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Let’s get this NYE party started!

With Christmas behind us, the countdown to the New Year has officially begun. We are only a few days away from New Year’s Eve 2018 so it’s time to start talking cocktails…..

The last thing you want to be stuck doing on NYE is mixing and making some super complicated drinks so we’ve compiled a list of 5 super easy and delicious cocktails that will wow your guests and see the New Year in on a high!

Gin & Cranberry Cocktail

Ingredients: 

(per cocktail)

25ml Gin

120ml cranberry juice

10ml lemon juice

Fresh cranberries

Mint leaves

Ice

Method:

Fill tumbler glasses with ice cubes then add the gin and lemon juice. Top with the cranberry juice and stir. Garnish with a few cranberries and mint leaves.

Jack Frost Prosecco Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 slice of lemon

2 tbsp. sugar

25ml Blue Curacao (available at most supermarkets!)

Champagne or Prosecco

Lemonade

Ribbon

Method:

Place sugar on a small shallow plate. Rim each champagne flute with a lemon wedge and dip in sugar. Add 25ml (one shot) of blue curacao in each glass. Fill halfway with bubbly, then top up with lemonade.

White Christmas Mojito

Ingredients:

(per cocktail)

Juice of 1 Lime

Mint leaves

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons white rum

60ml coconut milk 

Sparkling water 

Pomegranate arils for serving

Ice

Method: 

This is best to make in batches of 6 so in a bowl crush the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves together until the leaves have broken down. Fill the bowl half way with ice. Pop into a blender and combine with the white rum, and coconut milk and blend until smooth. Pour over extra ice and stir to combine. Top with sparkling water, mint and pomegranate.

Winter Sangria

Ingredients: 

(makes one pitcher)

1 bottle of red wine

1 bottle sparkling apple cider

2 clementines, sliced thin, peel on

2 granny smith apples, cored and diced

Pomegranate arils

1 cup cranberries sliced in half

Rosemary to garnish each glass

Method:

Mix wine, cider, and fruit in a large pitcher. Serve over ice and garnish with rosemary.

White Russian Mocktail 

Ingredients:

(makes 4)

4 tsp instant coffee

1/2 tsp couple of drops vanilla extract

2 tsp sugar

4 tbsp salted caramel sauce

100ml single cream

4 x rosemary sprigs to serve

Method:

Dissolve the coffee in 400ml boiling water. Stir in the vanilla extract and sugar until dissolved, then set aside to cool. When ready to serve, drizzle the salted caramel sauce down the sides of 4 glasses. Add a couple of ice cubes to each glass and carefully pour in the coffee. Divide the cream between the glasses (1-2 tbsp per glass) and lightly swirl together. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

 

We hope you have a wonderful New Year celebration and please always remember to drink safely and responsibly.

 

 

Afternoon Tea anyone?

With just over a week before the big day are you in need of some last minute gift inspiration? Well why not ditch the wrapped gifts and treat your loved ones to a delicious afternoon tea in London? Drinking fizz, eating cake and spending some quality time together – now that sounds like the perfect gift to us!

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory @ One Aldwych, London

£45pp or £56 including fizz

Inspired by the classic children’s book this totally unique afternoon tea brings Roald Dahl’s fantasy story to life. Visually stunning and absolutely delicious from start to finish with rose garden tea, candy floss and chocolate golden eggs. This afternoon tea is super indulgent and so much fun – this is definitely our number one choice for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Designer Afternoon Tea @ The Berkeley, London

£52pp or £62 including fizz

Calling all fashionistas! The award winning Prêt à Portea afternoon tea offers divine couture cakes inspired by the latest catwalk trends, colours and designs. Aside of tasting ‘Absolutely Fabulous darling’ the menu gets a makeover every six months to ensure you are are always dining on the very latest trends! 

Afternoon Tea @ Sketch, London

£59pp or £73 including fizz

Sketch has got to be the most instagrammable restaurant in London! With it’s pink walls, pink velvet seating, wall art and live musicians, ambience wise it really doesn’t get much better than this. The afternoon tea here is divine, traditional with a modern twist all prepared by a Michelin starred team. The service here is super slick and the cocktail menu is to die for! Last but not least, even if you don’t need to, you must visit the toilets! These are not just any toilets though, oh no… like something from a galaxy far far away, you go into your own individual pod and have music playing just for you. 

Afternoon Tea @ Dalloway Terrace

£40pp or £50 including fizz

With THE most fluffiest scones in London how can the Dalloway Terrace afternoon tea not make it onto our list?! Aside of the scrumptious scones, you will be seated in the most beautiful setting, the terrace area is stunning which is covered and heated in the winter so ‘al fresco’ dining can still be enjoyed, whatever the weather! This is a traditional afternoon tea in a relaxed atmosphere where the hardest thing you’ll have to decide is whether you put the cream or jam on your scone first! 

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