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Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour


The drink and dessert recipes on this page all contain alcohol so are definitely for adults only! Perfect for parties. Lots more coming soon!
Pink Champagne Panna Cotta

Pink Champagne Panna Cotta

Pink Champagne Panna Cotta with a layer of creamy, delicious vanilla panna cotta, topped with a bright, jewel-like rosé jelly is a wonderful after dinner treat, and the perfect dessert for a party or a special occasion.
Glühwein – German Mulled Wine

Glühwein – German Mulled Wine

A warming, gently spiced mug of Glühwein, or German Mulled Wine is one of the great pleasures of Christmas and the winter months. It is simple to make at home and fills the whole house with the most incredible aroma!
The Hugo Spritz Cocktail

The Hugo Spritz Cocktail

We are in the middle of those golden autumn weeks, where the days dawn bright and sunny, the early fog burning off quickly under the sun. The woods are full of giant, brightly coloured mushrooms and toadstools, tucked away under the falling leaves. While the nights are already too cool to sit outside for long, it’s the ideal time for afternoon sundowners on the balcony, and what could be better than a refreshing Hugo Spritz Cocktail? The Hugo has taken Europe by storm over the last ten years or so, nearly knocking the beloved Aperol spritz from the throne as…
The Classic Whiskey Sour

The Classic Whiskey Sour

We are sweltering here in Munich with the temperature sitting in the 30s every day this week. There’s a thunderstorm due this evening which will hopefully break the humidity, but in the meantime, we are keeping cool inside with the fan on and the curtains drawn. You’d think I’d be used to the heat now after years living in Australia and Cyprus, but I always seem to battle to keep cool. Luckily, when it’s so hot, it is a wonderful excuse to break open the bar and shake up some cooling cocktails, and what could be better than the Classic…
Fruity White Wine Sangria

Fruity White Wine Sangria

Warm summer evenings call for cool summer drinks, and what could be more refreshing than a big jug of Fruity White Wine Sangria? Simple to make, plenty of liquid to keep you hydrated, and perfect for a party as it packs a real punch. Jugs of cocktails are great for entertaining as you can make them up the earlier in the day, then top them up with soda or ginger ale just before serving. You’ll see lots of sangria recipes calling for the mix to soak overnight, but I think it tastes best if you prepare it in the morning,…
Strawberry Frosé Wine Slushies

Strawberry Frosé Wine Slushies

Sweet summer strawberries meet rosé wine in this fruity and refreshing adults-only slushy. Strawberry Frosé Wine Slushies are perfect for long lazy summer days.
Homemade Coffee Liqueur

Homemade Coffee Liqueur

It’s so easy to make coffee liqueur at home. Use good quality ground coffee and adjust the sweetness to suit your tastes. Perfect for Espresso Martinis!
Rosé Vanilla Poached Apricots

Rosé Vanilla Poached Apricots

It’s often said that apricots are a ‘kitchen fruit’ because, despite their beautiful speckled skin and orange glow, they can be disappointingly woolly and flavourless. However, the application of a little heat and sugar changes everything. Gently cooked in wine, scented with vanilla, served with a big scoop of ice cream and some buttery homemade shortbread, Rosé Vanilla Poached Apricots are practically a food of the gods. This is a great way to end a meal during the warmer months. Cool and refreshing, with just the right balance of sweet and tart, it sings of summer. You can make the…
Passionfruit Lime Mojitos

Passionfruit Lime Mojitos

While I think there is always an excuse for a cocktail, it is on those sultry summer nights, sitting outdoors with friends when a long, refreshing mojito really hits the spot. Purists will argue that the classic mojito needs nothing extra added to it, but for me, the tropical combination of flavours in Passionfruit Lime Mojitos wins every time. The mojito is a native to Havana, Cuba, and while the origins of the cocktail are lost to the mists of time, it’s not hard to see how the combination of local ingredients would become popular. From Sir Francis Drake to…
Gin and Tonic Jelly with Lemon Granita

Gin and Tonic Jelly with Lemon Granita

I don’t know about you, but there is only so much serious news and doom and gloom I can take before I get completely overloaded, so today’s recipe is pure fun. Gin and Tonic Jelly with Lemon Granita is a fabulous dinner party dessert and always gets people talking. The clear jelly is cut to look like ice cubes and the zesty, icy granita melts in the mouth and cleanses the palate after a big meal. Both components require some waiting around in the kitchen and a bit of patience, but what better time than now when we’re all at…
Homemade Irish Cream (Bailey’s)

Homemade Irish Cream (Bailey’s)

Kiss me quick, I’m Irish – well, one-sixteenth or so at least! Just a quick Cocktail Hour recipe today in honour of Saint Patrick’s Day, that famous drink from the Emerald Isle and much-beloved tipple of my mother, Irish Cream.  Homemade Irish Cream couldn’t be easier to make, tastes streets ahead of the commercial stuff, can be adjusted precisely to suit your sweet tooth and makes an excellent gift for friends – if you are prepared to share it! For true Irish Cream you would use a proper Irish whisky, but my feeling is that you are throwing enough sugar…