Friday, 6 June 2014

belleau breeze - cocktails with Martell

... i'm currently working with the marvellous people at Martell to develop some recipes as part of their Martell Very Special Nights campaign.  I've had a rather wonderful time planning a gorgeous 3 course meal for a special night, the recipes for which I will share with you later in the summer and i've also been sharing my top 5 tips for hosting a stress-free special night at home. 

... but of course the summer is here and as far as i'm concerned that means late evenings in the garden with friends creating those Very Special Nights with delicious food and of course some gorgeous cocktails... cocktails have become such a huge trend in recent years and they’re no longer the simple ‘gin and tonic’ affair they used to be.  Now, if we're throwing a party of our own we’re expected to understand the subtle blend of mixers, the addition of exotic ingredients and are then expected to make them look stylish too.  Plus, as anyone  who’s attempted to make cocktails knows, they can take an age to make so that by the time your guests get their drinks they’re often wishing they’d just gone for that shandy in the first place... to resolve this I would start by asking one of your guests to be cocktail maker for the evening… you supply the ingredients and the list of refined drinks and they do the mixing… if you don’t think any of your friends are up for it hopefully these suggestions make for a quick cocktail 
or can be jugged in advance and taste just as good...

Martell Cooler
A refreshing blast of ginger makes this a really cool cocktail for a balmy summer evening

Glass: Highball or Jam Jar
Garnish: Lime Wedge and Apple Wedge
All measurements given in ml…
Martell VS                 35
Ginger Beer                35
Cloudy Apple Juice    70
Build over ice and top with ginger beer and lime and apple wedge

Martell Belleau Breeze
Inspired by the warm summer evenings here on top of the hill in Lincolnshire, this drink is ridiculously easy to make and has a taste that will transport your senses to a tropical beach.

Glass: Highball
Garnish: Pineapple wedge
All measurements given in ml…
Martell VSOP            35
Cointreau                   15
Cranberry Juice         50
Pineapple Juice         50
Shake and serve over ice with a pineapple wedge

of course you can't have cocktails without some nibbles...

Martell VS and honey glazed cocktail sausages
I always like to welcome the guests with a little edible treat so they’re not hanging on  starving  for the main event.  These cocktail sausages are so simple to put together, can be sitting in the marinade well in advance of the party and bunged in the oven 10 minutes before the first guest arrives.

enough for 6
two packets of chipolata sausages – (roughly 14 sausages) – cut into thirds
2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
4 tablespoons Martell VS

in a large bowl, beat the marinade ingredients together, then throw in the cut sausages and mix together

pour into a pretty oven-proof dish and bake for 15-20 mins until they are darkly golden and sticky

serve from the oven proof dish with cocktail sticks

eat, drink and of course, enjoy!


  1. Belleau Breeze and bangers - love it! Happy weekend to you my friend x

  2. Those sausages look particularly good!

  3. I want to come to a garden party at your house ... looks like stellar cocktails ...can't wait to hear about the dinner menu!

  4. Ooh, the Martell Cooler is the one for me. Just trying to imagine my friends faces if I asked them to be in charge of cocktails ...


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