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We have been all about the Moscow Mule this year. It may be the lime and minty goodness, it may be the copper cup – who can tell! But in our month of mules earlier this year, our lovely submissions manager Ms Rose (also known as Mary!) also devised this festive season cocktail. We switched out the mint for rosemary for something a little different and when combining the herb notes with the sweetness of strawberries with it, we fell in love.

Ingredients:

  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 10ml grenadine
  • 2 fresh lime wedges
  • 50ml vodka
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • Rosemary
  • Two fresh strawberries per person

Method:

In a copper mug, add plenty of ice (I love 4-5 ice cubes in this cocktail for extra cold deliciousness!) In a cocktail shaker, add your limes, strawberries, lime juice, half a sprig of rosemary and vodka and muddle together.

Add the contents of your cocktail shaker to the copper mug and top with ginger beer.

Garnish with fresh rosemary.

Recipe and image by Ms Polka Dot

The festive season always calls for yummy treats! Whether you need inexpensive presents for your co-workers or to take a hostess gift along to one of your many Christmas get-togethers, finding a homemade gift that is simple to create is a godsend at this time of year. Here are five wickedly delicious chocolate treats that you’ll love for the festive season. But they can also double as wedding favours your guests will go crazy for!

Chocolate Shortbread Heart Favour Recipe 

If you decide not to use these cookies as favours, they could be on offer on a table near the dance floor or served as part of a dessert buffet. There is no doubt that your guests will love these chocolate shortbread cookies. And the best thing is that you will love them too.

Striped Chocolate Hearts

Just a little bite-sized piece of heaven – chocolate, of course – makes the perfect festive treat to share with someone you love.

Cookies and Cream Cups Recipe

These superbly easy cookies and cream cups are a great way of making something a little different to include in your morning tea repertoire. Think of white chocolate rocky road laden with chunks of Oreo – the perfect addition to a bridal shower dessert buffet or wrapped and presented as a wedding favour to your guests. Superb – but they do come with a warning though – they won’t last long!

White Chocolate, Cranberry and Pistachio Rocky Road 

The white chocolate mixed with the red of the cranberry, the green of the pistachio and the white of the macadamia just shouts ‘Christmas’ in all the best ways.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate 

While I’m fully aware this is a ‘winter warmer’ recipe, there is also something very festive about curling up with a hot chocolate by the tree during Christmas time. Santa loves himself a little cuppa of hot chocolate too, so be sure to make an extra cup for the guy with the pressies!

The gimlet is a classy little cocktail made of gin and lime juice. A 1928 description of the drink was: “gin, a spot of lime, and soda.” It’s an incredibly easy drink to make – just a few ingredients shaken together and you’re on your way. We love how Rockpool’s event spaces, Alfred Place and The Rock Rooms, serve their gimlet with a lemongrass straw for an extra kick of flavour and fun.

Recipe

45ml vodka

20ml fresh lime juice

20ml spiced lime cordial (infuse lime cordial with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and red chillis)

1 kaffir lime leaf

Method

Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice.
Garnish with a lemongrass straw.

Recipe and image supplied by Rockpool.