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New Year's Eve Cocktails
For Christmas 2005, Mike's sister gave us a cocktail kit from Waitrose - a box of spirits, and Difford's Guide to Cocktails. So for New Year's Eve we picked out several that we fancied, and set about tasting them!

I was very busy making sugar syrup and wringing out fruit ahead of the event!

We managed 13 different cocktails between us, although I believe we had 8 each! My handwriting became a little more wobbly as we progressed. Time to share the results, in order of consumption...

Our drunken scrawl said
Pineapple Margarita
2 shots tequila
3/4 shot triple sec
1.5 shots pineapple juice

Shake with ice
Little too much tequila... Mike and dog like it, but missing an edge for Flash7/10 (M)
Tawny Tini
2 shots vodka
2 shots tawny port
1/4 shot maple syrup

Shake with ice and garnish with orange
Warming and yummy. Dog likes it too.7/10 (F)
Thriller Martini
We forgot
a photo!
Lots of martiniDry but tasty. Too whiskyish for Flash. Dog went to bed!7/10 (M)
Pimms Cocktail
2 shots Pimms No 1
1/2 shot gin
1/4 shot lemon juice
1/4 shot sugar syrup

Shake first four ingredients with ice and top up with champagne
Drinkable and delicious! We had repeats of these.

(We used cava instead of champagne.)
9/10 (M/F)
Margarita Straight Up
2 shots tequila
1 shot triple sec
1 shot lime juice

Shake with ice
Excellent! Seconds all round!8/10 (M), 10/10 (F)
1.5 shots vodka
1.5 shots triple sec
1.5 shots lemon juice

Shake with ice
Very sharp and citrus, but very nice.9/10 (M)
Breakfast Martini
1 spoon rindless marmalade
1.75 shots gin
3/4 shot triple sec
3/4 shot lemon juice
3/4 shot sugar syrup

Dissolve marmalade in gin, add rest, shake with ice and serve garnished with toast
Wonderful! The best hangover cure ever, and you can't taste the alcohol!10/10 (F)
Kiwi Martini
1 kiwi fruit
2 shots vodka
1/2 shot sugar syrup

Muddle kiwi fruit in shaker, add rest, shake with ice and fine strain.
Mike not impressed but yum from Flash. Really flavoursome.

(We didn't fine strain. Also photo shows half empty!)
6.5/10 (M)
Passionfruit Daquiri
2 passionfruit
2 shots rum
1/2 shot lime juice
1/2 shot sugar syrup

Scoop out fruit, add rest and shake with ice. Fine strain
Nice, not too tart or sweet, but lots of effort to make.

(We didn't fine strain.)
7/10 (M)
Hard Lemonade
2 shots vodka
2 shots lemon juice
1 shot sugar syrup

Shake with ice and top up with soda
Really good lemonade, and alcoholic too eh?

(We forgot to top up with soda!)
9/10 (M/F)
Dirty Martini
2.5 shots gin
1/4 shot brine from olives
1/4 shot vermouth

Stir with ice, garnish with an olive (kept in brine, not oil)
Flash loves the dirtiness but Mike doesn't. Olive hits you before the gin. Distinguished but hard to drink.5/10 (F)
Slow Screw
1 shot sloe gin
1 shot vodka
Orange juice

Shake first two ingredients with ice, top up with OJ
Fruity and long, yum, but don't use much OJ to top up!8/10 (M/F)
Raspberry Martini
12 raspberries
2 shots vodka
1/2 shot sugar syrup

Muddle fruit in shaker, add rest, shake with ice and fine strain
Yum! Fruity with hard undertone. Dribble!

(We didn't fine strain. Also photo shows half empty!)
7/10 (M)

After that lot, we went for a brisk walk, and then went to bed!

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