Blogmas Day 11 – Festive Cocktails🍸

Christmas is the best time to party and celebrate with family and friends so why not celebrate in style with a few Christmas themed cocktails. Don’t worry we are going to show you a few ideas, ingredients you need and how we make them.

We have chosen simple, cheap and easy cocktails for all able to make – you don’t need to be a professional mixologist for these! You will need a cocktail shaker to create the following.

All the cocktails serve 2 people.

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The Red Queen:

What you will Need;

  • 100ml of Cranberry Juice
  • 80ml of Gin (we used Bombay Sapphire)
  • 40ml of Elderflower Cordial
  • ½ a Lemon
  • Fresh Cranberries to garnish
  • Ice cubes

How to make this Cocktail:

  1. Add a handful of ice cubes into your cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the Gin, Cranberry Juice, Elderflower cordial and the lemon juice.
  3. Shake vigorously until well mixed.
  4. Using a strainer pour the cocktail mix into two glasses.
  5. Add the fresh cranberries to garnish.
  6. Bottoms up!

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Christmassy Gin Fizz:

What you will Need:

  • 100ml of Gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 25ml of Lemon Juice
  • 25ml of Simple Sugar
  • 50ml of Cranberry Juice
  • Prosecco
  • Ice cubes

How to make this Cocktail:

  1. Add a handful of ice cubes to your cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the Gin, Lemon Juice, Simple Sugar and Cranberry Juice.
  3. Shake well until mixed (around 1-2 minutes)
  4. Using a strainer pour the mix into two glasses.
  5. Open the prosecco and top up your cocktail.
  6. You can add a strawberry or raspberry to garnish.
  7. Cheers!

The Christmas Holiday Mule:

What will you Need:

  • 25ml Simple Syrup
  • 25ml Cranberry Juice
  • 75ml of Gin or Vodka
  • 100ml of Ginger Beer
  • Ice cubes
  • Rosemary sprig and orange slice for garnish

How to make this Cocktail:

  1. Add a handful of ice cubes to your cocktail shaker.
  2. Combined simple syrup, cranberry juice and gin/vodka.
  3. Shake well until mixed.
  4. Pour over ice and top up with ginger beer.
  5. Add rosemary and the orange slice for garnish.

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These are 3 of our favourite Christmas themed cocktails for this time of year. We hope you try them and enjoy!

Thank you for reading and get in touch to let us know your favourite cocktails all year round or for any season!

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Blogmas Day 9 – Snowman Marshmallows☃️

Day 9 already?!

That means only 4 days until it is CHRISTMAS!

We have a lovely, cute tasty treat idea for you guys today!

Marshmallow Snowmen are really simple and easy to make, also don’t cost much. You can use whatever you would like to decorate your snowman and even give him a hat. These are perfect to keep the children entertained to create for that Christmas gathering and great for the children and adults.

To create ours you would need the following:

  • Large marshmallows
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Black, white and orange icing pens
  • Mini smarties
  • Mint Matchmakers
  • Strawberry laces

Step-By-Step Guide to making Marshmallow Snowmen:

  1. Push the cocktail stick through 2 marshmallows.
  2. Draw 2 dots for eyes using the black icing pen and 3 on the bottom marshmallow
  3. Then using the orange icing pen create a triangle shape for the carrot nose.
  4. Gentle tie the strawberry lace around the middle of the two marshmallows for the scarf.
  5. Finally snapping the matchmakers until a smaller length stick into the top of the bottom marshmallow for the twig arms.
  6. You can created your marshmallow snowman.

You can decorate however you like by adding a hat, different sweets and even adding some edible glitter to sparkle for Christmas. You can even add 3 marshmallows for the body to have a larger snowman.

Thank you for reading and we would love to see your snowmen designs!

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Blogmas Day 4 – Christmas Shortbread🍪

Another tasty, easy and quick treat idea perfect for gifts or a simple but effective party food, why not try this!?

Ingredients:

  •             125g Caster Sugar
  •             240g of Plain Flour
  •             250g of Unsalted Butter
  •             Biscuits Cutters
  •             Rolling Pin
  •             Grease proof Paper
  •             Baking Trays

To decorate you can use anything, we used icing sugar and ground cinnamon to create a Christmas twist to our biscuits.

