Layered cocktails

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To me there is something pleasing about getting layered cocktails served. I think the visual appearance makes it fun and vibrant.

I often use Butterfly pea flower infused gin, when I make layered cocktails. You can infuse any type of clear liquid with these flowers to obtain the colour, or you can buy one of the well-known gin brands which makes them.

If you are looking in the purple / blue scale of colours to serve in layers, you can also look after blue curacao which comes in both liqueur and syrup or “Iovem liqour” (used in one of the recipes below).

If you decide to build your own cocktail in layers, always think about densities, because it will decide what liquid goes on top or bottom.

Butterfly pea flower also reacts to acidity, making it change colour, keep that in mind if you add something that is sour / contains acidity like lemon or lime. To see the effect, I recommend a “magical” Gin & tonic with butterfly infused gin, the gin will change colour once you add the tonic.

I have provided a handful of layered cocktails including a guide on: How to infuse gin with butterfly pea flower.


HOW TO INFUSE GIN WITH BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER:

1: Pour 0.7L gin in a container, add 10 butterfly pea flowers.

2: Save the empty gin bottle for later.

3: Stir every hour to the colour is how you prefer, takes 3-4 hours.

4: Strain the infused gin into the empty bottle with a funnel.

5: Now you have infused your own gin, ready to serve, enjoy!


Layered cocktails - brand meister

Brand meister

  • 50 ml gin BPF infused (floated)
  • 20 ml fresh organic lemon juice
  • 20 ml Lillet blanc
  • 15 ml elderflower liqueur
  • 1 bar spoon simple syrup
  • Cucumber 1 slice, 2 mint leaves

Method: Muddle cucumber & mint, shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled glass with ice, float with gin


Garnish: Cucumber, mint & dehydrated lemon


Layered cocktails - lille gt

Lille GT

  • 40 ml gin BPF infused (floated)
  • 10 ml lillet blanc
  • 10 ml homemade elderflower cordial
  • Indian tonic

Method: Build in a chilled glass. Add lillet and elderflower cordial – stir. Add ice, top with tonic, float with gin

Garnish: Dehydrated lemon & butterfly pea flowers


Layered cocktails - lightning

Lightning

  • 30 ml aged apple brandy
  • 30 ml scotch
  • 25 ml Iovem liqour (floated)
  • 25 ml fresh organic lemon juice
  • 20 ml homemade demerara syrup
  • Dash abbotts bitters

Method: Shake with crushed ice & pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice and float with liqour

Garnish: Dehydrated apple, slice of ginger & glass straw


Layered cocktails - g&v gt

G&V GT

  • 40 ml BPF infused gin (floated)
  • 10 ml white vermouth
  • 10 ml grapefruit liqueur
  • Dash grapefruit bitters
  • Peach tonic

Method – Build in a chilled glass. Add vermouth, grapefruit liqueur and bitters – stir. Add ice, top with tonic, float with gin

Garnish – Dehydrated grapefruit & rosemary


Layered cocktails - rooftop pool

Rooftop pool

  • 50 ml BPF infused gin (floated)
  • 25 ml fresh organic lemon juice
  • 20 ml pineapple cordial homemade
  • 15 ml amaretto

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass with ice, float with gin

Garnish: Pineapple lolly & flower


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New Year Cocktails

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New Year’s Eve is approaching, do you have your new year cocktails ready ?.

The book “2020” is turning it’s last pages, and what a year it’s been! I think we can all agree on that.

The biggest topic of them all in 2020, have been the COVID-19 pandemic, and for many American citizens the US presidential election as well. Even though I live in Europe, I followed the election from distance and found it very interesting.

People and companies all over the world, have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and it has been tough for many industries. Working full time in the hospitality industry, I’ve seen how the pandemic have impacted this industry. I’m happy to see the how companies, bars and restaurants have invented new creative ways to make sales and help each other to get through these difficult times.

Hopefully we are entering the final stages of the COVID-19 era, so things can get back to “normal” and we can see “the light at the end of the tunnel” (go get drunk at bars).

New year, new beginning, new goals

Many of us have New Year resolutions. Whether yours is dropping weight, start exercising, or something else, a new year is a great opportunity to start chasing your dreams. I hope that you will achieve all of your goals for 2021!

I’m wishing you, your friends and family all the best for 2021!

New Year Cocktails Recipes

I have made some delicious New Year’s Eve cocktail recipes, that I hope you will get to enjoy this festive day, or any other day as a matter of fact.

