A Happy New Year! Mixologist Wayne Collins Creates the Nandos Extra Extra Hot PERi-Mary and PERi-rita

We would just like to say a big Happy New Year from us all here at The Cocktail Store.  I hope you have all enjoyed some festive cocktails, we had some great cocktails on Christmas day to welcome the guests in, we opted for some fizz too (any excuse).  Well I though I would welcome in the New Year with a couple of new recipes from celebrity mixologise Wayne Collins created especially for Nando’s.

Catering for the nation’s increasing demand for something spicy, Nando’s fan and celebrity mixologist Wayne Collins has created two fiery bespoke cocktails revealing Nando’s Extra Extra Hot PERi-PERi Sauce as his secret ingredient. His unique recipes combine the piquant flavour of the famous African birds-eye PERi-PERi Chilli (synonymous with Nando’s) with two deliciously refreshing combinations, each designed to tantalise the taste buds and guaranteed to add a kick to the festive proceedings.

PERi–Mary

The PERi-Mary is a spicier twist on the classic, great to enjoy on a night out or simply when chilling out over a lazy brunch with friends.

Wayne comments:

“This is a fantastic and contemporary twist on the world renowned brunch drink the Bloody Mary but using Nando’s Extra Extra Hot PERi PERi Sauce. The rich and addictive, super spicy kick of this sauce really harmonises with the fresh sweetness of the bell pepper and juicy tomato so no need for any extra spicy seasoning – Nando’s has it all!”

Recipe

- 2 x 25ml measures of vodka infused with ½ teaspoon of Nando’s Extra Extra Hot PERi PERi Sauce

- 1 pinch sea salt

- 5ml freshly squeezed lime juice

- 1 teaspoon tomato ketchup

- 25ml freshly extracted bell pepper juice

- 50ml pressed tomato juice

PERi-rita

An elegant and sharp drink which combines fresh lime juice which, coupled with the warm heat of tequila makes it the ideal thirst quencher, suitable for any cocktail party.

Wayne describes:

“This is a tantalising and morish take on the classic margarita with fresh agave sweetened lime given a kick with a good jerk of Nando’s Extra Extra Hot PERi PERi Sauce that is all at once calmed and cooled with fresh crushed cucumber.”

Recipe

- ½ teaspoon Nando’s Extra Extra Hot PERi-PERi Sauce

- 1 x 25 ml measures of Tequila

- 1 x tablespoon of chopped cucumber

- 20ml fresh squeezed lime juice

- 10ml agave syrup

If you don’t know where to buy the Nando’s Extra Extra Hot PERi-PERi Sauce, it has an rrp of £1.99 for a 125ml bottle and is available to buy from Asda, Tesco, Nando’s restaurants and online at www.nandos.co.uk

Well, there are going to be plenty updates throughout the coming months with the latest recipes, product reviews and new launches of course!  It is going to be an exciting year for us here at The Cocktail Store and look forward to hearing all about your cocktails!

Enjoy responsibly,

Andy

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Did you watch Kirsty & Phils Perfect Christmas? A Spiced Pear Martini Anyone?

Hello,

I’ve just finished watching Kirsty and Phil’s Perfect Christmas on channel 4.  I thought you may be interested in knowing the recipe for the Spiced Pear Martini… Here it is:

Spiced Pear Martini

Spiced Pear Martini

Ingredients:
- 50ml pear vodka
- A splash of sugar syrup
- Juice of half a lemon
- 50ml of ginger liqueur
- A scrape of cloves

Add the sugar syrup to the pear vodka.

Squeeze the lemon and add the juice to your vodka and syrup mix.

Pour in the ginger liqueur.

Add plenty of ice and a sprinkling of cloves.

Shake, strain, garnish with a thin slice of pear and serve!

SIMPLE!

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Something for this Snowy Day…

Hello,

Well, we have had some heavy snow here at The Cocktail Store HQ and we’re literally around 2 feet deep in snow. So, today is classed as a Snow Day, staff can’t get in and nobody can get to us. What better way to take this day to enjoy a winter warmer cocktail. It will certainly give you that warm christmassy feeling and if you’re enjoying a snow day today what better way to enjoy it than with a cocktail.

