Showing posts with label Drinks and Cocktails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drinks and Cocktails. Show all posts

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday Tipples 10 / Boozy Hot Chocolate 3 Ways

boozy hot chocolate | spicyicecream

Along with polka dot scarves and a steady rotation of slow-cooked dinners, hot chocolate is an absolute necessity at this time of year. Everyone knows how to make a basic hot chocolate, but I've taken it a couple of steps further. For this month's Thursday Tipples I bring you not one, but three tasty and boozed up ways to serve it. The winter blues are totally a real thing - and these drinks will help to brighten your cold nights and warm you up from the inside out.

boozy hot chocolate | spicyicecream

There is something so comforting about wrapping your cold hands around a warm mug. Out of the three versions, I honestly couldn't pick a favourite - I really loved all of them for different reasons. Of course the chocolate that you use is really important here because it's the dominant flavour, so pick one that you love. I also have to thank my sister Beth who helped me make, style and photograph all three recipes in one afternoon - and drink them afterwards ;) Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

boozy hot chocolate | spicyicecream

1. Nutella and Frangelico Hot Chocolate

This is great for a hot chocolate emergency - if you have no chocolate in the house but can scrape around 2 tablespoons of Nutella from the jar, you're in luck. The almond milk and Frangelico help to make it a little special.

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup cream (optional)
  • 2 large tablespoons Nutella
  • 30ml Frangelico
  • Whipped cream, to serve

Place the almond milk and cream into a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the Nutella until smooth and combined. Remove from the heat and add the Frangelico. Serve with whipped cream.

boozy hot chocolate | spicyicecream

2. Birthday Cake Hot Chocolate

This one is just plain fun. How can you not love anything with sprinkles on top! It's pretty sweet, as you would expect, but it's delicious. Kids would love this too - just leave out the booze!

  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cream (optional)
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons dry vanilla cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 30ml Cake flavoured vodka
  • Whipped cream and sprinkles, to serve

Place the milk and cream into a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the white chocolate, cake and vanilla extract until chocolate has melted. Remove from the heat and add the Cake vodka. Spoon a layer of melted milk chocolate into the serving glass. Pour the hot chocolate over the back of a spoon into the glass. Serve topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

boozy hot chocolate | spicyicecream

3. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

This is a pretty and tasty version of hot chocolate spiked with a white chocolate liqueur. I love the red colour and the addition of cream cheese icing and crumbled cake on top really bring it all together. 

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/3 cup milk or dark chocolate
  • A few drops red food colouring
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 30ml white creme de cacao
  • Cream cheese icing and red velvet cake, to serve

Place the milk and cream into a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the chocolate until melted. Add the red colouring (one drop at a time until you have the colour you're happy with) and vanilla extract. Remove from the heat and add the white creme de cacao. Pour into a mug and serve topped with cream cheese icing and crumbled red velvet cake.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thursday Tipples 09 / Apple Pie Pimms

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

The seasonal differences between us in Australia and you guys in the Northern Hemisphere can cause a significant amount of envy for me, especially since I started reading food blogs 8 years ago. Recently I’ve seen dozens of recipes for popsicles and ice cream using fresh berries, but meanwhile here it is all about pumpkin, pears and soup. And while do I appreciate the different seasons and all that they bring, I just like warm weather and stone fruit way more!!

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

To me Pimms is a quintessential summer drink - traditionally served with strawberries, cucumber and lemonade, but this month’s Thursday Tipples cocktail is inspired by the classic Apple Pie. It's a tasty little drink and a nice way to bridge the seasons. I think it can be enjoyed no matter what time of year it is. The cinnamon spiced syrup gives it a sort of warm wintery vibe but it's also fun and refreshing.

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

The ingredients play well with each other, a great balance of tart and sweet. It doesn't really taste boozy so you'll have to watch yourself with these ones! If you're in the southern hemisphere, I think it's perfect to serve at a wintery lunch or if you're not, maybe a July 4th celebration. If you're making it for a party you could serve it in a pitcher with apple slices like the more traditional Pimms. Happy Thursday!

