Tuesday 30 December 2014

New Year's Eve Cocktails

Ah, that blissful post-Christmas period. Thanks to an inordinate supply of party food and leftovers, it's been days since I felt truly hungry and even longer since I was entirely sober. I love this time of the year. It's all about eating and drinking to excess, and no one can say anything about it, because it's just a last hurrah before January when all you're allowed is kale and water. Mmmm.

And on that note... fancy a cocktail?

Aldi sent me a selection of their favourite spirits and challenged me to make some festive cocktails. These are perfect for any time of year, really, but I'm planning on pulling a few of them out of the bag for New Year's Eve. They're all super simple to make - and don't worry if you don't have a cocktail shaker, just give them a good stir instead.

Spiced Snowball
Much more alcoholic than it seems. Hooray!
1 shot (25ml) Bellucci Amaretto Liqueur
2 shots (50ml) Ballycastle Irish Country Cream
A glass of milk
Cinnamon stick
Dusting of chocolate

1. Combine the alcohol in a cocktail shaker with the milk and shake vigorously.
2. Pour into a glass over lots of ice.
3. Add a dusting of chocolate and a cinnamon stick to serve.

Cranberry Coconut Punch
A nice dose of summer when it's cold outside.
1 shot (25ml) Cocobay White Coconut Rum
Half a glass of cranberry juice
Half a glass of pineapple juice

1. In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients and shake well.
2. Pour over ice and garnish with a cocktail umbrella if you're feeling fancy.

Amaretto Ginger Beer
Puts some fire in your belly.
1 shot (25ml) Tamova Vodka
1 shot (25ml) Bellucci Amaretto Liqueur
A glass of ginger beer
Cranberry ice

1. If you'd like cranberry ice to make your drink look pretty, just pop a handful in an ice cube tray and fill up with water, then freeze. It doesn't really flavour the drink, but it looks pretty.
2. Add ice to a glass then pour in a shot of vodka, followed by a shot of amaretto.
3. Top up with ginger beer, stir and serve.

I'm a big fan of Aldi. They do an excellent job of mimicking brands, but their prices are dramatically lower. Every time I pay a visit, I'm genuinely shocked by the bill - I know that sounds a little over the top but it's true. Their alcohol selection has won a bunch of awards and with good reason - we've been cracking into their Irish cream and amaretto over the past few days, and I couldn't tell the difference between Bailey's and Disaronno. Sidenote: I wrote this post after drinking the cocktails above, so if I sound over enthusiastic, that's because I'm a little drunk right now.

Disclaimer: Aldi sent me the alcohol featured, some cocktail making equipment and a voucher to spend on extra ingredients. Because they're ace.

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