Sunday, 20 March 2016

Aldi Spring/Summer Cocktails

As its is the first day of spring and Easter is just around the corner it seemed like a great idea to start planning those cocktails for all the summer events.
I wanted to share a few from Aldi as they have some great ones that are easy to make and easy to drink.

Blackberry Smash

50 ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin
½ a cup of white sugar
½ a cup hot water
10-12 blackberries
25ml fresh lemon juice
6 mint leaves
Sparkling water to top

1)       Fill a tall glass and a cocktail shaker with cubed ice
2)       To make blackberry syrup dissolve the white sugar in the hot water. Once dissolved add in 10/12 blackberries and allow to cool down to room temperature before straining and chilling in the fridge
3)       Add 25ml of blackberry syrup and all ingredients (except the sparkling water) to the cocktail shaker
4)       Shake hard for ten seconds and then strain through a tea strainer into the ice-filled tall glass
5)       Slowly top with sparkling water

Decoration / to serve
Garnish with a lemon wedge, blackberry and large mint sprig. Finely dust with caster sugar to give a frosted look.

Tasting notes
Delicious fresh berries and fresh lemon juice combine with the crisp taste of gin to make this cocktail the perfect drink for a summer afternoon. With its uplifting citrus and berry notes, Blackberry Smash is an excellent drink to pair with a summer picnic or a cocktail you can enjoy in the garden.
We used The Dry Gin for this and it was so light and really nice to drink. Would be fab on a warm evening in the garden with friends.

Grilled Peach Julep

50 ml Highland Black 8 Year Old Whisky
6-8 mint leaves
15ml honey
1 peach
10ml fresh lemon juice
1)       Add the mint to the cocktail shaker and cover with the Highland Black 8 Year Old Whisky. Lightly muddle using a wooden spoon
2)       Add the honey to the cocktail shaker and stir until dissolved
3)       To make peach puree cut 1 peach in half and de-stone. Lightly grill the two halves until they begin to caramelise. Add to a blender until smooth and place in the fried to chill
4)       Add 25ml of peach puree and all the remaining ingredients and stir to ensure all the flavours are combined
5)       Pour into an ice-filled tall glass

Decoration / to serve
Serve with a large mint sprig.
Tasting notes
The Grilled Peach Julep is a great drink to have after a Sunday roast lamb. The caramelised homemade peach puree adds another depth of flavour to the smoky Whisky notes. The mint cuts through with a crisp and light refreshing finish.
We all thought this was so yummy and I am not normally a whisky drinker. Fab as an after dinner drink and one  I am sure we will drink again.


Prosecco Thyme

1 bottle Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante DOCG
2 large ripe plums
½ cup of white sugar
½ cup hot water
4 springs of fresh thyme
25ml fresh lemon juice

1.       Cut the plums into quarters and discard the stones
2.       Muddle the plums in a cocktail shaker
3.       To make thyme syrup add dissolve the white sugar in the hot water. Once dissolved add the thyme sprigs. Allow the mix to cool, and then strain before storing in the fridge until needed
4.       Add 25ml of thyme syrup and ice to the cocktail shaker
5.       Add the remaining lemon juice and shake hard
6.       Strain into a rocks glass filled with cubed ice and top with Prosecco

Decoration / to serve
Cut a fresh plum into wedges and place this into the glass. Strip a few leaves of fresh thyme and scatter over the drink.
Tasting notes
Prosecco Thyme is the perfect cocktail for a celebration, whether you’re toasting the Queen’s 90th birthday or just celebrating the first signs of spring. The cocktail is full of fresh seasonal flavours and zing.

This was so fresh and fruity and made me think of summer and relaxing in the sun,

Aldi has lots more ideas for your not only drink but meals so pop over to check them out.

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product 

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