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursday Tipples 08 / Favourite Client Work

Champagne Room - Mojito

Hope you're having a wonderful week! I wanted to share something a little different for this month's Thursday Tipples. Most days I am doing design work from home in front of my laptop, so it's always a bit exciting for me to go on a photo shoot. Photographing food and drinks is one of the things I love the most, and if it weren't for this blog and practicing my photography for every single post here over nearly 8 years, I would never be getting paid to do it for other people! I've done several drinks shoots in the last few months and I wanted to share a few of my favourites from each. Maybe if you're in Sydney, you can go and try a few of these amazing drinks for yourself :)

The Champagne Room, Surry Hills

Champagne Room - Marie AntionetteChampagne Room - PompierChampagne RoomChampagne Room - Champagne Tower

The Stables, Randwick

The StablesThe StablesThe StablesThe Stables

The Angry Pirate, Redfern

The Angry Pirate - Grog Zombie
The Angry Pirate - Fresh Mint PappleAngry PirateAngry Pirate - Bloody Mary

Manly Wine, Manly

Manly WineManly WineManly Wine

The Rook, CBD

The Rook - Thorny RoseThe Rook - Down the Rabbit HoleThe Rook - The Antidote

The Loft, King Street Wharf

The LoftThe Loft The LoftThe Loft

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday Tipples 06 / Cherry Candy Cane Mojito

cherry candy cane mojito

It has been a really tough few days following the news in Sydney. After Monday’s 16 hour siege in a busy Sydney cafe that I’ve visited dozens of times, just a few blocks from where I used to work, I woke up to the terrible news that it had ended with two innocent people dying as heroes while trying to protect their fellow hostages.

I’m sure like many others I’ve felt a full spectrum of emotions in the last few days as these events hit really close to home, but if there is any positive to come out, it is definitely the beautiful way Australians have come together in the wake of these tragic events, from the floral memorial in Martin place, to the social media messages of hope and support that quickly spread all over the world.

cherry candy cane mojito

Since I moved to the other side of Sydney I don't see my family nearly as often, and so this year Christmas feels particularly special. I seriously can't wait to spend time with my Nanna, see how much my cousins' kids have grown and share a delicious home-cooked meal with all the people I love the most.

My sister and I brainstormed together to come up with a fun Christmas drink, and this Cherry Candy Cane Mojito is it. I know I've posted two cherry recipes in a row but they are so delicious and very cheap right now, so I've been eating a LOT of them! It uses traditional mojito ingredients - lime, mint and white rum with cherries and a candy cane as a cute garnish and to intensify the mint flavour in the drink itself. It just feels so festive and would be great at a Christmas party with friends!

cherry candy cane mojito

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday Tipples 05 / Raspberry Ginger Margaritas

raspberry ginger margarita

I feel like even though I have a lot of valuable experience drinking cocktails, there is so much I need to learn about making them. I only have the very vaguest idea of what I’m doing and own just the most basic bar equipment. That is why I started this (somewhat sporadic) Thursday Tipples feature - to push myself to try learn about and experiment making new drinks, and hopefully end up with something delicious in the process.

I like to approach mixing drinks the same way as I do coming up with and brainstorming recipe ideas for baking - thinking seasonally, using good ingredients and quality spirits, tinkering with classic concepts and throwing in something a little bit fun and unexpected.

raspberry ginger margarita

This actually is the very first time I’ve ever made a Margarita, but I just love the simple combination of good tequila, agave and lime that just works. Because it’s almost summer here, I wanted to give it a twist using beautiful fresh raspberries and ginger, and some Murray River pink salt for the rims. I have to say, they turned out even better than I expected and I was really happy with how they looked and tasted :)

raspberry ginger margarita

I was also excited to try out my excellent new Mason Jar cocktail shaker that I bought recently. I love the clear glass shaker which takes some of the mystery out, so you can know exactly when the cocktail is properly shaken and blended. And if you like booze and don’t already follow their Instagram (@masonshaker), you definitely should! And maybe one day soon, I’ll get over serving my cocktails in glass jars... but probably not.

raspberry ginger margarita

It’s a perfect weekend party drink and the recipe below can be easily scaled up for a crowd. Of course you can also try other summer fruits depending on your favourites. A peach or pineapple margarita would be deeeelicious. Depending on the fruit you choose, you may need to puree it first. And make sure you save some for a pretty fruit garnish. Cheers!

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raspberry ginger margarita 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thursday Tipples 04 / Sparkling Blood Orange Negroni

sparkling negroni

Happy Thursday afternoon! You made it this far, and I think you deserve a little treat. After a few months hiatus, Thursday Tipples is back and today I'm excited to share a great twist on the Negroni. I only discovered this Italian classic cocktail last year, but I've been in love with it ever since. Known as an apéritif, it is meant to stimulate your appetite before dinner.

While the original is quite strong and bitter, this version is a little lighter with some fresh blood orange (in season at the moment) and a spritz of soda. I have also used Aperol which is a little more mild than the traditional Campari, with notes of orange and rhubarb. Delicious!

sparkling negroni

I like this drink because it is not too sweet and somehow manages to be both refreshing and more-ish at the same time. It's also very easy to prepare with only five ingredients and easy to make in a shaker for two, or a pitcher for a crowd. Simple and delicious? A winning combination in my books.

