The crackle of the fire, the pop of the fireworks and the crisp cold air. All perfect excuses for a few Bonfire inspired cocktails.
If a good bonfire isn't the perfect opportunity to show off some seriously good cocktails skills to all your gin loving friends, then when is? These autumnal cocktails don't only taste awesome, but will keep you and your buddies warm on the cold bonfire eve.
Here are our favorite 3 bonfire cocktails, but before you start...a few top tips!
Keep your cocktails warm in a slow cooker at low setting.
Don't let the cocktails boil or you'll evaporate the alcohol, noooo!
Use whole spices rather than ground for a more intense flavor.
Preheat the mug/glass with boiling water to avoid it cracking and keep your drink warmer for longer.
8 parts* apple juice
2 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of Nutmeg, star anise and allspice
1 tsp gingerbread syrup
2 parts gin - we recommend Premium Harrogate Gin
Warm the apple juice and gingerbread syrup in a pan with a slice of orange, a slice of apple, the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, star anise and allspice.
Once warm, add your gin and heat through. Sieve into a jug and then serve in your nicest mugs. The perfect spiced drink to enjoy warm by the bonfire.
TOFFEE APPLE MARTINI
2 parts* gin
3 parts cloudy apple juice
1 part lemon juice
1 part toffee syrup
Apple slice garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add all of the ingredients, shake well and strain. Simple! Garnish with a slice of apple.
MULLED GIN & GINGER BEER
5 parts* Ginger Beer/Ale
1 part Gin
1 lime wedge, studded with 3 cloves
1 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise
1 slices of fresh ginger
1 tsp golden caster sugar
In a small saucepan, simmer all ingredients on low heat for five minutes.
When ready, place the lime wedge, cinnamon stick, star anise and ginger slice from the saucepan into each serving mug/glass.
Pour the hot mixture on top and serve immediately.
*Parts made simple. Just stick to the ratios, so if you are making a jug ¼ of the jug could be 1 part, ½ the jug 2 parts. For 1 cocktail, 1 part would be approx 25ml, if you are making 2 cocktails, 1 part would be approx 50ml and so on - experiment and give it a try.
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