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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Festive cocktails: The Red Queen

Festive cocktails: The Red Queen

"In the grand and disorderly pursuit of life, perfection is ill-advised except in the case of cocktails"
Lord Penfield 1867

So proclaims the 'unassuming little cocktail book" that was enclosed in my box of Hendricks gin, and I am inclined to agree. Waitrose sent me the bottle of Hendricks as I am involved in a little debate 'Hot vs. Cold - how do you like your gin'? I have to admit that I love a hot toddy but haven't tried it with gin... yet. But I know without a smidgeon of a doubt that I adore my gin cold either in a gin & tonic or an ice-cold dirty martini or pretty much any of my own concoctions (try the English Garden  or the Basil Lychee 'Mohito'). 

Hendricks gin has a very distinctive taste – slightly flowery with citrus notes. The cocktail book suggests you serve a Hendricks gin & tonic with a slice of cucumber and it really does make a very refreshing drink (a new favourite in fact). I started to experiment with a gin Cosmopolitan and that led me to the creation of The Red Queen. I recently went to see Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House (I can't recommend this ballet highly enough – an absolutely stunning production) and the bottle of Hendricks just reminded me of something out of Lewis Carroll. Don't you think it should come with a little label saying 'drink me'? Their whole aesthetic is very Alice in fact. And this cocktail is a gorgeous ruby red which looks beautiful, capricious and just a little bit dangerous.

This is a perfect festive cocktail – just the thing to get a party started. Both St Germain and Hendricks are available through Waitrose and Ocado

Festive cocktails: The Red Queen

The Red Queen
Serves 2
100ml | 3 fl oz cranberry juice
80ml | 2.7 fl oz ( 1/3 cup) Hendricks gin
40ml | St Germain  (Elderflower liqueur)
juice of 1/2 lemon
fresh cranberries threaded on cocktail sticks to garnish

Method
  1. Fill your cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and add all the ingredients (apart from the fresh cranberries). Shake until a frost forms on the shaker – about 30 seconds.
  2. Pour into chilled martini or coupe glasses and garnish with the fresh cranberries.
PS:  I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas filled with love, family, presents and, of course, lots of lovely food. Big, big hugs to all.

Festive cocktails: The Red Queen

Festive cocktails: The Red Queen

This recipe was developed for Waitrose Christmas Drinks feature - go to link for more festive drink inspiration.

11 comments:

  1. Another sensational post in so many this year, thanks so much and Merry Christmas! I'm off to get some cranberry juice...

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    1. Thank you! A little of this cocktail goes a long way when preparing Christmas lunch...

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  2. What a beautiful colour and beautiful pictures. Given that I am quite partial to a glass of gin, I reckon I could demolish a fair few of these. Happy Christmas x

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    1. I am raising a virtual glass to you! Cheers & Merry Christmas

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  3. Gorgeous photos, got everything here except the elderflower, will have to nip out and get some tomorrow. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Jen - hope you make it. I had one today to celebrate the end of a long day! Merry Christmas!

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  4. Beautiful pictures, the coktail sure looks like the queen/king of cocktails.

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    1. Yes I was looking at the photos and the name just jumped out!

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  5. What a beautiful cocktail. My "go to" cocktails tend to be margaritas, lychee martinis and cosmos. I'm thinking I need to give this twist on a cosmo a try.

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