Something for the Weekend – 24/01/09

Hello,

Well yesterdays cocktails were looking very tasty! I haven’t got any pictures this week (bad times I know) but don’t worry there will be more recipes this week that will have some great piccies with them so you can see before you try (good times!).  Here are this weeks cocktails..

Eccentric Old Fashioned

For the spiced apple and clove syrup
200g Bramley apple sauce
200ml apple juice
4 cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground allspice

For the cocktail
1 piece lemon zest
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters (or other bitters)
15ml spiced apple and clove syrup (see above)
50ml single malt whisky
orange zest, to garnish

Method

1. For the spiced apple and clove syrup, heat all the ingredients in a saucepan until boiling. Reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering and simmer for 5-6 minutes. Strain the mixture through a sieve and set aside to cool.
2. For the cocktail, mix the lemon zest, bitters, spiced apple and clove syrup and whisky together, with a handful of ice, in a mixing glass.
3. Strain the mixture into a tumbler and garnish with the orange zest.

The Highlander

1 tsp lemon juice
35ml blended whisky
15ml peach liqueur
20ml pressed apple juice
cream soda
peach and apple wedges, to garnish

Method

1. Mix the lemon juice, scotch, peach liqueur, apple juice in a mixing glass with a handful of ice.
2. Strain the mixture into a highball glass and top with cream soda. Garnish with the peach and apple wedges.

These recipes are from the BBC website and can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qg5gh

Hope you enjoy the cocktails.

Andy

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Something for the Weekend – 17/01/10

I will be continuing to update the Blog every sunday with the cocktail recipes that Wayne Collins creates during the show.  Those who have been following the old Blog will know that there are some great cocktails that are easy to make on show.  There are two cocktails every weekend.

Berry Caipirinha

Berry Caipirinha

The Berry Caipirinha is a delicious fruity cocktail that is like a younger brother to the original lime fueled Caipirinha.

Recipe

1 strawberry
3 raspberries
2 blackberries
4 blueberries
2 tsp caster sugar
20ml fresh lime juice
35ml cachaça
15ml blackberry liqueur
selection berries, to garnish

Method

Blend the berries, sugar and lime juice in a blender with a handful of ice (you can muddle the fruits in the base of the glass if you prefer).  Transfer the mixture to a tumbler and top the glass up with the cachaça and blackberry liqueur. Fill the glass with more crushed ice and garnish with the berries.

Garnish

Your choice of berries.

Banana Colada

Banana Colada

Any type of Colada reminds me of sandy beaches and blue seas, so if you think the same, surely it will feel a bit better than looking out of your window seeing the white-wash of snow still remaining.

Recipe

20ml fresh pineapple juice
50ml gold rum
15ml banana liqueur
15ml coconut syrup
½ ripe banana
4 chunks fresh pineapple
slice banana, to garnish

Method

Blend the ingredients with a handful of ice in a blender until smooth.  Pour the cocktail into a large wine glass and garnish with the banana slice.

Garnish

You can garnish with a slice of banana or a chunky piece of pineapple, whichever you prefer.

There will be two different cocktails every week (I will try and update every Sunday if I can get online).  Enjoy these cocktails!


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We’ll Start with a Classic: Aviation

I’ll start off how I was reminded how good an Aviation cocktail tastes.  We spent New Year in Las Vegas and whilst we were visiting each and every hotel we sat down in a nice bar (STACK @ Mirage) and had a browse through the cocktail menu, there it was sat perched at the top of the menu in big bold letters AVIATION.  I hadn’t had one for a while so thought I would sample the delights the drink has to offer and yes, it was fantastic.  Thumbs up to the bartender, great drink!  There are of course different variations to the drink, I have been reading up on the Aviation and it was first publicised in Recipes For Mixed Drinks in 1916 by Hugo Ensslin.  We will come on to Hugo Ensslin’s classic recipe in a moment.

Common Aviation Cocktail

Most Common Aviation Recipe

This recipe is commonly found in decent bars throughout the world and is featured in the 1930′s Savoy Cocktail Book.  The image above doesn’t have the blue tint the original Aviation takes the form of, however, this cocktail does have some substance and great flavours.  The brandied cherry in the bottom of the glass  is a delight to eat after finishing the drink.

Recipe

2/3 oz dry gin
1/3 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of maraschino liqueur

Method

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass

Garnish

Either a lemon twist or brandied cherry in the base of the glass.

The Classic Aviation Cocktail

Photo Jimmy Nicol @ www.jimmynicol.com

The Classic Aviation Recipe

This recipe stems back to 1916 and has a different body and taste compared to the recipe feature in the Savoy Cocktail Book.  As you can see from the image above, the crème de violette gives it that blue’y / violette colour.  Crème de violette is a difficult find in shops throughout the UK but we’re trying our very best to get some in at the store (alcohols coming soon) so you can sample the delights of this cocktail.

Recipe

2 oz El Bart gin
½ oz maraschino liqueur
½ oz fresh lemon juice
¼ oz crème de violette

Method

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass

Garnish

Either a lemon twist or brandied cherry in the base of the glass.

Both versions are certainly worth trying and the type of Gin you use is important too.  I’ve heard good things about a range of Gins, each to their own I guess.  Well thats it for the first post of 2010.  Here’s to many more! Cheers!

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A Warm Welcome

Well I say warm, it’s actually freezing here and this snow is not seeming to be disappearing! Anyway, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our new blog and I hope our loyal followers from The Cocktail Store blog have found this an easy transition from our original blog.  We’re midway through a re-brand and the baggage that comes with it, so please bare with us whilst we do this.  We’re trying to make the transition as smooth as possible.

The Cocktail Blog will regularly be updated with intriguing recipes, new and old equipment reviews, the latest i-Phone application reviews and of course anything that really goes with the world of cocktails.

I would just like to take this chance to introduce myself, I’m Andy, founder of The Cocktail Store.  I will be providing the posts on the blog and as well keeping our forum busy (we’re in the process of re-branding and will re-launch our new forum soon, so please pop along and join in the discussions).  Well, that’s about it, just a brief welcome as I want to get stuck into the first cocktail post of 2010!

Thanks for reading and look forward to hearing from you,

Andy

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