Martinez – A classic cocktail served in new ways

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Martinez – a true classic that’s listed under the IBA official cocktail under “the unforgettables”.

A cocktail widely known to be the precursor to the Martini, and it appears that the recipe came off a riff on the whiskey based Manhattan cocktail. The Martinez cocktail was originally made with genever / jenever or old tom gin, but most of todays modern serves are made with london dry gin.

Martinez is a cocktail template I enjoy alot to use, the combination of gin and vermouth is such wonderful combo. The modifyer in form of a sweetener and the choice of bitters, to match the gin and vermouth, is where I often make changes when I stir up a tasty Martinez cocktail to match my desired preferences.

Below I have provided three Martinez styled cocktails, that I wish that you’ll give a try. I really enjoyed these three serves and I wish that you’ll spoil yourself too, by stirring up these amazing cocktails too.

Cheers & enjoy!


IBA official recipe
  • 45 ml London Dry Gin
  • 45 ml Sweet Red Vermouth
  • 1 Bar Spoon Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Martinez – recipes

Martinez - Raspberry martinez

Raspberry martinez

50 ml Raspberry gin
25 ml Vermouth blanc
10 ml Chambord
1 bsp Yellow chartreuse

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Yellow raspberries on a cocktail pick. Mist with absinthe over the cocktail

Martinez - Nordic martinez

Nordic martinez

50 ml Cask aged gin
25 ml Red vermouth
1 bsp Coffee liqueur
1 bsp Maraschino
Dash chocolate bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Maraschino cherry on a cocktail pick

Martinez - Hey marti

Hey marti

50 ml Gin
15 ml Vermouth rosso
10 ml White vermouth
1 bsp Maraschino
Dash orange & mandarin bitters

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

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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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Tom collins cocktail – tasty bubbly treats

Tom collins cocktail

Bubbly treats

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The cocktail “Tom collins” is a classic and tasty bubbly treat, consisting of gin, lemon juice and syrup, topped with sparkling water.

But why not make it even more delicious and fun ? I have made four elevated version of this lovely thirst quencher for you to try, that I think you’ll love and enjoy.

So elevate your Tom collins cocktails with these recipes, which shows how versatile and the different directions this template can take you in. I’m confident and very sure you won’t regret trying one of these Tom collins cocktail recipes.

Cheers & enjoy!


Tom collins cocktail – recipes

Tom collins cocktail - Rose collins

Rose collins

20 ml Gin
20 ml Rose petal liqueur
20 ml Vermouth rose
20 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
1 Bsp strawberry syrup
Sparkling water

Method: Shake with ice (except sparkling water) fine strain into a chilled glass. Top with a splash of sparkling water
Garnish: Dehydrated strawberry and rose

Tom collins cocktail - Lychee and champagne collins

Lychee and champagne collins

50 ml Lychee gin butterfly pea flower infused
20 ml Homemade champagne syrup
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
Sparkling water

Method: Shake with ice (except sparkling water) fine strain into a chilled glass with ice. Top with sparkling water
Garnish: Cocktailpick and dehydrated lemon

Tom collins cocktail - Sloe apple collins

Sloe apple collins

30 ml Sloe gin
30 ml Apple brandy
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml Creme de mure
Sparkling water

Method: Shake with ice (except sparkling water) fine strain into a chilled glass with ice. Top with sparkling water
Garnish: Lemon peel, apple branc and a glass straw

Tom collins cocktail - Fresh collins

Fresh collins

55 ml Butterfly pea flower infused gin
25 ml Fresh organic lime juice
15 ml Mint syrup homemade
Dash peppermint bitters
Sparkling water

Method: Shake with ice (except sparkling water) fine strain into a chilled glass. Top with sparkling water
Garnish: Lime peel and a sprig of mint

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White lady and gin fizz – drinks using egg white

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White lady and gin fizz are delicious classic cocktails you should try if you haven’t, here I have made five modern variations that I think you will love.

