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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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

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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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