I hope you all had a lovely Xmas! And just in time for New Year I present to you a few simple cocktail recipes, extensively road-tested by myself and AnxiousFriends during my recent 40th birthday, plus a mulled wine recipe for those cold winter nights.
Champagne (if your work mates were kind enough to gift you a bottle for your birthday), otherwise sparkling white wine should do the trick
Orange liqueur (Cointreau etc)
Coffee liqueur (Tia Maria etc)
Smirnoff cinnamon vodka (the glittery one)
Lime juice/lime cordial
Spices/Fruit for the mulled wine
Half an orange
Stick of cinnamon
Sugar/honey (optional, depending on how rough the red wine is)
Those cute little paper umbrellas (I never claimed to be a *cool* person)
A shot glass for measuring the liqueurs
Black Russian (three of these and you’ll collapse faster than the rouble)
One shot vodka, one shot coffee liqueur and coke to taste. Mix, serve with ice.
Eden (no sinner can resist an apple)
One shot cinnamon vodka plus apple juice to taste. Mix, serve with ice and an umbrella.
2/3 champagne to 1/3 apple juice. Pour the champagne into tall glass, add the apple juice. Alternatively serve with cranberry juice.
Cosmopolitan (pretend you’re Carrie Bradshaw)
One shot vodka, one shot orange liqueur, lime and cranberry to taste. Mix with ice in the shaker, strain and serve with an umbrella.
Manhattan (admit it, you feel really sophisticated drinking this…)
One shot whisky, one shot vermouth, one shot orange liqueur, mix gently without shaking, with ice. Strain and serve with a cherry in the glass.
Gently heat the red wine, half an orange, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon stick and sugar in a saucepan until lightly steaming. Strain and serve in a heat-proof glass.