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Summer Fun with Kopparberg Cider Cocktails – Recipes for Swedish Mule and Sgt. Pepper

Yup, I know I wrote summer. Though ‘autumn’ is in officially, we all know that summer has not truly left us yet letting us enjoy all the backyard barbeques, beaches, short dresses and thongs just a little while longer this year.

Apart from doing all this, I got to enjoy my summer a bit more. An exciting project with Social Soup and Kopparberg Cider where I got to don the role of ‘Summer Ambassador’ along with a bunch of other totally cool and fun loving people.

Now I am a big cider fan; I love it for its refreshing and fruity flavours. So naturally I was pretty excited when Social Soup got in touch with their latest project – an Instagram based Kopparberg campaign for the release of its two new flavours in Australia.

Kopparberg Elderflower & Lime Cider and Kopparberg Strawberry & LIme Cider - launched in Australia - thespiceadventuress.com

 

Let’s talk a bit about Kopparberg and what makes me so excited about these two new flavours.

Kopparberg is a premium Swedish cider that takes its name from the beautiful town Kopparberg in Sweden where it is brewed. What makes this cider extraordinary in flavour is the soft water used along with the fermentation of the fruit. This soft water is exclusive to the region of Kopparberg and has a unique mineral content which draws out the natural flavour of the fruit.

Apart from the traditional apple and pear cider (considered to be the best selling in the world), Kopparberg has now launched some interesting flavours like Mixed Fruit, Strawberry and Lime, Naked Apple, Elderflower and Lime etc….

Grilled Scallops with Garlic Butter and Chillies served with Kopparberg Elderflower & Lime Cider - thespiceadventuress.com

And I am going to talk about Elderflower & Lime and Strawberry & Lime today….

Elderflower and Lime – just wow! Amazing is the word guys; it had the most beautiful sweet flavour of elderflower coming through with just that hint of lime for that citrus burst. As much as I love my pear cider, I have totally fallen head over heels with this one. A clear winner and a must try!

With Strawberry and Lime, I had my reservations. But it turned out to be much better than I expected. Usually I find berry flavoured ciders and pre-mixed drinks too sweet and tangy. But this one, inspite of its berrylicious flavour, was more balanced.

But it’s the Elderflower and Lime that is the clear winner for me!

Kopparberg also shared with us a bunch of cocktail recipes using their latest flavours – simple and interesting drinks that can be made in a jiffy for your cocktail Fridays or for those backyard parties. In fact, it makes a great excuse to invite some friends over, pour out some cocktails, make some great food and chill out.

 

So with the long weekend upon us, I decided to share two of my favourite cocktails recipes using both the flavours.

Sgt. Pepper

The traditional Sgt. Pepper (a cocktail steeped in history) gets a cider twist!

A peppery kick to the sweet tangy freshness of the Strawberry & Lime completed with the undertones of vanilla. Finish off with crushed pink peppercorns for that extra spice kick!

Sgt. Pepper, a Kopparberg cocktail - A peppery kick to the sweet tangy freshness of the Strawberry & Lime completed with the undertones of vanilla - thespiceadventuress.com

 

 

Sgt. Pepper, a Kopparberg cocktail - A peppery kick to the sweet tangy freshness of the Strawberry & Lime completed with the undertones of vanilla - thespiceadventuress.com

Ingredients:

  1. 200ml Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime
  2. 5 cucumber rings
  3. 2 tsp vanilla sugar
  4. 30ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  5. 5 crushed black peppercorns
  6. 3 crushed pink peppercorns (optional), for garnish
  7. 2 cucumber rings, for garnish
  8. 1 lime wheel, for garnish

Method:

  1. Add the vanilla sugar, black pepper and lime juice to a tall glass.
  2. Stir till the sugar has dissolved and then add the cucumber rings.
  3. Add the ice cubes and top with Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime cider.
  4. Sprinkle with crushed pink peppercorns and garnish with cucumber rings and lime wheel.
  5. Enjoy!

Sgt. Pepper, a Kopparberg cocktail - A peppery kick to the sweet tangy freshness of the Strawberry & Lime completed with the undertones of vanilla - thespiceadventuress.com

 

Swedish Mule

‘Move over Moscow Mule, the Swedish Mule is here to stay!’

With the freshness and slightly spicy undertones from the ginger, zingy bursts of passionfruit and the sweet refreshing vibrancy of the elderflower and lime, the Swedish Mule is an awesome cocktail and one to be included in your repertoire.

Kopparberg Elderflower & Lime Cider - a premium cider from Sweden - thespiceadventuress.com

 

 

 

Swedish Mule, a Kopparberg Elderflower & Lime Cocktail - Freshness and slightly spicy undertones from the ginger, zingy bursts of passionfruit and the sweet refreshing vibrancy of the elderflower and lime - thespiceadventuress.com

Swedish Mule, a Kopparberg Elderflower & Lime Cocktail - Freshness and slightly spicy undertones from the ginger, zingy bursts of passionfruit and the sweet refreshing vibrancy of the elderflower and lime - thespiceadventuress.com

Ingredients:

  1. 200ml Kopparberg Elderflower & Lime
  2. 2 inch ginger; finely chopped
  3. 1 large passion fruit
  4. 2 lime wheels, for garnish

Method:

  1. Peel the ginger skin and add the finely chopped pieces to a tall glass. Muddle it lightly to release more spice and flavour.
  2. Scoop out the contents of half of a passion fruit into the glass and mix with the ginger.
  3. Add ice cubes to the glass and fill with the Kopparberg Elderflower & Lime cider.
  4. Garnish with the remaining one half of the passion fruit and lime wheels.

And as always…..drink responsibly!

Swedish Mule, a Kopparberg Elderflower & Lime Cocktail - Freshness and slightly spicy undertones from the ginger, zingy bursts of passionfruit and the sweet refreshing vibrancy of the elderflower and lime - thespiceadventuress.com

 

 

Disclaimer – This is not a sponsored post but Kopparberg and Social Soup provided me with the cider packs.

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Chambord Margarita

Christmas is almost here, isn’t it?

Well, technically there is more than a month but anyone who hosts a Christmas dinner or party would know the pressure and the need to prepare ahead of time. I have not yet decided if it is going to be a Christmas party or a New Year’s one that we are doing. We tend to alternate it every year as our anniversary also falls during the New Year’s time.

Now I have already started to look for recipes, inspirations and ideas for the party. And the first one I wanted to get sorted was a party cocktail. Believe my luck when I received a bottle of Chambord as part of a work assignment.

chambord

For those who aren’t too familiar, Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur that is crafted in a French château in the province of Chambord. The liqueur is a delicious combination of the freshest blackberries and raspberries which are first soaked in French spirits to get an infusion and is then masterfully blended with cognac, vanilla, herbs and other extracts.

I have been wanting to try out this liqueur which comes in a beautiful deep reddish black bottle ever since I first laid eyes on it. But it is slightly on the pricey side and so was reserving the purchase for a celebration time. But as luck would have it, I got this bottle which I am currently carrying around like a baby.

Ok to get back to the recipe, I wanted to make a simple, tried and tested cocktail using Chambord which is also perfect for the warm, summery Christmas that we have down in Australia.

And a margarita seemed to tick all the right boxes. It didn’t need many ingredients, is simple to prepare and can be made in large batches relatively easy during a party. Winner!

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The Chambord Margarita is light and refreshing; sweet, fruity and citrusy but above all, the prettiest cocktail I have made in a long time. A beautiful blush of pink that tastes as delicious as it looks!

And I admit I got carried away clicking this beauty.

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Recipe Courtesy – Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients:

Sugar syrup:

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup water

Lime salt:

  1. Zest of 1 lime
  2. 2 tbsp sugar
  3. 2 tbsp salt

For the cocktail (makes 2 glasses)

  1. 6 oz silver tequila
  2. 3 oz fresh lime juice
  3. 2 oz sugar syrup
  4. 1 oz Chambord

Method:

To prepare the sugar syrup:

  • Heat the sugar and water in a pan on low heat till completely melted. Cool before use.
  • Can be stored for up to 2 weeks inside a refrigerator.

To prepare the lime salt:

  • Process the lime zest, salt and sugar in a food processor or blender to evenly mix. Store in an airtight container.

Now comes the Margarita: (For 2 glasses)

  • Rub a lime wedge over the rim of the margarita glass and dip in the lime salt.
  • In a cocktail shaker, add ice cubes followed by 6 oz silver tequila, 3 oz lime juice, 2 oz sugar syrup and 1 oz Chambord.
  • Shake shake shake….shake baby shake!
  • Strain the margarita into the glasses and serve chilled.
  • Drink Responsibly.

 

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Disclaimer – This is not a sponsored post, but I did receive the Chambord for free. 

 

 

 

Lemon Mint Cooler……….beating the Oz heat!

 

(Updated with new photographs)

Anyone who complains of ‘the Indian summer’ has never been to Australia! The temperatures soared to a 46°C this year and I thought I was going to melt away to nothingness. The heat is so dry and brutal and literally burns your skin and insides too.

Being my first summer here, I must say I was not adequately prepared or I would have stocked up on more refreshing drinks. But I did make a few, mostly classic summer drinks, and all which are common in India.

And the first one of these was the lime mint cooler. A summer drink which features on every restaurant menu in India. I love this drink because it’s cool and refreshing and I also love mint. A very simple drink to prepare – like the name, all that you need is lemon and mint.

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink - thespiceadventuress.com

 

In this recipe though, I have used a mix of both fresh lemons and a lemon cordial – the job’s much easier when you want to make large quantities. Get the freshest bunch of mint that you can find in the shop; it makes all the difference to the taste.

Lemon Mint Cooler – my fave summer classic!

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink - thespiceadventuress.com

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink - thespiceadventuress.com

 

 

Ingredients:

(Makes 1 litre)

  1. 2 cups Bickford’s Lime Juice Cordial
  2. ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  3. 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves
  4. ½ cup brown sugar
  5. Ice cubes
  6. Chilled water
  7. Lemon slices, for garnish
  8. Mint leaves, for garnish

Note – The measurements are only approximations and you need to keep tasting as you go as the tanginess of the lemons and size of the mint leaves, all make a difference.

Method:

  • Blend the cordial, lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar.
  • Pour into a large jar and add chilled water to make up the volume to 1 litre. Taste and add more lemon juice/sugar/mint as required.
  • Pour into a tall glass over ice cubes and garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs.
  • Enjoy!

 

 

Lemon mint cooler - a refreshing summer drink - thespiceadventuress.com

How are you beating the heat this summer?

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