Cool down with this long cocktail made with Cranes Cranberry Cider, Aperol and a splash of soda water.
Very British Problems
It’s a running joke that the British love to talk about the weather. Catch us off-guard and you can guarantee our go to topic of conversation is whether its too hot, too cold, too rainy or if it hasn’t rained in days. It would seem we are obsessed with it! Being true to type, I’ve spent my whole weekend complaining with the weather. One minute I’m complaining it’s too hot standing in front of the electric fan, the next minute I’m freezing, huddling up on the sofa with a fleecy blanket.
Fortunately this weekend was, for the most part, gloriously sunny and warm. And, I’m pleased to say it looks like it’s going to stay that way for the next week! After another long, hot day I decided to treat Jon and I to a cheeky afternoon cocktail.
Cranes Cranberry Cider
I’d recently been gifted some of Cranes Cranberry Cider and decided that this was a good a place to start as any when making my cocktail. Now…I’m under no obligation to give these guys a shout out but I’ve been so impressed with their range it would be rude not to…
For those of you who don’t know, Cranes is the world’s first cranberry “cider”. It’s made from fermented cranberries rather than apples which means that it’s 100%, high in juice, and very low in calories thanks to having very little added sugar. At just 99 calories a bottle and full of flavour what’s not to love?!
They come in three flavours, original cranberry, raspberry & pomegranate and strawberry & kiwi. They’re all awesome but for this cocktail I used the original cranberry as the base. the other two slipped down far too easily on their own.
Cranberries usually make me think of Christmas and my go to flavour combination at that time of year is cranberry and orange. I tried to give the Cranberry and Orange Cooler a summery lift by using a splash of Aperol and topping it up with soda water.
Cranberry and Orange Cooler – The Recipe
- Twist of orange peel
- 50ml Aperol
- 1/2 bottle of Cranes Original Cranberry Cider
- Splash of soda water
- Begin by creating a long orange peel twist by taking a small paring knife and running it under the rind of the orange.
- Place the twisted peel into the glass and fill with ice to hold in place.
- Fill the glass with Aperol then top with the cider.
- Finish with a splash of soda water and serve.
As this is a long drink it’s best served on a warm Saturday afternoon while you’re sat in the garden soaking up the rays. It’s also awesome served at BBQs!
More long cocktails
If you like my Cranberry and Orange Cooler then why not try one of these recipes from my favourite UK bloggers: