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      29.09.2014 16:09
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      Cocktail recipes

      COCKTAIL RECIPES

      I like to make cocktails if I am drinking in my home and my drinks cabinet is always stocked full so I have got a large amount of ingredients that I can use to make cocktails whenever I want to. The cocktails that I make are classic ones so I can not say that I have invented the recipes but I do sometimes accidentally make up my own cocktails when I get the mixture wrong or if I have run out of one thing and have to use something else instead.

      Here are a few of the cocktails that I like to make.

      BALTIC MURDER MYSTERY

      Pour 1oz each of vodka and Creme de cassis into a cocktail glass and stir them together. Top the glass up with 7-Up and add some ice and a large slice of lemon.

      CHERRY LOVER

      Measure out 1oz of cherry brandy, 1oz of cherry liqueur, 1/2oz maraschino liqueur, 1/2oz of vodka and small ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Shake well then pour into a cocktail glass and top it up with soda water.

      FUZZY MARTINI

      Pour vodka and half of the amount of peach schnapps into a glass that has lots of ice in it. Stir well and float 2 fresh peach slice on the top or hook them into the rim of the glass.

      PIMPING COCKTAIL

      Use 2oz of good quality vodka, 1oz blue Curaçao, 1oz peach schnapps and 5oz sweet orange juice. Pour them all into a tall glass and serve. You can use orange juice that is like pop like Sunny Delight for this cocktail because the juice should be as sweet as you can find.

      CLASSIC MARGARITA

      Put your cocktail shaker and cocktail glass into the freezer and leave it in there to ice for one hour or longer. Remove it and straight away pour in 1 1/2oz tequila, 3/4oz of fresh squeezed lime juice and 1/2oz triple sec. Shake it all and serve the cocktail in a cocktail glass.

      I hope you like these and try them for yourself at home because it is alot more interesting than sitting and drinking from a bottle of wine.

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      28.09.2014 14:46
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      Champagne Peach Bellini

      For Mothers Day I was lucky enough to be given a bottle of Laurent Perrier champagne with a beautiful bunch of flowers, I must admit I preferred the flowers and (not really being a huge champagne fan) I left the champers alone for a good few weeks while I waited for an occasion to drink it.

      The occasion was that we missed a party we'd both been looking forward to thanks to mega car trouble and I wanted to drown my sorrows - I decided I didn't want to drink plain glasses of champagne so looked online for a cocktail recipe as I thought I'd enjoy something with a bit more flavour more. I found this wonderful recipe for Peach Bellini and have made it several times since, unfortunately I can't remember where the recipe originally came from as I've just come across it scribbled in my notebook.

      Champagne Peach Bellini

      Chilled champagne (or sparkling wine works well too, providing a slightly different drinking experience)
      The flesh of three ripe peaches, roughly chopped

      Place the peaches in a blender and pulse until you've created a smooth puree. Spoon half of the pureed peaches into two chilled champagne glasses and top up with champagne (or sparkling wine). Stir the peaches into the champagne as you're pouring with the ideal ratio being one third peach puree to two thirds champagne, or as close as you can get it.

      This quantity of peach provides enough puree for four glasses and while I thought I'd drink more than that I did find the cocktail pretty sickly after my third and at that point I switched to the plain glasses of champers I'd been avoiding up to then - it's funny how alcohol tastes better the further down the bottle you get isn't it?!

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      26.09.2014 23:15
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      Christmas Punch

      This is a recipe for Christmas Punch which is a fantastic drink to serve at Christmas for family and friends. Because it is served warm it also makes a great warming winter cocktail to serve on a cold night when you have friends over such as on Halloween or any autumn or winter night really. I have served this while having a barbecue in winter (seemed like a good idea at the time) and everyone really appreciated a warm alcoholic drink.

      Ingredients that you will need:
      1 litre of red wine
      100ml brandy
      100ml sherry
      100ml Cointreau
      1 cinnamon stick
      4 tbsp of sugar
      400ml boiling water
      2 oranges
      2 apples

      Method:

      Heat the wine the sugar and the cinnamon stick in a pan over a low heat so as to not burn all the alcohol away. When the sugar has dissolved take the wine off the heat and then add the remaining alcohol and the water along with the orange and apple making sure that you have cored and quartered them.

