If you’re as much of a social media addict as I am, then I’m sure over the last few months at some point you would’ve seen Tapp’d appear on your news feed somewhere. It’s hard to escape these guys when they have the likes of Kate Wright & Rio Ferdinand, Denise Van Outen ordering regularly, to name a few. For those not so much on social media, perhaps you caught Tapp’d making an appearance on none other than This Morning, where Phil & Holly sampled their cocktails.
I have seen this company all over my social media feeds but had never really considered ordering from them (I’m more of a make-it-yourself-er) so when Tapp’d got in contact, I was thrilled! They offer a variety of cocktails which are easily ordered online, & they also offer same day delivery (please check this before placing your order as there is an extra cost). Ideal if you fancy a treat, or perhaps if you’re laying on a bit of an occasion – I’ve seen plenty of posts where the cocktails have been paired up alongside afternoon teas.
So I was lucky enough to receive a mixed box of cocktails, which consisted of; – Espresso Martini – Mojito – Sex On The Beach – Strawberry Daiquiri – Pornstar Martini x2
Each & every cocktail was sensational! They really were delicious, they didn’t last us any longer than about an hour (terrible, I know!) but I can see why the cocktails have proved to be so popular. In particular, I was extremely impressed with the Espresso Martini – the cocktail had a deep vanilla taste to it, it was absolutely gorgeous! I would 100% order an entire case of just these. I also loved the fact that the SOTB cocktail was glittery (perfect for Boomeranging!)
I would definitely recommend checking Tapp’d out, & if you can, get some ordered in – the cocktails were genuinely lush, & their popularity among the famous names says it all. I look forward to sipping in the near future! [GIFTED]
Brunches are proving more popular than ever so I thought with this, I’d post something a little different as I went to one a little while back. So I visited Birmingham for the weekend and decided to go for a brunch at none other than Dirty Martini. Not strictly Essex, I know but there are branches in London which is not too far away from us, which all offer the same deal. The brunch itself was very reasonably priced at £30 per person for 90 minutes of unlimited drinks & a platter of food. There are two options for food, a meat option or a vegetarian option. The meat option consisting of; beef & cheese sliders, crispy tomato & basil arancini, paprika spiced crispy tortillas, skin on fries with rosemary salt, vegetable spring rolls, chicken hirata buns, chorizo & yellow pepper kebabs, & the veggie option consisting of; crispy tomato & basil arancini, korean vegetable samosas, paprika spiced tortillas, skin on fries with rosemary salt, vegetable spring rolls, Quorn & vegetable hirata buns, tomato & yellow pepper kebabs. Now I know that when you go for a brunch, you’re not necessarily focused on the food, you are there for the delicious cocktails but truth be told, the food was totally disappointing! We found that the hirata buns & the beef & cheese sliders totally lacked in flavour, & were served up really quite dry/stale. We did really enjoy the chorizo & yellow pepper kebabs, they were really tasty, & the arancini was lovely too but everything else was just sort of alright. The drinks were a completely different story – tasty & we couldn’t get enough of them! You can take advantage of unlimited Passion Fruit, Espresso, or French Martinis, Prosecco, Pravha (beer), Beefeater Blood Orange or Beefeater Pink Gin & Tonic (well worth the £30 just for the drinks – the reason I made the booking in the first place!) As I say, the brunch is worth booking purely for drinks alone as cocktails end up costing around a tenner anyway, so it’s a bit of a no brainer, however if you do book, don’t expect too much from the food!
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New Harveys Aperitivo is a fresh take on summer sipping.
Let’s face it, summer 2020 will be like no other. With less international travel now a reality, we’re embracing the staycation – whether that’s jumping in your car with a tent and vital supplies in tow or hosting a party in your back garden or local park. New Harveys Aperitivo – a sherry-infused drink – has launched just in time to raise a glass to celebrate being back together… at a distance.
