Christmas Sour [My Christmas Cocktail 2017]

Well this is it: my final post the year! I'm taking some much needed time out for the next two weeks, and will be back on Monday 8th of January with my batteries fully charged and ready to embrace 2018.

I have so many exciting plans for next year and I can't wait to start making them happen.

French For Pineapple Christmas Sour Cocktail 2017

My friends will tell you that I'm very much a cocktail enthusiast, and occasionally I get inspired to invent one of my own. This is one of those occasions!

I spotted this Belvoir Christmas cordial in my local Whole Foods and popped in my basket. Then I got thinking that its flavours would lend itself rather nicely to a citrus based cocktail. And I was right.

So please allow me to introduce you to my Christmas Sour. Totally delicious if I do say so myself. It's rather strong, but it also has quite a lot of juice in it, allowing you to sit on it for a while, rather than it being gone in a few gulps.

French For Pineapple Christmas Sour Cocktail 2017

Possibly a bit much for Christmas morning (we'll be having Pink Fizz Bellinis here at French For Pineapple HQ), but this will be just the ticket for an early afternoon pick me up before the main event.

Let me know if you try it!

French For Pineapple Christmas Sour Cocktail 2017


You will need:

Cocktail shaker

Ingredients (per drink - these need to be made one at at a time):

2 tbsp Belvoir Christmas Cordial
1/3 cup (80mls) gin of choice
1/4 cup (60msl) sugar syrup
1 egg white (reserve yolk for custard or boxing day Hollandaise)
1/4 cup (60mls) lemon juice
1/3 cup (80mls) clementine juice


French For Pineapple Christmas Sour Cocktail 2017

French For Pineapple Christmas Sour Cocktail 2017

Shake really well with ice (not too much ice or it won't froth), and strain into champagne saucer.

Garnish with a tiny sprig of mint and small single red currant (kinda resembles holly, right?!), and an optional two drops of aromatic bitters. Or orange bitters would be ideal.

If you're not a gin fan, subsitute with vodka. Reduce sugar syrup and increase lemon juice if you like it more sour.

Cheers! And a very Merry Christmas from me to you, and a massive thank you to every single person who reads French For Pineapple!

French For Pineapple Christmas Sour Cocktail 2017

Alternatives to the Belvoir cordial:

Bottle Green Spiced Berry Cordial
Rocks Fruit Punch Spiced Christmas Cordial
And failing these, I reckon good old Ribena would do the trick just nicely too.

P.S Not sponsored!




Spring Into the Garden with Amara


Spring Into The Garden With Amara - French For Pineapple Blog


When the weather is warm we love to spend as much time in the garden as we can in the evenings and on the weekends, and anyone that knows me, knows that I love a cocktail, so a cocktail in the garden makes me very happy indeed.

I'm a firm believer that you should most definitely not save 'best for best'. So yes, you will find me using my best glasses in the garden! Why not use the things that make you happy, every day? Besides, a beautiful glass makes everything taste better. I've been needing to replace our mis-matched and chipped champagne glasses for a while now, and these Aurelia Champagne Saucers are so lovely. I prefer a saucer over a flute, because they feel that little bit more glamorous and special, and these ones have such a classic look.

Spring Into The Garden With Amara - French For Pineapple Blog


To complement and contrast with my champagne saucers (which can definitely be used for cocktails too, and not just fizz), I chose this super handy charcoal Wings tray, because you can never have too many trays. Trays are not only great for carrying your cocktail accoutrements on, but they can act as a stable surface for your drink on the grass too.

Spring Into The Garden With Amara - French For Pineapple Blog

And speaking of accoutrements, I adore the mix of little vessels that I have put them in, which have so many uses. The pretty gold lined, matt white Dauville bowl is perfect for mint leaves, cocktail umbrellas (who doesn't love a cocktail umbrella!), or for housing sugar swizzle sticks as I've done here. It also makes for the perfect beside dish to put your jewellery in at the end of the day.

Spring Into The Garden With Amara - French For Pineapple Blog


I've long loved lettuce/cabbage ware, yet never owned any. This little Bordallo bowl could well mark the beginning of a new collection. The off-white and green options (green not shown but you can find them here) sit really nicely together, so mix it up!

Spring Into The Garden With Amara - French For Pineapple Blog

Spring Into The Garden With Amara - French For Pineapple Blog


Last, but certainly not least is this Skull cup, which may just be my favourite piece. You might have guessed I have a thing for skulls, and this cup is super cute, super cool, and again, it has endless uses. I was powerless to resist! Obviously you can use it as a cup (duh!), but it's also the perfect size for toothpicks or to use as a sugar bowl with a little vintage spoon. But I couldn't resist piling it high with Maraschino Cherries. I think I need a few more of these.

Spring Into The Garden With Amara - French For Pineapple Blog


When I was looking through the Amara website to choose products for this post, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised at how comprehensive it is. Not so big that you get completely overwhelmed with too many choices, but a really impressive and beautifully curated selection of products - I fell in love with so many things! If you don't know them yet, do check them out because I'm pretty sure you'll find lots to love.

Spring Into The Garden With Amara - French For Pineapple Blog




Here are the products I've used for this post...


Spring Into The Garden With Amara - French For Pineapple Blog






Clockwise from top left:

Aurelia Champagne Saucers
Wings Charcoal Rectangular Tray
Dauville Bowl
Bordallo Bowl
Skull Cup

The only thing that would make me happier than cocktails in the garden, would be sitting in this hammock chair whilst drinking said cocktails in the garden. I mean, just look at this...HEAVEN!
Spring Into The Garden With Amara - French For Pineapple Blog


Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Amara. I only work with companies that fit with the aesthetic of French For Pineapple and that I think you will like as much as I do.