‘Tis the season
If ever a time calls for cocktails it’s the festive season. Toast family and friends with these fail-safe drink recipes…
600g bag clementines
3 tbsp Grand Marnier
75cl bottle Prosecco, chilled
1 Juice the clementines to make about 300ml and mix with the Grand Marnier. Pour into 8 champagne flutes.
2 Just before serving, top up the glasses with the Prosecco.
30ml Liquid Glucose
25ml full-fat milk
1 small piece white chocolate, finely grated
1 milk chocolate stick
1 Using a small pastry brush, carefully coat the rim of a martini glass with the glucose syrup. Invert the glass onto a small plate covered with Horlicks to create a rim.
2 Three-quarters fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the Advocaat, Baileys and milk, then put the lid on and shake for 10-15 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker is frosted and ice cold.
3 Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into your Horlicks-rimmed glass and garnish with a light grating of white chocolate and the chocolate stick balanced on the edge. Serve immediately.
6 tbsp honey
1 cinnamon stick
1 sliced orange or 3 sliced clementines
1 star anise
1 vanilla pod, split
1 Pour 750ml of full-bodied red wine, into a pan.
2 Add 6 tbsp honey, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 sliced orange or 3 sliced clementines, 300ml water, 5 cloves, 1 star anise and a vanilla pod, split.
3 Bring to a simmer and warm gently for 10 minutes then add 50ml brandy and stir well.
4 Strain, if desired, into a warmed bowl then ladle into heatproof glasses or mugs.
Spiced Apple and toffee
1 litre vodka
4 apples cut into wedges
150g chewy toffee
150g caster sugar
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 Pour the vodka into a large screw-top kilner jar and add the apple wedges, chewy toffee, caster sugar, star anise and cinnamon stick.
2 Shake every so often until the chewy toffee has dissolved then leave for a further 4-5 days in a cool dry place, shaking occasionally, for the flavours to permeate.
3 Strain through a sieve and pour into sterilised bottles.
Recipes and images courtesy of http://www.waitrosecellar.com