      This makes a nice alternative to mulled wine and is really delicious. It sounds like it is going to be a hassle to make but it only takes a few minutes really and is totally worth it and your guests will really appreciate this on a cold night. It looks and tastes like you have went to a lot of effort when you know it only took minutes and as a bonus everyone can have large mugs or glasses of this as it makes quite a decent sized pot of punch.

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        08.05.2013 22:45
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        A fruity one!

        I do enjoy a little tipple every so often and in the summer or when on holiday I really enjoy trying different cocktails. My favourite cocktails tend to be fruit based ones with my favourites being cosmopolitan, margarita and woo woo.

        Cocktails can be rather expensive to make as some can take quite a lot of ingredients but they are very easy to make yourself and it means you can experiment with different combinations and ingredients to make your own special concoctions. One combination that I tried for the first time a couple of years ago is the following:

        Ingredients:
        Cointreau
        Sparkling white wine or Champagne (chilled)
        Orange Juice
        Slices of fresh Orange to decorate.
        Champagne flutes.

        To make:
        Add one measure of cointraeu to a champagne flute, fill half way up the glass with orange juice and top up with sparkling wine. Add a slice of orange to the side of the glass for decoration and any other cocktail decorations you may have, I always find the little paper umbrellas look slightly tacky but cute in a cocktail.

        This is not the cheapest cocktail to make but it is quite strong so you don't need many of them to feel a little on the wobbly side. I tend to make these when I have friends visiting as once you open the champagne/sparkling wine you need to use it all quite quickly and if using champagne flutes it is possible to get about 10 glasses from one bottle of champagne/sparkling wine.

        You could also make this cocktail in a large jug and add some sliced oranges or set some orange pieces in ice cubes to make it a little more interesting.

        This is certainly a tasty cocktail and worth a try especially on a nice hot day or for a special occasion.

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          06.04.2012 01:21
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          A magnificent Mojito recipe!!

          When I went to Cuba, I had the most amazing Mojito. Not too sweet or sour, but totally refreshing. I asked the bar man to show me how to make a Mojito, Cuban style and it's so good, I think it would be unfair to keep it to myself. You'll be able to imagine yourself lounging in the sun, in no time!!

          Makes 1
          Ingredients:
          1½ limes, cut into 8 wedges
          20 fresh mint leaves
          2½ tsp demerara sugar
          handful crushed ice
          65ml/2½fl oz white rum
          splash soda water, to taste
          fresh mint sprig, to garnish

          1. Place the limes, mint and sugar into a sturdy highball glass and 'muddle' or mash with the end of a clean rolling pin, to bruise the mint and release the lime juice.
          2. Add the ice and pour over the rum.
          3. Add soda water to taste and stir well so that the ingredients are spread throughout the glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and serve.

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            30.12.2010 11:05
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            Perfect summer cocktail.

            I do love a mojito.

            Granted, it's a bit of a summer drink best enjoyed on a hot day basking by the pool or on a balmy evening languising on a terrace. But really, as a cocktail it is hard to beat whatever the weather.

            I learned how to make mojitos when I worked summers in a local cafe/bar. During the day I perfected my cappuccinos and smoothies and at night my Gin Fizzes, Daiquiris and Mojitos.
            There are many ways to get the 'perfect' mojito....this is how we did it....

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            INGREDIENTS (per glass)
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            FRESH MINT - 5 or 6 leaves...an absolute must for any good Mojito.

            1 FRESH LIME - lime juice alone won't work, you need the kick of the zest.

            RUM - this one is down to personal preference...we used Havana Club 3 but you could use Bacardi or any other white or golden rum.

            SUGAR- 1 tsp of demerera sugar

            SUGAR SYRUP - 2 tablespoons or so....we bought it by the bottle, but you could make your own by dissolving sugar in equal parts of water.

            CRUSHED ICE

            SODA WATER - we used sparkling water too...just a splash is enough.

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            METHOD
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            1) Get yourself a tumbler - preferably a sturdy one with straight sides.

            2) Chop up the lime into smallish cubes...maybe 12 or so from one lime.

            3) Put the lime in the glass along with 5 - 8 roughly torn mint leaves, the demerera and 1 tablespoon of syrup.

            4) Using a wooden or plastic pestle, squash the limes and mint, extracting as much juice and flavour as possible.

            5) Add the rest of the sugar syrup and mix again.

            6) Add crushed ice to fill the glass...you can wrap ice cubes in a clean tea-towel and bash them with a rolling pin if you don't have a machine for the job - the rough shards produced are actually better than the machine ice which doesn't last as long.

            7) Now you add the rum....just keep going till you get to a couple of cm from the top of the glass...then add the soda to fill. Of course, if you want it weaker, just add less rum and more soda...and conversely, if you want a stronger taste, add less soda or leave it out completely.

            The use of brown sugar in this drink adds a depth of flavour which really compliments the drink with its 'maltiness' but if you want a result that looks less 'muddy' then leave it out....it's still pretty good!

            All that minty, limeiness makes for a dangerously easy to drink cocktail that goes down all too well.
            Enjoy! :)

            Oh, and serve with a straw.

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              29.08.2010 23:17
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              A delicious

              A white Russian is a sweet cocktail made from vodka, coffee liqueur and cream or milk served with ice, it's great to serve after dinner or on a night out. It's a very popular cocktail, which has been around for years. Despite it's name it's not actually Russian,it's only gets it's name as Vodka is it's main ingredient. Due to it's rich and creamy taste and despite not being able to taste the alcohol there still is a lot in there.

              Best to have only one of these on a night out through,otherwise you will feel sick and have at the start of the night when I tend to find it lines my stomach, otherwise if you have it later on, the milk or cream curdles in your stomach.

              To make a White Russian you'll need the following ingredients:

              1½ measures vodka
              1 measure coffee liqueur Tia Maria or Kahlua
              1 measure light cream
              1 cherry
              Chocolate powder
              Ice cubes or crushed ice

              Please note Baileys can be substituted for the liqueur and cream.

              Preparation:

              Pick an unusual shapes glass, dip the rim of the glass into lemon juice then dip into sugar, this adds wow to your cocktail.


              Option 1.

              Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur, cream and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously then strain over an ice cubed in the glass, sprinkle some chocolate powder on top then add a cherry at the end of a cocktail stick.

              Option 2.

              Pour the vodka over an ice cubes glass, then add the coffee liqueur, then the cream, then drink out of a straw

              Option 3.

              Mix the vodka and coffee liqueur in a cocktail shaker and strain over the ice cubes in the glass, shaking the cream in order to thicken it before pouring it, then using the back of a spoon, layer the measure of cream on top.

              The look is all important for your cocktail, why not add a fancy straw or some sparklers. Adding some exotic fruit to make it more colourful.

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                10.08.2010 20:34
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                My original recipe's never seen elswhere

                When I am home I like nothing better than to throw a party usually in the summer months, I fire up a couple of Weber Barbecues one for Seafood the other for T - bones and Ribeye's with my I pod Mojito mix in the background, I am at home in my outdoor bar mixing my favorite cocktails. here are some of my finest.

                Sailor Jerrys Crab Cocktail
                One large pour of Sailor Jerrys Spiced Caribbean Rum (It must be Jerry's) because you need the hint of vanilla which makes this the smoothest drinking nicest tasting rum out there ( Waitrose) its not the cheapest but its certainly the best. It works with other brands just not as well.

                Add the rum to a cocktail Glass. If you are lucky enough to own any Sailor Jerrys did a range featuring some of the Original Sailor Jerry Tattoo artwork, rare collector's item's these days. The semi Nude Hawaiian dancing girls on the tumblers add to the occasion and are a good talking point for those that can still talk when they have had 3 of these .

                2 chunks of Ice and squeeze in 2 lime slices (around 1/4 of a lime) top up with Crabbies alcoholic ginger ale. Stir but dont shake and devour.

                Outstanding but dont make to many or you will fall over.

                If you really must use a rum other than sailors use Mount Gay or Havana Club, but SJ is in a league of its own we did a blind neat tasting at a recent party and everyone thought the SJ was by far the best its the only rum I drink neat.

                Enjoy

                Sailor Jerrys and Malibu Rum Cooler

                1 Tumbler
                2 chunks of Ice
                2 shots Sailor Jerrys spiced caribbean rum
                1 shot of malibu
                Top up with Pineapple Juice
                Lime Juice to taste


                Sailor Jerrys Pineapple chasers

                2 shot glasses
                1 full of Sailor Jerrys 1 full of Pineapple Juice with a squeeze of lime.

