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WIP Cocktail Club #1: Mother's-Already-Ruined Punch

WIP Cocktail Club #1: Mother's-Already-Ruined Punch

Mother’s-Already-Ruined Punch - a.k.a. Blood Orange, Gin & Elderflower fizz

The end of a long week always means settling down, once the kids are finally in bed, to a celebratory cocktail.  More often than not this isn’t anything more complicated than a G&T, or a Dark & Stormy (dark rum, ginger beer, lime wedge - amazing).  However, occasionally, something more exciting is called for.

Our inaugural Woman In Progress Cocktail Club, is gin-based, because we always have lots in.  And also, because we had those in too, blood oranges.  (My kids love a blood orange - which I’m pretty sure makes me one of those mothers in ‘Overheard in Waitrose’…)

I took a jug of this round to a friend’s dinner party as my contribution.  It made me very popular.  And mildly drunk.

Ingredients

Makes one (large) drink
 
30ml gin (I used Rhubarb gin by Warner Edwards because I had a bottle in but what you use is completely up to you)
25ml St. Germain (if this isn’t already in your possession - this is a wonderful elderflower liqueur - like elderflower cordial, only 20% ABV (whoop).  An excellent prosecco cocktail can be made with a glug of this added to a glass.) 
Juice of half a lime
75ml ginger ale
30ml blood orange juice (works out at about half a orange)
Lots of ice
 
To serve (optional) - slices of blood orange and lemon thyme sprigs if you’re feeling pretentious. 

Directions

In a serving glass (or jug), combine all your ingredients.  Pour over ice - or simply add some ice.

Garnish with blood orange slices and fresh thyme sprigs to make you look fancy-schmancy (or a bit of a twat).  I did.  #wearyourtwattishnesswithpride #tryhardoccasionally

Works equally well without blood oranges.  And rhubarb gin.  But it'll be a bit less pink.

Works equally well without blood oranges.  And rhubarb gin.  But it'll be a bit less pink.

It did also look rather pretty if you mixed all the ingredients except for the blood orange juice and then poured it in afterwards - but this is completely unnecessary!

It did also look rather pretty if you mixed all the ingredients except for the blood orange juice and then poured it in afterwards - but this is completely unnecessary!

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