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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

First Christmas

What to do if there are too bloomin' many of you for Christmas? Why, have another one a week earlier. 
Call it First Christmas. 
Don't invite George Michael...he'll only crash the car getting there. 
Never mind Last Christmas - let's celebrate First Christmas.

You'll probably want a decent cocktail to celebrate. These wonderful, polite young gentlemen in the picture seemed to enjoy it...and it's pink!

Pink Christmas Cocktail

4 fl oz Stolichnaya vodka
1 fl oz Triple Sec
2 fl oz Creme de Cassis
Handful of fresh blueberries
Good dash of orange bitters
Juice of half an orange
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 fl oz double cream

Place the cocktail glasses in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. I use champagne coupes for this cocktail – they're very celebratory, don't you know.
Place all the ingredients, except the cream, in a blender and whizz briskly. Add the cream and whizz for a few seconds.
Remove glasses form fridge. Place a sprig of mint in each glass then balance on the rim a cocktail stick on which a small wedge of orange (skin on) is skewered amid two fresh blueberries on either side.
Dust the surface of each glass with sieved icing sugar.
Serves six (with, hopefully, a little to spare for top-ups)

Suffice to say, don't overdo it. if you were to have too many you might end up seeing things...