Earl Grey Mar-tea-ni… The infusing begins..

Good morning,

Well here in the UK I must admit we love our tea and I am one of those people who love it.  So I had a think and a scour around the internet, recipe books and any other source I could get my hands on to find a decent tea cocktail.  I certainly found one in the Earl Grey Mar-tea-ni.  I am new to infusing alcohol but must admit it is very addictive once you begin, all I want to do is infuse spirits with new flavours now.  Anyway, back to the tea cocktail.  I now prefer to infuse my gin with the tea leaves prior to making this cocktail but if you haven’t got the time, don’t want to risk your precious gin or you’re a little lazy then you can always brew some tea in a mug and use a mere 35ml of the stuff to mix in your cocktail.  A little more on that later (that’s cheating anyhow!)

Right, onto the infusion.  I know it says in many places to infuse 1 litre of a Gin with a 1/4 cup of tea, but I didn’t want to be having my first go infusing tea with Gin on a 1 litre bottle because if I made a mess of it, made it too strong etc then I would have been a little devastated.  So, scaling the ingredients down a little, I tried it on a mere 375ml of Gin, enough to let the household sample the delights of this cocktail aswell as me!  So I went with 375ml of Gin and 1 1/2 table spoons of tea leaves.

Now onto the cocktail..   I used

- 50ml Infused Tea Gin

- 20ml Lemon Juice

- 12.5ml Sugar Syrup

- 1/2 fresh egg white

I like my drinks to be ‘froffy’ (if thats how you even spell that), so I combined all the ingredients in the shaker with no ice and give it a good old shake for 10 seconds.  I then added ice and give it another good old shake.  I then double strained the drink into a beautifully chilled martini glass.  The final twist was a lemon one! (i.e. garnish)…

Well, my infusing is going onto the next level, I was going to start taking my own pictures of the cocktails as I’ve just got myself a new Canon Digital SLR, so who know, next time you may see some snaps!  On a final note, I really enjoyed making this cocktail from start to finish and I know there are 1001 alternatives to this recipe, this came out very nicely and it went down a treat at home!

Thanks for reading,

Andy

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Limoncello Yellow Belly Martini

Good evening,

Well, supposedly the sunshine is on its way and what better way to enjoy the sun, than with a refreshing cocktail!  I was having a look through a few cocktail recipe books recently and thanks to Twitter and the guys at The Cocktail Club, I decided on a great refreshing Limoncello cocktail, here it is…

Yellow Belly Martini

- 1 shot citroen vodka

- 1 shot of freshly squeezed lemon juice

- 1 shot limoncello liqueur

- 1/8 shot of sugar syrup

- 1/2 shot of chilled mineral water

Method

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon zest twist.

Now this drink is very ‘lemon’ in tasting as you would expect, but it really is a great refreshing cocktail and one that must be enjoyed in the sunshine!

Hope you like,

Thanks for reading,

Andy

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Something for the Weekend – 09/06/10

Good evening,

I have just added last weeks recipes from Something for the Weekend, even though I watched the show last week, we have been very busy at The Cocktail Store this week so not had chance to upload them.  Anyway this weekend Wayne Collins gave us a couple of fantastic forgotten Vodka cocktails.  So here they are…

Balalaika

Ingredients

- 25ml/1fl oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 small free-range egg white
- 2 tsp fine caster sugar
- 50ml/2fl oz vodka
- 25ml/1fl oz triple sec
- bitters, to serve

Method

Place the lemon juice, egg white, sugar, vodka and triple sec into a cocktail shaker, with a handful of ice.  Shake well, then strain the cocktail into a coupette glass. Garnish with the angostura bitters.

Pink Martini

Ingredients

- 3 dashes orange bitters
- 50ml/2fl oz chilled vodka
- 20ml/¾fl oz dry vermouth
- 2 tsp grenadine syrup
- lemon twist, to garnish

Method

Place the orange bitters, vodka, vermouth and grenadine syrup into a cocktail mixer with a handful of ice.   Shake well, then strain the cocktail into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

That’s all for this weekends recipes from Wayne Collins,

Until next time…

Andy

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Something for the Weekend – 02/06/10

Here are this weekends cocktails mixed by Wayne Collins..

Puro Margarita

Ingredients

- 25ml/1fl oz lime juice
- ½ lime, zest only
- pinch pink sea salt
- 1 tbsp pure agave syrup
- 50ml/2fl oz agave tequila plata

Method

Mix the lime juice, lime zest, sea salt, agave syrup and tequila with a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well.  Strain the cocktail into a coupette glass.

Tropical Paloma

Ingredients

- 1 lime wedge
- 25ml/1fl oz golden grapefruit juice
- 35ml/1¼fl oz gold tequila
- lemonade, to top up
- 1 tbsp passion fruit liqueur
- passion fruit pulp, to garnish

Method

Squeeze the lime juice into a sling glass (or tall glass), add the golden grapefruit juice and tequila and top up with lemonade. Stir the cocktail and then pour the tropical liqueur in a layer over the top.  Garnish with the passion fruit pulp.

Hope this helps,

Thanks for reading,

Andy

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