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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Bank holiday cocktails

I only have a few bank holiday weekend traditions and cocktail night with the girls is most certainly one of them and definitely my favourite. As much as I love a big lunch with the family (another tradition) cocktails are truly the way to my heart.

I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon shopping with the boyfriend, well, me shopping and him tutting in disapproval, then I headed off to get dolled up for a night of gossip and laughs with my girlies.

Top: Zara, £25.99, Wet look leggings: Topshop £18, Boots: Newlook £24.99

The girls looked gorgeous as usual, have a look below for similar items to what they're wearing. 

I loved the red lipstick Megan was sporting, Rimmel lasting finish.

One of our favourite bars in the area is Bar 44, Cowbridge. It's both a cocktail bar and a tapas restaurant, serving food until 10.30pm. I always get ravenous after a few drinks so the easy access to scrumptious food late into the night is one of the main reasons why I adore it so much.

Every Sunday night, excluding bank my horror, they have a selection of yummy 2-4-1 cocktails. Normally a cocktail will set you back around £6.25, so for £3 each they are an absolute steal. 

The menu is extensive, so it's really hard to choose what you want.

We started off with a classic, Long island ice tea.

Contains vodka, gin, rum and cointreau

Recipe from BBC food

15ml/½fl oz vodka
15ml/½fl oz gin 
15ml/½fl oz light rum
15ml/½fl oz cointreau
15ml/½fl oz fresh lemon juice
15ml/½fl oz freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp sugar syrup
coke, to top up
lemon wedge, to garnish

Put  all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake. Then strain the cocktail into a glass, top up with coke and garnish with a lemon wedge.

We arrived at Bar 44 pretty early, so we were all very peckish, lots of yummy food needed to be ordered. 

Olives, £3.50

Fresh crispy Squid, Saffron Alioli - £4.95 and Anchovies - £4.25
Triple cooked chips with aioli dip and tomato relish - £3.30
Tiger Prawns, Garlic, Chilli, Olive Oil - £5.50

Then we moved onto Pomegranate mojito's and frozen strawberry daiquiri's. 

Strawberry Daiquiri - contains rum and strawberry liqueur.

Pomegranate mojito - contains rum.

Recipe for Strawberry daiquiri from BBC food

4 fresh strawberries, plus 1/2 strawberry to garnish
2 tsp white sugar
35ml white rum
1 tbsp strawberry liqueur
25ml lime juice

Put the strawberries, sugar, rum, strawberry liqueur and lime juice into the base of a cocktail shaker and mash with the end of a rolling pin. Put the lid onto the cocktail shaker and shake well, strain into a Martini glass and garnish with half a strawberry.

Recipe for pomegranate mojito from

2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
12 mint leaves
6 tablespoons white rum
1/4 pomegranate juice
1/8 - 1/4 fluid ounce soda water
pomegranate to garnish

Combine the sugar, lime juice and mint leaves in a tall glass. Mash with the back of a spoon, then mix in the rum and pomegranate juice, fill the glass with ice and top with a splash of soda water.

We continued the night with gin (bombay sapphire) and tonics. I loved the glasses they were served in, the glass was so big it was like a goblet!

If you're in the South Wales area I highly recommend you visit Bar 44 Cowbridge, they've just opened another one in Penarth too which I'm sure is just as good! 

Make sure if you do decide to visit that it's not on a monday because it will be closed and if you're going for drinks over the weekend, you'll need to get there early to secure a table, it gets extremely busy! 

Our evening came to close around 10pm, by that time we were all well and truly sozzled, thank goodness we had all of the next day to recover in bed...and that is why I love bank holiday cocktails, chin chin! 

What did you get up to this bank holiday, anything good? 

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