Friday, 28 July 2017

Aluna Cocktails X Tom Thumb



This week I not only got to go to my favourite cocktail bar in Newquay Tom Thumb but I also got to drink my favourite coconut based rum, Aluna. For the past few months I have been enjoying Aluna at home or on the beach which has been lovely but it was great to get the chance to learn some new flavour combinations from Jamie and Tom Thumb. 

I got the chance to make three Aluna based cocktails that are now on offer at Tom Thumb. Kicking off the Aluna Cocktail evening is my all time favourite indulgent treat, an Espresso Martini.


E S P R E S S O   M A R T I N I 









Want to make this, here's how ...


Ingredients
Direction

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice.
Shake vigorously for 12-15 seconds.

Arrangement

Take a martini glass or large coupe and strain the drink into the glass.

Garnish

Three coffee beans placed in the triangle on a top of the cocktail. 

Verdict 

Coconut and coffee are a match made in heaven!



G U L L I V E R ' S  F I X





Want to make this, here's how ...

Ingredients
  • 50ml Aluna Coconut Rum
  • 15ml Lychee Syrup or one fresh lychee peeled and stoned
  • 75ml Cranberry Juice
  • Juice of half a lime
Direction

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice.
Shake vigorously for 12-15 seconds.

Arrangement

Fill a highball full of ice.
Strain the cocktail over the ice.

Garnish

Drop six or seven dried cranberries onto the top of the drink and let them float down
Garnish with dehydrated pineapple slices and a edible flower and straw.

Verdict

One of the most refreshing cocktails I have ever tried. Light, with subtle lychee tones. A must on a summers day.


C O C O N U T  E L  P R E S I D E N T E 






Want to make this, here's how ...

Ingredients

Direction
Stir all the above ingredients in a stirring glass full of ice for approximately 10-12 seconds.

Arrangement 
Take a chilled coupe or martini glass.
Strain the cocktail over the ice.

Garnish 
Cut a thick orange slice and twist over the drink and rim the glass with the slice and then discard. 

Verdict 

Packs a punch but still leaves a refreshing orange taste on the pallet. 




I want to say a huge thank you to Jamie at Tom Thumb for allowing me behind the bar and teaching me some of the tricks of the cocktail trade and Aluna for creating the most delicious coconut rum!

If you love a delicious cocktail you need to head to Tom Thumb, the guys know their stuff and only stock the best of the best! 

Photography - Lizzie Churchill 


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Monday, 24 July 2017

TREVEDRA FARM



I have had the craziest months, my feet haven't touched the ground and in all honesty I haven't had a day off in over 3 weeks and it really left me craving some time away from the my normal routine. So as soon as had a free weekend I blocked it out for a mini adventure with Ben (the hubby). We trawled through google looking for campsites in Cornwall and even looked at leaving the country, but we couldn't find anywhere that captured our attention. Maybe we are creatures of habit or maybe we just know what we love and don't see any reason in changing but for the second time this summer we found ourselves driving down the coast to Trevedra Farm.

To say we drove through a rain storm is a bit of an understatement whilst heading down the coast on Saturday! The rain didn't look like it wasn't going to let up and we did question if we'd made the right decision going camping, but ever the optimists our positive thinking was rewarded and as soon as our van began to drive down the coastal roads leading up to the Sennen area the sun came out and the colour blue graced the skies once again.

With a solid swell rolling through and a fair bit of wind we headed down to Sennen for a surf. I finally got the chance to test out my new Fourth Surfboards, which as I imagined flew! I have said it before and I am sure I will say it again but this could be the best board I have ever surfed. We shared a fun peak of lefts and rights between us, with an array of learner surfers dotted around the shoreline but we had the waves all to ourselves. It felt pretty good to surf somewhere different, even though I have surfed here plenty of times before, it's only when we come down to camp, so it's still just as exciting as the first time.

With our surf's done we head back up the cliff to the farm and set up camp for the night. We ate early and sipped on Aluna Coconut Cocktails till the sun went down. Playing games of chess and telling tales, you really get to know a person when camping. As soon as you take away the modern day distractions you actually get to talk, which I love.






A peaceful night in the tent down, we were ready for another day of surfing. This time we packed up and headed to Gwenver beach. The swell had dropped off but so had the wind, we didn't rush to get in. I practiced yoga on the cliff top while Ben check the tides and swell for the day. Studying the peaks we saw a few fun ones roll in so suited up and headed down.

There is something truly magical about this beach, it takes my breath away every time. On a sunny day the water glistens like crystals and the sand is the purest of white. You could be anywhere in the world, but you certainly don't feel like you're in England.

One surf down and we'd consumed all our left over picnic food and water but the surf had got even better and the skies were clear, so we grab out kit and trekked back down the coastal steps and caught a few more waves.







I never like leaving this place, it's so special to me and I don't really know why. I don't have any personal and sentimental attachments to the beach but it captures me, more than most. I find myself dreaming about how we can move here, buy a house on the cliff where I can drink tea, surf and paint all day long! Simple life goals.

Now I am back home and dreaming about the next time I can head down the coast and get my paradise fix.




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Monday, 17 July 2017

ALUNA AND APPLE



Sometimes the most simple of flavour combinations can make for a delicious post surf cocktail. When you have such a beautifully blended rum such as Aluna you don't need to mask it with artificially sweet mixers. This isn't the sort of rum you mix with coke! With this in mind, I would love to share with you another on of my signature Aluna Cocktails - Aluna and Apple.

- Take a shot of Aluna and pour over ice - GET IT HERE

- Add fresh lime, I like a lot of lime in my cocktail. I think the lime really enhances the coconut flavours of the rum

- Pour over a high quality Cloudy Apple

- For fun I served mine with a fresh slice of pineapple


This cocktail is refreshingly light and will leave you with a wonderful taste of summer in your mouth.







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Monday, 10 July 2017

SURF TALK


Since 2010 I have been asked the same question more times than I can remember and there really are many answers I can give, it's hard to pick one clear reason. 


Surfing isn't just a sport and I personally feel it cannot really be labelled and the more I surf, the more I realise this. Surfing has made me laugh, cry, it makes me happy and sometimes a little angry but above all surfing makes me feel alive and this is really the driving force for me encouraging more women to give surfing ago. If the images of be below surfing a wonderful Cornish wave then here are some clear and simple bullet points to motivate you to get surfing! 


- It keeps your body fit and healthy 

Surfing is a great form of exercise, you use your whole body and keeps you strong, supple and lean. 

- Surfing clears your mind and distresses

As well as keeping your body healthy this also applies to your mind too. Being out in the ocean is extremely calming and the more you call in love with surfing the more you will spend more time thinking about the next wave coming along. Leave you stress on the beach!

- It improves your confidence in and out of the water

Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will improve your confidence. It's ok to push yourself, got at your own pace but always make sure you're moving forward.  

- It leaves you feeling empowered 

Learning a new skill and doing something I bet you'd never thought you'd do will leave you feeling like wonder woman. 

- It allows you to meet new people

Us surfer girls are a friendly bunch, join a club, or a online community or simple get chatting in the line up.

- Surfing opens up a whole world of travelling 

Once you're hooked on surfing, you will want to travel the world in the pursuit of perfect waves. Take your pick of tropical surf camps, wild adventure experiences and open your horizons. 


If you haven't surfed before and want to, if you've given up but want to pick up a board again, what are you waiting for! Grab your board or book a surf lesson, it's time to change your life through the power of the surf. 







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