Old fashioned – 5 modern variations of this iconic classic

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Old fashioned is a true iconic classic, and a cocktail every connoisseur should enjoy once in a while with a good quality bourbon or whiskey being rye, whiskey, whisky, or something new and modern like these wonderful serves provided in this post.

The thing I like the most about old fashioned, is that you get a true feel of the spirit and most of the time I just want to support the notes from the spirit with the sweetener, bitters or use a small amount of modifyers which compliments the spirit. To me an old fashioned is all about the spirit, being in full focus.

Below you’ll find five delicious modern variations of an old fashioned cocktail, that I think you should give a try.

Cheers and enjoy!


IBA official old fashioned recipe
  • 4.5 cl Bourbon or Rye whiskey
  • Few dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Few dashes plain water

Old fashioned – recipes

Old fashioned - Fashionable escape

Fashionable escape

60 ml Butterfly pea flower infused apple gin (ginscape)
1 bsp Elderflower liqueur
1 bsp Grapefruit liqueur
Dash orange and tangerine bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Small blue flowers

Old fashioned - Pumpkin old fashioned

Pumpkim old fashioned

60 ml Bourbon
10 ml Pumpkin syrup homemade
1 bsp Apple cuvee
Dash apple, lemon & thyme bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated apple and a cocktail pick

Old fashioned - Pink rubi´s

Pink rubi´s

50 ml Rubis blanc (French pure malt spirit)
10 ml Figue eau de vie
2 bsp Pink pepper syrup

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Lemon peel and a flower

Old fashioned - Mac tropic

Mac tropic

50 ml Rum (Machucaworld)
1 bsp Safari exotic liqueur
1 bsp Banana liqueur
1 bsp Falernum
Dash angostura bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple and banana

Old fashioned - Gnista´s old fashioned

Gnista´s old fashioned 0%

60 ml Barreled oak from Gnistaspirits
2 bsp Homemade camilla sunday tea syrup (chamomile, anise, blood orange & mint)
Dash orange bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Orange peel and a cocktail pick

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Kombucha cocktails – bubbly tea drinks

Kombucha Cocktails

Buyacha hibi

Kombucha cocktails - Buyacha hibi
Kombucha cocktails - Bucharita

Bucharita

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Kombucha cocktails

Kombucha works particular well with sour cocktails like a margarita. Use kombucha to serve a highball, long drinks or even a collins styled serve, which I made in the kombucha cocktail recipes you’ll find below.

Kombucha or kombucha tea is a fermented, tart and refreshing, sweetened black or green tea. The tea is usually fermented for a period of 10 to 14 days at room temperature, and is known and commonly consumed for the health benefits, and typically contains under half the content of sugar, known to be used in regular soft drinks like soda water.

Many kombucha’s are often added with flavourings in form of fruits, spices or other flavourings to enchance the taste experience. Added flavourings to enhance the taste, is also used in the two kombucha’s I have used to make the cocktails which I have displayed in this post.

Just like beer, brewing your own kombucha at home, is increasing it’s popularity all over the world. The kombucha’s I’ve used for the kombucha cocktails, also started as a home brewing project, which later on grew into a company, that now produces commercially for consumers to buy.

If you have made cocktails using kombucha, I would like to hear about your thoughts and experinces in the comments below.


Kombucha cocktails

Kombucha cocktails - Buyacha hibi

Buyacha hibi

45 ml Gin
20 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
12.5 ml Hibiscus syrup
1 bsp Elderflower liqueur
Kombucha (Hibiscus, elderflower and rosehib)

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

Kombucha cocktails - Bucharita

Bucharita

60 ml Tequila blanco
15 ml Cointreau
15 ml Lime cordial
Kombucha (Orange, chili, ginger and elderflower)

Method: Shake with ice (except kombucha) fine strain into a chilled glass with ice. Top with kombucha
Garnish: Chili & ginger

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Martini – 5 modern martini versions you will love


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Dry, wet, shaken or stirred ? Vodka or Gin ? Lemon or Olive ? There are so many ways to make a martini, and the same amount of personal opinions on what’s right or wrong. Here is my preferences:

Generally I prefer a wet styled gin martini, with expressed lemon peel or fresh peel / deydrated wheel on the side or as garnish, so I can choose if I want to add it or not.

