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The popular Hugo Spritz is a beloved cocktail cherished for its delicate aroma and festive side. Crafted from elderflower syrup, sparkling wine, mint and lime, this enchanting concoction is served over ice with a hint of sparkling water. Hugo Spritz is a popular European drink made of a simple mix of sparkling wine and water, elderflower syrup, mint, and a slice of lime served on the rocks. It’s so simple, no need to take the shaker out, and it’s a delicate and festive cocktail that suits any occasion. Originally made with Italian Prosecco sparkling wine, this version uses Spanish Cava for a bubblier touch. Origin of the Hugo Spritz This cocktail originated in 2005 from a German living in the Alps who wanted to find a light, festive new aperitif for his guests, a summerish, not-too-strong cocktail. Originally, the drink was called Otto and made from Lemonbalm essence. Being a…

Cranberry Gimlet is the perfect fizzy drink for the holidays! A fizzy ruby red cocktail; who could say no to this? A lovely mix of aromas from bitter cranberry to sweet mandarine, orange-infused gin and a touch of sparkling wine! The Holidays will taste much better this year! Impress your guests with this fizzy Christmas Cranberry Gimlet! The drink uses cranberry juice, the juice of a mandarine, some Sevilla-infused Tanqueray Gin (not sponsored), homemade cinnemon and mandarin syrup, and a lot of sparking wine! Because for the Holidays… bubbles are mandatory! Inspiration A Gimlet is an old classic of gin, sugar and lime. It was invented by sailors to fight against scurvy, in other words, to preserve the limes for longer on their long journeys. Still, many years later, this beloved sweet-and-sour drink is a scrumptious classic! Christmas Version To make this drink Christmas’y’, I’ve switched the sour lime with…

An autumnal cocktail to warm up and keep it fun and fizz. Try this Spiced Apple Spritz with spiced rum, sparkling apple juice (or cider), cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. There are zillions of great summer cocktails, but not as many Fall ones. Let me introduce you to this lovely spiced-up cocktail called Spice Apple Spritz. It is ultra simple to prepare and easy to turn into a grown-up punch, too, with extra apple pieces. Rum Choice This recipe comes from a Jamaican descendant friend, so she recommended a mix of a white overproof Wray& Nephew and brown rum. For those who don’t know what an Overproof rum is, it has more than 50% alcohol. It is 60% in this case, which is a bit scary for some people. I kept the drink a bit softer and used spiced rum instead, which works wonders. If you want the real Jamaican deal,…

White Sangria with Berries is a simple, delicate and made-on-the-spot drink filled with all kinds of berries and a splash of Brandy to keep it authentic and loads of ice to keep it ultra fresh! White Sangria with Berries is a delightful and refreshing twist on the classic red sangria. This fruity, vibrant drink is perfect for summer gatherings and can be customized with various fruits. In this recipe, we’ll rapidly infuse the sangria with a medley of juicy berries to create a visually appealing and flavorful beverage. So grab your pitcher, gather some fresh berries, and let’s get started! On the Spot Sangria vs. Macerated Ones A traditional Sangria would need a few hours of fruit maceration, which needs good planning, time-wise and quantity-wise. This white version you can easily make on the spot, no worries, and the strawberries will macerate or give its flavour in less than 10…

Summer is almost here… it’s time for outdoor fun, for a refreshing Hibiscus Sangria with mango, mandarin, lime and Cava (sparkling wine) to make it fizzy! I saw a recipe not long ago of “Agua de Jamaica,” a simple juice made by infusing hibiscus leaves and sugar, then cooling it and voila! The picture looked so yummy, and I thought, those flowers are so pretty… they must taste good too. Well, I found some hibiscus leaves in the market and tried them as a simple tea… without any sugar… wasn’t tasting as they looked…  I was shocked by how unpleasant that infusion was… then I had little Stevia (0 calorie sugar) and cooled it overnight. Wow! The difference it makes with a bit of sugar sometimes… It went from 0 to 1000! Same goes for this Hibiscus Sangria! Health Benefits of Hibiscus Hibiscus leaves have many health benefits; they help control your blood…

