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My favourite cocktails

I'm not a great alcohol drinker - I don't really like the taste of any spirits and though I'll drink wine (white or rosé) socially, I don't love it.  I do like really apple-y, scrumpy cider bought at our food festival or farm shops, but my tastes in alcohol would most easily be defined as 'anything that doesn't taste like alcohol'.

What I do love, is cocktails.  Crushed ice, slices of fruit, striped straws and chilled glasses filled with brightly coloured drinks.  On a holiday or a hot day, you just can't beat it.  My favourites are pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris, which I like to think of as a sort of grown up Slush Puppie (which isn't to say that when you're a grown up you have to stop drinking slush puppies, promise!).

When I'm at a bar I love ordering outrageous cocktails that take expert preparation, and watching 'mixologists' throw them all together, but for my homemade cocktails, I like to keep it simple.  Since returning from France Tom and I have been drinking lots of Kirs - cocktails made with blackcurrant liquer (Cassis). Kirs themselves are cassis and white wine, but we've also made Kir Royal (with champagne) and Kir Breton (with Breton cider). All are absolutely delicious.  In France they are usually had as an aperitif before a meal. Here's our bottle of Kir Breton all ready to be served up in jars and bottles with stripey straws (stripey straws are a must for homemade cocktails!)



Another aperitif we were served in France was rosé wine with pink grapefruit syrup.  In France they love their syrups and most supermarkets sell lots of different flavours which are great for adding to cocktails.  You could use fresh grapefruit juice as an alternative - apparently adding strawberry flavoured vodka on top of that is also delicious.

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I'm probably going to be showing how unimaginative I am with my home 'cocktails' if I tell you that my other favourite home cocktail is a Bucks Fizz.  Buck's Fizz was invented in 1921 at the Buck's Club, a gentlemen's club in London.  Apparently it was invented to provide members with an excuse to start drinking early - we certainly get into the spirit of that at Christmas when one of our family traditions is Bucks Fizz with our breakfast croissants.  I can't say that Bucks Fizz would immediately spring to mind as the signature drink of a gentlemen's club; but if you want to find out what the ingredients for a real man's drink are, then check out this blog post on the '15 Most Manly Drinks' - apparently if you're a man and you order one of my two favourite cocktails (pina colada or strawberry daiquiri) then you have to hand in your 'man card'! Who knew there wasn't equal opportunities in the world of cocktails? I'd better go whip Tom up a Jagerade (jagermeister and gatorade... sounds horrendous to me!)

By the way, if you are a cocktail fan, keep your eyes on my blog over the next week as I have a giveaway going live where you can win some beautiful cocktail glasses and a bottle of a very summer-y spirit! Now where's that sun gone?

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15 comments

  1. cocktails are so much fun! my girlfriends planned a cocktail making class as part of my hen night the other day, and it was so interesting and delicious :) we're inspired to make some at home now, and this post just fuelled my motivation! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder


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  2. God I love a good cocktail. A bit too much some might say... But give me anything with vodka in and i'm game!
    Sophie
    x

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  3. I would love to try the rose wine with grepfruit syrup. Sounds delicious :)

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  4. I like your tray and bottle. I love a good cocktail, a simple one, apparently popular mostly in scotland is a 'long vodka'. Few ingredients and tastes like juice.x

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  5. I love cocktails! I've just moved to a city and I've made it my mission to find the best strawberry daiquiri :D

    Elanor xxx

    http://blueeyedgirlstrikesback.wordpress.com/

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  6. I'm just like you when it comes to alcohol. I will have a drink 'socially' but in all honesty I would enjoy a soda water and lime cordial just as much! It's rare for me to want alcohol. On the rare occassion that I do, it tends to be a small glass of red wine during the winter, in front of the fire! I'm very excited about keeping an eye on your blog for these cocktail glasses...kitchenware is my absolute favourite!

    Flora
    www.twowithseven.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I love piña coladas, my favourite!
    The pink grapefruit syrup sounds lovely.
    Mia
    Prettyxeclectic.blogspot.com
    Xx

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  8. I LOVE cocktails!

    It seems to be all I blog about at the moment, something to do with the weather I think!

    You can make your own sugar syrup for cocktails, it's super easy, I blogged about it here:
    http://lilydoughball.com/2013/07/10/mojito-time/

    Can't wait for the competition!
    xx

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  9. Love a good cocktail.
    I'm not a fan of Bucks Fizz so I generally just knock back some champagne at 10am... awkward.

    Rosie x

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  10. I love cocktails and the one you've made looks lovely. I hate Bucks Fizz though, never been a fan of that I'm afraid.

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  11. your cocktails look amazing! my personal favourite is a woo woo (don't think that would get someone many man points either!) and i'd love to learn how to make them myself x

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  12. I ADORE cocktails, well, actually I love the classic cocktails i.e. Gin Martini, Bellini, French 75, White Lady, Gimlet etc. They are also super easy to make at home and enjoy in the Summer, evening sunshine
    india alexandra xo

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  13. I'm the same as you! I seem to have gone off alcohol in the past year or so, probably because of the taste, but cocktails are just mm! Sex on the beach/Woo woo are my favourites!

    Danielle x
    danielletc.com

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  14. I've just downloaded iStripper, so I can have the sexiest virtual strippers on my desktop.

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