My Top 5 easy to make at home cocktails

easy to make at home cocktails

I love a great cocktail. Having worked in a cocktail bar in my younger days, I think my love for them has stuck with me. The cocktail bar was also the place I met my husband and built some life long friendships. Plus I learnt a few skills along the way.

My current favourite cocktail is a ‘Porn Star Martini’ packed full of passion fruit. It’s become popular over the last couple of years, and it can now be found in most bars that sell cocktails. However, my go to cocktail is a Mojito. It’s not difficult to make so most bars will have it on their menu.

Easy to make at home cocktails

I love to have friends round for a few drinks. Often it might just be a bottle (or two) of wine. Every now and then I like to show off my mixology skills with a few cocktails. I thought I would share with you my top 5 easy to make cocktails.

Mojito

easy to make at home mojito

  • Add 10 mint leaves, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 2 slices of lime to your glass.
  • ‘Muddle’ together to bring out the flavour of the mint.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Add 25ml (1 shot) of rum
  • top up with lemonade
  • Stir and enjoy.

Tequila Sunrise

easy to make tequila sunrise

  • Full your glass with ice cubes
  • Add 50ml (2 shots) of Tequila and 100ml of Orange juice into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake and strain over the glass of ice.
  • Slowly add 20ml of Grenadine to the glass, it will drop to the bottom of the glass. It takes a bit of time, so be patient. It will look beautiful.
  • Enjoy

Woo-Woo

easy to make woo woo cocktail

  • Fill glass with ice cubes.
  • Add 25ml (1 shot) of vodka and 25ml (1shot) of peach schnapps in to the glass and stir.
  • Top up glass with cranberry juice.
  • Enjoy
Long Island Iced Tea

easy to make long island iced tea

  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice
  • Add 25ml vodka, 25ml tequila, 25ml rum, 25ml gin, 25ml triple sec and 25ml sweet and sour mix into the shaker.
  • Shake well then strain over a glass of ice.
  • Top up with coke
  • Enjoy
Cosmopolitan

easy to make cosmopolitan

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Add 37.5ml (1.5 shot) vodka, 12.5ml (1/2 shot) lime juice, 12.5ml triple sec, 25ml cranberry juice to the shaker.
  • Shake to mix and chill down the liquid.
  • Strain into cocktail glass.
  • Enjoy

They might be easy but they sure are yummy. Which one will you be trying?

 

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What Should You Do When The House Becomes Too Small For Your Growing Family?

Many families end up relocating when they have children because their current properties become too small. That process usually takes a long time, and it also costs a lot of money. Lots of people would like to avoid having to relocate, but they don’t know any alternative. With that in mind, some suggestions in this post could help families to stay put. There is no getting away from the fact that people will have to invest some money to achieve that goal. However, it’s more than possible with homeowners take the right approach.

Convert the garage

Most properties come with garages attached in Australia these days. The same is true in many other countries around the world. Converting the garage and turning it into a functional bedroom is an excellent move. Homeowners just have to consider all the costs before pushing ahead with that idea. In most instances, people will have to pay for:

  • Labour costs
  • Building materials
  • Insulation
  • Planning permission (in some cases)

Even with those expenses, converting a garage is still much cheaper and easier than moving the entire family to a new property.

Convert the attic or basement

Some homes in Australia and around the world don’t have attics, but plenty of them do. Most houses without an attic will have a basement that people can use in much the same way. Performing a conversion job will create more space in the building, and it could provide extra bedrooms for the newest members of the family. That is also a fantastic move for anyone who works from home because attics and basements often make for the perfect offices. Again, people just need to consider all the costs involved. They often include paying for:

  • Architectural plans
  • Labour costs
  • Materials

 

Extend the property

In some instances, converting rooms in the home still won’t provide enough space for the growing family. People in that situation should consider a property extension. Extending your home opens up many new opportunities. For instance, homeowners might choose to build extra spaces on the first floor and turn them into bedrooms. People might also decide to extend their kitchens to provide more cooking space. The possibilities are endless and only limited by the individual’s imagination. Just be aware that it’s often essential to apply for planning permission for a job of that nature. Anyone who likes the idea of doing that will have to follow a standard process. That involves:

  • Contact specialists as soon as possible
  • Employ an architect to create the design
  • Submit all paperwork at least three months before starting work

Those three ideas should help more families to stay in the same neighbourhoods and avoid having to relocate. While all of those suggestions require an investment, none of them cost as much as purchasing a new property. Also, all of those tips will help to add value to the current home. So, families should make a higher profit if they ever decide to sell in the future. Considering that, now is the best time to create a plan of action and set the wheels in motion.

What are your planning for home improvements to fit in your growing family??

Autumn Weddings

Autumn is a wonderful season to get married in. The trees have already given you the perfect colour palette, and all the inspiration you need is found in nature. The seasonal change requires you to think about a few things while you’re still in the planning stage, to make sure your new Mother-in-Law doesn’t slide down the aisle with you on the wet leaves.

Use these handy insights, straight from married couples who successfully pulled off a wedding in the autumn plus, the few tricks and tips they wish they knew about back then.

Watch out for the rain….

A wedding in the autumn is perfect for many reasons,  until the wind and rain ruin the comfortable area you’ve set up for your guests. While those who get married during Summer and Spring miss out on the gorgeous colour display of the autumn, they can also depend on the weather forecast a bit more than you’ll be able to. No matter what they say the weather is going to be like, have a plan B in case rain shows up after all.

Think about everything that makes this season so cosy and magical and throw in all of these elements if the weather should fail. Snuggly throws for the guests to warm up under, emergency heaters in case of a cold front, and even a good old fashioned can of coffee for your especially frozen guests are always welcome.

Remember that rain will make the ground wet and soggy and is not ideal for dancing or walking on. Consider to bring in flooring if the weather changes, make sure to tidy away any wet leaves so that no one falls and breaks their hip in the middle of your special day.

Yummy seasonal food

Everything that nature gives us during this season of harvest can be included as both decoration and food. Talk to your caterer and create a menu together that speaks autumn with every ingredient, pumpkins, mushrooms, squash, slow-roasted meat and orange leaves are perfect elements to decorate your venue.

Be creative about the decoration and make it practical as well as pretty, small but heavy pumpkins can hold the tablecloth down in the case of a sudden burst of wind, and you can serve special drinks made from pears or apple to complement the theme. Have a look at Richard Haworth for tablecloths in a range of colours, so that you can find one that works with the rest of the colour palette.

Timing is everything

When the sun is just about to set, bathing your venue in glorious shades of red, orange, and yellow. This is the time you should choose for those wedding photos. Work with the flow of the ceremony and time it so that your guests are able to enjoy the stunning view and romantic colours of the fall. It the reason that this is my favourite time of the year, and just missing out on the wonderful scenery Mother Nature has painted for you would be a shame.

Serve up some cocktails in the same shades as the sunset and bask in the feeling of having pulled off an undeniably romantic and unforgettable wedding.

Are you thinking about having a Autumnal wedding? I would love to hear all about it.