Cocktails & Dreams

Much as I’ve loved drinking rosé in the sun, yelling ‘suncream!’ at the children every now and again, it’s really good to be back. With a jumper on. And I’ve got news.

First up, my new book Homemade Cocktails is out TODAY! Written to help reboot at-home cocktail repertoires, it’s full of recipes for homemade infusions, syrups and shrubs along with a selection of the best classic cocktails and plenty of new ones. And to celebrate, I’ve got 10 copies up for grabs. To enter, leave a comment on the blog with the name of your favourite cocktail (I’m nosy like that) and your name will go into the cocktail shaker (see what I did there?) before being picked at random.* Here’s what it looks like (and you can order it here).

Then there’s the Knackered tee. I’ve wanted to do one for years and Rae, founder of FWP by Rae, made it happen. She designs gorgeous tees and sweatshirts (I own a fair few) and came up with this one. 10% of profits will go to Gingerbread, the national charity for single parents. Stock is limited so get in quick if you want one (click here to order). Here it is…

Back next week with wines. In the meantime, here’s to cocktails & dreams x

*usual T&Cs apply (UK residents only, must be over 18, competition closes on 13th Sept at 11.59pm, winners will be notified by email).

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  1. Charlotte Russell

    Americano, Negroni, not too fussy really!! X

  2. Congratulations on the book!
    Maybe I’m stuck in an imagination timewarp but I still love a Margarita on a hot Summer’s evening, the acidity cuts through anything. Then again maybe it’s the 3-2-1 simplicity of making one that appeals!

  3. I love a Negroni, bitter, colourful and hits the spot everytime.

  4. Claudine Parkinson

    Passion fruit caipirinha!

  5. wendy perring

    Soixante Quinze (French Seventy Five) – Named after the French “Canon de 75 modèle 1897”, a ruthless and efficient weapon from the First World War! Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and Champagne. Yum.

    Congratulations Helen! xx

  6. Janet Readings

    Sea Breeze – lovely, light and pretty pink!

  7. Suffragette Martini (it’s a pornstar martini but the name is so dire I’m on a crusade to rename it)

  8. Oh Lordy. Asking me what my favourite cocktail is, is like asking me which one is my favourite child. Negroni ( always with four pillars spiced Negroni gin) a Caipirinha made the traditional way, with muddled limes, sugar, ice and Brazilian Caipirinha or a Mojito made with decent Rum and piles of mint. Talking of rum, a Dark n Stormy is a great idea, especially with the night’s drawing in……..

  9. *cachça rather than Caipirinha…..

  10. Alison Gillingham

    Margarita everytime, I miss them so much (I’m still breast feeding)

  11. Expresso martini & passion fruit mojitos

  12. Mojito- In the warm sunshine with family 🙂

  13. Brandy Alexander it’s just indulgent 😛

  14. French 75 all the way. Gin & champagne, what’s not to love? Especially with Rose gin!!

  15. Perfect Storm

  16. French 75 all the way – a wicked combo of gin and champagne. Especially with a good Rose gin 😉

  17. Julia Stevenson

    Classic cosmopolitan – every time – watching Sex in the City whilst drinking one of course!

  18. Julia Stevenson

    The French 75 in Rachel’s comment above mine does sound good too!

  19. Have only just discovered Negroni, ready o branch out and need some inspiration!

  20. Catriona Williams

    Margarita every time, salt and alcohol, what’s not to love.

  21. Current favourite cocktail is a Cosmopolitan.

  22. Helen Sheppard

    It’s got to be a Moscow Mule, made with Fevertree ginger beer – gives an absolute kick!! Also works well, when made as an non-alcoholic cocktail. 🙂

  23. Brandy Alexander – never tasted a better one than in The Offshore in Newcastle Upon Tyne during my student days. Now drunk in the bath or curled up in front of a roaring fire on a cold and yucky night – Indulgent bliss in a glass!!

  24. Madeline toomer

    Ooo, love a mojito 😊🍸

  25. Like many others above, it’s a Negroni for me but also discovered Marmalade Mimosas this summer too !

  26. Congrats on the book🎉👏 Sorry can’t choose just one fave! Love a Bellini, mojito, porn star martini or well made old fashioned, perfect for winter sipping by the fire or when you don’t fancy a long drink😊

  27. Gin Martini, stirred with green olives. A couple of those get a nice wee buzz on to start an evening.

  28. An Old Fashioned from Cafe Kick – nice with its touch of maple syrup.

  29. french 75 with brandy! of course

  30. Rebujito (fino OR manzanilla OR montilla, fresh lemonade, ice and a slice of unwaxed lemon). April Fair in Seville in a glass. Basic but memorable, if I remember rightly…)


  32. Does a tequila slammer count?

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