Summer Cocktails with Waitrose Cellar

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Recently Hannah from Waitrose Cellar got in touch to ask me if I wanted to take part in their summer cocktail campaign. What can I say, they must have heard about my blossoming bar skillz (pahaha).

I was asked to pick one of Waitrose's own brand spirits which they sent me, along with a cocktail kit and vouchers to buy mixers. I settled in a bottle of Polish Rye vodka as I thought it sounded a wee bit different.

After perusing the aisles of Waitrose after work the other night (feeling ever so posh) I decided that I was going to make a light fruity cocktail, picking up pink lemonade, Chambord raspberry liquer, and fresh strawberries.  

At home I added 4 shots of the vodka, 2 shots of Peach Schnappes (which I already had in my cupboards), and 1.5 shots of Chambord to a cocktail shaker with some ice.  I filled the bottom of a glass jug with ice and chopped up strawberries, then poured in the (now shaken) alcohol mix, topping up with a bottle of Belvoir Raspberry Lemonade.  The pink lemonade is a nice twist on the usual soda or regular lemonade and adds a bit of extra fruitiness to the cocktail.

Following my tradition of lame cocktail naming, I'm calling this one Peach Blossom as I think it sums up the flavour pretty well - fresh and fruity.  I really enjoying making up random cocktails like this at home, there's always that worry that you're going to make something that doesn't taste nice, but that's kind of part of the fun!  

Also, for those of you interested in wedding chat, we've decided that we're going to serve cocktails instead of champagne and wine, so I've been on the lookout for easy cocktail recipes that we could serve in jugs. Waitrose actually have a list of summer cocktail recipes on their website which has come in handy - I like the sound of the Chase Elderflower Twinkle.

My Peach Blossom might have a few too many ingredients to serve en masse but I reckon a vodka and pink lemonade combo is a good shout.  Or maybe even gin and pink lemonade as I saw a rose lemonade when I was in Waitrose which looked pretty yummy (could call that one "Rosie and Gin", hehe).

What's your favourite cocktail to make at home?  Any simple cocktail recipes I could steal for my wedding??

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