A few weeks ago now I received the lovely November  gin box from Gin Explorer (read my review here), containing several rather delicious miniature bottles of gin. I was challenged to create my own ‘Christmas Cocktail’ with one of the gins – a challenge, I must admit, I was only too happy to take.

After a bit of experimentation in the kitchen using my shiny new cocktail shaker (an engagement gift) I have come up with the perfect festive drink. I call it: Gin-ger festive fizz. I must confess Paul came up with that name and I think it’s rather clever, what with the main ingredients being gin and ginger ale!

Gin-ger Gin Fizz

What you’ll need (for one drink):

  • Double measure of Herno’s gin (or gin of your choice)
  • Ginger ale
  • An orange
  • A handful of cranberries
  • A dash of orange juice
  • Ice

Equipment

I prepared this drink in a stainless steel cocktail shaker because I am a professional cocktail drinker coinesseur  and because it’s great for getting a good mix of flavours, but it’s by no means essential. The drink could just be thoroughly muddled in a glass instead.

Method

  1. Middle fresh cranberries, a few ribbons of orange and a teaspoon of sugar in the cocktail shaker.

2.  Add a 1 cup of ice, 1 tbsp of orange juice and a double measure of gin.

3. Shake well for 30 seconds.

4. Pour into a tumbler.

5. Top up with ginger ale.

6. Garnish and make it look pretty with some cranberries and a cocktail stick.

7. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! Let me know if you give it a go!

Love from,

Although I enjoy eating clean I really feel like a treat once in a while. Instead of blowing it on something full of refined sugar and nastiness I usually take to the kitchen and try to bake something which tastes yummy but is made out of ‘clean’ ingredients.  These flapjacks taste delicious and are dairy, gluten and refined sugar free!

Ingredients: only 6!

  • 3 mashed bananas (ripe)
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • a handful of raisins (optional)

The method is so easy, it’s literally a case of mixing all the ingredients well and spreading them into a deep baking tray! Make sure you grease the tray with coconut oil.  Cook at 180 degrees for 25-30 mins but check them because my oven is rubbish! Take them out, leave to cool and cut into flapjacks.

Enjoy!

xox