Category: Cocktails

Cocktail: Singapore Sling

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A very sophisticated cocktail and yet a very easy to make and to follow the recipe.

Enjoy a Singapore Sling during the Christmas season but please bear in mind that alcohol and driving are not compatible.

Be safe out there.

Singapore Sling recipe:

25ml Gin

50 ml cherry brandy

1/2 lime, juiced

1-2 drops of Angostura bitters (optional)

ice cubes

cocktail cherries to garnish

150ml soda water, chilled

Preparation:

Mix together the gin, cherry brandy, lime juice, and Angostura bitters.  (By the way, the use of Angostura is optional, you do not have to add it but it would add a kick to your cocktail.)

Pour into cocktail glasses.  Add the ice cubes.

Garnish with a cocktail cherry each.

Finish off by topping the glasses with chilled soda water.

Cin cin!

helpful tips Always serve cocktails immediately.  Remember the ingredients will separate if the cocktail is left to stand.

 

 

Bellini

I had taken two finger-bowls of Champagne, and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental, and profound.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

DSCN9068 is sumptuous and decadent. I reckon this should be sipped while half listening to  jazz playing in the background, a la Harry’s Bar, which incidentally is where Bellini originated from.

Apparently, the original cocktail was made from prosecco, which was a sparkling wine in Venice. Our recipe is made from champagne, for more indulgence.

Bellini

Ingredients:

3 medium ripe peaches, chopped coarsely.
1 cup peach schnapps
750 ml chilled champagne
10 sugar cubes

Preparation (all of 5 minutes)

1. In a food processor, blend the chopped peaches and schnapps until smooth.
2. Pour the peaches mix into a large pitcher or jug.
3. Add the champagne and give it a good stir.
4. Have 10 champagne flutes at the ready, each with a sugar cube.
5. Top it with the Bellini cocktail.
6. Serve!

Ginger and whisky Mojito

Summer may have been officially over here in the UK, but parties are just about to start. There is the Halloween party, Guy fawkes’ Night, Christmas parties and New Year’s pary.

A bit of mojito will, I am sure, be appreciated.

Just be responsible. Don’t drink and drive!

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Ginger and whisky Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 8 limes, sliced
  • 28g  mint, leaves only
  • 1 tbsp demerara or brown sugar
  • 300ml whisky (a blend rather than single malt works best here)
  • ice cubes
  • 2 litres cloudy ginger beer, chilled

To make:

  • Place the limes and sugar in a pitcher and give it a good stir to dissolve the sugar granules.
  • Using a wooden spoon, rolling pin or a mezzaluna, crush or chopped the mint leaves roughly to release the flavour.  Then add the crushed mint to the pitcher and stir it in.
  • Add the whisky and again, stir well.
  • Fill with ice; top up with ginger beer.
  • Enjoy!

This recipe is from Sainsbury, where you can buy all the ingredients.

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
~Voltaire

Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe

Bloody Mary, photo by JMorton

 

Bloody Mary is a special favourite. I do like tomato juice with a bit of a spiritual kick of vodka, Tabasco and Worcestershire Sauce. I would drink this slowly with a stick of celery to swirl this blood-red concoction round and round.

Did you know?

Bloody Mary was named after Mary Tudor (1516-1558), daughter of Henry VIII with Katherine of Aragon.

Mary was the last Catholic Monarch.  During her reign, she tried to restore Catholicism as the official state religion.  She was intolerant of any form of criticism what she burned hundreds at the stake and hanged many Prostestants.

Her tyranny earned her the  sobriquet as ‘Bloody Mary’

Anyways, here is the recipe.

 

 Bloody MaryIngredients

  • 2 ice cubes
  • vodka, double shot
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 150ml/5fl oz tomato juice
  • pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
 Method of preparation:

  • Place the ice into a tall glass and add the vodka.
  • Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and tomato juice. Stir well.
  • Adjust the seasoning, to taste, with salt and pepper and serve straightaway.

 

Elderflower rubbarb ripple

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Elderflower rubbarb ripple

Ingredients:
– Elderflower liqueur 35cl
– Rhubarb vodka 50cl
– Mount Bluff sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 75cl

Method:
– To make this elegant elderflower & rhubarb ripple cocktail, add 1 measure of elderflower liqueur and 1 measure of rhubarb vodka to a cocktail shaker.
– Add a few cubes of ice to the shaker and then shake.
– Strain into a champagne coupe glass and top up the glass with 3 measures of Mount Bluff. There is enough to make 9 cocktails with this recipe!

http://social.marksandspencer.com/recipes/elderflower-rubbarb-ripple/

James Bond Licensed to Drink!

Our favourite secret agent James Bond is famed for being steady, suave and ever ready with the ladies. However a study by some medical doctors in England have trawled through the super spy’s 14 novels, collated the amount of alcohol he is shown to have drunk in each book. The statistics they arrived at are staggering (Like Bond would be).

They found he drunk one and a half bottles of wine most days and consumed 1,150 units of alcohol in 88 days that is 92 units per week,
about five vodka martinis a day which so four times the recommended intake for adult men in the UK. Bond would be more shaking and slurred voice  than shaken not stirred as he preferred his vodka martinis 😉

Bond would be more lethal with a gun to himself and bystanders than with his target, also his performance with women would more impotent than potent.

Instead of having his Aston Martin car registered with the A.A.(Automobile Association), Bond himself would need to register with A.A. (alcoholics Anonymous) 😉

bond alcohol consumption chart

007’s proof alcohol consumption chart