|Chardonay IGP Languedoc|
|Prosecco Spumante Superiore|
|Estevez Chilean Pinot Noir|
Exquisite New Zealand Pinot Noir
I have applied again to be on Aldi's Taste Panel but in the meantime they asked me to make and review some of their Cocktails. Our son works in the bar trade and cocktails are his speciality so I was very keen to make and try some.
A very large box arrived and to my surprised contained three bottles of spirits; whisky, gin and amaretto.
|Oliver Cromwell London Gin|
Highland Black Scotch Whisky
I had a look through and chose three cocktails - one for each spirit. Although a had a few of the ingredients in our cupboards I had a quick trip to Aldi to buy the fresh ingredients, replacing peaches with nectarines.
|The few ingredients I needed to buy|
|My cocktail equipment|
|The Bellucci Job ingredients|
|Muddling the strawberries and sugar|
|Shake shake shake|
A really easy drink to make, lovely with the sweet strawberries and sharpness from the cranberry. I think this will be a popular summer patio drink in our house.
|Delicious Bellucci Job|
The other two cocktails needed a little pre-preparation; blackberries in sugar syrup and puree nectarines (peaches). I made both of these ready to use the following day for my next two cocktails Grilled Peach Julep and Blackberry Smash
I'm not a whisky fan but I do like peach which is why I chose the Grilled Peach Julep - and I'm very glad I did. It was delicious with background kick from the whisky, the fruitiness from the nectarines and the added touch of mint made this a really delicious drink. I did strain it into the glass as I'm not keen on fruit bits.
|Grilled Peach Julep ingredients|
|Muddling the Highland Black Whisky and mint|
|Sophisticated Peach Julep with heart ice cubes|
|Blackberry Smash ingredients|
The fruitiness and sugary syrup were delicious with the citrus kick from the lemon and the subtle mint. Gin was a great spirit to use in this cocktail with it's sharp kick and crispness.
|My favourite cocktail - Blackberry Smash|