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Strawberry and mint champagne cocktail recipe


We’ve spoken before about champagne cocktails. You know I’m not a fan. I mean, why waste perfectly good champagne in a mix?

But with all rules there’s always an exception. And the exception to never using champagne in a cocktail is when it’s a day or two old and there’s just a tad left. I’m a thrifty one with a love of repurposing and I can assure you this is one tasty way to avoid champagne waste.

Today I’m sharing a strawberry and mint champagne cocktail recipe. It’s fresh, summery and just a bit sweet. Full credit goes to my friend May who casually shared this simple concoction with me over lunch a few weeks ago.

Strawberry and mint champagne cocktail recipe


Leftover champagne
Lots of strawberries
Fresh mint leaves


Wash the strawberries. Use a mini sieve to squeeze the strawberry juice through to a jar.

Put two teaspoons of strawberry juice into each champagne glass with a sprig of mint. Top with chilled champagne and garnish with a strawberry.

No champagne on hand? Feel free to swap champagne for sparkling wine or Cava.

homemade frappuccino alternative

Why spend a fortune on a Starbucks Frappuccino when you can make your own for pennies?

The best bit? You can add as much whipped cream as you want!

Firstly, this is technically not a Frappuccino. So I’m going to go right ahead and name it a Carlaccino. Whoever gets this to cotton on and trend on twitter will get unlimited Carlaccinos for life.

homemade frappuccino alternative

Why a Carlaccino? Well, I’m not great at following recipes. I take a look at them and think ‘bah, who needs to add that? I’m going to add some turmeric instead of vanilla essence and get this partaaay started’. Some of my culinary experiences have not turned out well, but every so often there is a gem of creation which makes experimentation worthwhile.

Today was one of those days. I took a walk into my hometown, and passing a Starbucks I fancied a frappuccino. However I really didn’t want to spend £3 on a drink I don’t even like that much. I find them watery, I don’t like the lumps of ice and the coffee is not strong enough for my liking. Plus, the amount of whipped cream on top is pitiful by my standards.

Feeling adventurous I toddled off home and decided to throw caution to the wind and pull out everything in the fridge or in the cupboards that appealed. This included:

  • A long tall latte glass that came in a Christmas gift set that never, ever gets used
  • A skanky straw from the back of an unused drawer
  • Whipped cream
  • Powdered milk creamer
  • Instant coffee (hey, I was feeling lazy)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Sugar
  • Splenda
  • Vanilla essence
  • Semi-skimmed milk
  • Soy milk

Firstly I boiled the kettle. Then in a mug I mixed together 2 tablespoons of instant coffee, a tablespoon of splenda, a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of milk creamer. I filled the mug halfway with boiling water and stirred obsessively until the coffee granules disappeared. I filled the rest of the mug with cold water, gave it a stir and popped it in the fridge.

I then pulled out the blender, added 9 ice cubes, a drop of vanilla essence, about 100ml each of soy milk and semi-skimmed milk and the slightly less hot coffee mix. I then carefully pushed the pulse button on the blender a few times, and *ta-da* I had a silky smooth jug of Carlaccino goodness.

I carefully poured the mixture into my tall glass, reached for the whipped cream and piled it as high as it could go before toppling. I sprinkled on some cocoa powder, stuck in the straw and sighed with happiness.

5 minutes later it was gone and all I was left with was a whipped cream moustache.

For me, the secret ingredient was the soy milk. I can’t stand it in my tea but as it has a slight sweetness it went perfectly with the coffee. This was total trial and error and I’m sure you can make some variations on the above, cutting the ingredients considerably. Next time I will try it with proper coffee, soy milk, vanilla essence, ice and whipped cream alone.

Let me know if you have any tips or variations!