Hazelnut Italian Hot Chocolate (Cioccolata Calda alla Nocciola)

This Hazelnut Italian Hot Chocolate, or Cioccolata Calda alla Nocciola,  is a seriously indulgent thick hot chocolate recipe made with real chocolate, hazelnut liqueur and Nutella. It’s quick and easy to make, and it is the best homemade (or otherwise) hot chocolate you will ever taste – whip up a batch of this thick, rich, and dangerously delicious Italian Hot Chocolate today, and whisk yourself off to Europe in the comfort of your own home!

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Hazelnut Italian Hot Chocolate - mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream and nutella sauce

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Oh boy, have I got an amazing treat for you today! This Hazelnut Italian Hot Chocolate is honestly one of the most delicious drinks I have ever had in my life. It is a seriously thick hot chocolate recipe, that is so indulgent you’ll feel like you’re drinking melted chocolate, but so much better! I actually developed the recipe for this thick Italian Hot Chocolate last spring, and while the recipe was amazing and definitely worth sharing, the photos did not do it justice and I really needed to show you how damn good this Italian Hot Chocolate really was. But then summer came and it was too warm, and then life happened and, well, you know how it goes!

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The Scarlett Heart – a Valentine’s Day Cocktail

The Scarlett Heart is a sweet and delicious easy Valentine’s Day Cocktail that is full of amazing flavours, it is a little bit different, and goes down a treat. It’s the perfect easy romantic cocktail to share with your significant other, or with friends for an anti-valentine’s day celebration. 

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A Valentine's Day cocktail on a rocks glass in front, another in background with pink flowers and fairy lights

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 Are you a Valentine’s Day lover, or would you prefer to kick it to the curb this year? Whatever your feelings about this particular holiday, you’ll definitely want to be buying flowers and chocolate for The Scarlett Heart – it’s a Valentine’s Day Cocktail we’ll want to whisper sweet nothings too! The name of this Valentine’s Day Cocktail draws inspiration from the classic book and movie, Gone with the Wind. But, confession time – I’ve never actually seen the movie or read the book, but I have passed the Margaret Mitchell House many times, that counts right?! But as The Scarlett Heart combines some wonderful southern flavours and has a gorgeous red hue, a southern love story about a woman named Scarlett just seemed like the perfect place to draw inspiration from.

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Shimmery New Years Eve Cocktail

This Shimmery Grape & Champagne Cocktail is the perfect New Years Eve Cocktail! It’s delicious, elegant, and really easy to make. This glamorous Shimmery New Years Eve Cocktail is made with just three simple ingredients, and is the perfect way to toast in the new year.

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Shimmery New Years Eve Cocktail- a tall champagne glass with gold shimmery cocktail, lots of sparklers over the top

Can you believe we’re almost another year down? And we still don’t have time travel and teleportation?! I thought this was supposed to be the future! I think a little time travel could have helped us out immensely this year too, it was a bit of a rollercoaster one, so much happened it’s hard to believe it all fit into 365 days! With still a few days left until the clock chimes us into the next one too, who knows what else this year will bring us!

Shimmery New Years Eve Cocktail - two champagne glasses being clinked together in a cheers fashion

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Brandy Grapefruit Mimosa

This Brandy Grapefruit Mimosa is the only holiday champagne cocktail you need this festive season! With fresh winter citrus and mint, brandy and delicious bubbles, the Brandy Grapefruit Mimosa is perfect to serve at a holiday brunch, as a before dinner champagne cocktail, or at any party! You’re going to love how easy it is to make, and how delicious it is to drink!

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Brandy Grapefruit Mimosa - one mimosa with two in the background

We are well and truly in the festive season! We’re in the middle of Hanukkah and Christmas is one week away! Christmas trees are up, ugly Christmas jumpers are on, office parties are getting going and my house looks like a post office with all the packages building up (yay for online Christmas shopping). Whether you’re the kind of person who has the tree up before the Halloween decorations are down or you’re a real holiday scrooge, or somewhere in between – I think we can all agree we need a few good cocktails to get us through the season with our sanity intact! This Brandy Grapefruit Mimosa definitely hits the spot!

Brandy Grapefruit Mimosa - three mimosas, above angle shot

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Mince Pie Christmas Mimosas

These Mince Pie Christmas Mimosas are the perfect holiday cocktail to enjoy on Christmas morning! They’re made with a mince pie flavoured syrup, fresh clementine juice, and champagne. They’re perfectly festive, really easy to make in big or small batches, and totally delicious. You’ll love serving these at your Christmas brunch or any holiday celebration!

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Mince Pie Christmas Mimosas - champagne being poured into the glass, full sizeSo, mince pies? Some of you on the other side of the pond might be wondering what these weirdly named treats are! Well, they’re a classic British Christmas treat in the form of individual pies. They’re usually made with shortcrust pastry and filled with dried fruits, spices, sugar, and sometimes beef suet  – the filling is called mincemeat. Yep, sounds totally weird I know. Personally, I’m not actually the biggest fan of mince pies, they just don’t do it for me. I made my own version a couple of years ago which strayed completely from tradition and were really yummy. However, I love all the flavours that go into a mince pie so a Christmas Mimosa along that theme is a real winner in my books!

These Mince Pie Christmas Mimosas are the perfect holiday cocktail to enjoy on Christmas morning! They’re made with a mince pie flavoured syrup, fresh clementine juice, and champagne. #mincepies #mimosas #brunch #christmas #holidays  Continue reading →