Purple Stag Cocktail Recipe

Purple Stag Cocktail Recipe

This is the second in my series of drinks posts. I realised I share very few drink recipes or recommendations apart from smoothies, so this week I am sharing some tasty summer drinks. 

In my last post I shared 7 refreshing soft and non-alcoholic drinks for summer. They are great if you are pregnant, it's your turn to drive or you are just trying to cut down on how many units you are drinking each week.

I this post I say to hell with that and share some alcohol. Well do have to cover both sides don't I?


Purple Stag Cocktail Recipe

The Purple Stag is a summer cocktail made with fresh blackberries, blackcurrant jam, yes jam and Jägermeister. It's a gorgeous colour isn't it and I think we can count it as one of our five-a-day, can't we?

Blackberry Facts


  1. Blackberries are also called brambles, brambleberries and dewberries.
  2. Batology is the study of blackberries, not bats.
  3. Blackberries are high in anti-oxidants.
  4. Unripe blackberries are red and not green.
  5. These berries are very low in calories. Only 43 calories in 100g of blackberries.






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Purple Stag Cocktail Recipe
Purple Stag Cocktail Recipe

A fruity cocktail made with fresh blackberries, blackcurrant jam and Jägermeister. Drink up! Slurp!
Ingredients
  • 50ml Jägermeister
  • 25ml Chambord
  • 25ml berry tea
  • 1 tsp blackcurrant jam
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp dairy-free pesto (or your favourite pesto)
  • 3 fresh blackberries to decorate
  • a tray of ice cubes
Instructions
1. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.2. Add the other ingredients, bar the fresh blackberries, close and shake, shake shake. 3. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice.4. Enjoy!.5. Don't drink too many!
Details
Total time:
Yield: Makes 1 cocktail



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So today I'm sharing this fruity cocktail made with Jägermeister, but I'd also like to share some more fruity and botanical summer drinks with you.



Fruity and Botanical Drinks for Summer


Fruity and Botanical Drinks for Summer


1. Whitley Neil Blood Orange Vodka 

Blood oranges give a burst of citrus to a clean sharp vodka. Best served over ice with a slice of orange or over ice with tonic.

Whitley Neil Blood Orange Vodka 70cl £26 (on sale from £30 with free delivery) Amazon

2. Ciroc Mango Flavoured Vodka


Mango flavoured vodka. Mmmmmmm! This one is also good served over ice or with tonic, but it also makes a great base for cocktails.

Ciroc Mango Flavoured Vodka 70cl - £26.99 (on sale from £40 with free delivery) Amazon

3. Conker Dorset Dry Gin


This delicious gin is made with 10 botanicals. Three of the botanicals are hand-sourced in Dorset (elderberries, gorse flowers and samphire). It is distilled in Bournemouth and this award-winning gin can be served with tonic or poured over ice. No need  to add lime as it already contains a touch of lime.

Conker Dorset Dry Gin 70cl  £35.95 and available to buy at Fortnum & Mason and via conkerspirit.co.uk

4. Jägermeister


You may have heard of Jägermeister shots but do you know what the flavours of this spirit are? First there is fresh ginger, then cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom and orange peel. Yes this is one delicious drink. Serve it over ice, with tonic and ice or as the base for a cocktail.

Jägermeister 70cl from the Jägermeister website or your local supermarket. Best price at time of this post £15 from Tesco




Disclosure: I was sent some drinks samples to try, I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

7 Refreshing Soft and Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Summer

7 Refreshing Soft and Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Summer

I share lots of recipes with you, but they're mostly recipes for meals. While summer lasts I thought it would be good to share a series of posts on summer drinks.

Now I've probably mentioned I like a glass of wine with dinner, but I also love refreshing summer drinks. I mean who doesn't love a glass or two of Pimms?

But what if you are the designated driver at a summer BBQ or party, pregnant or just trying to cut back on alcoholic drinks? Often all you can expect is to be offered some fizzy juice or a glass of water.

We can do better than that! I have seven refreshing and delicious summer drinks that you can enjoy and not feel like you are missing out.



Meat Free Mondays - Summer 2017



Happy Monday!

How are you? How has your week been?

Our week has been full of fun for my wee boy and the last week of the summer holidays too.

He's been out on his scooter, playing in the park, eye bombing, playing board games, walking on the beach and today he went to a animal handling session. He's had a haircut in a hipster barbers and now he's tucked up snug in bed ready for an early start tomorrow for his first day of school.





Now we've caught up it's time for the recipes.

You may eat vegetarian every day or just once a week, whichever way you eat, enjoy this week's recipes and tune in next Monday for a new batch of recipes.


Smashed Potato Salad with Pesto Dressing

Smashed Potato Salad with Dairy-Free Pesto Dressing

I eat a lot more salads in the summer, even when the weather is bleugh. 

Sometimes we have a salad like this smashed potato salad or a pasta salad for dinner (like we did last night), for lunch it might be a couscous salad and at other meals you will often find salad on the side. 

In fact I think we eat more salad vegetables than any other type at this time of year. Salads are so quick and easy and a lot less cooking too.


Meat Free Mondays August 2017


Happy Monday!


How are you? How has your week been?

I've had a super busy week, yes I know, what's new?  Not much to share though.

I usually start the post with a photo of food, but I thought I'd share a photo of my kitchen instead to show you just how small it is. See the sink there. The draining board takes you right to the kitchen door, that leads into my conservatory which we use as a dining room, overlooking the garden.

Yes, it's that small. Now imagine it a bit more packed with gadgets.  I don't that microwave any more. My bread maker is now in place of the microwave and beside that is my toaster, kettle and blender, with a waffle maker squashed behind them. On the middle unit I now have a few big jars of spices and lentils. It's pretty packed. 

Oh yes and my cooker top is covered with my cast iron pots, that I leave on top instead of lugging them in and out of the cupboard. Yes this is a false representation of how my kitchen actually looks, but it gives you an idea of how small it is.

Is your kitchen teeny like mine or huge? Go on, make me jealous!

Anyway less of my kitchen and onto the recipes. There weren't as many recipes this week. I guess people are on holiday and enjoying the good weather instead of cooking and blogging, so I'm going to share a few recipes from my archives too. I hope you enjoy them.


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