Inspired by the release of the fantastic Paddington 2, and to live up to my husband’s affectionate nickname for me of “Grumpy Christmas Bear”, I’ve decided to create two festive drinks (one alcoholic, the other non-alcoholic to be enjoyed by children too) in the flavour of Paddington’s favourite – Marmalade!
Ingredients – – –
- 35ml London Dry Gin
(I’ve used M&S’s London Distilled Dry Gin Small Batch No.02 ‘Zest’ – it uses festive botanicals such as juniper, cassia and liquorice as well as seville orange peel)
- 70ml Otto’s Athens Vermouth or Del Professore White Vermouth
(or ask for any smooth vermouth with honey undertones)
- Splash of Bucks Fizz to top up, homemade or store bought!
- 1 tsp of Marmalade without peel
- 1 tsp of Caster Sugar
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Orange
- A Cocktail Shaker + Ice
Now this recipe is going to be for an ‘upside down martini’, for those who know their Martinis! This is because I’ve used more Vermouth than Gin. In a traditional one, you’d do the opposite. I’m not a huge gin drinker, but if anyone makes this at home and swaps the vermouth and gin measurements around, let me know how it goes! @christmasghost_ or @ghostofchristmaspresents I’d love to hear.
Prepare your Marmalade syrup! For each glass you’re making add a teaspoon full of clear, peel-less marmalade to a spoon of white caster sugar. Mix together thoroughly, then add a little hot water until you’ve got a syrupy, golden coloured liquid. Its inevitable you’ll have a few lumps of marmalade left floating in the syrup. Strain these out before putting into a shaker with ice. I’d recommend a muslin cloth (but seriously now who has one of those?), an empty tea bag, or carefully with a sieve.
Cut your lemon in half, and squeeze the lemon juice of a whole lemon into your shaker. Do the same but with only half an orange. Then add one generous shot of gin, two generous shots of vermouth, a little ice and shake!
In the mean time you can prepare your garnish. I’ve used a little bit of orange peel cut into a long strip then wrapped around itself till it holds its shape. When your Martini is sufficiently shaken, carefully pour it into a martini glass. Now, disclaimer here. I haven’t used a martini glass. I don’t actually own one. Don’t be like me – use a martini glass! The quantities will work much better and the whole thing will be a lot more sophisticated. The final step will be to add the garnish, then top up with Bucks Fizz. I prefer it this way, but its not necessary! If in doubt, just think “What would Paddington do?”
Want to make one for every member of the family? Try the non-alcohol version by clicking here.