Archive | May, 2015

Cola and Ginger

2 May

It’s week 8 of 52 weeks of mixology and this week’s theme is cola.

I usually drink cola just with lots of bitters in it, or with rum and lime but for this week I thought I’d try something new (and sadly no limes in the house).

Not knowing what to pair it with I searched through my booze for something I fancied and chose Kings Ginger. Knowing rhubarb and ginger are lovely together I added in some rhubarb bitters and came up with this:

  • 1.5 oz Kings Ginger

  • 5oz Cola

  • 30 drops of bitters (it needed this much to cut through all the sweetness- I could really have done with a lime!)

All stirred over ice


  

The end result is mildly gingery- vanillay and very moreish!

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Princeton Cocktail

2 May

It’s week 9 of 52 weeks of Mixology and this week’s theme is: layered

I spent a lot of time looking for a layered cocktail that wasn’t going to be sickly sweet and eventually came across a mention of a Princeton Cocktail. A bit of more searching revealed this and that the drink appears in ‘Imbibe’. The recipe is:

  • 2 ounces Old Tom gin (or Plymouth gin plus 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup)
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 3/4 ounce ruby or tawny port (preferably chilled)

Fill a mixing glassd with ice and add the gin (the simple syrup, if you’re using) and the bitters. Stir well for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Gently pour the port down the inside edge of the cocktail glass, allowing it to slide down the side and settle in the bottom of the drink.

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The end result was lovely! Heavy on the gin but with a fruity, sweet port perfume. The taste was the same – a strong gin front but followed by the port.

This was a great aperitif and one I’ll return to so I’m pleased to have discovered it!

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