Friday, 29 May 2015

Celebrating 25 years of Aldi with cocktails!

I have made no secret of my love of budget supermarkets, in fact my weekly main shop is carried out at Aldi and  I often pop to Lidl too.  I LOVE their food and their prices.

Can you believe that Aldi turns 25 this year?  I couldnt.  Looking back I began shopping at Aldi nine years ago when we relocated back to the NE of England and it was where my mum shopped.  As we used to go shopping together every Thursday it made sense that I started buying from there too and it was amazing.  Not only did we love the products, but we started seeing massive savings, which was really important as we were living on a single wage,

Since then I have become a big advocate of Aldi and can not wait until the plans are passed for one closer to home (which is in the pipeline).

To celebrate this monumental birthday Aldi sent us a cocktail hamper. 



I am going to admit that we haven't had the opportunity to try the cocktails out yet, but I have got a vanilla pod in some sugar so that I can make them as soon as we have a warm weekend! 

I can vouch for the Prosecco, as it is a regular purchase (hic)! 




Pomegranate Punch

The juicy pomegranate and hint of lemon make this cocktail the ultimate refreshing tipple for a sunny day.

Ingredients:
·         25 ml Tamova Vodka (£10.39)
·         20 ml lemon juice
·         2.5 teaspoons of sugar
·         3 teaspoons fresh pomegranate seeds
·         Freeman’s Bay Marlborough Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc (£9.99), as desired
Decoration / to serve:
·         Add a few pomegranate seeds and a piece of lemon zest for garnish

Methodology

·         Add the vodka, lemon juice, sugar and pomegranate seeds to a cocktail shaker
·         Stir until the sugar has dissolved and then shake hard over ice
·         Pour into an ice filled tall glass
·         Top with the sparkling sauvignon blanc



Lemon Pie
This sweet, lemon fizz tastes of summer sip after sip. 

Ingredients
·         10 ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin (£10.39)
·         10 ml Goccia D’oro Limoncello (£7.99)
·         1 teaspoon sugar
·         1 vanilla pod
·         Contevedo Cava Brut (£4.99), as desired
·         1 lemon 
  
Methodology

·         Flavour the sugar by placing a vanilla pod into the sugar pot for a couple of weeks
·         Add the gin, limoncello and sugar to the glass and stir to dissolve
·         Top with cava and garnish with a lemon twist
  



Very Cherry
The combination of the cherries and vanilla extracts heighten the fruity flavours of the brandy, making this the ultimate indulgent sweet treat.

Ingredients:
·         20 ml Napoleon Brandy (£11.39)
·         10 ml cherry juice from frozen cherries
·         1 teaspoon sugar
·         1 vanilla pod
·         175 ml Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante DOCG (£7.49), as desired

Decoration / To serve
·         Garnish with several frozen cherries on a cocktail stick.

Methodology
·         Flavour the sugar by placing a vanilla pod into a sugar pot for a couple of weeks
·         Defrost the frozen cherries and squeeze out the juice
·         Add the brandy, cherry juice and sugar; to a glass and stir until the sugar has dissolved
·         Top with prosecco




Shooting Star

Vodka and fruit juice create the perfect base for a cocktail, but a dash of Prosecco adds a subtle sparkle.

Ingredients
·         25ml Tamova Vodka
·         25ml of raspberry juice from raspberries
·         2.5 teaspoons of sugar
·         Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante DOCG, as     desired

Decoration/to serve:
 3 apple slices
·         2 raspberries

Methodology:
·         Defrost half a pack of raspberries and sprinkle with sugar
·         Squeeze the juice from the raspberries and collect in the bottom of the glass
·         Add 25ml of Vodka and stir to combine
·         Gently pour the prosecco over a spoon into the glass, then add the three frozen raspberries and apple slices to garnish




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