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Friday, 2 September 2016

Cocktail of the month | Mojito


Back in the day when we had three kids under the age of 5, going out wasn't easy. It wasn't due to lack of babysitters but more lack of energy. We were DRAINED. I have always been a huge advocate of 'date night' however so we used to have a cocktail night at home once every month. It was a good excuse to stock up on our favourite spirits, get drunk and have a laugh.

Cocktail of the month recipe | Mojito

As the kids got older and we started going out more, cocktail night was kind of put on the back burner. Steve's hours at work have recently changed and this means that we don't actually get to go out as much anymore so we've decided to bring cocktail hour back! YEAH! Every month we will choose a 'cocktail of the month' and let you know how to make it, our thoughts, variations and little canapes to go with it.

September 2016 - Mojito


We are starting with one of our favourite cocktails (and one we already had the ingredients for) - the classic mojito. Head over to Big Stevie Cool's blog here to find out the recipes. 

Cocktail of the month recipe | Classic Mojito
Classic Mojito

Cocktail of the month recipe | Mojito

Cocktail of the month recipe | Raspberry Mojito
Raspberry Mojito

We tried 3 variations of Mojito in total. My favourite was definitely the raspberry mojito. I wonder why we've never made one before!

Canapes

Steve's in charge of drinks and I'm in charge of canapes so don't expect anything fancy! I like to keep things as simple as possible but still make sure they're a nice treat. For this month I decided to re-visit one of our favourite recipes from our trip to Spain and create a simple tomato bread.

Cocktail of the month recipe | Mojito - tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella canape

We actually smuggled these tomato breads back from Spain but I've noticed you can buy similar at Aldi. Then all you need is some Buffalo Mozzarella, a bunch of basil and some olive oil.

Cocktail of the month recipe | Mojito - tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella canape

Voila........

Cocktail of the month recipe | Mojito - tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella canape

This canape is honestly so simple to make but it tastes so dreamy and really is a treat. Do make sure you buy Buffalo Mozzarella if you can as it really does make a difference.

Cocktail of the month recipe | Mojito - tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella canape

Whilst shopping in Waitrose I spotted these mojito chicken cigarellos in the reduced aisle and picked them up for about £1. The perfect addition to mojito night we thought. 

Cocktail of the month recipe | Mojito - mojito chicken cigarellos Waitrose

Cocktail of the month recipe | Mojito - mojito chicken cigarellos Waitrose

So there you have it - our first cocktail of the month. We had 4 drinks each but as they were all at least triple measures we did get very tipsy. Ooooops! It was a fraction of the cost of going out though and just as fun. I'd recommend introducing cocktail night to anyone who is on a budget/doesn't have a babysitter/can't be bothered to go out. 

Next month is October and we are already planning a Halloween themed cocktail. We are thinking of trying out a Zombie but let me know if you have any other suggestions and also if you have any ideas for Halloween themed canapes.


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26 comments

  1. Looking forward to the Halloween cocktails.

    You can't beat a mojito, so yummy.

    Katie xoxo

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  2. Love the idea of cocktail night. Especially with the canapés. Definitely something I'll be trying out

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  3. I used to make cocktails all the time, but have got out of the habit as the drinks cupboard is always dry! I love the idea of drinks and canapés as a regular thing. And Mozzarella is my favourite... after Avocado.

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  4. Love a good cocktail night - one of my favourite ways to relax!

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  5. All of this looks mouthwateringly good, the little canapés are so cute! Loving the photos you shared with us!

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  6. I'm partial to a mojito, but my favourite is a vodka martini

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  7. Oh I love a mojito! The raspberry one looks yummy too! Love the fresh taste!

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  8. Mojitos are my favourite cocktail I think - so refreshing and tasty!

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  9. I love a mojito and raspberry ones sound lovely. I tend to go for Mango ones, they taste amazing! x

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  10. I am a mocktail person myself but this looks and reminds me of what I had on my hen night the non alcoholic version. :) Love the cigarellos too.. they look great.

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  11. I love strawberry mojito the virgin variety since I don't drink.

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  12. I love me a mojito! And the canapes look fantastic - inspiration for my next dinner party!

    Milly // Mini Adventures

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  13. I love date night at home! Love the sound of raspberry mojito... but I better try just to be sure ha ha xxx

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  14. I'm loving this month's cocktail. I think a raspberry mojito would be perfect! The canapes looked great too!

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  15. Ooh raspberry mojito sounds amazing! H x

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  16. Cocktail of the month doesn't sound like a bad idea. Happy new month!

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  17. I love raspberry mojitos; one of my favourite cocktails! Those little canapes from Waitrose are amazing - I had them a few weeks ago. x

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  18. Mojitos are my absolute fave, I love their refreshing taste and they are a great cocktail.

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  19. Love the sound of cocktail date night! Sounds fab, especially with the snacks.

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  20. If a mojito is done well then it is the best drink ever x

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  21. Looks like you had fun there, the canapes and cocktails look great.

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  22. I love Mojitos! It's such a classic but it never disappoints, those little chicken bites look very appetising too.... looking forward to seeing what's in store for the Halloween theme next month. x

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  23. If you can't go out, bring the out in.. I love this!!

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  24. I love the sound of a raspberry mojito - I've never had one before but mojito's are one of my favourite cocktails. x

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  25. Ooo the Raspberry Mojito looks lovely, and I am not totally craving Buffalo Mozzarella! I love that you have cocktail nights, thats so cute!

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