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Latte Martini by Siúcra & Catherine Fulvio

Make your holiday season more merry with this amazing Christmas Latte Martini by Siúcra & Catherine Fulvio cocktail recipes. Greet guests on arrival with this festive holiday cocktail and spice up your party this holiday season.

Ingredients Makes 1

For the sugar syrup

- 100g Siucra Caster Sugar

- 150ml water

- 30ml vodka

- 1 espresso coffee shot

- 30ml cream

- 4 tbsp of ice

- 4 raspberries

- Siucra Granulated Sugar for the glass and raspberries

- Beaten egg white

- Large rosemary sprig


To prepare the sugar syrup

- Pour the sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil, reduce the heat, simmer for about 6 to 7 minutes until a light syrup forms.

- Leave to cool completely. This will keep in your fridge for 2 to 3 weeks.

To decorate the glass

- Dip a small brush into the egg white and brush around the rim of the glass, dip the glass into the granulated sugar and leave to dry.

To serve

- Thread 3 or 4 raspberries onto a long rosemary sprig and brush the berries with egg white, sprinkle with the granulated sugar and set aside.

- Once cold, add 3 tbsp of the sugar syrup into a shaker, add the vodka, espresso coffee shot and cream and plenty of ice.

- Shake well and strain into the martini glass. Place the raspberry rosemary sprig on the side and enjoy.

Pictured last year at the 800 year old Hook Lighthouse in county Wexford is Joszef Sztana from Hungary. Picture: Patrick Browne

An age-old tradition will take place on New Year"s Day at the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse as the archers, both expert and amateur, will take part in a traditional “arrow ceremony”.

The Dunbrody Archers will join Cllr Willie Fitzharris is An Cathaoirleach of the Municipal Districtof New Ross Council to participate in the ceremony. The age-old tradition dates back to 1687, when the Mayor and the corporation of New Ross Town Council claimed their authority over the Tower and waters by travelling to the point of the Hook and shooting an arrow into the sea from Hook Head Lighthouse. On New Year"s Day 2018 The Dunbrody Archers will assist the Mayor of New Ross in an ‘arrow ceremony". The Mayor will cast an arrow into the sea symbolising the Ports authority over the estuary.

Members of the public are invited to come and watch the free historical event at 3 pm on New Year"s Day 2017.

Also taking place on New Year"s Day at Hook Lighthouse is ‘Daisy Day" age-old tradition, as Hook Lighthouse records show the old New Year custom in the form of 'Penny for a Daisy' which was carried out by the children on New Year's Day and large numbers of children collected the first flower of 1943 and received pennies for them. According to Hook Lighthouse, “The child who found the first daisy would win the hunt but lots of children would receive pennies from the families in the area.” This New Year"s day will see the hunt take place and children receiving a chocolate penny for their efforts. Free afternoon entertainment will also be on offer with Captain Hook along with art workshops with resident artist Rose.

Hook is renowned as the oldest intact working lighthouse in the world, from the 5th century monks lit fires to keep the ships at sea safe. The Hook Lighthouse tour incorporates 115 steps to the top of the lighthouse tower featuring holograms illustrating the ancient history of the tower and the Hook area and spectacular views of the southern coast.

Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre and Café closes on December 18th and re-opens on St Stephen"s Day at 11am and will remain open throughout the holiday season. The visitor centre opened in its initial form 16 years ago and, since then, hundreds of thousands of people have passed through its doors and climbed its many steps.

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