Pick your Poison: Strawberry and Rose Gin Fizz

It’s the Bank Holiday weekend at last! And the sun is (kind of) out! It’s a miracle!

To celebrate the fact it’s a long weekend (and because it’s my birthday tomorrow) last night I had some of my Silent Pool Rose Gin. I hadn’t had any for a while (mainly because it’s a special limited edition bottle so I find myself rationing it! #frugal) and I had almost forgotten how lovely it is. I do love a hint of rose flavouring in food and drink (Cadburys Turkish Delight – which by the way has been discontinued due to ‘peoples tastes changing’. WTAF Cadburys?! – and Fentimans Rose Lemonade I’m looking at you).

After having a few Strawberries ripen in the garden yesterday, I thought I’d put them to good use in a cocktail. Here is my recipe for Strawberry and Rose Gin Fizz. You don’t have to have Rose Gin to make this cocktail by the way, but should you happen to own some, you can use that in place of the rose water in the recipe.

Perfect for sipping in the sunshine. Happy Bank Holiday folks.

  Strawberry & Rose Gin Fizz recipe

Pick your Poison: Lucky Charm Milkshake Cocktail

Something for the weekend maybe?

I am in my thirties and until this week, I had never eaten Lucky Charms. Boxes of this beloved American cereal cost a lot over here in the U.K (often £6/£7 per box!) so when I saw they were on offer whilst out and about last week, I thought I would treat the kids (ok, and myself) to some. I know they’re full of sugar, and lord knows what else, but as a treat? Why not I say. It’s not like they’re going to be eating them every morning.

A little of what you fancy does you good, right?!

Anyhow, after tasting them and seeing them floating about in my milk, I thought, wouldn’t they make a lovely addition to the top of a milkshake! So I got creative. Here is the result.

You can make it alcoholic by adding in 50ml of Vanilla vodka or make it kid/pregnancy/breastfeeding friendly by leaving that out and adding in a dash of vanilla essence instead.

A complete treat, and not something to have too often unless you want type 2 diabetes, but absolutely worth a taste!

(My kids shared a non-alcoholic one between the 3 of them – just throw 3 straws in the jar and let them at it – just as a guide).

 Lucky charm milkshake cocktail recipe

Pick your Poison: Gin, Lemon and Passionfruit Collins

It’s the Bank Holiday weekend!

Can I get a hell yeah?!


Truly, I am massively sorry if you have to work this Bank Holiday or if you’re a parent who has children that don’t give a toss about what this kind of weekend means for a grown up. Ie; sleeping in, not waking up in the middle of the night to tell you they’ve just eaten a bogey, going to bed on time so you can watch a film and drink cocktails, that kind of thing…

Regardless of the ungodly hour my toddler is going to get me up tomorrow, I will be using tonight as an opportunity to have a cocktail or two. It’d be rude not to.

Seen as the sun has been out this afternoon and I have been busy in the garden planting strawberry plants (thanks mum and dad for those beauts) I am feeling a little…fruity.

No, not that kind of fruity.


Ah, you know what I meant.

This is a recipe for a Gin, Lemon and Passionfruit Collins and it is all those things personified.

Summery, fruity, perky, perfect.

 Passionfruit, lemon and gin collins recipe