These creations are the ultimate hen party treat (but when your poison looks this pretty, who needs an excuse to indulge?)
The road to the big day is paved with celebratory tipples. Engagement party? Cheers! Bridal shower? A toast! You’d be forgiven for thinking that by the time you reach your official glass- clink you could be running the risk of champagne fatigue. Pre- empt the possibility by handing these recipes to your bridesmaids to give a strong hen party hint.
STRAWBERRY-INFUSED GIN & TONIC
MAKES: 1 drink 5 strawberries, hulled 40ml (1 fl oz) gin Ice 150ml (5 fl oz) tonic water 1. Halve 3 of the strawberries and let them steep in the gin for a couple of hours. 2. Remove and discard the strawberries. Either transfer the infused gin to an airtight bottle to drink later, or pour into a glass. Add some ice and the tonic water, then halve the remaining strawberries and add them to the glass for a pretty garnish.
Fill three- quarters of a champagne flute or small glass with pink lemonade (any standard recipe will do). Top up with your favourite champagne or non- alcoholic sparkling drink, then garnish each glass with 4 fresh raspberries. If planning a party, this is a really easy cocktail to prepare ahead of time. Just add the champagne and raspberries as your guests arrive. ( Makes one 125ml/4 fl oz drink)
MAKES: 4– 6 drinks 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) sparkling pink apple or pink grapefruit juice 50ml (1½ fl oz) tequila per glass Ice Lime slices, to garnish 1. Fill each glass with a good amount of sparkling juice. 2. Add tequila to each glass. 3. Fill each glass with a small handful of ice, then garnish with a slice of lime.