Vanilla Cocktails for New Year

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A very last minute blogpost with a couple of ideas for New Year cocktails. These are brought to you by Vanilla Table author Natasha MacAller and will work well for New Years eve where ever you are or at any cocktail party really. Cocktails are all the rage at the moment, so easy to make, and sure to impress! Cheers and Happy New Year! (Drink responsibly)

The Vanilla Lemon Drop
Serves 1
Inspired by a Taste of Vanilla Lemonade, this perfect celebration cocktail, combining two fragrant tastes and only takes mere seconds to mix and enjoy!

Vodka 60ml/ 2 shots/ 2  fl oz
Lemon juice, Fresh, Strained  30ml/1 shot/1 fl oz
Vanilla syrup (I used Heilala) 2 tsp/10ml
Vanilla bean sliver for garnish

Pour liquid ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake well, Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a sliver of vanilla bean.

*1 shot equals  30 ml/1 fl oz

The South Pacific Star
Fragrant with Passion fruit and Proseco, this south pacific summer party cocktail was served at “Cuisines of the Sun” in Hawaii for 350 guests! This updated version Serves about 12.

42 Below Passion Fruit vodka 235 ml/8fl oz/8 shots
Heilala Vanilla Syrup 175 ml/6 fl oz/6 shots
Proseco or NZ Sparkling wine (I used a blush style) 1 bottle/750ml/3/4 fl qt.
Passion Fruit Fresh, pulp and seeds about 12/235ml/8fl oz
Vanilla bitters 2 dashes (optional)
Orchids to float and garnish

Pour together vodka, vanilla syrup (and bitters if using) then Proseco in a large jug. Layer ice cubes in bottom of a large punch bowl (3 liters). Drizzle over ice a third of passionfruit pulp and seeds. Add another layer of ice and more passionfruit. Repeat once more. Slowly pour the liquid in the center of the punch bowl, garnish with orchids and serve immediately.

1 shot equals 30 ml/1 fl oz

Recipes © Natasha MacAller. Thanks to The Studio of Tableware for letting us borrow the trifle bowl, used as punch bowl. All other props photographers or food stylists own.

When life gives you lemons

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… make lemonade! Last summer, I planted a small lemon tree in a pot on the deck of the studio. What a joy to watch these little golden gems ripen. Now that winter is gone, and we’re waiting for spring and summer to kick in properly, I’ll put my feet up with this little vodka lemonade drink.

½ cup of sugar

½ cup of water

12 lemons – makes 1 cup of lemon juice

lemon rind from 1 lemon


antipodes sparkling water (or your preferred brand)

Squeeze the juice from the 12 lemons into a cup, should measure about 1 cup. In a saucepan, stir ½ cup of sugar into ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Set aside and cool. Once cold, mix the syrup with the lemon juice, and voila you have lemonade from scratch! I find it quite strong tasting, so I dilute my syrup with water till it tastes to my liking, and store in the fridge in a clean glass bottle.

For a refreshing and festive looking vodka lemonade drink, frost the rim of the glasses: Mix sugar and lemon rind in a bowl. Dip the rim of the glass in 2-3mm deep water, and then dip in the sugar/ lemon mix and twist. Cool in the freezer for half an hour for a longer lasting effect. Then pour your preferred amount of vodka into the glass, double with lemonade, fill with ice and top with antipodes lovely sparkling water. Enjoy – and drink responsibly!