Mulled Wine Inspired Christmas Martini

‘Tis the season for Christmas parties & a little festive tipple!

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

And in that field, things don’t get any better than a tangy Christmas Martini.

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

I first tried them at the Borough Kitchen Christmas press do, and they immediately became a seasonal staple.

They are a modern take on traditional mulled wine and a real Christmas cracker of a drinks recipe!

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

Super easy, quick and completely delicious, I have it on good authority that Mr & Mrs Claus enjoy a few of these on the run up to Christmas eve.

Just make sure you drink them responsibly… ‘elf & safety first, promise?!

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

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Mulled Wine Inspired Christmas Martini

Cocktails and Magic at Mr Fogg’s

We all like to pretend that adulting is all glam n’ brunch – but the truth is, it’s more, as the French say, metro-boulot-dodo.

But when the daily routine gets too much, I know the perfect spot to escape it all…

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Welcome to Mr Fogg’s, the Mayfair home of the fictional Victorian explorer of the name.

Stuffed to the gunnels with stuffed animals, hunting rifles, flags, maps and all sorts of bits and pieces Phileas alledgedly collected on his travels.

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As it so happens, Mr Fogg’s is also home to some of the most creative cocktail masters in London – and quite the selection of spirits!

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The latest addition to that impressive collection: the brand new, retro confectionary inspired Mr. Gladstone’s Curious Emporium fusion beverage range.

Think Rhubarb & Custard, Pear Drop, Pineapple Cube and Strawberry Bon Bon meet wine.

Playful and quirky, the new range is right at home at Mr Fogg’s!

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If you have quite the sweet tooth, you’ll love them simply poured over ice.

If you like your drinks to be bit more tart, mix them with soda or tonic water.

You can also take it one step further and add a few secret ingredients to create your own extraordinary concoctions!

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My favourite?

The Lushington Bazoo – a dangerous yet delicious combination of Russian standard Platinum vodka, raspberry puree & fresh lemon juice, topped up with Mr Gladstone’s Curious Emporium Rhubarb & Custard.

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Berry nice indeed… and even better served with a side of magic tricks!

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Traveling cards, disappearing foam balls… this guy just aced it all!

A curious evening of cocktails and magic at Mr Fogg's • Cake + Whisky

Curious cocktails, great company and a bit of (non-compulsory) magic… the perfect way to shake up your daily routine!

Cocktails and Magic at Mr Fogg’s

Classic Old Fashioned

I’m the most useless person when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.

New year, new me simply isn’t for me. The thing is, I don’t want things to change completely.

So what I’m wishing you & myself for 2017 is some more balance. Just as many cakes, cocktails, burgers and general naughtiness, but also some extra greens, vitamins and general healthy things.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Starting things as I mean to go on (and introducing the new ‘Cocktail of the month’ feature on Cake + Whisky!) with an Old Fashioned.

Simple, strong & smooth, it’s a true Mad Men-worthy cocktail and the perfect introduction to the world of drink mixing.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

First of, peel a wide slice of orange peel and place it in a tumbler glass.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Top with 10ml simple sugar syrup (2 bar spoons) and muddle lightly using a bar spoon.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Add a double mesure (50ml) of your fave cocktail whisky (I used Woodford Reserve Bourbon).

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Add 3 ice cubes and a few dashes of Angostura bitters.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Stir with a bar spoon.

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Pel another slice of orange peel and twist over the drink to release citrus oil, then rub the inside of the peel on the rim of the glass before adding the peel to the drink.

Repeat as many times as you have guests and serve immediately.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Oh, and if you’re going away some time soon (lucky you!), make sure you pick up one of Tipplesworth’s genius cocktail kits* to get everything you need to make the sassiest drinks on the go (or without having to leave your couch)!

What’s your favourite classic cocktail? Also, what sort of drinks would you like to see featured in this new ‘Cocktail of the month’ feature? 

*The old fashioned cocktail kit I used to mix this drink was sent to me by Tipplesworth but all pictures, opinions and inability to take new year’s resolutions my own.

Classic Old Fashioned

Halloween Cocktail – Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet

Bonfires burning & bright pumpkin faces in the night…

Witches, ghosts, vampires & zombies gathering in the shadows…

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It’s definitely time to get ready for the most frightful night of the year!

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

Line up the candy apples, befriend a few spiders, get working on the pumpkin carving & dust the old potion book…

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

… For there’s no Halloween party without a spooky (witches’) brew of a Halloween cocktail!

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

My elixir of choice? How about a Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet*?!

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

The perfect mix of sweet & sour, this spooky serve, inspired by thebar.com Smirnoff Ghoul’s Goblet, is sure to cast a spell on your guests!

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

Just don’t be alarmed when you see some creepy creatures at the bottom of your glass, for if you don’t garnish drinks with worms & tarantula brains on Halloween, then when?

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet (serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 35ml Tanqueray gin
  • 150ml ginger ale
  • 2 slices blood orange + juice of 1/4
  • a few drops red food colouring
  • Gummy worm sweets, mini plastic spiders, pomegranate seeds & small blackberries

1. Fill an ice tray with gummy worms sweets, plastic spiders & small blackberries (a few to each square) and add water. Add a few drops of food colouring, then freeze.

2. Add 2–3 gummy worm sweet ice cubes to a tumbler glass.

3. Pour Tanqueray gin into the tumbler, add the blood orange juice and top with ginger ale.

4. Garnish with blood orange slices and pomegranate seeds & serve immediately.

PIN FOR LATER:

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

* This post was sponsored by thebar.com and the featured recipe was inspired by their Smirnoff Ghoul’s Goblet but all text, pictures and Halloween cocktail excitement my own.