The little brother drink of Pisco Sour, this version replaced the lime for passion fruit, also called Maracuya. Nothing is more pleasant than dipping your lips into this airy foam to reach this fruity Maracuya Sour cocktail! If a drink is waiting in paradise for our soul, Maracuya Sour would be it! A soft foamy, fruity drink with a touch of bitterness. There is no better drink, especially made with the actual fruit; Maracuya, also called passion fruit. So let’s do a deep dive into the specifics of this cocktail. Origin Pisco Sour is the pride of Peru, a type of Margarita made with pisco, lime, simple syrup, Angostura bitters and egg white. Well, this version is the same, but I exchanged the lime for Maracuya! Pisco is a type of grape-distilled spirit from Peru or Chile. It was produced by the Spanish settlers who wanted to recreate another spirit…

Skinny Kir Royal with blueberries is an elegant, fizzy and delicious cocktail! The perfect companion for any event and fun to watch your blueberries dancing up and down. This version of Kir Royal is skinny because I’ve used a simple blackcurrant syrup (0% alcohol) instead of the blackcurrant liquor or cream (Chambord is approx. 20% alcohol). Also, this syrup has more sugar, making these two colours fun-looking glass. It will mix more and more while you drink it, changing the flavour. Many Types of Kir Kir Royal is a classic cocktail from France, the little brother of Kir, which was made with white wine. The cassis cream or syrup was added to neutralize the acidity of certain dry wines. Many variations go from Kir Breton (with cider instead of wine) to Cardinal (made with red wine). Every Kir is an Aperitif (or Apero), which means to drink before a meal, a…

Pink pepper Gin Tonic is your next way to start the weekend in good company. This version is a slightly spicy. In Barcelona, the gin tonic is “the drink”, if you go walk around you’ll often see in the windows, “we have 40 types of gin” or similar information. Before moving over sea, I didn’t know a thing about this popular drink, after a few years of experimenting, I’ve learned quite a few variations and this is one of them. This is no funny business here, there is an art to those G & T, and many competitions to find the best around Spain. A few things I’ve learned is, for example, not to add a full lemon wedge to the drink, because the pulp kills the bubbles. Simply rub the side and inside of the glass with a twisted peel of the lime or lemon. I took lime to make a change…

Dirty Cilantro Mojito is a great alternative to the traditional one, this mojito is just as refreshing and tasty as the original. Often in recipes you’ll see mint to be substitute by cilantro or vice versa… Well, I add a bunch of cilantro leaves to use… so guess what I had to try?… a Cilantro Mojito, of course! A great discovery, and delicious one too. It gives the famous drink a second life, a great new dimension to mojito. I’m still a great mint mojito lover but this is equally good, and if you are like me, and like a little change once in awhile, this is the way. Both mint and cilantro are filled with health benefits, minerals and vitamins of all kinds, so no winner on this side. The famous mojito cocktail was created in La Havana, Cuba. I’ve, for my part, discovered mojitos, while backpacking though central America, a few years ago, back…

Peruvian Pisco Sour is a gem; this foamy lemonade cocktail contains a grape-distilled liquor called Pisco with limes, syrup and an egg white topped with a few drops of Angostura bitter. I know the egg white can scare a few away… there might be a slight risk of getting sick, but there isn’t any problem if you get a fresh egg and let me say: the danger is well worth it! This Peruvian Pisco Sour drink is an elegant, fluffy lemonade for grown-ups. A Peruvian Drink I’ve spent a year in Peru, where on our first night out, we were told to try this foamy and refreshing drink, their national drink. Right on the spot, I fell in love with this unique drink and its thick foam. So refreshing and new! It’s the margarita of Peru, and everyone passing by must try this famous Peruvian cocktail called Pisco Sour. Billy the…

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