‘The shops are not open, pubs are closed and the clubs have shut their doors. Heres what you do, take the party home as the best parties are house parties.’
‘It’s funny how 8 glasses of water a day seems impossible, but 8 beers is so damn easy.’
‘ You know you had a good night when you have to Google Map yourself in the morning to find out where the hell you are.’
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Check out these fabulous winter drinks and celebrate in style this December, after all Tis’ the Season to be Jolly…
Eggnog – the one and only classic Christmas tipple
The trick to a good eggnog is to use only the best ingredients, critics are divided on whether or to use bourbon, rum or cognac – the choice is of course yours but a dark sweet alcohol based drink seems to work best – try mixing it up until you find your perfect combination. You’ll need to plan ahead for this recipe as a good eggnog will need at least 8 – 12 hours in the fridge for all those flavours to develop, so it’s best made the day before.
This recipe isn’t for the calorie shy – but we only make it once a year so lets throw caution to the wind and just enjoy!
- 175ml of either Kraken Dark Spiced Rum, Woodford Reserve Bourbon or Couvoiser Cognac
- 700ml full fat milk
- 240ml double cream
- 1 vanilla bean pod
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg (fresh is best)
- 130g cup granulated sugar
- 5 free range eggs (separated)
In a saucepan, mix together your milk, cream, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg. Split the vanilla pod down the centre and scrape out the seeds add all of this to the mixture.
Bring your luscious smelling concoction to the boil over a medium heat, once it begins to boil remove it from the heat and set it to one side and allow all those delicious flavours to fuse together in the pan.
In the meantime in a large bowl beat the egg yolks and sugar until combined and thickened.
Carefully and slowly whisk in your set aside milk mixture – just a bit at a time until the whole thing is combined and smooth.
Next add your alcoholic beverage of choice and stir it in, then stick the whole thing in the fridge for at least 8 hours (ideally overnight).
Before serving, beat the egg whites in mixer until they begin to form soft peaks. Gently fold them into the eggnog until perfectly combined.
Serve in whatever glass tickles your fancy and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
ABC Shooter – lets get this party started
This simple yet visually pleasing shot is easy to make once you get a hang of the layering malarkey. Get your Christmas party started with a couple of these – but remember always drink responsibly!
Take your shot glass and add 15mls of Disaronno, next you will need to layer your Baileys on top of the Disaronno – take your teaspoon and place it bottom side up into the shot glass insuring the spoon is touching the side of the glass but not the Disaronno already in there, slowly pour 15mls of Baileys onto the back of the teaspoon so that it layers and sits on top of the Disaronno. Now for the final layer, make sure your teaspoon is touching the side of the shot glass and slowly pour the cognac on top of the Baileys then stand back and admire your creation. And remember if at first you don’t succeed then try, try again!
Mulled Wine – nothing says Christmas like the smell of Mulled wine
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a steaming hot pot of Mulled Wine on the go, so take this classic recipe and adjust according to your taste. We’ve found in order to make a good mulled wine it is always best to cook the sugar syrup first using just a touch of the wine as this needs to be done at a high heat and cooking off the alcohol in the wine is not the end result we are looking for – so don’t be tempted to throw in all the wine at the start, take it in stages and the outcome will be fabulous. Vanilla pods, cardamom, ginger wine, allspice amongst a host of other ingredients can all be added according to how you like it – but lets start with this delicious basic recipe first;
- 1 large orange (juice and peel)
- 1 lemon (just the peel)
- 150gms caster sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 5 cloves
- 1 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 bottles of your favourite red wine
- 2 star anise
Start by taking a large pan and adding the orange juice and peel, the lemon peel, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add enough wine to just cover the sugar then start to heat up the mixture whilst stirring gently, once the sugar has dissolved turn up the heat and boil away for about 10 minutes or until your mixture turns into a thick syrup.
Turn the heat right down and add the rest of the wine and the star anise, give it a good stir and let it heat through gently being careful to not boil the mulled wine at this stage, once heated through serve steaming hot in latte cups or your favourite Christmas mug.
Baileys Latte – a warm mug of goodness
Quick and easy to make this delicious Baileys Latte will sufficiently warm you to your toes on those cold winter nights in.
Perfect for 1:
- 50mls Baileys Irish Cream
- 20mls freshly made Espresso coffee
- 130mls Milk
Chocolate shavings or powder and whipped cream to garnish
Heat your milk in a pan, don’t let it boil but heat it through thoroughly, throw your shot of espresso in the pan then transfer the lot to a latte glass, top up the glass with the Baileys and garnish with the chocolate and cream of your choice. Voilà, simple yet extremely effective.
Yep March is upon us already – where is the time going? And what a month it should be… Starting with St David’s Day today, we’ve got Mother’s Day coming up on the 15th and not to forget St Patrick’s Day on the 17th. Lots to look forward to and celebrate, so we have introduced some new products to our menu to make your special occasion go down a treat.
We’re very excited here at the office about this new addition to the menu. A double gold award winning vodka, it is quadruple distilled and then filtered no less than seven times – but what makes it such a taste sensation is the fact that the final three filtrations are made through Herkimer diamond crystals. Completely free of additives it is thought to be one of the purest vodka’s in the world. A must try for any true vodka lover. Presented in the iconic Crystal Skull bottle which was designed by John Alexander and is made by Italian glass manufacturer Bruni Glass who declared the bottle to be of “unsurpassed design and complexity”.
The perfect gift this Mother’s Day – especially if you get to enjoy it together!
The perfect gift for mum? For all you processo lovers out there – have you tried Marcello? A sparkling red wine from the Lambruso Maestri variety, it has an intense rich ruby red colour and is a dry wine with a soft enveloping taste. Buy it on its own or pair it with a processo when you take advantage of our sparkling offer.
With St Patrick’s Day approaching we had to get an Irish Whiskey on our menu, we asked you guys for your opinions and the majority of you told us Jameson’s was the best. So we did our research and found out of course you guys were right – Jameson is by far the best selling Irish whiskey in the world. Established by John Jameson in 1780 at the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin and moved to Cork Distillers in 1966, Jameson Irish whiskey sold 56.4 million bottles worldwide in 2013. Produced with a blend of malted and green Irish barley both locally sourced, then dried in a closed kiln fired with natural gas, which is what makes it so distinctively different from other whiskies.
Our Jameson Irish whiskey is delivered to you in a lovely presentation box which includes two limited edition Jameson tumblers, making it the perfect gift for your friends and family this St Patrick’s Day.
As gin is one of our best sellers, we thought we’d give you some more choice in your selection, so to go along side our Bombay Sapphire, Monkey 47 and Hendricks gins we chose this fabulous bottle of Tanqueray for you to enjoy. After a lot of product tasting here at the office we all agreed this one came up tops. Originating in Bloomsbury, London, it is made in the traditional London Dry way by being distilled twice with the botanicals added in the second distillation. Although the recipe is a fiercely guarded trade secret someone let it slip that it does contain juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice. Tanqueray’s claim to fame came when Snoop Dogg mentioned it in his Grammy award winning song ‘Gin and Juice’ but Snoop Dogg is not Tanqueray’s only celebrity fan, Bruce Springsteen (Johnny 99), Notorious B.I.G (Everyday Struggle) and Rita Ora (How We Do) can all be heard mentioning Tanqueray in their songs to name just a few.
1. The Jean Harlow
Born in 1911, Jean Harlow was a 1930’s sex symbol and was nicknamed the Blonde Bombshell. To make a classic Jean Harlow you will need:
Shake rum and vermouth in a cocktail shaker and garnish with lemon peel.
- The Bill Murray
Everyone’s favourite Ghostbuster, rumour has it that this cocktail was made especially for Bill after he wondered in to The Anchor, New York looking for a drink.
- 40ml Woodford Reserve
- 20ml Lemon Juice
- 20ml Elderflower Liqueur
- 60gms Watermelon
- 5 Basil leaves
- Freshly ground black pepper
Muddle fresh watermelon and basil leaves, add Woodford Reserve, lemon juice and Elderflower Liqueur and ice, then shake. Strain into glass and garnish with pepper and a wedge of watermelon.
- The Shirley Temple
Probably the best known non-alcoholic in the world, the Shirley Temple was invented in the 1930’s at Chasen’s Bar in California to a young and up and coming film star.
Put 7up and ginger ale into a tall glass with ice cubes. Add grenadine and stir. Top with the Maraschino cherry.
- The Charlie Chaplin
Sir Charles Chaplin – the original silver screen celebrity had his premier cocktail made for him by the staff at the world famous Waldorf-Astoria.
- 30ml Apricot Brandy
- 30ml Sloe Gin
- 30ml Lemon juice
Shake ingredients, strain and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.
- The Ginger Rogers
Born in 1911, Ginger Rogers and her dancing partner Fred Astaire revolutionised the musical film genre.
- 40ml Hendricks Gin
- 20ml Lemon Juice
- 55ml Schweppes Ginger Ale
- 20ml Ginger-pepper syrup
- 8 mint leaves plus garnish
Muddle mint and ginger-pepper syrup, add crushed ice, gin and lemon juice then stir. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a mint sprig.
- The David Bowie
British superstar David Bowie and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust are synonymous with the 70’s, this famous cocktail was created by Bowie himself!
- 70ml Chocolate Liqueur
- 15ml Jack Daniels
- Orange wedge
Mix liqueur and bourbon together, fill a tall glass with ice cubes and pour over mixture. Garnish with the orange wedge.
- The Mel Gibson
Controversially named after heated calls with his girlfriend Oksana Grigorievas the Bi-Polar cocktail was created for Mel Gibson but named after Vincent Van Gogh’s condition. (we as a company are not totally convinced by the name but are sure it’ll get you fucked).
- 30ml Bombay Sapphire
- 30ml Smirnoff
- 30ml Jose Cuervo Gold
- 30ml Malibu Rum
- 40ml Sweet ‘n’ Sour Mix
- Splash of Coke
- Splash of Marcello Sparkling Red Wine
Mix all ingredients pour over a long glass of ice cubes and pray!
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It sounds lethal but could Vodquila be the best thing since sliced bread? Yep you heard right premium grain Vodka, distilled 6 times and 100% pure blue agave Tequila blended together and presented to you in a fabulously alluring bottle. The smooth, clear spirit brings forth notes of agave, menthol and spice.
The idea of American father and daughter team Chander and Nina Arora, the vision came about one evening when mixing cocktails at home and Nina asked her father why he never tried to combine his two favourite drinks. And hey presto the lovely tasting Vodquila was born, and it is now making itself clearly known in the drinks industry by winning a silver medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition – one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the world.
Perfect served on it’s own over ice with a dash of lime or a base for a range of cocktails.
Would you like to see this on our menu? Leave a comment below and let us know!