Great sparklies and a delicious cocktail for the festive season
Try this delicious cocktail from the bar team at 144 On the Hill in Richmond
• 50ml Napoleon French brandy
• 20ml fresh lemon juice
• 30ml fresh egg white
• 17.5ml sugar syrup
• 25ml fresh orange juice
• Edible glitter stars for decoration
Mix all of the liquid ingredients together in a cocktail shaker, and shake without ice. Then, add ice cubes to the liquid and shake again.
Take a short glass, and pour your mixture through a cocktail lid and a sieve for a double strained effect.
Top your cocktail with decorative edible stars and serve!
Supporting Local Children
Try it at 144 On The Hill – £2 from every Shooting Star cocktail is donated to Shooting Star, local providers of hospice care to children in London and Surrey. You can support directly at www.shootingstar.org.uk
Best of the Engllish Sparklies for Christmas
For your celebrations this year, look closer to home. English sparkling wines now rival the best Champagnes in quality…
Black Chalk Classic 2015, £35
Made from grapes from Hampshire’s fine chalkland vineyards, it comprises Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Complex and crisp, it makes for a great pre-dinner aperitif. From independent wine merchants and www.blackchalkwine.co.uk
Nyetimber rosé, £39.99
Nyetimber’s delicious rosé is the perfect match for Christmas dinner: its body and structure complement white meats perfectly and the red berry characteristics of pinot noir offer a great balance to cranberry sauce. Available in Fortnum & Mason, Hedonism, Waitrose, Majestic, Nyetimber.com and all quality wine shops
Hambledon Classic Cuvee, £28.50
From the Hambledon estate in Hampshire, this sparkly offers freshness and vibrancy with biscuity notes and flavours of the orchard, and will get your celebrations off to a great start. Waitrose, Berry Bros and Rudd, hambledonvineyard.co.uk
Greyfriars, 2014 Rosé Reserve, £23
This Surrey sparkly won a Gold Medal and the English Sparkling Rosé Trophy in the International Wine Challenge 2019. Perfect with smoked salmon canapés. Head to the Cellar Door Shop (Tues to Sat), where you can try some of the wines, plus special Christmas tastings every weekend. www.greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk