Darling Cocktails kindly sent me their cocktail collection for a girls night in I was having recently! I was so excited to have the girls over, it's not often that we all get together for a catch up and I wanted to have a bit of fun too. So the cocktails were ready the ice was ready but then the Ice Bucket Challenge Happened!!! We used nearly all the ice for the challenge but there was so much laughter in our back yard that night, and it was all for a good cause (as I'm sure you know about now). The cocktails were at the ready, as well as some snacks but ended up pushing the boat out and ordered a Chinese too (we had to line our stomachs you know).
The first thing that I noticed is how sleek, gold and sophisticated the heavy glass bottle are, they looked like something from the 1920's. I later found out that this was the look that they were going for. The company behind these are Irish and the cocktails are handcrafted and contain only natural flavourings. Each bottle costs RRP €24.95 and are also low calorie! Each contains 20% alc. Vol - 20 Cocktails. Plus, if you have any left over don't worry; the bottles are screw capped so you can save some for next time.
To make, all you have to do is mix 1 part cocktail and 2 parts tonic/soda/prosecco or 7Up (like we did). We did find that the tonic water did not leave a pretty taste to the cocktails so we ruled that out for each of the 3 cocktails. The Cosmopolitan is my fave of the three, and the one I had the most fun experimenting mixing.
The Apple Poitini reminded me of Sour Apple Mickey Finns! It was nice but to tone down the sourness the 7Up suited this one more, otherwise the shot glasses were going to come out!
Now for us this was the no-no of the 3. None of us could get the right mix for this and the cherry flavour is extremely strong, but that's not to say it isn't for you. These drinks will all come down to personal taste and finding the right mix.
Overall I like the thinking behind these cocktails and how much attention has been paid to detail with the brand and packaging. I would welcome the range to expand and have fun experimenting with the different flavours in future. I think these cocktails would work well for an after dinner party, or small get together.
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What do you think? Would you like to try these out? Or have you tried these out?