How fabulous is that! Of course there may be some of you who don’t share my wild excitement (well, pretty much the rest of the world), but who cares, when there’s cocktails!
Since The Silk Romance is set in Lyon, and I’m a British author, I thought what could be better than to have a patriotic cocktail theme to celebrate launch day. I’ve put together a colourful selection of cocktails in red, white and blue – or bleu, blanc, rouge for the tricolor :)
So pick a colour – or why not have one of each? It’s time to celebrate! And if you do read The Silk Romance, and I hope you do, please call in some time and let me know how you enjoyed it. Besides my blog, you can find me on Goodreads, Twitter or Facebook, and I always love to meet people!
In the meantime, salut, cheers and down the hatch!
First up, White Russian
When someone once told me you could make a delicious alcoholic cocktail with milk, I didn’t believe them. But as my mum used to say at dinner time, “Don’t say you don’t like it, until you’ve tried it.” Good advice, mum! I tried White Russians, and they are fabulous :)
To make, fill an old-fashioned tumbler with ice. Add 2 tbsp vodka and 2 tbsp Kahlúa, or other coffee liqueur. Top up gently with approx 1 tbsp single cream or milk.
Don’t be deceived by the simple ingredients. This cocktail is dangerously more-ish!
Take one part Russian vodka and one part Blue Curaçao. Mix together in a tall glass, and top up with lemonade. Decorate glass with a slice of orange or lemon, and add a straw and ice to suit.
You will need:
- 200g cranberries
- 50g caster sugar
- 150ml fresh orange or clementine juice
- 1 bottle chilled champagne or prosecco
- Place the cranberries, sugar and orange or clementine juice in a small pan. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for a few minutes, until soft. Press through a fine mesh sieve and leave to cool, before covering and leaving to chill.
- Give the purée a stir.
- Place a tablespoonful in the bottom of a champagne flute.
- Top up with fizz and give a quick twizzle to blend.