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Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 150OC
  2. Using grease proof paper, line 2 baking trays
  3. Beat the butter with a spatula until smooth and soft
  4. Add in the sugar and flour and mix together until a soft dough mixture
  5. Knead the dough mixture until sticking together
  6. Leave to chill in the fridge for 20 minutes
  7. Add some flour to a clean worktop and place the dough on top
  8. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough mixture until 1cm thick
  9. Using your shape cutters place in the dough and move to the baking trays
  10. Place in the oven for 20 minutes or until a light golden colour
  11. Then leave to cool for 5 minutes and then your shortbread biscuits are ready

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We used gingerbread men and Christmas tree biscuits cutter shapes which were a little small so when our biscuits grew in the oven they lost their shape a little. They did taste delicious and the right mix of ingredients. We decorated ours using icing sugar and a little mix of ground cinnamon which gave the biscuits a nice kick and flavour.

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This is an easy and cheap recipe to pass sometime or make a lovely tasty treat for family or work.

Thank you for reading and we would love to see your creations.

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Blogmas Day 3 – Christmas Biscuits🍪

Struggling to keep the children entertained whilst off school? Or looking for a cheap and quick treat to make for your Christmas party? Why not try this simple and quick recipe for making…

Christmas themed Biscuits!

This is a simple, quick and cheap activity with a delicious outcome. A perfect treat to take into work and keep your boss sweet or an activity for the children to enjoy on them cold, snowy days!

What you will need:

Everything can be bought from your local supermarket; ingredients and equipment to create these tasty treats. You can buy Christmas shaped cutters in most supermarket shops, we bought ours from Home Bargains for a fantastic £1.99, check them out here. In this pack, you get 6 shapes which are: Christmas tree, Angel, Bell, Snowman, Gingerbread Man and Shooting Star. These cutters can be washed and reused as much as you like.

To Bake:

  • 100g Unsalted Butter
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 275g Self-raising Flour (little bit extra to dust the side and rolling pin)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • 1 free-ranged Egg
  • Christmas Shaped Biscuit Cutters
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking Tray
  • Grease proof paper

To Decorate:

  • Icing Pens

Or

  • Food colouring
  • Icing sugar

 

Step-by-Step Guide to Bake the Biscuits:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190oC and line a baking tray (or two) with grease proof paper.
  2. Mix the caster sugar and butter together until a pale colour.
  3. Wisk the egg in a separate bowl and add bit by bit with the Vanilla extract until fully mixed.
  4. Once fully mixed add the flour bit by bit until a dough mixture.
  5. Sprinkle the flour on your worktop and place the dough mixture on.
  6. Using the rolling pin spread evenly until about 1cm thick.
  7. Using your shape cutters place into the dough and then onto the baking tray.25397697_10210607811622559_1062150080_o
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  9. Place your tray in the oven for 8-12 minutes (until they turn a golden colour).
  10. When a golden colour, remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  11. Then you are ready to decorate your biscuits!

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Step-by-Step Guide to Decorate the Biscuits:

For this step, you can either use ready-made icing pens from the store or follow the guide below to create your own coloured icing.

To create your own coloured icing, it is simple you just need to add 1 and a ½g of icing sugar to 1 tablespoon of water and add 2-3 drops of food colouring. You can add more food colouring to have a stronger colour depending on how much icing you have made. If you need more icing use the ratio of water to icing sugar until you have enough.

Now you are ready to decorate your biscuits how you like!

You could even buy edible glitter to sparkle things up.

Our First Attempt:

They don’t need to be perfect this is just a bit of fun and remember as long as they taste nice that’s all that matters!

Some of ours went a little too golden in the oven and we left ours for 11 minutes, but that just added an extra crunch! We aren’t professional biscuit decorators so we had a little bit of fun messing around creating these amateur designs! In total, it took us just short of two hours to bake and decorate but depending on how many you make this could pass a few hours.

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To make it more festive why don’t you play a few Christmas songs whilst you bake!

Thank you for reading we would love to see your attempts and photographs.

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Hot Chocolate Reindeers🎄🦌

Looking for something handmade for a Christmas present, something cheap and cheerful or even looking for stocking filler ideas, well, look no further we have the perfect gift for you!

Reindeer Hot Chocolates!

This are easy to make by following our step-by-step guide below and costs no more than £5 and this will create a few.

This product is basically a Reindeer’s head created from the ingredients to make a hot chocolate drink, which would go down a dream in the cold, Christmas season here in the UK.

Ingredients:

What will you need?

  • Piping Bag – The head
  • Handful of Mini Marshmallows – To fill the head
  • Instant Hot Chocolate – To fill the head
  • Elastic bands – To wrap up the Ingredients
  • Brown Pipe Cleaner – The antlers
  • Mini Pom Pom – The nose
  • 2x Googly Eyes – The eyes
  • Glue – To stick them all on

Step-by-Step Guide:

Once you have all the ingredients in front of you, you are ready to follow this guide:

  1. Open the piping bag and fill with 8 heaped teaspoons of Instant Hot Chocolate powder
  2. On top of the Hot Chocolate powder place a handful of mini marshmallows
  3. Using the elastic band close the piping bag above the mini marshmallows and securely fasten with the Elastic band so nothing falls out
  4. Wrap the brown pipe cleaners around the piping bag at where the elastic band is and bend 1/3 of the way up and 2/3 of the way up bend the other way to look like the antlers
  5. Using the glue – stick the eyes on the piping bag just below where the marshmallows start
  6. Using the glue – stick the pom pom on in-between and slightly below the eyes
  7. That is your gift complete!

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This gift would be complete with the addition of a mug! Cheap and cheerful filled full of festive spirit. This gift is perfect for all ages, from young children’s stocking fillers to adults hampers with a miniature bottle of Baileys for a creative twist.

With 4 heaped teaspoons of the hot chocolate powder it’s best to add 180ml of boiling water and to create a thicker texture why not add hot milk warmed up from the microwave.

One reindeer served both of us (2 people) and it was delicious after a long day at work and coming home in the dark, cold nights this warmed us both up! We had some left over Chocolate Powder so sprinkled some on top of our marshmallows.

It’s a lovely little gift, that doesn’t take long to make and would put a smile on anyone’s face.

Thank you for reading and we would love to hear what you thought and see your photographs of your gifts!

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Berry-tastic Mocktail Recipe🍹

For all the family why not try the Berry-tastic Mocktail, a refreshing drink! Also, a start to one of your 5 a day…

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Blackcurrants, Redcurrants, Raspberries and Blackberries.
  • Lemonade
  • Ice Cubes
  • Apple Juice

What you need: Blender, Twisted Bar Spoon, Strainer and a Glass/Cup of your choice.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Add all the frozen fruit and ice cubes into the blender and blend until combined.
  2. Add apple juice to the blender until a running liquid.
  3. Once smooth and runny liquid, add some ice cubes to your glass and strain the blended mixture into the glass.
  4. Top up the glass with lemonade and stir with the twisted bar spoon.
  5. Add fruit for decoration.
  6. Sit back and enjoy your refreshing drink!

 

Hope you enjoy this Mocktail recipe which is perfect for all ages from a children’s party to a refreshing fruit drink during the day!

Thank you for reading, feel free to let us know what you think.

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Cucumber Cooler Cocktail🍸

This recipe is to make a simple and quick Gin based cocktail perfect for any occasion from pre-party to Saturday night chill out on the sofa!

Ingredients:

  •             50ml Tanqueray Gin
  •             1 Lime
  •             250ml Tonic Water
  •             6 Slices of Cucumber
  •             Ice Cubes
  •             2 TBSP of Sugar

You Will Need: Cocktail Shaker, Muddler, Twister Bar Spoon and a Glass of your choice.

Step-by-step Guide:

  1. To start quarter the lime and place half into the cocktail shaker with the cucumber slices. Using the Muddler – crush the limes and cucumber.
  2. Add a few ice cubes, Gin and sugar to the crushed limes and cucumber and shake vigorously for a few seconds.
  3. Add a few ice cubes to your glass, pour the mixture into the glass and top up with the Tonic Water.
  4. Stir with the Twisted Bar Spoon and add a few cucumber slices and lime segments for decoration.
  5. Sit back and enjoy your beverage!🍸

 

Thank you for reading.

We would love to hear about your experience or any cocktails we should review!

The World Is Your Oyster.🌍

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