Ah the Bank Holiday weekend is here again, and what a great excuse for drinking in the morning!
I have a couple of drinks perfect for a lazy Bank Holiday brunch, to make the most of an extra day off.
- 40ml Botanist Gin
- 40ml Triple Sec
- 40ml Lemon Juice
- 1 good tsp Orange Marmalade
Add all ingredients to a shaker with plenty of ice. Shake until a frost forms on the surface. Strain into a martini glass. If you are using marmalade with peel, extract a few strands from the shaker and add to the glass. You could also garnish with a curl of orange peel.
I was lucky enough to be given some homemade marmalade by a fabulous friend, which obviously elevates this drink to something really special, but you can use bought marmalade if you must. Depending on how sweet/sharp you want your drink, (and how sweet the marmalade is) you may need to add a dash of sugar syrup. Play around until you are happy with the balance.
This is a lovely drink to have with a lazy weekend breakfast or brunch, its tart flavour is energising, and it will cut through any greasy food you might have it with. Do take care though, this drink is small but powerful!
Sloe Gin 75
- 30ml Sloe Gin
- 15ml Lemon Juice
- Top up with Prosecco
Add sloe gin and lemon juice to a shaker with ice, shake and then strain into champagne flutes. Top up with Prosecco (or your preferred sparkling wine) and enjoy!
Again, I used homemade sloe gin made by some other fantastic friends, but you can buy sloe gin in many shops now. Bear in mind your sloe gin will be different, so you may need some sugar syrup, or to vary the amount of lemon juice, to get the balance right.
These pretty sparkling drinks have a lovely celebratory feeling without being too strong or owerpowering.
- 30ml Cariel Vanilla Vodka
- 30ml Homemade Coffee Liqueur
- 30ml Fresh Espresso (chilled)
- 10ml Sugar Syrup
If you usually can’t face anything more substantial than coffee in the morning, join in with the celebrations by swapping that coffee for an Espresso Martini.
Add all ingredients to a shaker, fill with ice, shake and strain. Guaranteed to give you that morning boost with an indulgent edge. I use my homemade coffee liqueur, but you can use Kahlua and it will still be delicious!
So go on – treat yourself this Bank Holiday, and set yourself up for a lazy afternoon in the garden or on the sofa (depending on the weather).
Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy (responsibly). x
But remember: daytime drinking is great, but only if you don’t need to drive, use heavy machinery, perform heart surgery or cook a full roast dinner.