                Party time.

                Mojito and Cubra Libre are obviously both very popular, and well covered on here. I prefer Dark Rum in my Mojitos and would recommend any fan of Rum and Coke to use Mount Gay with Pepsi Raw Cola. Slightly Less sweet no additives.

                For those who are not rum officianado's the Mojito if made properly doesn't leave you with the usual hangover lots of Vitamin C and spring /soda water keeps you well hydrated I always drink Mojitos in the tropics or the caribbean and wake up feeling fresh.

                Lookout for my barbecue recipes coming to Dooyoo soon.

                You may not want to nominate me for writing this but you certainly will when you have enjoed one.

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                  12.01.2010 19:26
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                  Some Of My Cocktail Recipes.

                  I really couldn't get into writing another beauty review at the moment so I thought Id try and ease myself into writing my food reviews with some recipes. Now this going to make me sound like a proper alcoholic but I absolutely LOVE cocktails but buying them in pubs and clubs can get really expensive so I thought Id have a read up on making my own. Luckily my mom loves a good cocktail so she went out and bought a book with 365 cocktail recipes in it so we could try some out. Me & my mates have a running joke that one year we are going to try and drink our way through the book in under a month, but we have never got round to it yet! Anyway I'll try and give you readers a few of my favourite cocktail recipes in this review and I'll try and review a range and not just the ones I like.

                  Vodka:
                  Woo Woo:
                  28ml Of Vodka
                  14ml Peach Schnapps
                  Cranberry Juice
                  & A Lime Wedge To Garnish

                  How To Make: Simple. You simply put all of the ingredients into a glass that is filled with ice and stir it. You can choose to garnish with a wedge of lime which is meant to compliment the drink.

                  I love drinking this when I go out because it is really refreshing.

                  Purple Passion Tea:
                  1 Passion Fruit (Peeled)
                  7ml Vodka
                  7ml Gin
                  7ml Light Rum
                  14ml Chambord
                  112ml Sour Mix (Lemon, Lime & Sugar Mixed)
                  7ml Lime Juice
                  84ml Lemonade

                  How To Make: Muddle the passion fruit in a cocktail shaker. Add all the ingredients to the shaker apart from the lemonade and begin to shake with ice. Pour it into a glass and then top with lemonade.

                  This looks really pretty in a glass and has a proper tangy taste to it which is really nice.

                  Cappuccino Cocktail:
                  21ml Vodka
                  21ml Kahlua
                  A Single Espresso (Hot)
                  21ml Single Cream
                  1 Dash Of Sugar Syrup

                  How To Make: Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker, shake and then strain into a martini glass. You can sprinkle chocolate flakes over the top to garnish.

                  I really like coffee of any sort and this was a really nice twist.

                  Gin:
                  Polo Cocktail:
                  56ml Gin
                  1 tbsp Lemon Juice
                  1tsp Orange Juice

                  You just shake the ingredients together with ice and then strain into a glass.

                  This drink is NOT for everyone because it is pretty sour and I know not everyone will like it.

                  Kiss-In-The-Dark
                  21ml Gin
                  21ml Cherry Brandy
                  21ml Dry Vermouth

                  Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and well, shake. Then strain into a glass.

                  This is a nice drink I think, not one of my favourites but one I would certainly try again.

                  [You may have noticed I haven't really added any of the proper popular cocktails! That's because I'm offering people a different option :)]

                  Tequila:
                  Sloe Tequila
                  28ml Tequila
                  14ml Sloe Gin
                  1 Tbsp Lime

                  Blend all the ingredients together with about half a cup full of ice then you simply pour into a glass and add ice to taste.

                  This is a really refreshing drink to have on a nice summer day.

                  Hot Pants: (One Of My All Time Favourites.)
                  56ml Tequila
                  14ml Of A Liqueur Of Your Choice (I usually use amaretto)
                  1 Tbsp Of Grapefruit Juice
                  2 Mint Leaves
                  1 Tsbp Of Sugar

                  Just shake all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker and pour into a glass over ice.

                  This is a really nice drink and Ive tried it with a few different liquors and it is really nice whatever you use because every time you use a different flavour you end up with a slightly different taste.

