The festivities are well and truly underway – I’ve already eaten two Christmas dinners, indulged in too many mince pies, and worn a bright red dress! In this, the season of goodwill to all men, here is my top party cocktail recipe to help you enjoy (or endure, depending on your point of view) the hours of socialising ahead…
Nothing says Christmas like a cocktail party and this easy to prepare recipe combines two of my favourite things – gin and clementines. Oh, and sparkling wine!
Clementine fizz – makes 6
500ml sparkling wine – cava works well
Squeeze the juice from the clementines and pour through a sieve to remove the pith and seeds. Divide the juice between six flutes and add 20ml gin to each. Top up with the sparkling wine and serve.
For this recipe, I used the delicious and great value award-winning Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin from Aldi – a steal at just £9.65 per 70cl bottle. For those gin connoisseurs amongst you who fancy something a little more premium, try the recently launched Elephant Gin – available for £29.49 from The Whiskey Exchange and Selfridges, this distinctive gin is made using 14 botanicals including Baobab, African Wormwood and apples – delicious in cocktails or served straight. Not only will this make the perfect gift for gin lovers but the company behind it contributes 15% of all profits to support African elephant foundations so you can feel better about having a cheeky sip this Christmas.
Next week I’ll be talking about my favourite festive sparklers. I do love Christmas!