That being said, you should always do what feels right for you, and make your martini how YOU think it’s best for the flavour profile you desire. For that reason I’ve made a handful of different martinis (see recipes below) – or at least recipes I categorise as a martini cocktail, to prove that a martini can take you in very different directions.

I hope this post inspires you to experiment with the martini template, and helps you find the perfect martini, that you always dreamt about.

Cheers & happy stirring!


Martini recipes

Martini - FORMULA UNO

Formula uno

60 ml Gin
30 ml Iovem liquor
Dash riesling quince bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Lemon peel and a cocktail pick

Martini - M´s martini

M´s martini

70 ml Gin
30 ml Dry vermouth
Dash red wineyard peach hop bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated lemon and a cocktail pick

Martini - Leonora´s

Leonora´s

30 ml Gin
30 ml Red vermouth
15 ml Aquavit
15 ml Benedictine D.O.M
Dash abbotts bitters and orange / mandarin bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Orange dust and a cocktail pick

Martini - Butterfly

Butterfly

60 ml Gin – butterfly pea flower infused
15 ml White vermouth
10 ml Creme de violette
1 bsp Elderflower liqueur

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Lemon peel and a cocktail pick

Martini - O.G´s

O.G´s

40 ml Apple gin
20 ml Pommeau
10 ml Aged apple brandy
1 bsp Green apple syrup
Dash ginger bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated apple

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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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Gin & Tonic

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Gin & tonic – Endless combinations and possibilities to tweak and experiment with. Gins, tonics, modifiers or not, this gives so many options to play around with making just the right G&T for YOU.

I really like to experiment with gin & tonics, in form of flavour combinations, and colours. It’s fun and there is just something pleasing about using a butterfly pea flower infused gin, because of the stunning visual presentation.

In this post I will show you some of the recent GT´s I’ve made in the autumn season.


Gin & tonic Recipes

These well crafted cocktails will leave your guests amazed:

gin & tonic - apple fizz

Apple fizz

50 ml apple gin infused with butterfly pea flower (floated)
15 ml fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml green apple syrup
Dry tonic water

Method: Build in a chilled glass (add ice, lemon juice & syrup, stir, top with tonic, float gin)
Garnish: Dehydrated apple & rosemary

gin & tonic - docs gt

Docs GT

50 ml butterfly pea flower infused apple gin (floated)
10 ml homemade elderflower cordial
1 bsp green tea concentrate
Dry tonic

Method: Build in a chilled glass (add ice, elderflower cordial & tea concentrate, stir, top with tonic, float gin)
Garnish: Dehydrated apple

gin & tonic - peach pit

Peach pit

45 ml gin infused with butterfly pea flower (floated)
10 ml peach liqueur
10 ml grapefruit liqueur
Dry tonic

Method: Build in a chilled glass (add ice, peach & grapefruit liqueur, stir, top with tonic, float gin)
Garnish: Dehydrated peach & rosemary

Blue Circus

45 ml butterfly pea flower infused gin
15 ml red vermouth
10 ml peach liqueur
tonic water

Method: Build in a chilled glass (add ice, vermouth & liqueur, stir, top with tonic, float gin)
Garnish: Dehydrated peach & rosemary

Mead & Flower

50 ml butterfly pea flower infused gin (floated)
15 ml limoncello
10 ml elderflower mead
Elderflower tonic

Method: Build in a chilled glass (add ice, limoncello & mead, stir, top with tonic, float gin)
Garnish: Dehydrated peach & green leafs

gin & tonic - DR P´s GT

DR Ps GT

40 ml gin
10 ml red vermouth
10 ml aperol
Grapefruit tonic

Method: Build in a chilled glass (add ice & first three ingredients, stir and top with tonic)
Garnish: Dehydrated orange & rosemary

gin & tonic - c-vitamin

C-Vitamin

50 ml butterfly pea flower infused gin (floated)
10 ml limoncello
10 ml blood orange cointreau
Grapefruit tonic

Method: Build in a chilled glass (add ice, limoncello & blood orange cointreau, stir, top with tonic, float gin)
Garnish: Dehydrated grapefruit & rosemary

Tell me about your favorite GT combination in the comments below.

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