Currently I have a little obsession with anything beetroot flavoured. After absolutely hating it as a child I can’t seem to get enough of the stuff now, it’s funny how our tastebuds change. Here is an interesting Nordic inspired cocktail that will give you some pep in your step, or rather beet on your feet.
You’ll need (per person):
- 2 Shots of Vodka (I used REYKA Vodka, a smallbatch vodka from Iceland)
- 1 Shot of Dry Vermouth
- 10ml Beetroot juice (I used James White organic beetroot juice)
- Dash of sugar syrup
- 1tsp caraway seeds
Combine all into a jug/pitcher and leave the caraway infuse the puce mixture for atleast five minutes to gain its aromats. When ready, strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of pickled beetroot on a cocktail stick. The earthiness will be quite beguiling, but it’s a definite to match with my vegan smørrebrød.
After discovering the amazingness that is the FRUGO ‘Ultra Black’ , Polish juice drink, in the world foods isle at my local Tesco I was inspired to make this tasty lil’ drink . With the tasty flavours of grape, dragonfruit and chokeberry, it perfectly compliments the flavours of Nordic salty liquorice. Which had me thinking, I could concoct a cocktail using the Finnish Salmiakki Koskenkorva that I brought back from holiday.
- 2 Shots of Salmiakki Koskenkorva (if you cant find it, black Sambucca can be used)
- 1 Shot of Dry Vermouth
- 10ml FRUGO ‘Ultra Black’
- Dash of blueberry syrup (I got mine from IKEA)
Combine all into a cocktail shaker and shake until all have thoroughly mixed. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a handful of frozen blueberries.
Perfect for those classy eternal Goths out there (like myself 😉 ) or those who love liquorice!
FRUGO ‘Ultra Black’
Here’s an amazing decadent milkshake recipe using one of my fridge essentials, Oatly Chocolate milk. With the flavours of espresso, chocolate and Oreo cookie- this is one grown up shake for the inner kid in all of us!
To make you’ll need:
- 200ml Oatly chocolate oat drink
- 2 scoops of espresso/coffee ice cream – I used my homemade espresso gelato, recipe here
- 1 shot Tia Maria
- 3/4 packet of Oreo cookies.
For the decoration:
- Some vegan whipped cream- I used Whiptop Whipped Cream
- 2 Oreo cookies
The recipe couldn’t be simple enough!
Start by pouring the chocolate milk into a blender, along with the scoops of espresso ice cream. Then, add the Oreo cookies, crushing them in your hands as you place them in. Pour the shot of Tia Maria in and blend until smooth and creamy.
Get two sundae or soda glasses and fill them with the shake mix. To finish, top with the whipped cream, a couple of straws and a couple of Oreo cookies.
This morning I woke up feeling like absolute death – blocked nose, scratchy throat and phlegm’d up to my eyeballs (sorry!). Deciding to take the matters into my own hands and show it who’s boss, I made up a fiery concoction that will help de-congest, clear your sinuses and help you feel a little less rubbish on those long February days when work, kids and your immune system have got the better of you.
To make, you’ll need:
- 500ml water
- Thumb size piece of ginger, grated,
- A pinch of chilli flakes,
- A crack of black pepper,
- 2 Tbs agave nectar,
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper,
- Zest & juice of 1 lemon,
- Handful of coriander leaves,
- 2 shots of vodka ( I used ABSOLUT CITRON – because, you know, Scandi!)
The recipe could not be simpler. It’s exactly the kick you need when all you want to do is hide under the duvet and hypnotise yourself with films all day (just me?).
Start by putting the water on the hob, on a medium heat until it starts to simmer. Then, add the agave and stir. When it’s dissolved, add the grated ginger, black pepper, cayenne and chilli flakes. Next add the lemon juice & zest and give it a stir (the heat from the chilli should already begin to tingle your nose). Simmer for 8 minutes. Then, add in the coriander leaves and simmer for a further 2 minutes. Take off the heat and strain into your mug/glass of choice. Leave to cool a few minutes, then add in the vodka. With a final stir of a spoon, it should be done.
Easy and you should be feeling less bunged up in no time!
I’d recommend you sip it though, as it will blow your head off!
Enjoy & Get well soon x