Ingredients
For the spiced Cognac
  • 1 x 750ml/1 pint 7fl oz bottle Cognac
  • 1 litre/1 pint 15fl oz fresh orange juice
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 star anise
For the winter warmer
  • 200ml/7fl oz cloudy apple juice, heated in a saucepan
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch allspice
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 50ml/1¾fl oz spiced Cognac
To garnish
  • 1 tsp chopped apple
  • 1 tsp chopped cucumber
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp chopped orange
  • 1 tsp chopped lemon

Method

1. For the spiced Cognac, a week before you plan to make the cocktail, place all of the spiced Cognac ingredients into a jug and mix well. Transfer to a large bottle and seal the top. Leave to rest in a warm place (room temperature) for a week. Shake the bottle gently each day to mix the flavours.

2. To make the winter warmer, place the apple juice, cinnamon stick and allspice into a saucepan and place over a low heat. Warm through, but do not boil, then remove from the heat.

3. Place the sugar and lemon juice into a glass, add the spiced Cognac and hot apple juice and stir.

4. Garnish with the mixed chopped fruit and serve.

Thanks for reading. Take advantage of this snow day by visiting The Cocktail Store for some fantastic cocktail gift sets.

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And the award goes to…. St. Germain Liqueur

Good morning,

Sorry I haven’t been on through the month of July, it’s been hectic and of course there has been a couple of people enjoying the sun whilst leaving us to do the hard graft… Anyway, I thought I would make the first post in a while about St. Germain liqueur, a fantastic elderflower liqueur that has just won the 2010 Chairman’s Trophy for Best Liqueur at The Ultimate Beverage Challenge. Personally I think it is a great liqueur and there are many cocktails that can be derived from it, I had a French 75 with a touch of St. Germain and would recommend it to anyone. It can be purchased in Selfridges, Jerrys and any other could spirit store.

I have included a video of F. Paul Pacult, Judging Chairman of the Best Liqueur to give you more of an insight into why this won the award.

I promise to keep the blog more up to date now and provide a better insight into some weird and wonderful aspects of the cocktail world.

Thanks for reading (and watching)

Andy

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Something for the Weekend – 20/06/10

Good morning,

First, I apologise for not adding the Something for the Weekend recipes to our blog over the last few weekends but things have been pretty busy here at The Cocktail Store with a few new developments.  Anyway, I watched Something for the Weekend this weekend and it was Fathers Day of course! They made two great cocktails, I have tried both and the Eccentric Old Fashioned is a strong drink, so be aware of that prior to making.  Anyway here they are…

Raspberry Mojito

- 6 Fresh Mint Leaves

- 4 Frech Raspberries

- 20ml freshly squeezed lime juice

- 1 tsp sugar syrup

- 1 tbsp of black raspberry liqueur

- 35ml Golden rum

- Splash of ginger ale to top up

Method

Place the mint leaves and raspberries into a highball glass. Add some ice.  Add the lime juice, sugar syrup, black raspberry liqueur and golden rum. Stir well with a long-handled spoon.  Top up the cocktail with ginger ale. Garnish the glass with the mint sprig and a raspberry.

Eccentric Old Fashioned

Spiced Apple & Clove Syrup

- 1 small jar of ready made chunky apple sauce

- Pinch of All Spice

- 4 Cloves, cracked

- 25ml Apple juice

For the cocktail

- 7.5cm piece of orange peel

- 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

- 1 tbsp of spiced apple and clove syrup ^See above

- 50ml of single malt whisky

- 1 piece of lemon peel

Method

For the spiced apple and clove syrup, heat the apple sauce, allspice and cloves in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring well, for 4-5 minutes, or until the mixture has reduced to a syrup. Add apple juice, if necessary, to loosen the mixture.  Strain the syrup mixture through a fine sieve, then pour into a sterilised jar. Seal and set aside to cool. Once cool, store in the fridge and use when required.

For the cocktail, add the orange peel, bitters, spiced apple and clove syrup and whisky to a large tumbler. Add ice cubes and stir slowly. Garnish the glass with a twist of lemon peel.

Well that’s all for this weekends recipes but be sure to check back for some great Wimbledon cocktails as it starts this week!!
Hope you all had a great Fathers day!

Until Next Time, thanks for reading

Andy

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