Happy New Year! Time flies and I can’t believe that it’s already January 1st. Last year was one of my favorites in a long time. My husband and I traveled to so many amazing places we lost count, spent lots of time with family and friends and sampled some fabulous foods along the way. I’m grateful we’ve had so many amazing opportunities and such supportive people around us.
Right now we’re spending our last days in the states with family and really looking forward to an exciting new year ahead. To kick off the new year, we’re drinking these delicious cocktails. Since we’re in Florida, we’re making the most of the abundant citrus down here and whats new years day without a little bit of bubbly?
Florida Orange & Thyme Cocktails
- 4 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tbsp Cointreau
- 3/4 cup of Prosecco
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- fine sugar to rim glasses (optional)
In a small jug measure out the orange juice, Cointreau and Prosecco. Dip the very tip of the rim of a champagne glass in the mixture and then into a small bowl of fine sugar. Rub the thyme between your fingers and place into the glass. Pour in the mixture and enjoy.
Last week my sister and I had the opportunity to enjoy a girls night in watching movies and eating junk food. The husband was out on a work do leaving us alone to our own devices. Since we have lived in opposite sides of the world for the last 10 years this was a rare treat! Our movie of choice was a psychological thriller (my personal fav genre) accompanied by a large plate of nachos and this yummy drink we concocted (I’m sure its been done before, but I haven’t scoured the internet to find out. Lets just say its an original invention).
After discovering our new found love for elderflower cordial in Amsterdam the previous weekend, we decided to experiment a little. Turns out apple juice and elderflower are meant to be together. Add a bit of vodka and some frozen raspberries and Bob’s your uncle.
This is not really a recipe per se – just mix and match to make it more alcoholic or sweeter to your tastes. A couple of these and it might make your psychological thriller seem more like a chic flic!
Apple, Elderflower and Vodka Cocktail
3 parts Unfiltered Apple Juice
1 part Vodka
dash of Elderflower cordial (add more if you like it sweet)
Add a sprig of mint and frozen raspberries to garnish.