White lady and gin fizz are both popular and well known IBA official cocktails. Both using egg whites, which sits on top of the cocktail like a silky smooth and fluffy cloud.

Tip! if you dont like egg whites in your cocktails, you can leave them out. Vegan ? substitute with alternate like aquafaba. I prefer to use egg whites from fresh organic eggs, but pasteurised egg whites works just as well.

Cheers & enjoy!


Gin fizz IBA official
  • 4.5 cl Gin
  • 3 cl fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cl simple syrup
  • Splash of soda water

White lady IBA official
  • 4 cl gin
  • 3 cl Triple Sec
  • 2 cl lemon juice

White lady and gin fizz – recipes

White lady and gin fizz - Rhubarb fizz

Rhubarb fizz

40 ml Gin
20 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml Homemade garden rhubarb syrup
10 ml Aperol
Egg white organic
Sparkling water – homemade

Method: First shake hard without ice (without sparkling water). Then shake with ice until chilled and fine strain into a chilled glass. Top with a splash of sparkling water
Garnish: Edible gold dust and garden rhubarb

White lady and gin fizz - Blue lady

Blue lady

60 ml Gin butterfly pea flower infused
22.5 ml Cointreau
22.5 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
10 ml Blue curacao
Egg white organic

Method: First shake hard without ice. Then shake with ice until chilled and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated lemon and small blue flowers

White lady and gin fizz - Bberry fizz

Bberry fizz

50 ml Gin
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml Currant liqueur
Blueberries
Egg white
Sparkling water – homemade

Method: Muddle blueberries and shake all ingredients hard without ice (except sparkling water). Then shake with ice until chilled and fine strain into a chilled glass. Top gently with a splash of sparkling water
Garnish: Sprig of mint and freeze dried blueberries

White lady and gin fizz - Floral lady

Floral lady

60 ml Gin butterfly pea flower infused
30 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml Creme de violette
Dash lavender bitters
Egg white organic

Method: First shake hard without ice. Then shake with ice until chilled and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Small blue flowers

White lady and gin fizz - Red lady

Red lady

50 ml Gin
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
10 ml Yellow chartreuse
10 ml Grenadine
10 ml Raspberry syrup
Egg white organic

Method: First shake hard without ice. Then shake with ice until chilled and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated lemon and freeze dried raspberries

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Blue cocktails – vibrant blue-autiful drinks

Blue cocktails

Azulero


Azul piscina


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Blue cocktails are fun vibrant and eye catching. These funky and often fruity cocktails are a perfect way to get your summer blues started.

I love experimenting with the visuals, to make eye catching cocktails, and blue cocktails are some of my favorites. They always seem to draw peoples attention, make them curious and has a “wow” effect.

If you want to make mesmerizing blue cocktails, a good way to start is to aquire a bottle of curacao blue, this will turn your cocktail into a beautiful blue serve, and works perfectly well as a substitute for cointreau or orange liqueur in your tropical and fruity blue drinks, to make them sparkle like the deep blue salty sea water.

In this post I want to display two vibrant, fun and delicious blue cocktails I have made, which I served “slushed ice style”. Both are perfect cocktails to enjoy on the pation in the summer, or just when you want a ice cold, delicious and fruity sip. Try them out – you won’t regret it.

Do you have any favorite, funky, fun and fruity blue sips you want to share with me ? tell me about it in the comments below.

Cheers & enjoy !


Blue cocktails – recipes

Blue cocktails - azulero

Azulero

30 ml Tequila blanco
30 ml Agave gin
30 ml Fresh organic lime juice
15 ml Falernum
15 ml Curacao blue
Dash orange bitters

Method: Blend all ingredients with ice to slush ice consistency & pour into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated orange, lime peel & glass straw

Blue cocktails - azul piscina

Azul piscina

40 ml Tequila blanco
20 ml Fresh organic lime juice
20 ml Cointreau
10 ml Curacao blue
10 ml Agave syrup
Dash margarita bitters

Method: Blend all ingredients with ice to slush ice consistency & pour into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated orange, lime peel & mint

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Bees knees – modern takes on the classic gin cocktail

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Bees knees – a prohibition era cocktail invented by Frank Meier, whom was the first head bartender at Ritz Paris. Bees knees, also slang for “the best” is a shaken cocktail, and is made with gin, lemon juice and honey. The IBA official recipe uses orange juice, but it’s not used in many of the modern Bees knees which are served today.

Bees knees IBA official recipe

  • 52.5ml Dry gin
  • 22.5ml lemon juice
  • 22.5ml orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey syrup

Bees knees is a cocktail that’s easy to enjoy, a crowd pleaser you can’t go wrong with, that will suit many occasions. It’s a bright and slighty floral cocktail, where you can use any type of gin, which suits you the best.

Some histories say the honey and lemon was to cover and hide the bad gins made “back in the days” but with all the good quality gins that are produced these days, it’s a whole other story.

If you haven’t tried a Bees knees it’s definitely a cocktail I can recommend, below I have provided some different takes on a Bees knees, which I hope you will give a try.

Cheers and enjoy !


Bees knees recipes

Bees knees - French bee

French bee

50 ml Gin
25 ml Gresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Honey syrup
10 ml Green chartreuse
Dash ginger bitters

Method: Shake with ice & fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Lemon peel & ginger

Bees knees - Buzzing

Buzzing

50 ml Gin
25 ml Gresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Herb mead
7.5 ml Ginger liqueur
1 bsp Honey

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker and stir to dissolve honey. Shake with ice & fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated lemon and a cocktail pick

Bees knees - Blueberry knees

Blueberry knees

50 ml Gin
25 ml Gresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Honey syrup homemade
Dash ginger bitters
Blueberries (I used fresh ones from the garden)

Method: Add blueberries to a shaker and muddle. Add all other ingredients. Shake with ice & fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated lemon and freeze dried blueberries

Bees knees - Royal danish navy

Royal danish navy

60 ml Royal danish navy gin
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Honey syrup
Dash coriander & cardamom bitters

Method: Shake with ice & fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Lemon peel & a cocktail pick

Bees knees - Bees & flowers

Bees & flowers

50 ml Gin
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Elderflower mead
1 bsp Homemade elderflower cordial
1 bsp Honey
Dash ginger bitters

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker and stir to dissolve honey. Shake with ice & fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Lemon peel on a cocktail pick. Express lemon zest over the cocktail

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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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Festive gin and tonics – bubbly treats

Festive gin and tonics – bubbly treats

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ?

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Who doesn’t love good festive gin and tonics ? In this post I have made some delicious suggestions for you, on how to serve some festive gin and tonics that both taste and looks good.

Over the past years gin and tonic increased in popularity, and for a good reason, the market for both gins and tonics is wide, with many options to find the perfect taste just for you and your next bubbly treat.

A gin and tonic can take you in so many different directions, depending on the gin and tonic you’ll use. The botanicals which are used in the making of them makes a huge difference in how your gin and tonic will taste. I really like to experiment with the taste in a gin a tonic, using modifyers or a tonic that I think pairs well with the gin.

The visual appereace of the cocktail is important and can easily reach a wow-effect, either by building in layers, torching a sprig of herb or pouring in the tonic in front of the consumer (or the camera). Gin and tonic should be a festive, bubbly and delicious thirst quencher.

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Tip ! For a plain gin and tonic I recommend to use 1 part gin to 2 parts tonic water and always use plenty of ice.

Cheers & enjoy !


