If you get through coffee grounds, have bananas going brown or think orange peels have no use, check out these recipes. They don't just save ingredients from going to waste, but put them right in the limelight. These cocktails will turn leftover food into flavour infusions that cause a stir! We even created a festive cranberry cocktail to use up leftover cranberry sauce. Click below to jump straight to the recipe you fancy!

  1. Cranberry sauce frozen cosmo

  2. Recycled white russian

  3. Dirty banana daquiri 

  4. Orange peel old fashioned

1) Cranberry sauce frozen cosmo

This saucy cocktail is jam-packed with flavour that’s bound to get even the Turkey partying.
Ingredients (makes 1)
  • 60 millilitres cranberry sauce
  • 45 millilitres ounces vodka
  • 15 millilitres Cointreau
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • Ice
  1. Combine all of the ingredients and blitz until smooth. Transfer to a martini glass and serve.

2) Recycled white russian  

Coffee drinkers this is the cocktail for you. Save up your coffee grounds and enjoy this as an early evening treat. If you’re not ready for a cocktail, you can also collect your grounds and use them as a fantastic fertiliser. 

Ingredients (makes 1) 

  • Ice Cubes 
  • 60 millilitres Vodka 
  • 20 millilitres sugar syrup (equal amounts water and sugar boiled until the sugar dissolves and then cooled). 
  • 80 millilitres of milk (dairy, oat or almond will work well) 
  • 5 tablespoons of used coffee grounds 


  1. Prepare the coffee flavoured vodka by combining the used coffee grounds with vodkaAllow to infuse for at least 30 minutes and then pour through a fine sieve to leave coffee flavoured vodka. 
  2. Add the coffee flavoured vodka, your choice of milk, ice cubes and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake (or an old jam jar if you don’t have one). Pour the liquid and ice into a glass. 

3) Dirty banana daiquiri  

Do you love a daiquiri? This cocktail is a great way to use overripe bananas which all too often end up in the bin.  

Ingredients (makes 1) 

  • 1 nice and ripe banana 
  • 60 millilitres rum (white or gold is best for this)  
  • Juice of one lime (you can use the zest strips to flavour a sugar syrup or tiny strips for a key lime pie) 
  • 30 millilitres of triple sec, Grand Marnier or a banana liqueur (optional) 
  • 1 teaspoon sugar 
  • 1 cup ice cubes 


  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and then pour and enjoy.  

4) Orange peel old fashioned 

Give your old fashioned a twist with some all too often discarded orange peel and dark rum. You can infuse different types of often discarded citrus peels in sugar syrups to add a delicious extra dimension. 

Ingredients (makes 1)  

  • 60 millilitres dark rum 
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters (optional) 
  • 1 tablespoon of orange peel syrup 
  • ice, cubed 

Orange peel syrup 

  • 200 grams Demerara Sugar (use caster or coconut sugar if you don’t have Demerara 
  • 100 millilitres of water 
  • Peel of one orange 


  1. Mix the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, rub the orange peel between your palms and then add to the saucepan. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cool and remove and save the orange peel before using. 
  2. Combine the rum, syrup and bitters (if using) in a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir vigorously and strain into aold fashioned style glass (or whatever you have) over one large ice cube. Garnish with the orange peel twisted. 

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