Enjoying Cocktails this Spring with Aldi

Hubby and I love to try new cocktails and with the brighter evenings and warmer weather it’s lovely to sit outside and enjoy a drink together in the late afternoon or early evening.

Aldi sent us some of their spirits to recreate a couple of cocktails in our own home and it gave us the perfect opportunity to spend some time together, drink something new and catch up after a day or two of clashing work patterns.

Here are the recipes if you want to create these cocktails yourself at home:

Blackberry Smash

Ingredients    

  • 50 ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin
  • ½ a cup of white sugar
  • ½ a cup hot water
  • 10-12 blackberries
  • 25ml fresh lemon juice
  • 6 mint leaves
  • Sparkling water to top

Recipe

  • Fill a tall glass and a cocktail shaker with cubed ice
  • To make blackberry syrup dissolve the white sugar in the hot water. Once dissolved add in 10/12 blackberries and allow to cool down to room temperature before straining and chilling in the fridge
  • Add 25ml of blackberry syrup and all ingredients (except the sparkling water) to the cocktail shaker
  •  Shake hard for ten seconds and then strain through a tea strainer into the ice-filled tall glass
  • Slowly top with sparkling water

Decoration/To Serve

  • Garnish with a lemon wedge, blackberry and large mint sprig. Finely dust with castor sugar to give a frosted look.                                                                                               

Enjoying Cocktails this Spring with Aldi

Prosecco Thyme

Ingredients 

  • 1 bottle Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante DOCG
  • 2 large ripe plums
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 4 springs of fresh thyme
  • 25ml fresh lemon juice

Enjoying Cocktails this Spring with Aldi

Methodology   

  • Cut the plums into quarters and discard the stones
  • Muddle the plums in a cocktail shaker
  • To make thyme syrup add dissolve the white sugar in the hot water. Once dissolved add the thyme sprigs. Allow the mix to cool, and then strain before storing in the fridge until needed
  • Add 25ml of thyme syrup and ice to the cocktail shaker
  • Add the remaining lemon juice and shake hard
  • Strain into a rocks glass filled with cubed ice and top with Prosecco

Decoration / to serve

  • Cut a fresh plum into wedges and place this into the glass. Strip a few leaves of fresh thyme and scatter over the drink.

Enjoying Cocktails this Spring with Aldi

Disclosure: We were sent spirits to use in the above cocktails however all opinions are my own.

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3 Comments

  1. March 31, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Love the sound of Prosecco Thyme – I think I need to bring back cocktail hour in our house 😀

  2. April 1, 2016 / 12:10 am

    Ooh these sound fab! I would have had the blackberry one down as an Autumn one though, we have the most amazing blackberries in our garden so I’ll be looking this recipe up again when they’re in season 🙂
    Nat.x

  3. April 1, 2016 / 10:25 am

    YUM. These sounds amazing!! We make a similar gin cocktail called ‘The Bramble’ — I’m such a gin fiend 😉 — but the Prosecco cocktail sounds amazing too!! We’ve got fresh thyme growing in the garden so I might give this a go! I LOVE Aldi for spirits and wine — they do an amazing sparkling Chardonnay that is just as good as Champagne — absolutely lovely 🙂

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