Halloween Cocktail – Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet

Raspberry Wine Spritzer

There’s something about the sunny weather that just calls for everyday mini-garden parties and evening cocktails.

Yes, even on Mondays. The beginning of a long week deserves a celebratory long drink.

Especially when it’s as easy to make as these Raspberry Wine Spritzer!

Raspberry Wine Spritzer | Cake + Whisky

Raspberry Wine Spritzer is the lazy alternative to Sangria.

Less ingredients, less prep time but that same ‘summer in a glass’ vibe!

Raspberry Wine Spritzer | Cake + Whisky

Serve in your favourite patch of sunshine, sit back, smile and relax!

Truly the ultimate summer drink!

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Raspberry Wine Spritzer (for 1 glass)

Ingredients: 80ml Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice Sparkling Water (chilled), 150ml chilled rosé wine (I used Côtes de Provence), 4 ice cubes, berries to serve

1. In a large wine glass, place the ice cubes and a few berries (I used blueberries).

2. Pour in the rosé, then top with Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice.

3. Garnish with yet more berries (redcurrants here) and serve immediately.

PS: If you want to make a big batch (for a party for example), simply combine the wine and Sparkling Ice water into a large drink dispenser and serve ice and berries on the side for your guests to garnish their own drinks.

Raspberry Wine Spritzer

Sparkling Ice Launch at German Gymnasium

When it comes to cocktail mixers, there are the classics (tonic water, soda water etc.) and then there’s the rest.

To be honest, I usually don’t care much about said ‘rest’. Coke? Nah. Strange-flavour soda. No thank you.

But there’s a new kid on the block and it’s going to change your Summer cocktail game forever.

Sparkling Ice UK Launch | Cake + Whisky

I first discover Sparkling Ice at its UK launch party at the swanky German Gymnasium a few days ago.

Sparkling Ice UK Launch | Cake + Whisky

And OMG is this place stunning!

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Breath-taking architecture, spotless service and loads of delightful little details, it’s the sort of place restaurant-lover dreams are made of.

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A dream made even better by perfectly mixed cocktails, highlighting Sparkling Ice products.

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Hitting the shelves of supermarkets later this month, the range includes three creative flavours: Black Raspberry, Peach Nectarine & Orange Mango.

Each is bursting with real fruit flavor and just the right amount of fizz, but without any of the calories you’d usually get in that sort of drink.

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Now, I must admit I’m no big fan of those by themselves (but if you’re a tiny bit less sensitive to the taste of sweetener than I made, I reckon you should be just fine), but they were a revelation when used as cocktail mixers.

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The tartness of the Peach Nectarine flavour pairs perfectly with the deep herbal notes of basil and gin…

Sparkling Ice UK Launch | Cake + Whisky

While the Orange Mango one makes for a very tropical drink when mixed with rum & vanilla.

Add a few nibbles…

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Teeny tiny guac’ and goat’s cheese cones

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Battered scampis with lemon mayo

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And (of course) delightful Currywurst bites (when in Germany…)

And there you have it: the perfect summer party!

Saying I’m excited about Sparkling Ice’s launch would be quite an understatement.

I’m already dreaming up delightfully fruity recipes for picnics and garden parties (coming soon, keep your eyes peeled!) and keep my fingers crossed that Sparkling Ice soon bring the rest of its extensive range to our shelves.

Because if the possibilities already seem endless with just 3 flavours, just imagine what it would be like with all 19 of them!

Sparkling Ice will be available in all major supermarkets in the next few week and is already available at WHSmith. I was invited as a guest to the Sparkling Ice launch event. 

 

 

Sparkling Ice Launch at German Gymnasium

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester

Manchester is a great city by day, but it only comes truly alive at night.

Famous across the country for its buzzy nightlife and eclectic music scene, Mancurian bars & clubs are second to none and a visit to one of the city’s top cocktail bars  is an absolute weekend must-do.

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Manchester’s hip Northern Quarter is full of great places to spend the night, but top of my list is Dusk til Pawn.

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Find the big ‘Pawn Shop’ sign in the window and make a beeline for one of Manchester’s coolest speakeasy bars.

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Popular with locals and visitors alike, Dusk til Pawn is famous for both its creative cocktail menu & its great atmosphere.

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… not to mention its impressive liquor collection (and that’s not even all of it!)!

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Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Grab a seat at the bar, pick your poison and watch in awe as the bartenders work their magic, stirring, mixing and shaking glass after glass of delicious creations for you to taste.

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Favourites included The Sinnerman (Bourbon, cinnamon, cherry juice)

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

The Bail Bond (House celery gin, elderflower, rosemary, tonic)

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Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

The Brass Ball (Whisky, marmelade, ginger, bitters)

Make sure you also order ‘A Million Dollars’.

You might not end up quite as rich as you’d expect, but you certainly are in for a treat…

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… And a bit of a show!

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Let the oak smoke infuse into the barrel-aged fig old fashioned for as long as you can bare it.

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Then delight in the strong smokey notes, balancing perfectly against the sweetness of the fig.

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Another highlight was the Diamond Glove (Gin, rhubarb, rosemary, grapefruit).

And even if you’re late to make it for your restaurant reservation (#truestory), you must have a Hustle (oh, the irony!)

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Combining house plum gin, bail, lime and pomegranate, it’s one of the most surprising cocktails I’ve ever tasted.

Quite worth the risk of ending up without a table to be honest…

So whether you live there all year round or are just visiting for a couple of days, make sure you include Dusk til Pawn into your Manchester weekend plans.

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And in case you were wondering, yes, we did make it in time for our dinner booking in the end.

But that my friends is a (burger full) story for another day (tomorrow)…

 

Dusk til Pawn, Stevenson Square, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1FB  

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester