With Christmas just around the corner and, hopefully, all the Christmas shopping done, it’s time to start thinking about one of the most important parts of the party season. Cocktails.
When it comes to festive parties and cocktails, it’s important that they’re easy to make, nobody wants to be faffing around in the kitchen while their guests are socialising, and that they look good.
We all know the importance of that special Instagram shot. #cheers
When Fentimans got in touch and asked if I’d like to try some of their mixers and see what festive cocktails I could come up with, my first thought was, “Rose Lemonade is my favourite mixer ever” closely followed by, I wonder what else they do that’s different, so I was more than willing to give it a shot!
Fentimans was founded in 1905 when Thomas Fentiman was given a recipe for a botanically brewed ginger beer, as security for a loan he’d provided. He ended up keeping the recipe and delivered ginger beer door to door using a horse and cart. It became hugely popular, eventually ending up with several different factories in the North of England.
Well over 100 year since, the Fentimans company is still in the family and is now owned by the Great Grandson of Thomas. They’ve added a few extra drinks to their repertoire and changed a few things here and there, but it’s still the same botanical style of drink.
I decided to make two drinks, one long and one short. The first in the pair is what I like to call the Blackberry Gin Fizz. I made it, so I get to name it. And I like to think some of you will be drinking my Blackberry Gin Fizz over Christmas.
This is such an easy recipe, with very few ingredients, but it looks so pretty. It tastes pretty good too!
- 25ml Gin (I used Bloom but you can use whatever favourite you have)
- Fentimans Naturally Light Tonic Water
- Sugar Syrup
1: Simply throw a few blackberries in the glass, you can crush them a little if you want to, but I decided to leave mine whole (and eat them once I’d finished my drink)
2: Add a small shot of sugar syrup (well, that’s a tongue teaser I wasn’t expecting!) and fill the glass with ice.
3: Pour in the gin and top with tonic water. I chose the light version because it’s less calories but tastes the same, and that means I can have an extra mince pie.
4: Add a thin slice of lemon and a sprig of mint and cheers yourself!
Keep an eye out for tomorrows drink which is a little bit bigger and a bit spicier!