Blood Orange Mojito

With autumn upon us and halloween just a few days away, the world seems to have turned orange at the moment! So in homage to all things orange I decided to share one of my favourite cocktail recipes with you. I’m a big fan of the classic mojito it’s definitely my cocktail of choice. But I also love experimenting with it and creating twists on the original recipe. This blood orange mojito is absolutely delicious.

Blood Orange Mojito Recipe

You will need:

Juice of two blood oranges

Juice of 1 fresh lime 

6 fresh mint leaves

1tbsp sugar

1 measure of white rum

Ice cubes

Soda water

Blood Orange Mojito Recipe

How to Make:

Add the orange and lime juice to the glass. 

Next add the mint and sugar and mash lightly. 

Add rum and ice cubes. 

Garnish with a sprig of mint and a wedge of lemon.  

Blood Orange Mojito RecipeAs always, please let me know if you give this recipe a try. I love seeing your pictures and hearing what you thought of my recipes.

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I’m a big fan of both cocktails and subscription boxes, so I’m always keen to try combinations of the two. Last year I reviewed the Taste Cocktail box and had so much fun mixing up a mojito using the ingredients provided in the box. When I heard about their new venture the I love Gin box, I knew I had to give it a try. The box is all about trying new combinations and creating the perfect G&T.

I Love Gin Box ReviewMy Gin O’Clock Box contained two types of gin and two different tonics. A 6 O’Clock Gin and Sloe Gin and A Peter Spanton London Tonic and Cardamom Tonic. I haven’t tried either brand before, so it was great to discover them both. Rob and I love reviewing things together so we settled down for an evening of mixing up our drinks and giving them a try together.

I Love Gin Box Gin and TonicEach box comes with a booklet with the details of each ingredient and instructions of how to mix your them to make the perfect drink. It was really nice finding out a bit more about the products and the backgrounds of the companies who make them.

I Love Gin - Gin O'Clock Box ReviewThe instructions are really simple and easy to follow and we had our drinks mixed up in no time at all. Just remember to buy ice and lemon in advance, as I had to send Rob out to fetch them before we could begin!

Gin O'Clock ReviewYou get enough in each box to make two drinks each. So it’s perfect if you want a little taster.

I Love Gin Box 6 O'Clock Gin

I Love Gin Box Peter Spanton TonicFirst we tried a classic gin and tonic using the gin and London tonic. It was lovely and smooth and tasted absolutely delicious. The two products worked really well together. This was Rob’s favourite of the two drinks we tried. It was as close to the perfect gin and tonic that i’ve tried in a long time.

I Love Gin, Gin O'Clock Box Gin and TonicI especially enjoyed the tonic, which is slightly fuller flavoured than other tonics I’ve tried. It’s definitely something I would buy again. It was a really refreshing drink for a hot summer evening.

I Love Gin Box Gin and Tonic ReviewNext we mixed the sloe gin with the cardamom tonic. I absolutely love spiced drinks and this was perfect for me. The flavours worked absolutely beautifully together. I think this would be perfect for the colder months as it has more of a winter-warmer type taste to it. This was great twist on the tradition G&T.

I Love Gin Box - Sloe Gin and Cardamon TonicThis one was perfect for serving up in a vintage tea-cup and was more like a cocktail, than a traditional G&T. This would be great for parties as it’s a little more unusual and looks as good as it tastes.

I Love Gin Sloe Gin and Cardamon Tonic ReviewOverall I was really impressed with the box. It’s the sort of thing I would love to receive as a gift. It came beautifully packaged and it was a really fun way to spend an evening. I really enjoyed trying brands I wouldn’t otherwise have bought and I’m very tempted to re-purchase the full-sized versions. If you’re looking for a fun date night activity, this is a great option. I can’t wait to see what other boxes they’ll be launching in the future.

You can purchase both the box and the full-sized products from the I Love Gin website.

*Thank you to I Love Gin for sending me this box to review. All opinions are my own. 

Two of my very favourite things to do are visiting historic houses and drinking cocktails. Up until now the two have never been combined. This was until I received an invitation to try out the Little Nan’s pop-up at Sutton House, a National Trust property in Hackney. I was familiar with the concept of Little Nan’s as I know someone who used to work there. This fantastic pop up bar, has done the rounds in London bringing it’s kitsch and quirky teapot cocktails to several different locations. The bar which recreates your gran’s living room and serves all it’s drinks in vintage china has won a host of awards and I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

Little Nan's Pop Up Cocktail Bar Sutton houseLittle Nan’s is now offering a boozy afternoon tea at Sutton House on Sundays from 10th July, which includes their infamous tea pot cocktails, along with a classic British afternoon tea. I went along with Rob for an afternoon date and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Little Nan's Afternoon TeaOn arrival we were given a fascinating tour of the house from an absolutely lovely elderly volunteer. Her knowledge of the house and surrounding area was absolutely amazing and we both enjoyed listening to her insights and anecdotes on the history of the house. The house is originally tudor with many later alterations. You can see it’s diverse past in the different bricks and windows which make up it’s beautiful structure. I would love to go back and look round the house again. It was a great visit and right in the heart of Hackney.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon Tea Teapot CocktailOn to the afternoon tea, which was in a pretty room at the front of the house. The table were decked out in Nan’s best linen tablecloths with carnations in a vase and lovely mismatched tea cups.

Little Nan's Sutton House Cocktail MenuThe selection of cocktails was great and all laced with some of my favourite ingredients. Unfortunately I was committed to driving my daughter somewhere later that day, so they mixed me up a tasty mocktail instead. Rob had a King Henry 8th, which I had a little taste of and it was absolutely delicious. The teapot it came in was huge and you certainly get a lot of alcohol for your money! Rob got quite a few tea cups out of his pot.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon TeaThe afternoon tea consisted of a great selection of finger sandwiches along with scones and two types of home made cake. These were all absolutely delicious and beautifully presented on a vintage cake-stand.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon Tea SconesThe tea was served by little mum, who is the mother of the owner Tristan. She was an absolutely delight and definitely made the whole experience even nicer.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon Tea SandwichesAfter the tea we were offered yet more cake, there was a choice of carrot cake or Victoria sponge. By this point after all the jam and cake and the sweet cocktails, I didn’t think I could handle any more sugar! But I gave it a go. I chose the carrot cake and it really was lovely.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon Tea Carrot CakeWe left on a bit of a sugar high, with Rob more than a little tipsy.  We had an absolutely lovely afternoon together. This would be perfect for a date or a nice afternoon out with friends. I loved the combination of the culture of the house, the sophistication of the afternoon tea and the naughtiness of cocktails in the afternoon.

Little Nan's Sutton House CakesThe afternoon tea costs £20 and £30 with a cocktail. This includes a viewing of Sutton House. 

The tea will be running on Sundays from 10th July – 25th September. The tea runs from 2-4pm.

Find Sutton House at – 2-4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London, E9 6JQ The nearest Station is Hackney Central. 

Find more information and booking details here

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As you may know, I love subscription boxes. It’s great receiving a little present from myself every month and seeing what hides inside. I’ve tried a few beauty boxes and a couple of boxes for the kids. I recently discovered a box which combines my love of cocktails with all the benefits of a monthly subscription and now I’m hooked.

Taste Cocktail Box Review
I was recently sent my first Taste cocktail box to try and I had a really fun night trying it out. Each Taste box comes with a selection of high quality spirits and other cocktail ingredients and a brief history of the cocktail it contains.

Taste Cocktail Subscription box
It then gives you a few recipes to try, so that you can find your ultimate variation of the cocktail. My box contained ingredients and instructions to make my all time favourite cocktail – the Mojito.

Taste Cocktails Mojito Kit
The box contained a great selection of ingredients and I couldn’t wait to get started. The only things I had to pick up myself were fresh limes, mint leaves and soda water, which were easy enough to pick up at my local super market.

