Citrus vodka cocktail

Citrus vodka cocktail

I haven’t made cocktails in absolutely ages I realised the other day.  So I bought a heap of grapefruit and oranges and whipped up a fresh, zesty, ruby grapefruit orange cocktail packed with citrus flavour.  And you could make this with any other white spirits; Bacardi or gin for example.

Cocktail Fridays: French martini

Cocktail Fridays: French martini

These are a great little drop.  I originally made them as per the recipe, as in a bit stronger at 45mls voddie for each drink and with a lot less pineapple juice, but I was like, ok I’m drunk! after only a couple of sips so responsibly lessened the amount to a shot each and more juice.  They are[read more…]

Cocktail Fridays: vintage champagne cocktail

Cocktail Fridays: vintage champagne cocktail

We had these on New Year’s (revisiting a cocktail recipe from a few year’s back).  Just add a splash of Limoncello to a champagne glass, top with whichever sparkly you like and add a glace cherry. Happy Friday!

Cocktail Fridays: the Old Fashioned

Cocktail Fridays: the Old Fashioned

Blimey these are strong (they’re way more than a standard drink so be warned) though I felt so Mad Men and glamorous drinking one of these prohibition era cocktails – I don’t know how Don drinks them on the regular though, no wonder he’s drunk all the time!  And I’m the only one I know who loves those glace cherries[read more…]

Spiced creamy iced coffee

Spiced creamy iced coffee

Blimey it’s hot here at the moment!  So over Christmas I made some lovely iced coffee with spices and cream.  I’ve always wanted to try coffee with cream from watching American movies and TV where they often ask for cream in their cups of coffee (it always sounds so lovely!).  Anyway, it tastes wonderful but not necessarily[read more…]

Berry cherry smoothie

Berry cherry smoothie

This light, naturally sweet, low cal, yet full of antioxidants smoothie was just the thing after Christmas/new years …

Lemon drop champagne punch

Lemon drop champagne punch

I love this lemony, fresh and sparkly cocktail; perfect for an aperitif (before dinner drink) around Christmas time. (Limoncello is a really lovely, intensely lemon flavoured liqueur which is great in cocktails (obv.), champagne or even baking and trifles)  

Cocktail Fridays: strawberry iced tea (non-alcoholic)

Cocktail Fridays: strawberry iced tea (non-alcoholic)

Iced tea is so lovely; for those super hot days when even I, a hard-core tea drinker can’t handle hot tea, it’s a refreshing drink to keep chilled in the fridge.  I prefer mine only slightly sweetened but to enhance the strawberry flavour you do need at least a teaspoon per serving.

Cocktail Fridays: Kahlua milkshake

Cocktail Fridays: Kahlua milkshake

Guys, this is so good!  It doesn’t even taste like there’s alcohol in it (haha, probably a bad thing I guess) and it’s so full of creamy, luscious coffee flavour, more like a fancy iced coffee.  I used full fat ingredients but have an idea this would be just as good with lower fat. Happy[read more…]

Cocktail Fridays: the apple bourbon

Cocktail Fridays: the apple bourbon

When I told Ant I was going to make a cocktail with bourbon and Appletiser he wasn’t that keen …. “does Appletiser go with bourbon?” he asked sort of sceptically.  I said, oh come on, you know you’re going to drink it (he loves my new cocktail Fridays thing because I experiment with the actual cocktails[read more…]

Cocktail Fridays: watermelon, strawberry & vodka slushies

Cocktail Fridays: watermelon, strawberry & vodka slushies

Remember slushies on a hot day at the beach from the 7-Eleven?  Well these are so much better! For one thing, they’re made with real, fresh, summer fruit and for another, well they have a shot of vodka in them.  They’re great for having people over and were fun and sparkly on a hot day a[read more…]

Cocktail Fridays: lime tropical punch (non-alcoholic)

Cocktail Fridays: lime tropical punch (non-alcoholic)

Punch always reminds me of kids’ parties growing up and I still love it!  I made this punch with sweet, classic juices like pineapple, apple and cranberry but added mint and lime juice to make it a bit less sweet for an adult palate. Happy Friday.

