Short holidays and long drinks
I always struggle to deal with just how quickly the Christmas season passes. Just as I break up from work and feel ready to start celebrating it seems that the holiday is already over. Does anyone else feel like all of the prep takes an age but you don’t actually get that long to enjoy it? I might start a petition to have the Christmas holiday extended…2 weeks off for everyone!
I’ve found that the best way to make the Christmas holidays last a little longer is actually to do less. I usually try to cram so much in. Our family is large (and getting larger each year) so it can be a bit of a whirlwind trying to make sure you’ve seen everyone, especially when you add friends to the mix. But as I’m writing this I’ve decided to skip out one of our traditions.
It’s Christmas Eve and normally I’d be getting ready to head to a family friends house for drinks, nibbles and giggles. But there’s been a change of plan and we’re having the night in. Suddenly things seem so much calmer and instead of rushing to get home from work and then out of the house I’m sat here with a Limoncello Gin Fizz in my hand! Happy holidays folks!
Hot right now
Ok so the drink is physically cool but the recipe is SO hot right now. The gin revolution is in full swing as artisan distillers continue to pop up across the country. But, what gives this drink the X-factor is that it’s also made with herbs.
That’s right, herbs in cocktails are TOTALLY a thing now so I’ve paired the citrus twang of limoncello with an earthy spring of thyme. Trust me, it works! Let’s put it this way…you won’t know until you’ve tried it. Looks like you better get pouring!
Lemon and thyme is a classic flavour combination taken from hundreds of recipes over the years so it makes total sense to use it as a garnish for the cocktail.
A splash or two of soda water doesn’t taint the flavour of the drink but produces the effervescent bubbles that signify sparkle and indulgence.
- 30ml limoncello
- 30ml gin
- Squeeze of lemon juice from a single wedge
- Splash of soda water
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme
- 2 – 3 ice cubes
- Mix the limoncello, gin and lemon juice in a tumbler along with the ice cubes.
- Stir together until the ice just starts to melt.
- Top up with a splash of soda water and serve with the sprig of fresh thyme
You could serve this as an alternative to champagne at your New Years Eve Party! Though it also tastes pretty damn good when you’re just snuggled up on the sofa like I am right now!
Happy holidays everyone!