Something for this Snowy Day…


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.

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


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.

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…



- 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


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


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


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…


Lemon Curd & Cocktails… Yum Yum

Good afternoon,

Well, I was on my lunch break and I spotted some lemon curd tarts that I haven’t had for ages (probably since my school days!), so it got me thinking, how do I make lemon curd and what cocktails would they go in, so I had a search through a few recipe books and found out how to make lemon curd.  Here it is…

Lemon Curd (makes about 4-6 jam jars)

Lemon Curd Cocktails

- 4 lemons, rind and juice
- 4 eggs
- 110g butter
- 450g sugar


Grate rind of lemons and squeeze out juice. Put sugar, rind and juice, butter and beaten eggs into a large basin on top of a pan of simmering water. Stir with a wooden spoon until thick and curd coats the back of the spoon. Pour into warm sterile jars, cover, seal and label. Refrigerate.

As simple as that…

Now for a tasty cocktail…

Curds & Wa-Hey!

- 2oz Citrus Vodka
- 1 Bar Spoon Vanilla Sugar
- 1oz fresh lemon juice
- 1oz fresh lime juice
- 3 Bar spoons of Lemon Curd
- Digestive biscuit (garnish)


Firstly, rim the cocktail glass with lemon juice, then finely crumble the digestive biscuit and roll the digestive crumbs around the rim of the glass.  Add all ingredients with ice into a cocktail shaker.  Give it a good old shake and double strain into the chilled martini/cocktail glass.

Now if that doesn’t enlighten your taste buds, I’m not sure what will!

Thanks for reading,