Cocktail Fridays: the strawberry Limoncello

Cocktail Fridays: the strawberry Limoncello

I’ve decided to start a fresh new thing on this here blog: a new cocktail, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic, for Friday night drinks!  I probably won’t be able to commit to a post every Friday but I’ll give it a go hey?  I might add in a snack suggestion every now and again too. This lovely little number[read more…]

Smashed berry smoothie

Smashed berry smoothie

Summer to me is smoothie weather and since I posted a lovely green one recently, I thought I’d post this one before the weather gets too cool to really get into them.  I love this thick and creamy smoothie full of fresh flavour and good things which I whipped up a while back on a[read more…]

St Patrick’s Day – the green smoothie

St Patrick’s Day – the green smoothie

I had grand ideas of making a chocolate Guinness cake for St Patrick’s Day but ran out of time.  Instead, I thought I’d go off the beaten track and offer this green smoothie I made recently which is such a lovely green colour, it seemed serendipitous, despite being devoid of butter, cream, potatoes or Guinness I’ve[read more…]

Nigella’s mint julep peaches (and a mint julep)

Nigella’s mint julep peaches (and a mint julep)

I saw Nigella making these the other day on her Forever Summer series and thought how lovely and fresh they looked, I also loved the idea of the classic julep flavours of mint and bourbon for plump, sweet summer peaches. The fragrance of this syrup while cooling was so beautifully fragrant!  It tasted wonderful, sweet, orange and vanilla[read more…]

Iced coffee

Iced coffee

In summer I don’t drink as much coffee and tea as I do in colder weather and I sort of miss my daily caffeine shot and curling up in my tracky pants on a cold day with a hot cuppa.  But the awesome thing about summer is iced coffee!  I love the creamy, sweet taste of[read more…]

Italian peanut butter hot chocolate

Italian peanut butter hot chocolate

We in Australia can become a bit gloomy about our hot Christmases.  Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is lovely and all that but we miss out on all that cosy, frosty stuff.  And if I see one more ad with Santa surfing or wearing board shorts .. So I thought I’d pretend we’re having a snowy Christmas[read more…]

Fruit martini with cherries

Fruit martini with cherries

So here’s a festive little drink using pear flavoured vodka I made last Christmas (eep, a bit late posting); the cherries are gorgeous soaked in the cocktail then eaten, so decadent.  And I know it’s not really a martini … devotees of traditional martinis would be scandalised no doubt, however I can’t handle the real deal, a bit lame I know.[read more…]

My version of an Oreo McFlurry (with chocolate caramel syrup)

My version of an Oreo McFlurry (with chocolate caramel syrup)

Let me just say, I’m not a Maccas girl, in fact (!), I didn’t have McDonald’s until I was in my 20s, not because I was under a rock or anything, only while I was growing up it was banned in my house and it never occurred to me.  We lived out of town on a property and didn’t have[read more…]

Banana flaxseed smoothie

Banana flaxseed smoothie

I’ve taken to adding flaxseed oil to smoothies lately and it makes them amazingly creamy and luscious.

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

I like to drinks lots of tea, and sometimes a coffee or two.  And occasionally I take photos of them. Oh also, some housekeeping things: Google Reader is leaving us on Monday so I thought I’d remind people to head on over to Bloglovin’ if you’d like to keep following me, as well as the other[read more…]

Grape and flaxseed smoothie

Grape and flaxseed smoothie

I’m always trying to think of wonderful things to use in smoothies so searched a bit to see if grapes could be a thing and, inspired very much by Golubka, a lovely recipe and raw food blog, I thought I’d give it a go. Grapes are an unusual ingredient for a smoothie but they somehow work,[read more…]

Pineapple, chia and coconut milk smoothie

Pineapple, chia and coconut milk smoothie

Before our warm weather completely fades away, I wanted to make a tropical smoothie with a bright flavour and thought pineapple might make things interesting. I loved how creamy and naturally sweet this was!  It reminded me of Malibu and pineapple (but not in a bad way, more of a palm trees swaying, warm breezes, lying on the beach[read more…]

Vegan chocolate coconut thickshake

Vegan chocolate coconut thickshake

Yay!  It’s smoothie and milkshake season.  Waking up with just a hint of warmth in the air feels lovely doesn’t it? I made this for breakfast this morning – so creamy and just sweet enough with a decent hit of chocolate and subtle coconut.  It’s technically a smoothie but tastes just like a chocolate thickshake I swear!  This[read more…]

Link love

Link love

Hot strawberry scented milk!  You must try this gorgeous recipe by Jane from Emerald & Ella (I used strawberries as that’s all I had – the original recipe uses raspberries); It’s a sweet, light and lovely diversion from my usual hot chocolate and I got to use those frozen berries I always seem to have squished up the back[read more…]

Blood orange tangelo sparkler

Blood orange tangelo sparkler

Since blood oranges aren’t around for very long (they’re available in August here in Australia), I like making something special with them.  This sparkly juice drink tastes great and you can make it as healthy and sugar free as you like.  The orange flower essence is optional (I really can’t remember where I purchased mine[read more…]