Weekend Cocktails with the CleanGin

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Plans for the weekend? If you’re anything like me, it’s heavy on household chores, and easy on the fun stuff (thanks lockdown!). CleanGin has shared some of their favourite cocktail recipes, which are perfect to enjoy over the next couple of days! Not only is CleanGin absolutely delicious, but it’s low in alcohol too – meaning you can kick back on Sunday evening with a cocktail, without worrying about dealing with a headache on Monday morning!

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Their Signature Serve is a true classic – light and fresh with lemon and mint – you’ll find me sipping on this in the sunshine!

Ingredients: 50ml of CleanGin, 150ml of a light tonic, lemon, fresh mint leaves to garnish.

Method: Mix ingredients together and serve in a highball glass with ice, lemon and fresh mint leaves to garnish

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I’m also dying to try the Clean Club:

Ingredients: 50ml of CleanGin, 15ml of lemon juice, 15ml of honey syrup, 2.5ml orange blossom water and 4 raspberries.

Method: Add all ingredients into shaker, wet shake (with ice), single strain, dry shake (without ice), and fine strain into a rocks glass over ice cubes. Garnish and serve.

CleanGin is priced at £24.99 and is available here

Bar-ready cocktails at home with Caorunn Gin

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I’m not sure about you, but the lazy-Sunday appeal of lockdown life has gotten old, really quick. Life feels like it’s been turned upside down, but I’m trying to make the most of the time by doing all the things I normally wish I have time for. I’ve tried out new recipes, read new books, and done all the cliches you’ve seen on everyone’s Instagrams (yes, I’ve baked banana bread and instituted an at-home work out), but what I’ve not done yet, is play around with some fun cocktail recipes.

Caorunn Gin has made life super simple, with their release of some incredible sounding cocktails – perfect for celebrating the up-coming weekend!

Their Sofa Spritz is perfect to enjoy during an evening of classic movies:

Ingredients:

50ml Caorunn, 50ml Pressed Apple juice, 100ml Soda water, 50ml Sparkling white wine

Garnish: Red apple slices
Glass: Wine
Ice: Cubed

Method: Build all ingredients in a wine glass with cubed ice.

If you fancy something a little fruitier, their Honey I’m Home sounds ideal:image6

Ingredients:

50ml Caorunn Raspberry, 25ml lime juice, 1.5 teaspoons honey

Garnish: Lime zest

Glass: Coupette or any cocktail glass

Method: Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and double strain into a cocktail glass.

If you fancy enjoying something delicious this weekend, you can grab a bottle of Caorunn here

Celebrating Pancake Day with Hotel Chocolat*

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With Pancake Day happening tomorrow, I’ve been trying to think of ways to mix the day up a little. To be honest, I’m not really a fan of the British lemon and sugar combo – it’s too sticky and crunchy, and maple syrup feels a bit predictable. So when Hotel Chocolat got in touch to share their recipe, I couldn’t resist giving them a go!

This year, Hotel Chocolat suggests ditching your usual toppings, and instead mixing things up with a choice of their delicious spreads. A more refined take on Nutella, their Hazelnut Chocolate Spread is pure indulgence – all silky-smooth cocoa, with a hint of moreish nuttiness. As delicious spread on a slice of toasted sourdough as it is topping a stack of freshly made pancakes, this is a breakfast staple you’re not going to want to miss.

If you’re looking for an even more indulgent treat, then you’re going to love the Salted Caramel & Pecan Chocolate Spread. An absolute treat, this mixes the salty-sweetness of caramel and pecans with the richness of chocolate. I couldn’t pick a favourite if you asked me, so I’ve found that the best method is just to enjoy a little of both on a pancake or two – it’s a holiday after all!

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If you’d like to enjoy some seriously indulgent pancakes this week, you can find Hotel Chocolat’s Spreads for £6 each, and they’re available here

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Gordon’s Pink Spritz*

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Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a fun cocktail idea, that’s perfect for enjoying on a Friday night!

I’m not the world’s biggest drinker, but I’m always partial to a gin, and Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin is a fun update, thanks to it’s note of fruity raspberries and strawberries, with the tang of redcurrant. It’s also pink, so seriously, what’s not to love?!

Gordon’s Pink From £13 at Asda, Morrison’s, Sainbury’s and all good supermarkets

Trying BrewDog Edinburgh’s Vegan Chickn Wings with Temple of Seitan*

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Edinburgh’s Lothian Road BrewDog location has been on my must-try list for a while. Whenever you zoom past, it’s always absolutely packed, and on dark nights, the neon and the crowds always looks like a good evening guaranteed. So, last week, on possibly Scotland’s rainiest night, we headed over to try out the new partnership between BrewDog and Temple of Seitan (one of London’s hottest vegan fast food spots).

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Despite the grim weather, the Lothian Road branch was absolutely buzzing with people – there were groups of post-work drinking buddings, hen parties, friends and dates all nestled in cozy booths and shared tables.

As we waited for our booth to clear, it was the perfect excuse to explore a little – I had no idea that the restaurant was so big, and that the brand even sell merch and beers to go. Perfect for those hard-to-please foodies!

BrewDog Lothian Road is also completely dog friendly – so we got make friends at the bar!

Since we were absolutely starving, we couldn’t resist sharing a platter of Temple of Seitan chick’n wings, which came smothered in a hot sauce & syrup glaze with a vegan mayo dip. I’d never tried seitan before, and it’s probably the closest to chicken meat alternative that I’ve tried. Rather than feeling bouncy like tofu can, seitan is made from gluten, and has a denser texture which really does feel quite meaty. As someone who doesn’t like to fiddle around with bones, the seitan is the perfect alternative!

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As well as platters of delicious wings, BrewDog is serving up a number of Temple of Seitan burgers. I went for the Clucky this Time (£10) with southern fried seitan, avocado, red onion, cajun mayo & coriander in a sesame and poppy seeded brioche bun.

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The perfect mix of spicy and flavourful, this was one of those dishes which you would swear blind had meat in it. I loved the creamy slices of avocado as well as the punchy mayo, and beetroot brioche bun.

We also ordered a portion of macaroni ‘n’ cheese (£4.50) and I opted to enjoy Sweet Potato fries which were delish!

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In the interests of science, we ordered a Cluck Norris (£10.50). Piled high with buttermilk fried chicken, avocado, red onion, cajun mayo & coriander in a sesame and poppy seeded brioche bun, it was an equally delicious. The generous mound of chicken was super crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside.

The partnership between BrewDog and Temple of Seitan feels pitch-perfect, and if you’re in the mood for some vegan fast food in Edinburgh City Centre – you know where to go!

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