Vesper royal

60 ml Gin butterfly pea flower infused
30 ml White vermouth
Champagne

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass. Top with champagne
Garnish: Lemon peel

new year cocktails - royal daisy

Royal daisy

50 ml Gin
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
10 ml Homemade orange syrup
10 ml Grenadine
Champagne

Method: Shake with ice (except champagne) fine strain into a chilled glass. Top with champagne
Garnish: Lemon peel


new year cocktails - royal faroe

Royal faroe

40 ml Vodka
20 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml Homemade mint syrup
Dash balsamic vinegar
1 strawberry
Champagne

Method: Muddle strawberry, shake with ice (except champagne) fine strain into a chilled glass. Top with champagne
Garnish: Lemon peel, strawberry & strawberry lolly

new year cocktails - fresh & royal

Fresh & royal

60 ml Gin
20 ml Gresh organic lime juice
20 ml Homemade mint syrup
Dash peppermint bitters
Champagne

Method: Shake with ice (except champagne) fine strain into a chilled glass. Top with champagne
Garnish: Mint & lime peel


new year cocktails - cuban

Cuban

50 ml Rum from Cuba
25 ml Fresh organic lime juice
15 ml Homemade mint syrup
Dash daiquiri & peppermint bitters
Champagne

Method: Shake with ice (except champagne) fine strain into a chilled glass. Top with champagne
Garnish: None

new year cocktails - german 75

German 75

30 ml Gin
15 ml Vermouth rose
15 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
Champagne

Method: Shake with ice (except champagne) fine strain into a chilled glass. Top with champagne
Garnish: Rhubarb

Happy new year – stay safe and healthy!

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Christmas cocktails

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Christmas and cocktails. We all have something we associate with Christmas. For me, it’s the smell of Christmas dinner and cookies spreading from the kitchen throughout the house and it’s decorating the Christmas tree with handpicked ornaments.

It’s my favourite holiday of the year, where I get to enjoy great food and cocktails with my loved ones.

However, December can also be a very busy month, with all the Christmas shopping and gatherings. Taking a break to relax and enjoy the Christmas can be needed at times. For moments like these a few delicious Christmas cocktails can be just what´s needed.

I have made you a little Christmas present; recipes for seasonal Christmas cocktails ! Give yourself a little present this Christmas. Take the time to relax and enjoy one of my cocktail recipes in good company with family and friends.

You can find all the christmas cocktails recipes below.

I wish you a wonderful and merry Christmas

christmas cocktails - x-mas fashioned

X-mas fashioned

60 ml bourbon
10 ml x-mas syrup homemade
Dash vanilla bitters

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Maraschino cherries & orange peel

Spiced orange cake

50 ml spiced rum (with a good spice to it)
50 ml fresh organic orange juice
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
15 ml cointreau
10 ml aperol
Dash winter bitters
Freshly made cinnamon italian meringue

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass, top with meringue and torch it
Garnish: Dehydrated orange, cookie and a cinnamon stick


christmas cocktails - christmas fizz

Christmas fizz

60 ml sloe gin
25 ml fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml homemade Christmas syrup
Dash winter bitters
Sparkling water

Method: Shake with ice (except sparkling water) & double strain into a chilled glass with ice, top with sparkling water
Garnish: Rosemary

christmas cocktails - elf hat

Elf hat

50 ml rum
20 ml amaro
1 bsp maraschino
1 bsp x-mas syrup
Dash chocolate bitters

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Pine


Nykur christmas

60 ml vodka
30 ml lemon juice
25 ml orange & cranberry syrup
Dash winter bitters

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Cranberry, cinnamon, dehydrated orange & spices


christmas cocktails - jingle bells

Jingle bells

40 ml rum cocoa nibs infused
20 ml coffee infused campari
20 ml red vermouth
1 bsp homemade Christmas syrup

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Pine

christmas cocktails - santa´s sour

Santa´s sour

60 ml rum
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
20 ml homemade christmas syrup
Dash winter bitters
Egg white

Method: First shake hard without ice. Then shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Grated chocolate, dehydrated orange & cinnamon stick


Christmas syrup

How to make your own Christmas syrup:

Ingredients:

Christmas syrup
80 ml fresh squeezed orange juice
5 TBSP demerara sugar
40 ml amaretto
12 cloves
Peel of ½ an orange
Cinnamon stick
½ liqourice stick
Tiny bit of fresh grated nutmeg
Pinch salt

Method:

1: Bring orange juice and demerara sugar to the boil.

2: Take off heat and add all other ingredients. Leave to rest for 2-3 hours.

3: Strain through coffee filter or cheese cloth and its ready to use.


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Dessert cocktails

dessert cocktails - apple & caramel cake
dessert cocktails - grandpa´s beard
dessert cocktails - apple pie
dessert cocktails - strawberry meringue
dessert cocktails - spiced orange cake
dessert cocktails - lime is the key
dessert cocktails - lemon pie

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Lately I have been working on some fun dessert cocktails with meringue.  I accidentally stumbled upon the idea of using Italian meringue to top on cocktails. Once I tried it, I was sold!

Some of my dessert cocktails are inspired by tasty well-known cakes such as Lemon Pie and “Grandpa’s beard”. “Grandpas beard” cake is a classic Danish cake with three layers: spongy cake, raspberry jam and meringue on top.

I have used less sugar/liquor in my dessert cocktails, as the meringue adds the perfect balance of sweetness.

Italian Meringue is particularly perfect to top on cocktails, as the meringue stays on top of the liquids. The eggs in Italian meringue are definitely NOT cooked, so if you are squeamish about using uncooked eggs in desserts, I suggest you use whipped cream instead.


Italian meringue recipe

I recommend using a KitchenAid/mixer for this recipe, as it will provide the best result.

100 g sugar
40 ml water
40 g pasteurized egg whites
Pinch vanilla sugar
Tiny pinch salt
(Tiny pinch of grated cinnamon for the cinnamon meringue)

1: Whip egg whites in a bowl, until its firm enough to turn the bowl upside down, while the egg whites stays in the bowl
2: Put sugar, water, salt & vanilla sugar in a sauce pan and gradually turn the heat up to medium / high, let it boil until it reach 116 degrees Celsius and remove the pan from the heat
3: Pour the sugar mass very slowly in the egg whites, only a little at a time, while constantly whipping
4: Keep whipping until the consistency is firm enough (have patience, it takes a little time; approx. 10 min)
5: Place it in the fridge for 2 hours before use.

Now you are ready to put the meringue in a piping bag and use it to top your cocktails.

Try these dessert cocktails recipes if you have a sweet tooth and like to play in the Sweet universe of cocktails.

Dessert cocktails recipes

Lemon pie

30 ml vodka
30 ml licor 43
20 ml limoncello
20 ml fresh organic lemon juice
Dash vanilla bitters
Fresh made italian marengue

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass, top with meringue and torch it
Garnish: None

Strawberry meringue

40 ml vodka
30 ml strawberry pure homemade
20 ml fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml licor 43
Dash vanilla bitters
Italian meringue homemade

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass, top with meringue and torch it
Garnish: Freezedried & dehydrated strawberries

Spiced orange cake

50 ml spiced rum (with a good spice to it)
50 ml fresh organic orange juice
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
15 ml cointreau
10 ml aperol
Dash winter bitters
Freshly made cinnamon italian meringue

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass, top with meringue and torch it
Garnish: Dehydrated orange, cookie and a cinnamon stick

Apple & caramel cake

50 ml apple gin
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
20 ml salty caramel liqueur
10 ml apple & caramel syrup homemade
Dash vanilla & ginger bitters
Homemade italian meringue

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass, top with meringue and torch it
Garnish: Freeze dried apple, dehydrated apple and a cookie

Grandpa´s beard

40 ml vodka
30 ml raspberry pure homemade
20 ml fresh organic lemon juice
10 ml chambord
10 ml licor 43
Dash liqourice bitters
Italian meringue homemade

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass, top with meringue and torch it
Garnish: Freezedried raspberries

Apple pie

50 ml apple gin
25 ml fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml licor 43
10 ml ginger liqueur
10 ml apple syrup
Italian cinnamon meringue homemade

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass, top with meringue and torch it
Garnish: Dehydrated apple, cookie and cinnamon stick

Lime is the key

60 ml gin (lime forward)
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
20 ml lime cordial
10 ml licor 43
1 bsp suze
Italian meringue homemade

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass, top with meringue and torch it
Garnish: Grated lime peel and a cookie

I Hope this post inspires you, to create your own signature dessert cocktails. I would love to hear about your experience with my recipes in the comments.

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