The Cocktail Hour

French 75

Cocktail 1

  • Gin (6cl)
  • Lemon Juice (3-4 Tbsp)
  • Lemon Zest
  • Champagne
  • Ice

Cocktail 2Cocktail 5Cocktail 4

Mix the gin, lemon juice and zest and ice together in a cocktail shaker (or a jug if you don’t have a shaker – small apartment living doesn’t really allow for things like cocktail shakers!). Strain and split between 2 glasses. Top with chilled champagne.

Berry Kir Royale

Berry Kir 1

  • Strawberries (100g approx, hulled)
  • Ice
  • 1 Lime – Zest
  • Champagne (300ml)

Raspberry SauceBerry Kir 3

  • Large Handful of Raspberries (and a couple extra for garnish)

Place the strawberries, ice, lime zest and champagne into a blender and blitz.

Press the raspberries through a sieve into a bowl.

Berry Kir 2

Place a raspberry in each glass, add the raspberry sauce and then fill the glass with the champagne and strawberry mixture.

Tip – this cocktail is also lovely with rosé champagne

So what are your favourite cocktails? Along with these two, I love a margarita, on the rocks with salt, I’m not sure anything comes close. The best margarita I have had was in The Peninsula Hotel in Tokyo in Peter: The Bar – this is somewhat unfortunate as its quite the journey from Ireland to get another one…some day…!

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