Got the Friday blues?! Feeling a little overwhelmed about the whole ‘December’s-round-the-corner-and-I-haven’t-bought-a-single-present-yet’ scenario?!


Today, the main aim of the game is to provide you with a simple cocktail that you can complicate as much or as little as you like, so that you can get yourself some Golden Chill Time this evening!

Kick back, relax, get a bit festive and enjoy some serious sparkle with this sweet little tipple!

As always, major props and thanks to Old Bear Media for shooting this DIY for us!


The Good Stuff

OK, so your main ingredients, the ‘can’t-do-withouts’, if you will:

  • Disaronno (or an equivalent amaretto flavoured liqueur)
  • Gold top milk. We went all out luxurious, but if you’re tryna save your arteries a little, (good on ya!), you could totally just use whole or semi-skimmed milk
  • Sweetened cocoa powder. We didn’t have any in stock, so we used cocoa and golden caster sugar (I’ll give you ratios later)
  • Ground cinnamon

Sounding good already right?! The temptation to just whack that lot in a blender and let it make it’s own magic was high at this point!

IMG_4289IMG_4296Is that not just the prettiest bottle? Gives me a real overindulgent, Gatsby vibe. LOVE. IT.

She Packs a Pretty Punch

Next up are the pretty additions. If y’all are just hittin’ one of these little babies up after work it’s probably unnecessary faff. Just get it down your neck, girl, you deserve it!


If you fancy serving our creation as a welcome drink to your winter wedding, or a cheeky lil’ something at your seasonal hen party then sure as hell, you’re gonna want these pretties… They totally take it to a whole other level!

IMG_4303So, you’re looking at the following:

  • Amaretti biscuits
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Edible gold glitter (for that extra dose of sparkle. Yes, it’s necessary!)
  • Gold striped paper straws. We love these circular straws, as opposed to the usual diagonal stripe.
  • Black cocktail napkins
  • A homemade name tag …Don’t you be stealing my drink now!

IMG_4326IMG_4305IMG_4307I mean, come on. How can you say no to that!? A little warning though: fairy dust gets EVERYWHERE. 


A Spicy Cocoa Kick

Woah now! Step away from the alcohol.

I know you’re keen (who isn’t!?), but this bit is all kinds of crucial: you’ll definitely want to prep it before your cocktail’s poured!

This is your cinnamon infused, sweet cocoa topping. The Pièce de Résistance. The smattering of snow atop your glorious mountain…

Ahem. Yeah, it’s pretty simple really.

IMG_4300IMG_43491 tsp of cocoa + 1 tsp of caster sugar + 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon.

Unless, of course you’re using pre-sweetened cocoa, in which case just 2 tsp of that to every 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.

Then mix it all up and tweak to match your taste!

I reckon this ratio would give a pretty substantial topping to 6-10 cocktails, so that’s all the gals sorted!


Down to Business

Right then! Now that’s all ready, let’s get down to business.

For one portion, to a cocktail shaker add:

  • 1 1/2 fl oz of Disaronno
  • 2 fl oz of gold top milk (You might wanna carefully pre-shake this super creamy milk!)
  • A small cups worth of ice

IMG_4281IMG_4358IMG_4362IMG_4294IMG_4365Yeah, yeah. We went for a ‘Festive Portion’. Whatevs!


IMG_4383A nice little bit of stress relief / anger management in that action alone, hey?!

You wait ’til you taste it!

Dressed 2 Ways: Choose Your Look

I tried both of these ways and I simply couldn’t choose which one to show you guys, so I figured the more the merrier… Hic!

No two people like their cocktail the same, just like no two gals like their cocktail dress the same; pick a style and run with it!

Or, if like us you just can’t decide, why not facilitate both looks and let your guests dress their own?!

After all, cocktails are ALL about the fun!

IMG_4344First up, the SUPER cute (and I think my secret favourite) vintage milk bottle.

OK, so I totally “borrowed” this one from my too-cool-for-her-own-good mama, but you can get these exact ones here.

With the ratios I’ve used, you’ll wanna pour this cocktail SANS ICE. Let the shaker’s strainer do its business.

IMG_4392IMG_4394Then, placing your freshly poured cocktail on a chic black napkin, gently tip a little of that warming cocoa dust in to top it beautifully.

I went a little at a time, so as not to get it everywhere!

IMG_4395IMG_4397Super easy: to finish simply pop in a paper straw and garnish with an Amaretti biscuit, or three. (DIET = BLOWN… Do I care right now?! Ha, you bet I don’t!)

You could even smash a biscuit up and crumble over the top for added texture. Yu-hum.

IMG_4399IMG_4402IMG_4403IMG_4408Yah, so just incase there are any dog fans out there wondering how my nosey fur-babies took to this DIY… Needless to say, Rupert paid very close attention, he totally took it upon himself to provide thorough quality control!

Anyway, enough of my little big sook!

Next up, the ever-popular, always-cool jam jar.

Add a little brown garden sting (the more frayed up, the better), a touch of glitter and you’re ready to go!

IMG_4334With the measurements quoted above, you’ll wanna add a little ice to your jam jar to ensure the cocktail fills the jar and, incidentally, makes it suuuuper chill.

We then added a cinnamon stick garnish and a healthy smattering of that cocoa dust…

IMG_4424IMG_4425IMG_4432 …And that edible glitter? Yeah, go ahead girl.


IMG_4433IMG_4437And, of course, the excess glitter should totally be dusted over your Amaretti biscuits…

Sprinkle that stuff like it’s your job, mama!

IMG_4448IMG_4442All that remains is to don your sparkliest outfit, (FYI those trousers: H&M) turn on the fairy lights and treat yo’ self!


Peace + Love

Clare X

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