What's your favourite part of Home Alone? The ending where everyone's together? The iconic scenes? The pranks?
Ours is the part where Kevin realises he's home alone. HOME ALONE!
Whether you have a huge family, kids, a full house, or indeed do in fact live home alone, most people can relate to that feeling. The one where you think....."Sod it. Nobody is watching."
And so, purely for research purposes only you understand, we created our ideal scenario of finding ourselves 'home alone.'
Chocolates. Popcorn. PJ's. A sneaky takeaway, and watching a Christmas movie. And of course....a delicious cocktail.
It's seemed only right that we made this decadent and fun, and with a little preparation and planning it can be knocked up in a jiffy.
The Popcorn Old Fashioned
Typically the recipes you find online call for a popcorn syrup which are usually just sugar and artificial flavouring. we've infused our own and added a touch of maple syrup instead of sugar- so it's healthier than your average cocktail. The result is a very rich and complex drink...with an element of fun. And it's so simple to make!
Ingredients (for 1 cocktail)
1 Small Bag of Sweet Popcorn
50ml Spiced Rum (we used Bacardi)
Vanilla Pod (optional)
15ml Maple Syrup
5ml Orange Bitters
Start by infusing your rum with the popcorn. In a clean bottle pour in your desired amount of rum and add a handful of popcorn. Option to add a tiny scraping of a vanilla pod. Give it a shake and leave for 8-12 hours.
After the set time, filter out your popcorn first through a sieve, then a second filter through some muslim or a coffee filter.
Store in a clean bottle and keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
When you are ready to make the cocktail, simply add the rum, the maple syrup and the bitters to a mixing glass with a few cubes of ice. Stir for 10 seconds clockwise and 10 seconds anti-clockwise to allow for some dilution.
Strain into a short glass, preferably over a sphere or a big lump of ice.
Serve with a dehydrated orange slice and some popcorn on the side.
Dark chocolate would also pair well!