Christmas Cocktail Party

Christmas Cocktails 2016
Siobhan, wearing her Grace dress by Vivien of Holloway, and Lisa, wearing her Collectif Clothing Atomic Star dress.

Friday was the French 75 Christmas Cocktail Party!

A gorgeous gammon roast dinner with all the trimmings, followed by an amazing Croquembouche (thank you Aldi!), was complimented by some classic cocktails.

Bucks Fizz
We cheated, Siobhan had a pre-made bottle that we guzzled first!

Champagne Cocktail
A very elegant and grown-up cocktail.
In a Champagne glass or flute, add a sugar cube with a 3-4 dashes of Angostura Bitters, then top with Champagne and garnish with lemon peel.

Twentieth Century Cocktail
This is a lovely alternative to our favourite French 75.
In a cocktail shaker with ice, add:
45ml (1.5 oz) gin (we used Bombay Sapphire this time)
20ml (0.75 oz) Lillet Blanc
15ml (0.5 oz) light creme de cacao (we used Bols white creme de cacao)
20ml (0.75 oz) of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Shake, then strain into a cocktail glass with a lemon peel twist.

Silk Stocking
A very good dessert cocktail!
30ml (1 oz) tequila
15ml (0.5 oz) white creme de cacao
15ml (0.5 oz) Chambord
15ml (0.5 oz) double cream
Cracked ice.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

A Rum of One’s Own
Realised we didn’t have any rum after all, so this is still one for us to try, but it sounds mouthwateringly good!
In a mug, mix half a tablespoon of salted butter with one teaspoon of brown sugar and quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon.  Add 60ml (2 oz) of dark rum, then top up with hot water.  Stir, hug the mug and slurp!

The above recipes were taken from from Lisa’s favourite cocktail book Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh, The Little Black Book of Cocktails and Tequila Mockingbird.

Siobhan was wearing her Grace dress by Vivien of Holloway and Simone rose gold shoes by Miss L Fire, and Lisa wore her Collectif Atomic Star dress with What Katie Did Retro Champagne Seamed Stockings and Jimmy Choo shoes.

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