Festive gin and tonics – recipes

Festive gin and tonics - blueb gt

Blueb GT

50 ml Blueberry infused gin
20 ml Dry vermouth
1 bsp Vanilla syrup
Dry tonic

Method: Build in a chilled glass. Add ice and first three ingredients, stir and top with tonic
Garnish: Glass straw

Festive gin and tonics - nordic gt

Nordic GT

50 ml Butterfly pea flower infused gin
10 ml Memento aromatic blend
1 bsp Cranberry syrup
Dry tonic

Method: Build in a chilled glass. Add ice, cranberry syrup and aromatic blend, stir and top with tonic. Float with gin.
Garnish: Rosemary and a glass straw

Festive gin and tonics - sloe limon T

Sloe limon T

30 ml Sloe gin floated
30 ml Limoncello
Dash grapefruit bitters
Tonic water

Method: Build in a chilled glass. Add ice, limoncello and bitters, stir and top with tonic. Float with sloe gin.
Garnish: Rosemary, dehydrated grapefruit and a glass straw

Festive gin and tonics - apple heist

Apple heist

40 ml Apple gin
20 ml Apple vermouth
10 ml Green chartreuse
Dash ginger bitters
Tonic water

Method: Build in a chilled glass. Add ice and first four ingredients, stir and top with tonic
Garnish: Dehydrated apple, lemon and a glass straw

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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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Old fashioned cocktail – 5 versions you have to try

Old fashioned cocktail

Old fashioned cocktail – on the IBA official cocktails list, under the category “The unforgettables”. It’s a template I enjoy expirimenting with, and is orignally made with whiskey or bourbon. You can use any type of base spirit of choice and sweetener or modifyer, which will give you endless choice, so you get the flavour profile you like and prefer.

For my Old fashioned recipes I prefer to use 60 ml / 6 cl of spirit to 10 – 15 ml / 1 – 1,5 cl of modifyer / sweetener and a few drops of bitters, stirred over ice to perfectly diluted.

In this post I have displayed five different Old fashioned styled serves, to show that there are many ways to make an Old fashioned.

Do you have a favorite Old fashioned recipe I should try ? Tell me in the comments below.


Old fashioned cocktail – RECIPES

Old fashioned cocktails - bhakta old fashioned

Bhakta fashioned

50 ml Vintage brandy barrel 4 from bhakta spirits
1 bsp Demerara syrup homemade
Dash angostura bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice cubes made from Icelandic lava rocks
Garnish: Maraschino cherries on a cocktail pick and dehydrated orange

Old fashioned cocktails - runoi old fashioned

Runoi old fashioned

60 ml Runoi rum
10 ml Licor 43
1 bsp Acerola syrup
Dash angostura bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated orange and a sprig of mint

Old fashioned cocktails - Camilla´s old fashioned

Camilla´s Old fashioned

60 ml Bourbon
1 bsp Camilla sunday syrup*
1 bsp Mint syrup homemade
Dash angostura bitters

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

*Tea syrup (chamomile, anise, blood orange & peppermint)

Old fashioned cocktails - monkey milk
(gin old fashioned)

Monkey milk gin old fashioned

60 ml Monkey 47 2020 distillers cut
10 ml Coconut liqueur
1 bsp Pineapple syrup
Dash vanilla bitters

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

Old fashioned cocktails - rum old fashioned

Rum old fashioned

60 ml Pineapple & kola nut rum
1 bsp Mint syrup
1 bsp Passion fruit syrup
Dash abbots & vanilla bitters

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

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The sexpert – a sexy tropical cocktail

The sexpert cocktail

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The sexpert

Whenever I see a tiki styled or tropical recipe, that doesn’t use rum, it gets my interest. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like tiki or tropical cocktails with rum, I really do, but when I see these types of serves, I would expect rum to be the main spirit in the recipe. Most of these cocktails use rum as their main spirit, so whenever I see a concoction that doesn’t use rum as the base spirit it gets my interest.

