I love February because its my birthday and also Valentines day so this means I can celebrate. There is a slight catch though to my celebrations and that is we have 4 children. Have you ever tried to get a babysitter for all four children at the same time. Well I can assure its nigh on impossible especially Valentines night. We usually have to rope Neil’s mum in all the way from Newcastle when we have things happening and need all 4 looked after. So with this in mind I like to have a drink or two at home and have fun with family and friend coming round. We love to make our own cocktails and mocktails for the kids, we even have a cocktail book it’s huge.
Well I have friends coming round this weekend and I intend on celebrating my birthday in style as I was in London with the kids last weekend. We have been asked by Aldi could we try out a few cocktails and let everyone know what we think. Well of course I said YES YES and another YES.
Quick question before I show you our menu. Did you take part in Dry January? Or did you do Ginuary? Maybe you just think like RachelSwirl and say oh what the hell dry means you can have: dry gin, dry martini, and so on… I was a Ginuary girl.
Cocktail number 1 on our menu is a Gin Lime and Cucumber Smash – Well I love Gin, don’t mind lime in a drink and eat cucumber so what could go wrong.
Gin, Lime & Cucumber Cooler
Crisp, zesty and irrestistably refreshing and perfect to quench thirst during the game.
50ml London Dry Gin
6 slices Cucumber, peeled
1/2 fresh Lime, cut into 2 wedges
40ml Del Rivo Apple Juice
12 fresh Mint leaves
1 tsp The Pantry Granulated Sugar
Crushed ice cubes
- Pour the gin and apple juice into a large cup or small bowl. Add the sugar, squeeze in the lime juice
- Add the mint leaves and the cucumber slices and, with the end of a wooden spoon, muddle/crush the mint and cucumber slightly to release their flavours. Pour into a glass, add plenty of crushed ice, drop in the lime halves and stir
- Serve garnished with a sprig of mint
Cocktail number 2 on the menu is a Blackberry Smash this one may have to wait till the end of the night with a name like that.
Delicious fresh berries and fresh lemon juice combine with the crisp taste of gin to make this cocktail the perfect weekend drink in front of the TV. With its uplifting citrus and berry notes, Blackberry Smash is an excellent drink to brighten up your winter.
50 ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin
½ a cup of white sugar
½ a cup hot water
25ml fresh lemon juice
6 mint leaves
Sparkling water to top
- Fill a tall glass and a cocktail shaker with cubed ice
- To make blackberry syrup dissolve the white sugar in the hot water. Once dissolved add in 10/12 blackberries and allow to cool down to room temperature before straining and chilling in the fridge
- Add 25ml of blackberry syrup and all ingredients (except the sparkling water) to the cocktail shaker
- Shake hard for ten seconds and then strain through a tea strainer into the ice-filled tall glass
- Slowly top with sparkling water
Cocktail number 3 is the Nolan this is the easiest of all to make with 3 ingredients and a stir but I think it will be the strongest so may need to watch how many I have.
- Crisp, fruity and refreshing. Perfect drink for parties.
30ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin
15ml Old Hopking White Rum
30ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin, 15ml Old Hopking White Rum, fill a tall glass with Orange Juice and enjoy!
All these ingredients can be bought in Aldi as well a few extra bottles of Prosecco to help me celebrate. I will also be doing some nibbles to go along side otherwise I will have a very merry house quickly I think. Keep a look out on our Instagram for pictures of our cocktails and any others we make when we think we are super mixologists on the night.
Also keep an eye out for our Valentines Meal ideas and a super Valentines cocktail over the next few days.
** Aldi have supplied some of the ingredients so we can make some of the February cocktails. All opinions are our own.