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Merry Prosecco-mas

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and as it’s us, drink plenty of fizz too, of course!  As Prosecco is officially the nation’s favourite drink of choice for celebrating, be a little creative and you can spread the fizzy, bubbly love throughout the whole day, and why wouldn’t you?  It is Christmas after all.

Breakfast of champions

What better way to kick off the Christmas Day festivities than with a Buck’s Fizz at breakfast? Substitute the traditional Champagne for Prosecco, top up with fresh orange juice and you’re ready to see what the big guy in red has left under the tree.

Prosecco truffles

Christmas is no time for watching your calorie intake, so a bowl of Prosecco infused truffles close to hand is perfectly acceptable for munching  while you’re busy watching the Call The Midwife Christmas special.  Treat yourself to Prestat’s collection of dark, milk and pink chocolate truffles that are ‘enlivened’ with Prosecco. Available from John Lewis

Prosecco crisps

They are a thing, we promise!  And do you know what?  They’re actually not bad at all! We recommend Tesco Finest’s Prosecco and elderberry and M&S’s classic winter berries and Prosecco – with a sprinkling of little gold stars, what’s not to love?

Prosecco Pong

Liven things up after Christmas dinner and make sure that nobody’s asleep in the armchair with a game of Prosecco Pong.  Exactly the same rules as good old Beer Pong but with your favourite fizz instead.  We love the one from Lakeland.

Prosecco candles

If you need a break from all the eating and drinking find a quiet corner and relax with a Prosecco candle.  Made with natural soy wax and fragranced using the tasting notes from wine, this candle, from Vineyard Candles infuses white grapes with grapefruit and rose and is poured into a repurposed wine bottle.

The Queen’s Speech

OK, we know that we shouldn’t but let’s instigate a drinking game for the duration of the Queen’s Speech.  Glasses topped up with fizz at the ready… Take a swig every time Her Majesty says ‘one’, take a drink when she looks serious, take two drinks when she smiles.  Take three drinks when she mentions the Duke of Edinburgh and hop on one leg and finish the glass if she discusses Harry and Megan!

We haven’t thought of a way of infusing the turkey with Prosecco yet, we’ll work on that one for next year folks.  Merry Christmas one and all.  Cheers!

Prosecco and Gin – It’s a Thing!

Prosecco and gin, two of life’s greatest pleasures on their own, but put them together and you’ve got something very special indeed.

Gin has long been a seminal British drink, a pre-dinner gin and tonic being something of an institution.  Once the preserve of the equestrian set and the over 60s, this classic spirit has done a complete about turn.   The renaissance – or gin-aissance, that the drink has enjoyed in the last 5-10 years, has created a surge in popularity that’s seen a great number of small batch distilleries cropping up all over the British Isles.  Much to the delight of gin lovers, new and old.

One of our favourite gins is Warner Edwards, (https://www.warneredwards.com/) who are based in Harrington, Northamptonshire, local to us.  Their fabulous German copper still, Curiosity (named in honour of the farm cat who made a path of paw prints across the still wet concrete floor while checking out the impressive still) creating award-winning gins made with local ingredients, including sloe berries and elderflowers.

Prosecco and gin are both extremely versatile drinks and together can create the most incredible cocktails.  Work with the botanics that are the most prevalent in the gin to get the best results.

If you’d like to learn more about gin, then join us at The Glass House in Corby for a special gin tasting event with Warner Edwards (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/warner-edwards-gin-tasting-evening-tickets-40074107735?aff=eac2)

 

If you’d like to have a go at making your own gin and fizz cocktails here are a couple of our current favourites.

 

Mint Gin Fizz

Refreshing and easy to make – our kind of cocktail!

1 measure of gin, Hendrick’s works well here

Prosecco

Elderflower cordial

Fresh mint

Cucumber slices to garnish

  • Add the gin and elderflower cordial to a champagne flute
  • Tear the mint leaves and muddle them in to the glass
  • Top with prosecco and garnish with cucumber slices

 

Rhubarb and Ginger Fizz

1 measure Warner Edwards’ rhubarb gin

Prosecco

Small piece of fresh, peeled or stem ginger

  • Add the ginger to a champagne flute, if using stem ginger add a little of the syrup too
  • Pour in the gin
  • Top with Prosecco
  • Cheers!

Festive Fizz

Festive Fizz

December’s here so that means it’s officially acceptable to start getting excited about Christmas!  For us that means parties, lots of fizz (of course) and a festive cocktail or three.  Here are five of our favourite, easy to make recipes to help you get the party started.

 

Prosecco Royale

A classic cocktail that’s quick and simple, so it’s perfect for parties, or for sustenance when the present mountain needs wrapping.

1 part crème de cassis

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 parts prosecco

  • Pour the crème de cassis into a champagne flute and stir in the lemon juice
  • Top with Prosecco
  • Garnish with a blueberry or two

 

Flowered Up

This is a real showstopper of a cocktail that uses hibiscus flowers in syrup, which you can buy at Lakelands.

The flower is of course edible, it tastes a little bit like raspberries, but it’s the petals slowly unfurling once the Prosecco is poured in that really makes it special.

1 hibiscus flower per glass

1 teaspoon of syrup

Prosecco

  • Place the hibiscus flower into a glass
  • Spoon in the syrup
  • Top with Prosecco
  • Wait for the petals to blossom

 

Sloe Gin Fizz

This year’s sloe gin won’t be ready yet, but if you were smart and got busy making a batch last year then you’re in luck.  Check the supermarket for a bottle if you weren’t so productive.

25ml sloe gin

Prosecco

  • Pour the sloe gin into a champagne flute
  • Top with prosecco
  • Drink up!

 

Prosecco Julep

Mix warming bourbon and mint to create this classic julep. A great winter Prosecco cocktail that always impresses.

30ml bourbon

Prosecco

2 sprigs of mint

1 teaspoon demerara sugar

  • Add the mint and sugar to a coupe glass a bash it about a bit with a spoon
  • Add the bourbon
  • Top with Prosecco

 

 

Cranberry Fizzer

AKA Christmas in a glass, this cocktail mixes orange and cranberry to create a truly festive looking tipple. Cheers!

1 tablespoon Grand Marnier orange liqueur

1 tablespoon cranberry juice

Prosecco

Frozen cranberries

Sprig of rosemary

  • Add the Grand Marnier and cranberry juice to a champagne flute
  • Top with Prosecco
  • Scatter in some frozen cranberries and garnish with rosemary

 

 

 

 

 

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