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Negroni Week 2017 – Negroni Sour

6 Jun

It’s Negroni Week and I’m finally having my first of the week: a Negroni Sour.

-dry shake all the ingredients for a Negroni and an egg white with the whisk from a Hawthorne strainer

-add ice cubes and shake like mad

– if the egg white has taken away too much sour for your liking then add some in with lemon juice or some drops of these fab sour bitters from Bar 40 Bitters


– enjoy!

The drink is simply a Negroni with the added froth & silkiness that the egg white provides – delicious 

Por Do Sol Negroni

8 Jun

For Negroni Week my second drink of the day is a Por Do Sol courtesy of Imbibe.

The recipe is:

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The end result is oh so bitter with a warmth and sweetness from the Cachaca.

 

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!

Chocolate Cherry Cocktail

27 Mar

It’s week 4 of 52 weeks of mixology and the theme is St Patricks Day.

With Irish parents and far too many aunts and females cousins to count my main thoughts when trying to decide on an Irish drink centred around Baileys.

Sadly I’m not really a fan but then I remembered that last year my sister introduced me to the joys of chocolate Baileys and that I had a bottle in the back of the cupboard.

I don’t have much of a sweet-tooth and prefer my chocolate at 90% but this drink is good. Chocolatey without being too sweet and very moreish.

But knowing that just pouring this over ice wasn’t going to be enough I got to thinking about what would pair with it. I had no fresh mint or orange in the house and was worried lemon juice would curdle it so instead I settled on Maraschino for a chocolate/ cherry combo.

Knowing it would still be too sweet and needed depth I scoured my bitters and choose a sour cherry one and the end drink- I loved it!

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The recipe is:
– 2oz chocolate Balleys
– 1oz Maraschino
– 20 drops of bitters

All shaken over lots of ice to get it super chilled and then finished with some maraschino cherries to fish out at the end

Chocolate Stout

12 Mar

Continuing my search for a beer cocktail I experimented this evening with Guinness and chocolate and made this drink I’ve titled Chocolate Stout.

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Although I like chocolate I don’t love the sugary varieties so usually plump for 85% plus but this Sweet Freedom Chocolate Shot is perfect for a chocolate hit. Its ingredients are just Sweet Freedom® (natural fruit extracts; apples, grapes & carob), water, cocoa, rapeseed oil and natural chocolate flavour . I used it in coffee to make a mocha and on ice-cream as a sauce- this is the first time I’ve used it in a cocktail.
I then rummaged for some chocolate bitters and found these chocolate and coffee ones from Crude Bitters and they seemed perfect for the task at hand.

The recipes I used was:
– 15ml of Chocolate shot
– 30 drops of the bitters
– 1 can of Guinness stirred in

The end result was a delicious drink with all the dark bitterness of Guinness with a chocolate hit and a chocolate and coffee finish.

It’s a perfect ‘dessert cocktail’ if you don’t have too sweet a tooth though you could add extra chocolate shot if wanted.

Tuscan Shandy

25 Oct

Another great thing about Incanto is that they introduced us to a great non-alcoholic drink- the Tuscan Shandy.

The Tuscan Shandy

The Tuscan Shandy

It may be known by other names but a Google search is getting me so where so as well as stealing their drink recipe (or my guess at it) I’m stealing their name.

The ingredients are simple: equal parts lemonade, ginger beer & orange juice. Add a dash (or a big glug if you’re me) of Angostura Bitters and serve over ice- refreshing and tasty heaven in a glass.

I’ve learnt over time that orange juice with no ‘bits’ or long-life from concentrate is best to stop it ‘separating’ and all the ‘bits’ floating to the top.

Over this summer we seemed to have a large jug of it permanently in the fridge and it’s a great standby for when friends are round and you want to serve more than regular soft drinks to anyone who wants some non-alcoholic hydration.

All the ingredients can be kept in the cupboard and just stirred with ice at a moments notice making it a great go to.

Courvoisier Punch

4 Jan

One of the joys of Christmas is the availability of giftsets, glasses etc which if you’re a drinker and collector like me is the perfect chance to fulfill both loves.

One thing I picked up this year were some Courvoisier glasses which looked like they’d be nice to drink from and this evening seemed the perfect time to try them out.

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The recipe I chose to dive in with is a Courvoisier Punch and the single serving proportions are:

  • 50ml Courvoisier
  • 150ml Lemonade
  • 5 dashes of Angostura Bitters

You could also add in fruit such as orange or lemon slices or tarten the drink with more lemon or sweeten with some muddled sugar or even a splash of Maraschino.

The drink was a warming, lenghtened version of Courvoisier but with more interest and flavours. You could ‘water’ it down with more lemonade if you wanted a longer drink with less of a kick or serve it warm if you wanted added warmth which the drink seems perfect for.

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