If you fancy your drinks a little more on the bitter side, use Campari as in the original recipe or experiment with a dash of bitters. Even better, rhubarb or orange bitters would add an incredible depth of flavour, so get creative!

I think it is the perfect tipple for an apéritif, and best shared with friends no matter what the occasion you're planning - from a dinner party with the girls to a sunset wedding!

sparkling negroni

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thursday Tipples 03 / Tipsy Peach Iced Tea

drunken peach iced tea

I used to think of myself as strictly a coffee only girl, but things have definitely changed. I sometimes still have a coffee in the morning or if I'm out with friends, but I'm predominately a tea drinker these days!

I have a problem walking past T2, but an even bigger problem if I end up walking in. This photo only shows part of my collection *blush!* If you've been reading for a while, you'll know that I love tea in all manner of desserts, from earl grey ice cream to chai doughnuts, but I am always intrigued when I see tea used in cocktails.

Last summer I started making iced tea regularly because it was so delicious and refreshing, and I couldn't help but think that some kinds of tea would be awesome with a few shots of booze - because what isn't improved with booze, really? - and served as a pitcher cocktail.

drunken peach iced tea

The possibilities are endless of course - a fruity tisane with vodka, lemons and strawberry pieces, or a twist on the mint julep with peppermint tea, bourbon and fresh mint (I can tell you that this is in fact delicious!)

For this month's Thursday Tipples post, I experimented with a vanilla black tea combined with peaches, spiced rum, vodka and a little Cointreau, and it turned out even better than I'd hoped. This drink feels very summery because of the peaches, and I loved the subtle spices that came through from the tea and the rum.

So here's something to do this weekend... Make a big pitcher of tipsy iced tea and drink this with friends at sunset, sitting on the balcony or out in the backyard - perfect! You can thank me on Monday ;)

drunken peach iced tea

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thursday Tipples 02 / Pomegranate Gin Smash

pomegranate gin smash

I feel like a completely different person since I started working full time freelance. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love. Of course running my own business is brand new to me and fraught with all kinds of new challenges. I'm learning every single day. But the thing I love the most is setting my own schedule. Taking my laptop to work from anywhere and being able to sneak out for a short break at the beach in the afternoon when the mood strikes on a sunny day (!)

For the first time in a long time I feel like I'm actually getting to enjoy summer. And after a dip at the beach and a walk back up the hill, you need a refreshing sunset drink. Or perhaps you're looking for a Christmas or New Years Eve party starter? This second instalment in my Thursday Tipples series fits the bill perfectly.


I was a sort of late bloomer and only discovered gin last year. This resulted in a summer of gin where I drank quite a lot of G&T's. This year I'm branching out to try gin (my pick is Hendricks, I love it) with some of my favourite flavours like fresh pomegranate and mint. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that this is only the second time I've used my cocktail shaker in the five or so years since I bought it, but I think that will all change over the next few months.

This drink is super refreshing and perfect on a sunny day. Tall, cold, a little bit tart from the pomegranate and lime, a little bit sweet, and looking very Christmassy too. It's easy to make, and definitely adaptable to use your favourite flavours. Enjoy!

What's your favourite summer drink? Tell me in the comments below!

pomegranate gin smash

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thursday Tipples 01 / DIY Rhubarb Berry Syrup and 2 Delicious Drinks

rhubarb berry fizz

Today I’m super excited to introduce a new monthly feature celebrating all things boozy called Thursday Tipples. I love cocktails (well that’s no secret) and I want to explore the world of making them at home with fresh, seasonal ingredients and share my experiments here.

To kick things off I bring you a homemade berry and rhubarb syrup that can be used in any number of delicious ways. I tried two - a fresh and fruity vodka fizz perfect for summer, and a creamy ice cream float that both kids and grown ups will love. I actually can’t pick a favourite between the two drinks, I really loved both of them! I think the syrup would also be lovely with gin or bourbon, or even just a splash of soda.

rhubarb berry spider

There’s something very nostalgic about a ‘Spider’ or ice cream float. It was always a special childhood treat, but boozed up versions for adults are having a bit of a resurgence lately, which I totally love! The best thing is that they’re so adaptable - you can use any kind of ice cream you like (I think strawberry would definitely be a winner, or maybe something homemade?) or try different fizzy drinks, like maybe ginger beer or pink lemonade, which Schweppes finally brought back here in Australia, and that makes me very happy!

Which one would you choose?


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