Strawberry and Thyme Slushie Cocktails

These Strawberry and Thyme Slushie Cocktails are not only gorgeous, they’re totally delicious too. Sweet strawberries are muddled with aromatic thyme and white rum, add some crushed strawberry ice and soda water and you have the perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail to share with your sweetheart. It’s so easy to make, with a little help from your Vitamix!

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Strawberry & Thyme Slushie Cocktails - These Strawberry and Thyme Slushie Cocktails are not only gorgeous, they're totally delicious too. Sweet strawberries are muddled with aromatic thyme and white rum, add some crushed strawberry ice and soda water and you have the perfect Valentine's Day cocktail to share with your sweetheart.

Love is taking over Giraffes Can Bake at the moment, and I am a-okay with that! Valentine’s Day seems to be a bit of a marmite holiday, and I am one of the lovers! Sure, you could say it’s a commercial  holiday exploited by Hallmark and chocolate companies but it’s also about love, and what’s wrong with that? A day to celebrate love, in all forms, is a day I’m a fan of. You don’t need to buy into the commercial side of it to celebrate love. And in this often scary and sad world, I think we all need a day where we take that extra step to tell the people we care about that we love them and wouldn’t be about them. So yes, I am firmly in the pro-Valentine’s Day camp. 

Strawberry & Thyme Slushie Cocktails - These Strawberry and Thyme Slushie Cocktails are not only gorgeous, they're totally delicious too. Sweet strawberries are muddled with aromatic thyme and white rum, add some crushed strawberry ice and soda water and you have the perfect Valentine's Day cocktail to share with your sweetheart.

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The Best Recipes of 2016

15 of the most popular recipes in 2016!  Delicious cakes, indulgent desserts, scrummy cookies, and amazing cocktails – Giraffes Can Bake had a very tasty year! Here are the 15 recipes you lovely readers loved the most!

Giraffes Can Bake's Best of 2016 - 15 of the most popular recipes in 2016! Delicious cakes, indulgent desserts, scrummy cookies, and amazing cocktails – Giraffes Can Bake had a very tasty year! Here are the 15 recipes you lovely readers loved the most!

2016! What a year! There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but overall it’s been a pretty good year for me. I experimented a lot more with my second love, mixology, and you guys loved it as much as I did – 6 of the most popular recipes this year were cocktails! There will definitely be more to come in 2017, I can’t wait to get mixing! I also learned to bake gluten free, which was a big, and often frustrating, challenge but I mastered it in the end – 5 of the top 15 recipes were gluten free, I’m glad you liked them as much as I did!  Let’s take a look at the 15 recipes you loved the most in 2016, in no particular order…

  1. Gluten Free Cookie Dough Salted Caramel Brownie Bombs

Gluten Free Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs with Salted Caramel - These Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs with Salted Caramel are indulgence on top of decadence! Eggless chocolate chip cookie dough is dipped in salted caramel, then enclosed in chocolate salted caramel brownies, and dipped in chocolate. They're gluten free, so easy to make and absolutely to die for!

These were the first of gluten free baking successes – and it definitely started my 2016 gluten free baking with a delicious bang! They’re egg free cookie dough, dipped in salted caramel, wrapped in brownie and covered in chocolate! Holy awesomeness batman! I mean you can’t go wrong with these little balls of heaven, especially since they’re so easy to make!

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Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig Margarita

This Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig Margarita is the perfect fall cocktail. With a delicious blend of sweet, sour and warm spice you won’t be able to resist them! They’re really simple to make, which is handy because everyone will be asking for refills! This Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig Margarita is the perfect cocktail to serve this thanksgiving! 

Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig Margarita - one margarita in a tall glass, another margarita is in the background

I know a lot of you are probably still lamenting the end of summer, but not me! Summer has it’s advantages; lovely fresh produce, long days, sunshine, and cocktails galore to name a few. But, as much as I love sunshine, I hate the heat. It does not agree with me! The sun may be hibernating more and more as  we delve into autumn and the days are already getting much shorter but in return we get crisp air with cooler days and colourful foliage. And we may start saying goodbye to the strawberries and peaches of summer, but we can say a big hello to the blackberries and figs of autumn, and not to mention the absolutely gorgeous, warm spices that dominate this season. Yes, I think it’s safe to say that I am big fan out autumn. Especially because it means I can give my favourite summer cocktail an amazing autumn makeover with this delicious Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig Margarita! Yum!

Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig Margarita - Three margaritas in tall glasses in a diagonal row

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Raspberry Moscow Mule – A Summer Cocktail

Belvedere vodka combined with spicy and bubbly ginger ale, fresh lime juice and sweet, tart raspberries in a cold copper mug. This Raspberry Moscow Mule is a summery twist on the classic cocktail.

High quality vodka combined with spicy and bubbly ginger ale, fresh lime juice and sweet, tart raspberries in a cold copper mug. This Raspberry Moscow Mule is a summery twist on the classic cocktail.

Can we claim it’s officially summer yet? We’re still having lots of grey and rainy days which are typical for a British summer, but the temperature is consistently climbing and the sun is showing its face more and more often. And summer calls for cocktails, at least in my house! I love a good, classic cocktail like the Moscow Mule – but I love to add my own little twists to make it yummier and revamp it for the season! So this Raspberry Moscow Mule was born.

High quality vodka combined with spicy and bubbly ginger ale, fresh lime juice and sweet, tart raspberries in a cold copper mug. This Raspberry Moscow Mule is a summery twist on the classic cocktail.

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Marvel’s Elektra Cocktail {Blood Orange, Blackcurrant & Anise Mezcal Margarita }

A delicious and intense cocktail inspired by Marvel’s Elektra. She’ll kick your ass, and so will this cocktail! It’s a blood orange, blackcurrant and aniseed Mezcal Margarita, made with Mezcal instead of tequila. Followed by a Mezcal shot chaser! It’s certainly not one for the feint of heart!

This post is *Spoiler Free!* That means I will not give anything away for season 2 of the Netflix series of Marvel’s Daredevil.

Marvel's Elektra Cocktail - a delicious and intense cocktail inspired by Elektra. It is a blood orange, blackcurrant and aniseed margarita, made with mezcal instead of tequila. It will kick your ass, just like Elektra!

Whether you’ve been watching Daredevil on Netflix or not, you can’t have missed all the talk about it! Season 2 recently aired and it seems like the whole world has been binge watching it, I know I did! Season 2 introduced a couple of new characters from the comics, one of them being Elektra. I promised this post would be spoiler free so I won’t go into much detail as to why, but I wasn’t that happy with how they handled her characterisation and story arc, so I decided to make a cocktail inspired by all her awesomeness and celebrate her character, in the form of a Mezcal Margarita 

Marvel's Elektra Cocktail - a delicious and intense cocktail inspired by Elektra. It is a blood orange, blackcurrant and aniseed mezcal margarita, made with mezcal instead of tequila. It will kick your ass, just like Elektra!

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