Taste Mojito Cocktail Kit
The kit contained 3 different cocktail recipes, two were different variations of the Mojito and the third was for a mint julep. The instructions were all really easy to follow and despite being a complete novice I really enjoyed putting the cocktails together.

Taste Box Mint and Lime
The first cocktail I tried was the Classic Mojito, which is what I always order when I’m out and one that I’m really familiar with. I was amazed how straight forward it was to make and it tasted absolutely delicious.

Taste Classic Mojito Recipe
Having used the kit to try this one, I’d definitely look out for the ingredients in larger quantities so I could make them again at home. I’d love to throw a little cocktail party one day.

Taste Mojito Kit
The next one I tried was a Bolivian Mojito. This is similar to the Classic version but it also contains Agwa which I’ve never heard of before, but really adds a little something extra to the taste.

Taste Cocktails Mojito in Ikea Flamingo Glass
Lastly I made a Mint Julep, although it did taste good, this ones a little bitter for me and not as refreshing a Classic Mojito.

Taste Cocktails Mint Julep
If you love cocktails and would love to learn to make them properly yourself, them the Taste box is definitely the way to go. I love the idea of trying a different cocktail each month.

Taste Rum Mojito Ingredients
You can buy one-off boxes from the taste website for £29 each or sign up to a monthly subscription which varies in price from £24 a month to £22, depending on the length of subscription. The one-off boxes would also make a great gift.

Taste Cocktails Cheers
All the information and how to subscribe can be found on the Taste Cocktails website.

* My box was sent to me to review. All opinions are my own. Please drink responsibly and stay classy!

Purl London 5To celebrate the release of Boardwalk Empire season 5 on DVD and Blue-ray this week, I was invited to attend a mocktail master class at London speakeasy Purl last week. Purl is a beautifully furnished underground bar in Marylebone with a very vintage feel. The bar and it’s vast array of drinks pay homage to the Prohibition era, which is also the time in which HBO series Boardwalk Empire is set. In honour of Dry January the bar has released a mocktail menu inspired by Boardwalk Empire, so if you’re staying off the drink this month but love a good cocktail then this might just be the place for you.

Purl London 2

Purl London 3

This was an intimate event in which Mattia our expert mixologist showed us how to make some prohibition era mocktails from their menu. It was fascinating to see how much skill and preparation went into making the drinks and the attention to detail involved in getting the ingredients just right. Matt was really knowledgeable about the history of cocktails and which ingredients where historically appropriate.

Purl London 6Mattia cooking up a warm mocktail for us.

Purl London 8The finished result was absolutely delicious. 

Purl London 9Having a go at mixing up a drink myself – not as easy as it looks!

Purl London 10Made by me!

The speakeasy atmosphere was the perfect venue to go with Boardwalk Empire too. If you haven’t seen it yet then you are missing out, for vintage girls the gorgeous costumes and sets alone are enough to keep you watching. The series stars Steve Buscemi as ‘Nucky Thompson, season five takes place in the depths of the Great Depression in 1931. With the end of Prohibition looming Nucky is looking to legitimise himself through alliances with liquor producers.

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The bar features fabulous vintage decor and a plethora of unusual drinks behind the bar. I was really impressed when Mattia showed us some of the vintage spirits that are used in cocktails. Some of them dating from the 50s and 60s. Apparently they are really different in taste to their modern counterparts. I’d love to go back and taste some vintage gin! After we were showed some cocktails, Mattia made us a few of the bars signature drinks including and talked us through some of the bars speciality drinks.

Purl London 11Vintage Orange Bitters – one of many unusual cocktail ingredients at Purl.

Purl London 12Vintage Gordon’s Gin – I would to give this a try.

I was so impressed by the bars integrity to make authentic and original cocktails with a fair of creativity and quality that really made it stand out from other cocktail bars I’ve been to. I really can’t wait to go back.

Buy Boardwalk Empire – Season 5  from Amazon.

Thank you to Purl London for the masterclass and Premier who invited me along to this event.