherries and liquid to jar (liquid should cover cherries completely). Cover with lid; seal tightly.

Cool completely, about 3 hours.

Store in refrigerator 4 to 6 weeks before serving.

(This is a good idea if you have a party coming up next month and you fancy serving/garnishing with something a bit different.)

Equipment: (For cocktail)

1 mixing glass

1 stirrer

1 small cocktail glass (chilled)

Method:

Pour your liquid ingredients into your mixing glass over ice,

Stir for 30 seconds to chill your cocktail,

Strain without ice into your small cocktail glass,

Garnish with your brandied cherries and serve.

#Callitaweek: Happy New Year – Kir Royale

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Today’s cocktail is a very special treat, especially for New Years Eve.

We are looking forward to seeing all of the mischief and mayhem that the new year brings and most importantly your #callitaweek cocktail pics 🙂

Get your glasses at the ready and toast to a happy 2015 in true Skylarks glamour.

Very simply you will need: (serves 6)

150mls (or 6x25mls) of Crème de cassis

A bottle of Champagne or Cava

Some crushed, berry flavoured, hard boiled sweets (blackcurrant, strawberry, raspberry)

Equipment:

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A sealable bag

A rolling pin or hard, but safe, object for efficient crushing

Method:

Make sure your hard boiled sweets are crushed to tiny pieces,

Dip the rim of each glass into some of your Crème de cassis,

Then roll each rim in the crushed sweets until it is nicely covered.

Next pour 25mls of Crème de cassis into each glass,

Top each with Champagne or Cava,

Give each a gentle stir and serve!

If you want your evening to go with a bang, give each guest a party popper with their drink and let them off at the toast.

Thank you all for your love and support in 2014, have a very Happy New Year from the whole Skylarks team and may your 2015 be everything you want it to.

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#Callitaweek: Christmas Margarita

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‘Tis the Friday before Christmas, the parties are booked, the fabulous outfits have been chosen and your family and friends are gathering. Wouldn’t it be nice to serve them with something truly magical that captures the taste of Christmas? We have the perfect #Callitaweek cocktail recipe for you.

Ingredients: Serves 4

4 Candy Canes

3 Fresh Limes

1 cup of Cranberries

150mls Cranberry Juice

75mls of Silver Tequila

30mls of Cointreau

10mls of Sugar syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part boiled water, left to cool)

Ice

Equipment:

1 Cocktail shaker

A rolling pin

A sealable bag

Method:

First cut 1 lime into thin slices,

Put your candy canes into a sealable bag,

Use your rolling pin to crush them into tiny pieces,

Rub a lime slice around the rims of your cocktail glasses,

Dip each one into the crushed candy canes and pop to one side,

Next, combine the cranberry juice, Tequila, Cointreau and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice,

Squeeze in 2 Limes,

Shake very well,

Put some cranberries and a lime slice or two in each glass, they only need to fill about 1/3 of the glass,

Strain your cocktail into your garnished glasses and serve.

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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#Callitaweek: Shaken not Stirred

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Flockers are often incredibly thoughtful and send over awesome cocktail recipes, that they like and think we will too.

I actually received some yesterday and one in particular stood out as an amazing twist on a classic, prosecco and a gin martini, how completely fabulous. Not sure? Give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

Ingredients: (serves 1)

25mls Elderflower Cordial

5mls of lemon juice

25mls of Gin

Prosecco (a small glass)

Equipment:

1 Cocktail shaker and strainer

1 Tall cocktail glass – chilled

Method:

Shake your Elderflower, Gin and Lemon juice in the cocktail shaker with ice, until fully mixed,

Strain into your tall glass,

Top with Prosecco and serve with a twist of lemon.

It screams elegance, spot on for the Christmas season.

Have a marvelous run up to Christmas.

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet

 

#Callitaweek: White Christmas

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Something to tingle your festive taste buds! It is now December, so why not start as we mean to go on, with a very fitting Christmas cocktail – White Christmas!

Ingredients:

25mls of Double Cream

25mls of Vodka

25mls of Peppermint Schnapps

25mls of White Creme de Cacao

A glass of ice cubes

1 Candy Cane

Equipment:

1 Shaker

1 Chilled Cocktail glass

Method:

Add all ingredients, minus the candy cane, to a cocktail shaker, over ice

Shake until you can feel the cold on your hands,

Pour into your chilled cocktail glass

and serve.

Your candy cane is to garnish your cocktail and add some merry to your Christmas.

We love cocktails but there is no need for complication. Simple is always delicious!

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#Callitaweek: S’mores Martini

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This may be the best cocktail ever created! On a cold winters eve, a roasted marshmallow is one of the best things ever! Combine that with chocolate and shortbread (in the Uk, graham crackers in the US) and it’s heaven in a mouthful. Well, luckily for you Flockers we have the cocktail that tastes like it right here!! So excited about this post.

Ingredients:

25mls of Creme de Cacao

25mls of Marshmallow Vodka

25mls of Irish Cream

25mls of Heavy Cream

1 tsp of chocolate syrup

2 tbsps of Crushed Shortbread

1 Marshmallow (roasted would be the ultimate way to top off this spectacular cocktail)

Equipment:

1 Shaker

1 Martini glass

Method:

Drizzle the chocolate sauce around the rim of your martini glass,

Sprinkle the crushed shortbread on top of the chocolate sauce,

Add the Creme de cacao, marshmallow vodka, Irish cream and heavy cream to a cocktail shaker, over ice,

Shake until everything has fully mixed,

Pour into your Martini glass and garnish with your roasted marshmallow.

Absolutely amazing!!

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#Callitaweek: Girls Night In – Strawberry and Peach Belini

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Every night is indeed ladies night and especially tonight we plan to kick off our heels, cosy up in comfies and chill out with our girls, does that mean we can’t drink fabulous cocktails? Frankly I cannot think of a better idea 🙂
So that nobody gets left out on your girls night in, this weeks #callitaweek cocktail recipe is a batch cocktail.

Ingredients: (serves 6-8)

1 carton of fresh strawberries

2 fresh peaches

1 750ml bottle of Moscato sparkling rose

1 Lime

Equipment:

1 blender

1 strainer

6 -8 chilled champagne flutes

Method:

Core your peaches and cut into chunks

Put all of your ingredients into your blender, with ice,

Squeeze in your lime,

Blend for 15 seconds or so, to a consistency you are happy with

Strain into your champagne flutes,

Feel free to garnish your glasses with any remaining fruit.

Easy peasy and really delicious.

#Callitaweek: Warm Cocktails – Plum Apple Cinnamon

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Warm cocktails are amazing in the cold weather and I don’t know about you, but I am definitely feeling the chill.

Cordials are all really nice warm, all you have to do is add water as if you’re making squash, plus a complimentary spirit and ensure you don’t boil.

We have chosen plum as the base for this weeks cocktail, it’s such a comforting flavour in the colder months and warms nicely.

Ingredients:

10mls of Plum Apple Cinnamon cordial (we have chosen to use Belvoir)

50mls of Vodka

75mls of Water

Equipment:

1 saucepan

1 stirring spoon

1 champagne flute

Method:

Make your cordial up like squash in your sauce pan, using the cordial and water,

Warm this on a low temperature for roughly 5 minutes, ensure you do not boil,

Pour the Vodka into your champagne flute,

Add the cordial

Stir it all together.

Serve and enjoy!

Callitaweek: Caramel Apple Martini

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Autumn is now upon and the chill in the air is preparing us for winter, so we want to share some more comforting flavours with you as the cool, dark evenings roll in.

Ingredients: (serves 1)

50mls of Apple cider

50mls of Caramel vodka (available in supermarkets and online)

25mls of Butterscotch schnapps (available online)

Cinnamon sugar or caramel

Apple slices

Equipment:

1 martini glass

1 shaker

Method:

Cover the rim of the glass with your choice of either cinnamon sugar or caramel, depending on your preference,

Pour all of your ingredients into the shaker with ice,

Shake vigorously and pour into your martini glass.

If you fancy this warm, you can warm the apple cider briefly on a low temperature, be sure not to boil,

Pour all of your ingredients straight into the martini glass and stir.

Serve with an apple slice to really compliment the flavours.

Have a lovely weekend.