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Holiday Gin and Tonic Sloe Gin, Cranberry, and Clementine

This Holiday Gin and Tonic is full of the festive flavours of cranberry and clementine, and it’s made with sweet sloe gin. It’s the perfect cocktail to serve over the holidays as it’s easy to mix and a gorgeous, festive colour. This is going to be your new favourite G&T.

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This Holiday Gin and Tonic is full of the festive flavours of cranberry and clementine - one bauble glass in focus, with red gin and tonic and rosemary 

There are few things I enjoy more than coming up with delicious and creative new cocktail recipes, from twists on the classics to my own original creations. With that being said, sometimes a simple classic mixed drink is exactly what I want and need, and a gin and tonic is definitely somewhere near the top of my list of favourites. The fragrant botanicals of the gin, the bitter quinine of the tonic, and the citrus burst from the lemon or lime twist is just a winning combination. It’s a great drink to serve at any occasion. But, because it’s Christmas, I decided to dress it up a little for the festive season, and this Holiday Gin and Tonic was born!

This Holiday Gin and Tonic is full of the festive flavours of cranberry and clementine - two bauble glasses with red gin and tonic, in martini glasses

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Mince Pie Christmas Mimosas

These Mince Pie Christmas Mimosas are the perfect holiday cocktail to enjoy on Christmas morning! They’re made with a mince pie flavoured syrup, fresh clementine juice, and champagne. They’re perfectly festive, really easy to make in big or small batches, and totally delicious. You’ll love serving these at your Christmas brunch or any holiday celebration!

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Mince Pie Christmas Mimosas - champagne being poured into the glass, full sizeSo, mince pies? Some of you on the other side of the pond might be wondering what these weirdly named treats are! Well, they’re a classic British Christmas treat in the form of individual pies. They’re usually made with shortcrust pastry and filled with dried fruits, spices, sugar, and sometimes beef suet  – the filling is called mincemeat. Yep, sounds totally weird I know. Personally, I’m not actually the biggest fan of mince pies, they just don’t do it for me. I made my own version a couple of years ago which strayed completely from tradition and were really yummy. However, I love all the flavours that go into a mince pie so a Christmas Mimosa along that theme is a real winner in my books!

These Mince Pie Christmas Mimosas are the perfect holiday cocktail to enjoy on Christmas morning! They’re made with a mince pie flavoured syrup, fresh clementine juice, and champagne. #mincepies #mimosas #brunch #christmas #holidays  Continue reading →

Cranberry Martini (The Crantini) – with Homemade Cranberry Shrub

The Cranberry Martini is a sweet and slightly tart festive cocktail, made with a homemade cranberry shrub to give it a little bit of zing. This Cranberry Martini, Crantini if you will,  is an easy and delicious cocktail to serve over the holidays, with only a few ingredients needed you can’t go wrong. I also give you my recipe for a super simple cranberry shrub (aka drinking vinegar), a great cocktail ingredient that will take your Cranberry Martini to the next level – spoiler alert: it’s REALLY easy to make at home and makes a great gift too!

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The Cranberry Martini is a sweet and slightly tart festive cocktail, made with a homemade cranberry shrub to give it a little bit of zing! #christmas #cranberry #crantini #martini #cocktails #mixology

Can you believe it’s almost Christmas time?! Where has the year gone? I swear, the older you get the faster the time goes by! The calendar doesn’t lie though, so it’s definitely time to start getting ready for the holidays! And I don’t know about you, but I need a few festive cocktails to get my Christmas spirit going – this Cranberry Martini is perfect for that! Cranberries are wonderful this time of year, and certainly not just for Thanksgiving! Here in the UK we don’t have Thanksgiving, so the turkey and all things cranberry are reserved for Christmas. Besides, you cannot deny how festive the colour of this Cranberry Martini is – it’s totally going to get you into the Christmas spirit just by looking at it!

 The Cranberry Martini is a sweet and slightly tart festive cocktail, made with a homemade cranberry shrub to give it a little bit of zing - the cranberry martini being poured into a martini glass

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Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies

These Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies are the perfect treat for the holiday season. Soft, chewy and full of Christmas Spice. This Christmas take on pudding cookies make for a whole lot of yum and festive spirit!

Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies - Soft, pudding cookies full of chocolate chips and festive Christmas spice!

Well hello there!! It’s day 9 of my Countdown to Christmas recipes, we’re almost there!! In the lead up to Christmas, I’ve been posted a festive recipe every day – Day 1 was Spiced Caramel, Day 2 was a Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake, Day 3 wasPeppermint Puppy Chow, Day 4 was Mince Pies, Day 5 was Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake, Day 6 was Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies, Day 7 was Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow and Day 8 was a Spiked Black Forest Milkshake. And today I have Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies for you.

Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies - Soft, pudding cookies full of chocolate chips and festive Christmas spice!

Pudding cookies are my absolute favourite type of cookie, the added instant pudding mix makes them so soft and chewy and delicious, everything I want in a cookie! I hadn’t planned to make these cookies but then I was at the grocery store and came across these pumpkin spice chips and had to buy them! I wasn’t sure what I’d make of them but they were actually really tasty so naturally I put them in some cookies. I used my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe and added the pumpkin spice chips and a little cinnamon to the dough too. I also put some pecans in there to add to the festive taste!

Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies - Soft, pudding cookies full of chocolate chips and festive Christmas spice!

 

 

I took the photos for these cookies with my fancy new camera, I’ve not quite got the hang of it yet but I did enjoy taking these photos and I’m mostly happy with how they came out, the scenery definitely helped – I love taking photos out here, it’s so pretty! I definitely need to get myself a little tripod, I do not have a steady enough hand for this camera! I think that’ll be my new year treat to myself next month! Anything else you’d recommend I get to help me out? I currently only have a 18-55mm lens with it, I’ll definitely look into getting a macro lens eventually but I’m going to have to save up for that! 

Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies - Soft, pudding cookies full of chocolate chips and festive Christmas spice!

 

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Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow

This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It’s the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

It’s now only four days until Christmas, I’m starting to feel very festive! If you’re not, this recipe could definitely get you there! It’s day 7 of my Countdown ’til Christmas recipes, Day 1 was Spiced Caramel, Day 2 was a Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake, Day 3 was Peppermint Puppy Chow, Day 4 was Mince Pies, Day 5 was Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake and Day 6 was Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies. Today I bring you Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies), now the Peppermint Puppy Chow I posted on Day 3 was seriously festive and yummy but this one is even better! 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

Chocolate Orange is one of my favourite, if not my ultimate favourite, flavour combinations. I can seriously eat an entire Terry’s Chocolate Orange in one sitting without even realising, it’s just too yummy! I knew I had to incorporate it into a festive bake, a puppy chow turned out to be a really good choice (even though it’s not actually baked). Then I just had to add some Christmas spices because they just lend themselves so well to the already festive flavours. This was a real winner and I think I’ll probably end up making it all year round! 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

If you’ve not had it before, Puppy Chow is a seriously moreish snack made up of malt wheat cereal, chocolate and icing sugar- usually it’s chocolate with peanut butter but this is a great festive version! It’s probably obvious by now, but to be on the safe side – do not feed this to your dogs, despite the name it’s not suitable for dogs, in fact chocolate is toxic to dogs and depending on their size can make them very sick or even be fatal for them! 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

Now we’re in the final countdown to Christmas, how are you guys fairing in preparation? I’m sure some of you will put us all to shame and be completely organised and ready to go, but I’m also sure there’s many of us who are still rushing around trying to get things done! I’m actually pretty prepared for once – I’m waiting on a couple gifts to arrive in the mail and I need to go buy some Brandy for the mince pies but otherwise I’m pretty close to being ready to go! I’m really looking forward to Christmas as usual, I’m working on the day but it’s only for a couple hours in the morning so not too bad – and I have the whole day off the day after. What do you guys have planned for the day? If you’re not celebrating Christmas do you do anything special or do just enjoy a nice day off? 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

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Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow
A seriously addictive snack of malt wheat seriously, chocolate orange, christmas spices and icing sugar!
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Ingredients
  1. 500g malted wheat cereal (such as Shreddies or Chex Wheats)
  2. 1 1/2 Chocolate oranges (approx 280g)
  3. 180g icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  4. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate, I do mine in the microwave in 30 seconds blasts, stirring in between.
  2. Measure the cereal into a large bowl and add the melted chocolate, stir to coat cereal
  3. Pour coated cereal into a large container with a lid, add the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Secure the lid and shake to cover the cereal in sugar
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the puppy chow out on it do set.
Notes
  1. Store in an airtight container for maximum freshness
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