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

Australian Iced Tea Recipe

 

Australian Iced Tea

This cocktail is a very refreshing one. Just right for a hot summer’s day or during a rather hectic party celebration. This sure will keep you going.

And with all the ingredients at hand, it would only take 5 minutes to make exc

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luding making the sugar syrup.

To make the sugar syrup
Combine half a cup of water with half a cup of caster sugar in a small saucepan.  Heat it up and stir continuously until the sugar granules have dissolved.  Bring it to the boil then remove from heat; let it cool and refrigerate until needed.

 

Ingredients:

(This is only to treat yourself, adjust the ingredients if you wanted to share 😉 lol)

3 teaspoons chilled sugar syrup (see above for the recipe)

3 teaspoons vodka

3 teaspoons white rum

3 teaspoons while tequila

2 teaspoons Cointreau

3 teaspoons gin

3 teaspoons lime juice

6 ice cubes

1/3 cup crush ice

1/3 cup chilled ginger beer

Lime wedge to garnish (I am afraid I used all the lime to make the juice will buy extra next time.)

 

 

Preparation:
1. Combine syrup, vodka, rum, tequila, Cointreau, gin, juice and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and shake like you have never shaken before. Ooops the cocktail has gotten to me a bit. hickkk

2. Place crush ice in a cocktail glass or any pretty stem glass; strain the the cocktail mixture over the ice.

3. Top with ginger beer. If you have a leftover lime, cut it into a nice wedge and use as garnish by anchoring it on the lip of the glass.

Enjoy!

Remember: NEVER EVER DRINK AND DRIVE!!!

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!

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