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Can it really be that time of year again? Yes - its March, spring has nearly sprung, Mothering Sunday and Easter are almost here!
To mark both these occasions, in-the-spirit is ready to bring to you a collection cocktail recipes made using liqueurs that you probably thought were just for Mum, Granny or Auntie Mabel. So if you’re invited to Granny’s on Mother’s Day and the only things she has to offer you to drink are Advocaat and Cherry Brandy, don’t despair! in-the-spirit has some fabulous cocktail recipes featuring these classic cocktail ingredients which give a contemporary spin to these more traditionally thought of liqueurs!

Advocaat is a traditional liqueur made in Holland. Warninks Advocaat has been produced to the same recipe since it was first made in 1616. Made only from 4 ingredients – brandy, sugar, vanilla and egg yolks. The egg yolks are what makes it so yellow! There are no colourings or flavourings added either. For more information on Warninks – check out our previous feature from last year – Going Dutch.

De Kuyper have been producing liqueurs since 1695. In 1995 they were awarded the prestigious title of Royal Distillers as part of their company name by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in recognition of their 300th anniversary and their expertise in making liqueurs. De Kuyper Cherry Brandy is well known for its incomparable almondy flavour which is comes from crushing the cherry kernels together with the dark red cherries and then subtly enhancing them with exotic spices.

With the above build up, surely we must have persuaded you not to overlook these classic cocktail recipe ingredients. Still need to be convinced? Then try out the following and let us know.

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Mum's The Word
Mum's The Word

So especially for Mum on Mother’s Day (or Granny!), we have come up with this cocktail idea for you to try. Made from a delicious mixture of De Kuyper Cherry Brandy, vodka and Orange juice, this is a more up-to-the-minute way to enjoy the classic Cherry Brandy!

Bleeding Heart
Bleeding Heart

This is a really easy cocktail to make which combines both Warninks Advocaatand De Kuyper Cherry Brandy. Pour the Warninks Advocaat into the glass and then add a generous dash of De Kuyper Cherry Brandy and garnish with a cherry on a stalk! If you like cherries and you like custard – this could be your dream combination!

Happy Youth
Happy Youth

For indulging in precious memories on Mothers’ Day with your Mum, how about trying this cocktail? A variation on the classic champagne cocktail, this needs a half shot of De Kuyper Cherry Brandy poured over a sugar lump, a half shot of brandy then top up with dry champagne. If you want to show off your cocktail with flair, garnish with black cherries floating in the top of the drink!

Ginger Snap
Ginger Snap

Instead of the classic Snowball mix (which is the way advocaat is generally consumed), why not substitute the lemonade for ginger ale and make a Ginger Snap? This cocktail is lovely and gooey as well as spicy from the ginger flavour. Yummy...

Perfect Day
Perfect Day

Ok, so this one doesn’t have either advocaat or cherry brandy in it – just in case you really don’t fancy trying out our latest cocktail suggestions with our recommended classic ingredients. What could be more perfect that a “perfect day” cocktail to give to your Mum on her special day. This mixes 2 shots of vodka with 1 shot of De Kuyper Triple Sec mixed with orange juice for a long, tangy and refreshing cocktail.

 
 
   
 

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