Forget everything you think you know about sherry, Harveys Aperitivo is a truly fresh take on summer’s runaway serve, the spritz. Exclusive to the UK and developed by the renowned Harveys Bodega in the scorching heat of Jerez in southern Spain, Harveys Aperitivo comes in two flavours – Pink and Orange. Both flavours are best enjoyed poured over ice, topped up with soda water (or lemonade) and finished with a couple of red berries (Pink) or a slice of orange (Orange).
Harveys Orange is a delicious blend of two grape varieties – Palomino and Muscatel – with an aroma of bitter orange, tangerine and aromatic herbs. Harveys Pink is made of three grape varieties – Palomino, Tintilla de Rota (a local rare red wine) and Muscatel – and has a subtle aroma of red fruits and flowers. The delicious result is a low ABV (15%) and low calorie (62 kcal) light, zesty and refreshing serve, made with 100% natural flavours.
And, as the name suggests, Harveys Aperitivo is the perfect drink to enjoy in the late afternoon and early evening. Channel its rich Spanish heritage and serve it with a delicious array of tapas. Think Manchego cheese, slices of jamon and plump juicy olives, they’re perfect pairings to match the Aperitivo flavours and whisk you away (at least metaphorically) to the sundrenched shores of Andalusia.
Harveys will be sending the usual spritz and sundowners suspects straight to a new supermarket aisle, with both variants of the Aperitivo available on shelves in the sherry aisle. Harveys Aperitivo Pink is available at Tesco stores nationwide, priced £11.50 for a 75cl bottle. Harveys Aperitivo Orange is available in Sainsburys (for a limited time), priced £11.50 for a 75cl bottle.
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The first bespoke cocktail van is bringing a new and unique ‘cocktails on tap’ socially-distant party service to Essex’s doorsteps.
A brand new and bespoke ‘cocktail in a van’ is bringing its service to Essex after a successful launch throughout London during Lockdown. Offering a range of refreshing cocktail on tap to groups of friends enjoying socially distant gatherings during the COVID-19 restrictions. The Liberation ‘Cocktail Cruiser’ van is the first of its kind in the UK. The VW vehicle is stocked with the brand’s unique range of five cocktails on-tap – a summer-favourite Aperol Spritz, Mojito, Espresso Martini, Strawberry Daiquiri and Pornstar Martini– meaning that within seconds of arriving, customers can be poured the perfect cocktail.
The service is open to groups of six people and comes complete with a socially distanced bartender wearing a mask and gloves. It costs £120 per half hour, which includes 16 cocktails. The Cocktail Cruiser van can be booked via https://liberationcocktails.com/pages/cocktail-cruiser.
Liberation Cocktails Co-Founder George Workman says: “Our Cocktail Cruiser is a completely new concept that has taken years to perfect. It’s designed to bring some cheer to people as restrictions begins to ease and socially-distant gatherings of friends are allowed. And regardless of the circumstances, we expect it to be a year-round party pleaser to get friends and family together for a round of great cocktails.”
The Liberation Cocktails brand is a new concept which first launched in London in June and has already been a huge success in the Capital. As well as the cocktail van, it also features a range of premium quality, batched ‘cocktails on-tap’, in cans and in bottles. The concept has taken 3 years to develop to ensure that it achieves mixologist-grade cocktails to enjoy at home or on the go. A full range of cans, bottles and on-tap options are now available to buy direct at http://www.liberationcocktails.com and delivered direct to your door in cases of 6, 12 and 24.
NIO stands for ‘Needs Ice Only’ meaning there’s no specialist equipment or ingredients needed to delight in an expertly crafted drink. The steps are simple: get a glass, fill it with ice and simply tear the corner of your sachet and pour the ready-made cocktail in.
Each drink has been expertly crafted by NIO’s Head Mixologist, Patrick Pistolesi, who is also the Head Bartender and Found of Drink Kong, which is on the top 50 Best Bars list.
On the menu, there are 15 pre-batched cocktails to choose from. Whiskey fans can enjoy an Old Fashioned, a Manhattan or Whiskey Sour while Gin-lovers can delight in a Gimlet, Gin Sour or Gin Proved. Not to mention all the classics.
Unique to NIO, all cocktails are sealed in mini flat boxes which can be safely delivered to letterboxes nation-wide. Customers can choose from a 3, 6 or 9 box option. Perfect for picnics in the park or a tipple in the yard, with warmer weather and signs of life returning to some normality, it’s something we can all raise a glass to.
Created by drinks columnist Abbie Moulton, the Baileys Rapsberry Ripple Cooler is an indulgent and treat-worthy cocktail that’s perfectly light and scrumptious for a summer afternoon. This cocktail hits the trend of being perfect for al fresco evenings with its grown-up fruity flavours. It’s the perfect adult treat for picnics and small garden get-togethers!
Ingredients [0.9 units per serve – recipe serves 2] 100ml Baileys Original Irish Cream [1.8 units] 80ml coconut milk 1 x 500ml tub vanilla ice cream 1 x small bottle raspberry puree, or a tin of raspberries in syrup Handful of fresh raspberries Serve in a stemless wine glass / water tumbler
Method – Blend 100ml Baileys Original Irish Creamwith 80ml coconut milk and a handful of ice. You should get a light, foamy mixture – Add 1 generous spoonful of raspberry puree to the bottom of each glass – Top with two or three scoops of ice cream – Drizzle another generous helping of raspberry syrup – Pour over the Baileys Original Irish Cream & coconut milk mix, so it comes to just below the top of the ice cream – Drizzle over the raspberry syrup – Top with fresh raspberries and enjoy!
TURTLE BAY CELEBRATES SPIRITS WITH NEW RUM COCKTAIL THIS HALLOWEEN
Proving that Halloween isn’t just about trick-or-treating and sweets for children, Turtle Bay is introducing Rum Thief – a spooky new cocktail for guests to enjoy. Set to become a permanent fixture on the renowned Turtle Bay cocktail menu, this brand new concoction contains The Duppy Share rum alongside lime, vanilla and raspberry, making it the ultimate Halloween treat with a Caribbean twist. Named after the ‘Duppies’, the mischievous, rum-loving Caribbean spirits swoop between distilleries stealing the best of the rum. With its balanced blend of fiery Jamaican and smooth Barbadian rums, The Duppy Share has tropical fruit flavours up front followed by a warm buttery finish that is perfectly complemented in the Rum Thief. Offering more treats than tricks, on Wednesday 30th October the popular Caribbean restaurant is also gifting thousands of scratch cards to users of its official app, which will reveal a number of different cocktail prizes. If you’re a user of the Turtle Bay app and lucky enough to receive the Halloween treat, then visit your nearest restaurant and claim your prize, which could be a round of six brand new Rum Thief cocktails from Thursday 31st October to Sunday 3rd November. For more information or to book a table, visit: www.turtlebay.co.uk or find out more about Duppy Share here: www.theduppyshare.com/our-story
*Scratch cards will be sent on 30 October to a random selection of Turtle Bay app users only. **The prizes sent can only be redeemed from Thursday 31 October to Sunday 3rd November.
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Ingredients [1.7 units per serve] 50ml Baileys Almande 50ml Coconut milk 60g Fresh pineapple chunks 25ml Pineapple juice 25ml Captain Morgan White Rum 1 x Fresh pineapple, whole (for garnish) Crushed ice
Method – First, prep your garnish: cut fresh, whole pineapple into slices and then into triangles. Top the glass with one pineapple triangle and one pineapple leaf & have the crushed ice ready in the glass – Add 60g pineapple chunks to blender – Add 50ml coconut milk and 25ml of fresh pineapple juice – Add 50ml Baileys Almande, 25ml Captain Morgan White Rum – Blitz well and strain – Pour over crushed ice into tall glass
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Ingredients [1 unit per serve] 75ml Baileys Almande 75ml Passion fruit syrup 50ml Pineapple juice ¼ teaspoon chilli powder 1 Passionfruit, whole (for garnish) 1 x Chilli, whole (for garnish) Cubed ice
Method – First, prep your garnish: Cut the whole passionfruit into two halves, add a small slice to the chilli pepper and slot securely to the rim of the glass – Add 75ml Baileys Almande, 75ml passion fruit, 50ml pineapple juice & pinch chilli to shaker with lots of ice – Shake well and strain into coupe glass – Float passionfruit half. – Top tip: if you don’t have a cocktail shaker at home, you can use a clean jam jar with a lid, or the container of your blender
Method – For the caramel: blend 50g coconut milk with 1/2 teaspoon tahini paste, & strain – Add 100g muscavado sugar to a medium pan on medium heat – Stir in coconut milk and stir for one minute – Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes and allow to cool – Add – Fill glass halfway with coldbrew coffee. – Fill remaining half with Baileys Almande – Drizzle over another spoonful of tahini caramel – For added wow factor and to really impress your guests, drizzle melted vegan white chocolate around the rim of the glass
Thank you to Taste PR for the following content & for gifting us with a bottle of Baileys Almande. A series of Baileys Almande cocktail recipes will shortly follow on our blog – keep your eyes peeled.
Dine alfresco with Baileys Almande and tips from Rosie Birkett
Fresh air, a gentle breeze, and sunshine on the skin. Everything about summer makes us want to be outside. To make the most of the warmer weather, the Baileys Almande team has teamed up with Rosie Birkett, food writer and lover of all things alfresco, for her expert advice on how to celebrate the season of sun by eating, drinking, and dining in the open air. From how to style your space, to what food and drink to serve, Rosie’s got all the advice needed to turn even the smallest of spaces into a seasonal retreat – including food pairings with three delicious new cocktails featuring Baileys Almande – a dairy-free liqueur that blends beautifully with the finer flavours of summer. The collection is made up of favourite timeless drinks, that are indulgently light-tasting, dairy-free and don’t compromise on taste. So whether you want to host an intimate get-together with friends, throw your home open to all the neighbours or make your nearest and dearest feel like they’re in an at home oasis, here are Rosie’s top tips for bringing those outdoor moments to life this summer:
1.Make the most of what you have Whether it’s a doorstep, balcony, garden, or tiny terrace, almost any outdoor space can be transformed with a little bit of love. The first step is to choose your space so you know what you’re working with, then you can start to add to it. If you have a space that’s a little wilder or more overgrown, play to that. I love to use the wildness of my garden as a backdrop and work with the naturally beautiful shapes of the leaves, trees, moss and herbs growing.
2. Prepare in advance Make the most of your alfresco moment with friends by getting as much prepared in advance as you can, so that you can relax and enjoy the day. I like to choose dishes that I can make in advance – an orzo salad can be made in the morning and will sit happily in the fridge until needed. There are loads of cocktails that can be whipped up and prebatched in advance too. Put a new spin on traditional cocktails by making them dairy-free – try a Baileys Pina Almanda. All the ingredients can be blended together and then chilled, ready to be poured over ice after dinner, as a fun, light twist – just as tasty as the classic colada.
3. Have fun with flavours When it comes to what you serve, have a think about how your drinks and food can work together. Cocktails are surprisingly versatile thanks to the vast range of flavours they can cover. For instance, a vibrant and zesty Baileys Almande Passion Fruit Chilli martinicocktail works amazingly with a fruit dessert. One of my favourites at the moment is peaches with this twist on a martini cocktail, an absolute classic. As peaches and cherries are bang in season, I’ve roasted them together to bring out their flavour and sugars, and topped with a cardamom spiced crumble with toasted almonds and pecans, spooned over gorgeous clouds of sharp, creamy coconut yoghurt. This works really well with the deliciously light taste of Baileys Almande.
4. Set the scene Once you’ve chosen your space, a few little touches can really bring it to life – add cushions, chairs, a table, candles, and plants to transform the area. If your alfresco gathering is going to stretch into the evening, think about lighting for once the sun sets to add atmosphere and ambience. I love to mix and match by repurposing old jam jars for tea lights, using lanterns and thick church candles and playing with festoon lights, stringing them up on a wall or fence.
5. Set the table You can build a lovely collection of tableware without spending a fortune. Keep an eye out in second hand shops and in the homeware sections of bigger stores for nice pieces of glassware, plates and platters. You can mix up second hand pieces with a few newer, smarter bits. It doesn’t all need to be matching – I have a really eclectic mix, and a little goes a long way. Reusing milk bottles for cocktail vessels can bring a retro feel to the table too.
6. Finish in style Leave your guests with a lasting impression with the end of meal coffee by creating something visual – it’s easier than you’d think. Try a Baileys Almande Iced Coffee & Tahini Twist, where iced coffee is topped with creamy layers of Baileys Almande. As the liquid mixes it creates an insta-worthy swirl in the glass that guests will love. I like to add vegan chocolates to pair with this coffee cocktail. The chocolates are super simple to make, by adding melted cacao butter, cacao powder and maple syrup a filled with a ganache of almond butter, with a dash of Baileys Almande. The deep, dark, fruity notes of the chocolate works wonderfully with the sweet creaminess of the cocktail for an indulgently light tasting, dairy-free alfresco treat.
‘Mix it Up for Summer’ withthe Jägermeister Mule cocktail A light and refreshing mix of Jägermeister with Ginger Beer
This summer Jägermeister is introducing the Jägermeister Mule, a refreshing mix of Jägermeister, ginger beer, cucumber and lime with slightly spicy after notes. The cocktail is the brand’s meisterful reinterpretation of the classic Moscow Mule, with a twist.
Florian Beuren, UK Brand Ambassador at Mast-Jaegermeister UK explained. “The flavours in the Jägermeister Mule work together in harmony to create a really refreshing serve that lets the signature taste of Jägermeister come through. Ginger is one of the core five ingredients in Jägermeister so the ginger beer works well to amplify this. The addition of lime and cucumber balances the fiery tones of the ginger resulting in a simple yet complex serve.”
The cocktail is now available at some of the most exciting bars in the capital including Night Tales, Aqua Shard, Tramp, NT’s and Liquorette amongst others, plus you can find it at over 800 bars across the UK.
Jägermeister Mule is also perfect for creating an exciting but simple serve at-home to enjoy during pre-drinks, with a special brunch, or at a summer BBQ. In supermarkets limited edition bottles will come with a free ginger beer voucher plus a guide to creating the perfect Jägermeister Mule at home.
Jägermeister Mule Recipe What you’ll need: 50ml of ice-cold Jägermeister Ginger Beer Lime Cucumber Ice
Method: – Toss a handful of ice cubes into a nice long glass – Pour over 50ml of ice cold Jägermeister, without spilling a drop – Fill to the brim with your ginger beer of choic – Make it fruity with a wedge of lime, squeezed in for maximum taste – Top it off with a slice of refreshing cucumber – Jägermeister
About Jägermeister: Jägermeister, the unique herbal spirit known for its iconic bottle was developed by Curt Mast from a secret recipe 80 years ago. A blend of 56 different herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits from all over the world, this undisclosed recipe has not changed since it was first made. The pure and natural botanical ingredients are extracted in their raw, unprocessed form through a gentle, weeks-long process of cold maceration to create Jägermeister’s base. The base, housed in more than 400 oak casks, then “breathes” for one full year to guarantee a high-quality finish, and authentic taste. Jägermeister contains 35% alcohol by volume. Made by Mast-Jägermeister SE and family owned to this day, the liquid launched in Wolfenbüttel Germany.
Best served as an ice-cold shot at -18C, or as a long drink in the popular Jägermeister Mule – a concoction of the herbal liquid, ginger beer and lime. With irreverent perfectionism at its core, the brand has steeped its roots in the music industry through its festival activation, JägerHaus, and ongoing partnerships with Soho Radio and Reform Radio.