Just like Mark from Love Actually, this drink promises no surprises. Just simple, delicious, creamy Christmas flavours in a warm beige colour. If this drink could wear a jumper, it would be a dark green polar neck. This drink smells like Yule Logs, has probably taped over the wedding video, and, oh yes- is in love with his best friend’s wife!
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To make this Love Actually cocktail recipe, please read the ‘At a Glance’ version below. Keep reading for the full blog post!
To Me You Are Perfect (a.k.a. Stalker Mark)
Capturing all the flavours of Christmas - Cinnamon, Yule Log, Creamy Almond Milk, and your best friend's wife's perfume.
- 1 tsp Honey
- 100 ml Chocolate Yule Log Flavour Cream M&S
- 250 ml Almond Milk
- 60 ml Fresh Espresso
- 2 g Cinnamon Powder
Melt the honey into the espresso shot. Fully mix together, then allow to cool to room temperature or add ice to bring it to a lower temperature faster.
Fill a glass with ice. On top of the ice, pour a double shot (or around 100ml) of Chocolate Yule Log Flavour Cream (can be bought from M&S or made from scratch at home).
Add your espresso-honey mix, then top up with 250ml of Almond Milk. I recommend Rude Health for its natural sweetness and creamy consistency.
Stir all the ingredients together. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.
But for now, let me say,
without hope or agenda,
just because it’s Christmas—
(and at Christmas you tell the truth)
to me, you are perfect
It is the truth. This drink actually is delicious.
Love Actually Cocktail Recipe
- 1 tsp Runny Honey
- 100ml Chocolate Yule Log Flavour Cream
(I used some from M&S but you could easily make your own too!)
- 250ml Almond Milk
- 60ml Fresh Espresso
- A pinch of powdered cinnamon
- Ice (to pour over)
Step One – –
Make your espresso hot and fresh – you’re going to want to pour the honey straight into the espresso so its mixed through. I actually went and ordered a double espresso from my local coffee shop and asked them to put the honey in themselves. Even if I did have a coffee maker at home, my laziness knows no bounds. Next put this to one side to cool.
Step Two – –
Fill your glass with ice, and over the ice pour 100ml (or around a double shot) of yule log flavoured cream liqueur. Next, add the now cooled espresso shot, then top up with almond milk – its a self preservation thing. Your drink actually may have layered as shown in the photo below. This is fine, as the next step is to mix it thoroughly.
Step Three – –
Mix your drink with a spoon to bring out a rich beige colour Mark himself would be proud to wear in turtleneck form. The consistency should be creamy, smooth with aromas of honey. The final touch will be to sprinkle a pink of cinnamon powder over the top of the drink. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a dash of cinnamon.
Don’t forget to garnish the drink with a little sign saying “To Me You Are Perfect”, and possibly an amaretti biscuit.
Jokes aside, this drink is a sweet little piece which combines chocolate, creamy sweet milk with espresso and honey. Its a great pick me up, and isn’t too strong at all. In other words, no surprises. Enjoy hot or cold, in a glass or in a mug, and be confident guests popping round for the festive season will love it. Dependable, if a little creepy, like Mark. PSA: Do not serve with Banoffee Pie.
This cocktail is part of a 2 part series, the latter part coming on the 30th of December 2017. See here for a link when part 2 is live.