                  Liquors & Other Spirits:
                  The Fuzzy Navel:
                  28ml Peach Schnapps
                  21ml Vodka
                  Orange Juice
                  A Dash Of Soda

                  Pour the Schnapps & Vodka into a glass with ice and stir. The add the orange juice leaving a tiny bit of room at the top to add the soda.

                  This is meant to be a fizzy version of Sex on The Beach but I don't think they taste anything like each other if I'm honest. And this one is meant to be good for cocktail virgins!

                  French Connection:
                  21ml Amaretto
                  42ml Brandy

                  Just pour both ingredients into a glass and stir. Add ice if you wish.

                  This is probably the most simple cocktail to make and its tastes amazing as well. It is really rich though so if you dont like rich drinks this isnt a good one to try.

                  Splash & Crash:
                  56ml Amaretto
                  168ml Cranberry Juice
                  56ml Orange Juice
                  14ml Of 151-Proof Rum

                  Pour the first 3 ingredients into a glass with ice and then float the rum on top. DO NOT STIR. Then add a straw.

                  You are supposed to drink this with a straw and it is not meant to be stirred. I dont know whether its anything to do with the way its made but this drink is STRONG. I wouldnt advise having more than one lol.

                  Non-Alcoholic: (Just In Case =])
                  Shirley Temple (The Most Obvious)
                  Ginger Ale
                  A Dash Of Grenadine

                  Just pour the ingredients into a glass with ice. Pretty and pink is a great way to describe this drink.

                  Fresh Fraise:
                  4 Fresh Strawberries
                  1 Peach (Peeled, Pitted & Sliced)
                  1/2 Banana (Obviously Peeled & Sliced)
                  112ml Milk
                  112ml Plain Yogurt
                  1 Drop If Vanilla Extract
                  Pinch Of Cinnamon

                  Put all the ingredients into a blender with half a cup of ice and blend until smooth. Then just pour into a glass.

                  This to me tastes exactly like a smoothie but it is really nice.

                  Overall Opinion:
                  Making your own cocktails is great because you can add or take away ingredients to suit your tastes. Ive tried to do a range of the less well known cocktails in my review and I hope you liked it. Don't get to drunk *hic*.

                  Thanks For Reading

                  x-0 Salz 0-x

                  *Just in case anyone was wondering the book I got all my recipes from is called 365 Cocktails: The Complete Bartenders Guide By Brian Lucas*

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                    I was cuddled up on the sofa one Saturday night enjoying my favourite tipple, Dooley's Toffee Liqueur on ice, if you have not tried this it's a Creamy blend of vodka and yes, toffee!
                    Retailing at about £12 for a 70cl bottle i began to think they must be a way to make my own toffee vodka drink and save myself a few quid.
                    So over to my favourite research tool,Google! with millions of results for homemade toffee vodka i had to pour myself another glass of Dooley's to keep me going while i sifted through hundreds of pages picking out the best bits of information and do's and dont's so i could make my own perfect toffee vodka which i now enjoy on a regular basis.

                    To make a 1lt bottle you will need:
                    1 x 70cl bottle of vodka (i use tesco own Brand)
                    2 x packets of Werther's Original
                    And an empty 1lt bottle

                    Instructions
                    Tip your vodka into the 1lt bottle, crush the Worther's into bits( don't forget to unwrap them first), i use a pestle and mortar but if you crush them in the bag be careful it does not split. Worther's crumble really well so should break down to dusty small bits easy.
                    Use a rolled up paper funnel and tip all the toffee bits into the vodka
                    Put the lid on tight and shake well for 7 days!(not really) shake for a couple of hours to dissolve the toffee faster and that's it! put it in the fridge to chill, serve over ice and enjoy.

                    Variation
                    You should try the main menu firs but if you think that is not thick/toffee'y enough for you then substitute 1 bag of Worther's original for 1 bag of worther's Toffee's ( the chewy ones), cut them up into bits and follow above menu

                    Hints and tips
                    The contents will settle and needs a good shake before pouring , but don't over do it as you will cause it to froth.
                    If you use some chewy toffee's they will all stick together and take a lot longer to dissolve then the crunchy ones so more shaking required! but they will dissolve eventually.
                    A couple of suggestions i read to speed things up are, worm it up or put it through a dishwasher cycle, i have not tried this but i cant see it doing any harm.
                    You could use any toffee really but i think the butterscotch from Worther's gives it a perfect toffee flavour with a nice warm vodka kick!
                    If you make some please let me know what you think and any improvements you make to it, thank you

                    Bonus party recipe
                    Half fill a clean Jar with Jelly bears (gummy bears), top up the jar with vodka and put in in the fridge
                    After a week the bears will have swelled up and soaked up all of the vodka!
                    Tip them in a bowl and put them on the table at your next party ( not the kids party!) everybody will love them.

                    Don't eat my gummy bears and drive!

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                      Everybody loves a screaming orgasm

                      Mmm, cocktails! The perfect begining, middle and end to a great night out!

                      Here's a couple of my favourites...

                      The Cosmopolitan

                      Although cosmopolitans were introduced in or around the 1970's and the Sex and the City girls have drunk these for years, I got round to drinking my first only two weeks ago. It's a rum based cocktail, one which I would consider to be an all year round drink, not too fruity that you feel like you should only be drinking it in the summer.

                      Ingredients required

                      1 oz Vodka
                      1/2 oz Cointreau or Grand Marnier
                      1/2 oz Lime juice
                      1/2 oz Cranberry juice

                      Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into a martini glass. I like to dip the rim of the glass in sugar to give it that pretty touch and of course. Although traditionally, a slice of lemon is used as a garnish,I like to add a piece of lime to the glass, as that's one of the ingredients. If you're really wanting to make a splash, you could also add a sparkler! I haven't done this yet, am wary about the alcohol and fire hazard combo!

                      Screaming Orgasm

                      My other favourite cocktail is the screaming orgasm. I usually only drink this in the winter because it's white in colour and contains crushed ice and for me this gives it a bit of a wintry feel!

                      1 oz Vodka
                      1 oz Disaronno Amaretto
                      1 oz Tia Maria or Kahlua
                      1 oz Amarula Cream
                      1 oz Cream
                      1 oz Milk

                      Mix the ingredients together in a shaker and add crushed ice. Again, I like to dip the glass in sugar to make it look that bit more special. I also like to add a marshmellow to the glass rim. Not at all glamourus know but it seems to add to the white wintry sort of theme!

                      This drink can get a little bit sickly as it's very sweet so I can't personally drink many. They really are scrumptious though!

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                      great cocktail

                      While reading this review please open youtube in a new tab and listen to this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0mPkGNssWA
                      The official Mjito song might not be everyone's taste but I never met anyone who didn't love a well mixed Mojito.

                      It certainly is one of the classic cocktails you can find on menus all around the world but there are so many recipes that you'll hardly find any two that taste the same. The basics are the same, white rum, mint, lime and sugar - but there are so many variations, brown or white sugar, fresh lime or juice, add Angostura bitter or not, crushed or ice cubes etc. Just toy around with the basics and you'll soon find your favourite.

                      This recipe here was created by a good friend of mine from Italy and he mixed it so often that we started to call him Mr. Mojito! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do every time I fly over to Milan to visit him.

                      For the perfect Mojito you need:

                      * 2 ounces White rum (Havana rum)
                      * 2 ounces Soda water
                      * 5 Mint leaves
                      * crushed ice
                      * 1 lime
                      * 1 teaspoon sugarcane sugar

                      This is not the original recipe which uses lime juice instead of the limes and white sugar instead of the sugarcane one. So if you don't have fresh limes you can easily substitute it with lime/lemon juice and use your normal sugar. But it's worth making the effort, the fresh lime gives it an extra kick and it looks much nicer in the glass. Brown sugar is always my sugar of choice and I think it fits a lot better to this cocktail than ordinary white sugar; it also stays crunchier for longer and you'll have this amazing feeling of sweet sugar crystals mixed with tiny bits of mint leafs on your tongue.

                      * put 1 tablespoon of brown sugar in a glass
                      * quarter the lime and add it all to the sugar
                      * crush the lime till all of the juice is out
                      * add the mint leafs (washed, not chopped) and crush again for a few seconds
                      * pour the rum in
                      * top up with soda water - this is optional, if you prefer a strong drink add 1 ounce more rum and forget about the soda water
                      * add crushed ice
                      * stir well
                      * top with a teaspoon of brown sugar

                      And in front of you you'll see the perfect cocktail, sweet and sour at the same time with refreshing mint as a bonus. What more can you possibly ask for?

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                        31.05.2009 04:10
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                        Aaah...cocktails. You really can't get better than a cocktail can you. Cocktails can be enjoyed at any time of year but I think theres something beautiful about cocktails in the summer. So now it is getting warmer I have been making them a lot more. I love a lot of cocktails, particular favourites include Sex on the Beach, Mojitos and Pina Coladas. But I've recently discovered one that has stormed into the lead as my favourite so I thought I'd share it with you. It's called the Cool Blue Hawaiian.

                        The Cool Blue Hawaiian is a fantastic summer cocktail. It's light, refreshing and, the best of all, it's a beautiful bright turquoise blue colour so very asthetically pleasing. It's fruity and coconut-y and when you drink it you *almost* feel like you are in the Caribbean.

                        These are the ingredients you'll need to make it:
                        1 cup of pineapple juice, chilled
                        1/2 cup of blue curacao
                        1/2 cup of light rum
                        1/2 cup of cream of coconut
                        (serves 4)

                        To make: in a cocktail shaker or blender combine ice, pineapple juice, blue curacao, rum and cream of coconut and blend/shake until mixture has mixed together well. If you havent got a cocktail shaker or a blender you could pour the ingredients into an empty plastic bottle and then shake together well - this is what I did when taking the mixture to a friends house rather than take all the bottles sperately. If you want to make it extra cool then chuck 4 cups of ice cubes in with the ingredients above (but you'll need a blender).

                        This cocktail is just fantastic, it is so tasty and refreshing. It has just the right amount of alcohol in to not be overpowering but enough to have some effect on you. Unfortunately it's not the cheapest cocktail to make as blue curacao costs around £11 and there is no cheaper alternative. Nor is particularly kind to your waistline - one book that featured the recipe stated that it contains 366 calories per serving. But this drink is nice enough to make you not care.

                        Overall a fantastic cocktail that is perfect for a summer party. It's delicious, refreshing and it's a lovely shade of blue =)

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                          18.05.2009 18:23
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                          Sit back this summer, relax, and slurp away with this beautifully tasting cocktail.

                          The weathers getting better, summers slowly but surely coming. They even say that it will be the hottest summer we've had. So why not get the loungers ready and prepare yourself to take in the delights of a Sex on the Beach sip by sip in the sun!

                          Sex On The Beach:

                          Sex on the Beach is a fruity, and very popular cocktail for the summer. Usually orange and yellow in colour with additions of reds and pinks. Then with a garnish it just looks like summer in a glass.

                          There are many different recipes on how to make the 'perfect' Sex on the Beach, some completely contrasting others. Some with vodka and peach schnapps, topped with different juices like orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and even apple juice. Some use the liquor Midori with a different mixture of juices. Everyone has their own preferred recipe, but the following is what I personally use.

                          The ingredients I use for this cocktail are:

                          Vodka
                          Peach Schnapps
                          Orange Juice
                          Pineapple Juice
                          Grenadine
                          Ice Cubes

                          I always start by half filling my glass with ice cubes. You may go to a bar and many people might ask it without ice so they can get more drink for their money. This is a bad idea however. While some people see it as a scam just to fill the glass with ice, its actually to make sure the drink maintains its cold temperature. If you've ever tried a warm cocktail, its never as great as the ice cold real deal.
                          When filling your glass halfway with ice, its upto you what glass you use. Usually I will use a highball glass, but depending on who the drink may be for or the atmosphere, I may even use a jug! Why not if its party time in summer!

                          I start off with the alcohol. I personally simultaneously pour the vodka and peach schnapps together into the glass. Now rather than saying how many ml's or ounces, I will describe it in 'parts'. This is so if you do decide on using a bigger or smaller glass you can work out roughly how much you need. I highly reccommend getting speed pourer for your bottles however, as this will make sure each bottle is giving an even flow.

                          When pouring the alcohol, I pour 2 parts vodka to 1 part peach schnapps. The vodka doesnt have to be a top vodka being its use in a cocktail. I usually go for the £10-12 bottles of vodka, being mainly Smirnoff. I have even used a must cheaper and unbranded bottle, and although it wasnt the smoothest drink to taste, it still came out delightfully. It simply depends on your price limits. A good peach schnapps is the well known Archers, but once again, I regularly use Tesco Discount Brand peach schnapps. Ive never found a problem with this, and at half the price, its a nice cheap drink to make for you, family and friends.

                          Next I start with the juice. I find it doesnt really matter what order you pour these in. As I say this however, I always seem to be finding myself pour the pineapple juice first. I will pour in about 3 parts pineapple juice, followed by about 2-3 parts orange juice. Any juices are fine. Theres no need for any top brands for this drink, but I must add that its best not to go for a 'bitty' juice and always look for the smooth ones.

                          By now, thats your alcohol and juices put together with the ice. The colour should be orangey yellow. It looks fruity enough, but I find it need one more thing. At this point a lot of people add cranberry juice, with then turns the whole thing pinky-red. I dont quite like the taste of this personally. I dont feel it has that finishing touch for summer. This is where I add the final ingredient.

                          The last thing is Grenadine. Not many people are familiar with this and seem to think its an alcohol at first. Its acutally non-alcoholic. Its a sweet, red syrup made from pomegranites. Although its made from pomegranites a lot of people say it tastes of cherry or raspberry. It is also very cheap, at around £3 for a 70cl bottle in most supermarkets.

                          When adding the grenadine, slowly pour a small amount, I usually pour along the side of the glass on top of the ice, but only a dash is needed to add as it is quite thick and could otherwise overpower the drink. As it is a syrup, it is a lot heavier and therefore sinks to the bottle of the glass.

                          Finally, I add a straw to the drink, and give it a small but quick stir, maybe one or two quick revolutions and its done. The red syrup of grenadine is then mixed along with the alcohol and juices with a beautiful colour ranging in reds, oranges and yellow.

                          Thats the Sex on the Beach finished. To summerize, the basics are:

                          Half fill a glass with ice.
                          Add 2 parts vodka and 1 part peach schnapps
                          Add 3 parts pineapple juice and 2-3 parts orange juice
                          Add a dash of grenadine
                          Add your straw and with a quick swirl its complete.

                          The perfect drink for the summer!

                          And to finish on that, its always nice to produce your cocktail with a small bit of flair. Why not practice throwing a bottle behind your back and catching it on the back of your hand. Maybe throw the ice in the air and catch them behind your back in your glass. I do warn you though, practice makes perfect, and never try it first time! Who wants to amuse their friends with a broken bottle and liquor all over their mates!

                          Enjoy this refreshing taste!

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                            29.04.2009 18:49
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                            Go on - enjoy some Sex on the Beach!

                            Unfortunately, I am not actually offering myself on a sandy beach but instead the delicious taste of a Sex on the Beach cocktail.

                            I first tried the this cocktail in a local club and from my first sip I was hooked. The taste is delicious and I could keep on drinking it for ages. It has a cool fruity sweet flavour which makes it a great summer drink. It can often be found in bars abroad as I'm sure a lot of holiday makers enjoy drinking this aptly named cocktail near a hot sunny beach somewhere with some other thoughts in mind.

                            A warning though, is does go to your head straight away (well it does mine anyway) and with only one of these I can already feel myself succumbing to the sweet bliss of drunkenness.

                            So here's how to make one of these tasty cocktails:

                            What you'll need:
                            2 shots vodka (I prefer Smirnoff but any vodka does just as well)
                            1 shot Peach Schnapps (or Archers)
                            3 shots orange juice
                            3 shots cranberry juice

                            Shake the vodka and Peach Schnapps together in a tumbler with cracked ice. Strain it into a highball glass and then pour in equal amounts of orange juice and cranberry juice. A wedge of orange and a cherry plus a straw tops the drink off perfectly!

                            Some funny facts:
                            The restaurant TGI's name this same cocktail on their menu as 'Fun on the Beach' so that there is no usage of the word 'Sex'.
                            The alcohol-free variation of this cocktail is known as 'Safe Sex on the Beach'.
                            In some places the cocktail is called 'Sand in your Shorts'.

                            This is the perfect cocktail for a summer holiday, BBQ in the garden, or just as a wonderful drink to get you drunk!

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