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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Something for the Weekend – 21/03/10

Good morning,

Apologies for being a little late on posting last weekends recipes up.  I will make this a short but sweet post, here are the recipes (mixed by Wayne Collins of course).

Summer Sangaree

Ingredients

- 1 wedge fresh peach
- 1 wedge fresh apple
- 4 seedless grapes
- 1 lime, juice only
- 25ml/1fl oz pressed apple juice
- 25ml/1fl oz cognac
- 25ml/1fl oz crème de pêche
- 25ml/1fl oz white wine, preferably sauvignon blanc
- ginger ale, to top up
- fresh mint, to garnish

Method

Place the fruit into a large wine glass. Pour over the lime juice, apple juice, cognac, crème de pêche and white wine. Add a handful of ice and stir well.  Top up with ginger ale and garnish with fresh mint.

Watermelon Smash

Ingredients

- 1 small slice watermelon, skin and seeds removed, cut into cubes
- 1 tbsp watermelon liqueur
- 2 tsp fresh lime
- 35ml/1 fl oz silver tequila
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- mint sprig, to garnish

Method

Place the watermelon, watermelon liqueur, fresh lime, tequila and mint leaves into a cocktail shaker and muddle (lightly crush).  Add a handful of ice and shake well. Strain the cocktail into a tumbler filled with crushed ice. Garnish with the mint sprig.

That’s last weekends recipes from Something for the Weekend so be sure to check back later on in the week for more tasty recipes.

Thanks for reading,

Andy

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Something for the Weekend – 21/02/2010

Good evening,

My apologies for not updating the blog with Something for the Weekends cocktails as much as I should, but those of you who visit on a weekly basis will see that we have had an overhaul and redesigned/rebranded The Cocktail Store.  We hope you find it easier to navigate and easier to use.  Anyhow, last sundays recipes were themed around the winter Olympics and here they are (they were mixed by Something for the Weekend regular Wayne Collins).

Ski Slope Cocktail

Ingredients

½ lemon, zest only
35ml/1¼fl oz cognac
1 tbsp apricot liqueur (available from specialist suplliers)
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tbsp plain yoghurt
coconut flakes, to garnish

Method

Place the lemon zest, cognac, apricot liqueur, maple syrup and yoghurt into a boston glass with a handful of ice and shake hard.  Strain the cocktail into a martini glass and garnish with the coconut flakes.

Winter Gold Cocktail

Ingredients

3 dashes angostura bitters
2 tsp passion fruit syrup (available from specialist suppliers)
25ml/1fl oz whiskey, preferably Canadian
50ml/2fl oz ice wine, preferably Canadian
edible gold flakes, to sprinkle

Method

Add the angostura bitter, passion fruit syrup, whiskey and ice wine to a mixing glass with a handful of ice and shake well.  Strain the cocktail into a small wine glass and garnish with the gold flakes.

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

The blog is going to feature many more recipes as we will be updating it on a regular basis.  We hope you find it a good read.

Thanks for reading,

Andy

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