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Spice up your life! 5 winter-warming cocktails

Brrr! Feeling the seasonal chill? Slip into a thermals and spice up cocktail hour with five delicious drinkies guaranteed to warm your cockles.

HESTON’S ESPRESSO MARTINI

Ingredients

  • 35ml Vodka (The Hind’s Head uses Chase)
  • 20ml Kahula
  • 5ml Creme de Cacao
  • 12.5ml Simple Sugar (2:1 Sugar:Water)
  • 40ml Espresso

Method

  1. It couldn’t be simpler, fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add all the ingredients into the shaker.
  3. Shake the living daylights out of it.
  4. Double strain into a martini glass.
  5. Garnish with 3 coffee beans.

LUMBER’S IVY VODKA BLOODY MARY

Bloody mary cocktail garnished with celery sticks, bacon and olives.

Ingredients

  • 15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice 
  • 125ml Turner Hardy tomato juice
  • 50ml Lumber’s Ivy Vodka
  • Ice
  • 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 dashes of Tabasco 
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of celery salt, to taste
  • Celery stick, for garnish
  • Fresh lemon slice or crispy bacon, for garnish
  • Chilli flakes (optional)

Method

  1. Add the vodka to a tall glass and squeeze the fresh lemon juice.
  2. In a jug mix 120ml quality tomato juice with 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce, 4 dashes Tabasco, a pinch of salt, black pepper and celery salt (to taste). You can also add chilli flakes if you want more heat.
  3. Add ice to the glass with the vodka in it and pour over the tomato blend.
  4. Stir well and garnish with a lemon slice and celery stick.

SAVOY TANGO

Berkshire Botanical Sloe Gin Cocktail SAVOY TANGO

Ingredients

  • Ice cubes
  • 40ml Berkshire Botanical Sloe Gin
  • 40ml Apple Brandy
  • Skeleton leaf or dehydrated apple

Method

  1. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the Berkshire Botanical Sloe Gin and Apple Brandy.
  3. Stir, strain and serve on the rocks in a cocktail glass or coupe.
  4. Garnish with a skeleton leaf (feel free to improvise)

SPICE 75

Fresh cocktail glass on glass table in night club restaurant

Ingredients

  • 60g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 200ml Rum
  • 90ml lime juice
  • 600ml All Angels Cuvée or Champagne
  • Orange twist

Method

  1. Gently warm 60g golden caster sugar in a pan with 30ml water and 1 tbsp allspice.
  2. Cook gently until the sugar has dissolved, then leave the mixture to cool.
  3. Strain through a sieve lined with a coffee filter (or a double layer of kitchen paper).
  4. Pour 60ml of the spiced syrup into a cocktail shaker along with 200ml rum and 90ml lime juice.
  5. Shake with ice and strain between six flute glasses.
  6. Top up with 600ml champagne.
  7. Garnish each with an orange twist.

HOT SPICED RUM PUNCH

ThamesIDE SPIcED rum punch

This is a real winter warmer and makes a great alternative to mulled wine/cider. The recipe below makes roughly 8 servings but can be scaled up or down accordingly.

INGREDIENTS

Serves 8

  • 250ml Thameside Signature Blend rum
  • 1 litre good quality cider
  • 500ml fiery ginger beer
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 4 strips orange peel
  • 2 slices fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 star anise

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. Heat up on a low-medium heat for 10 mins or so until the spices are infused and the punch is piping hot. DO NOT BOIL!
  3. Serve in mugs or heatproof glasses and enjoy with friends and family around the fire. 

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