This recipe also caught my attention, using a split of pisco and gin as the spirit base. The taste is bright and tropical with earthy and floral flavour notes from the pisco. Citrus, clove and almond from the falernum, with a little touch of spices added from the gin botanicals.

The original recipe uses 6 drops Bittermens Burlesque Bitters, if you don’t have Burlesque bitters at hand, other fruit bitters can be used as a substitute.

The cocktail recipe can be found on page 137 in the book “Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki” by Martin Cate & Rebecca Cate. Made for the launch party of Susie Bright’s book – at the Smugglers Cove bar in 2011. The book get’s my recommendations, it has good descriptions, delicious cocktails and very usefull information about the tiki culture in general.


The sexpert

45 ml Pisco
15 ml Gin
15 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Passionfruit syrup
15 ml Falernum
6 drops Bittermens Burlesque Bitters

Method: Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice

Garnish: Dehydrated lemon and a orchid

The sexpert cocktail

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Cosmopolitan – how to make a beautiful cosmo cocktail

Cosmopolitan


1934 Cosmo

1934
Cosmo

Cosmo


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Cosmopolitan

Also known as a “cosmo”. A cocktail I believe gained a massive popularity boost from the Sex & the city series and must have been one of the most popular cocktails world wide, at the time the show was live. The more well known version of a cosmopolitan (cosmo) uses a mix of vodka, cointreau, lime and cranberry and is a IBA official contempoary classic. There are many variations and opinions on how a cosmopolitan should be served, but one thing almost all of them have in common, is the mix of flavours.

Did you know there is a much older version of a cosmopolitan that utilises gin ?

1934

The regular cosmo is broadly know to be a modern cocktail creation, however there is a cosmo recipe also called “Cosmopolitan daisy” which shows in the book “Pioneers of mixing at elite bars 1903-1933” that was published in 1934.

Below you’ll find my take on both versions of a cosmopolitan cocktail. Hope you take the time to create and try both of these recipes. I did make both, and im not in doubt which one is my favourite. The 1934 Cosmopolitan is my preferred serve of a “cosmo”.

If you do, try both versions, then I would love to hear your oppinions about them, in the comments below.

1934 Cosmopolitan

1934


1934 Cosmopolitan

60 ml Gin
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Raspberry syrup
10 ml Cointreau
Dash orange bitters

Method: Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Orange peel and a cosmo lollipop

Cosmopolitan

Cosmo


Cosmo

30 ml Vodka
30 ml Cointreau or triple sec
40 ml Cranberry juice homemade
10 ml Fresh organic lime juice
Dash orange and mandarin bitters

Method: Shake with ice (except cranberry juice) and fine strain into a chilled glass. Float with cranberry juice
Garnish: Dehydrated orange

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Gin basil smash – smashing cocktail recipes

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Gin basil smash

A modern gin cocktail. Originally named Gin Pesto, created by Jörg Meyer in the summer of 2008.

The original recipe states the basil has to be muddled, which also gives it a more vibrant and green color. I prefer to give the basil a good bash, and shake it with all the other ingredients. This way you’ll have a more “bright” and fresh tasting cocktail. By muddling, the cocktail won’t take as much color from the basil compared to bashing the basil.

Regardless of the basil method used, I’m confident that you´ll be satisfied with the outcome, because it’s a really delicious cocktail.

Tip !

If the green color frightens you, then try to use red basil.

In doubt about how much basil to use ?

Then always use more basil.

Gin Basil smash recipes

BASIL SMASH
Basil smash

50 ml Gin
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Simple syrup
Basil leaves

Method: Give the basil a bash. Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Basil and dehydrated lemon

APPLE & BASIL SMASH
Apple & basil smash

50 ml Apple gin
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Simple syrup
10 ml Aperol
Fresh apple
Fresh basil

Method: Muddle apple and bash the basil. Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Apple

GIN BASIL SMASH CRAMBLE
basil smash cramble

50 ml Gin
25 ml Limoncello
15 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Currant liqueur
10 Basil leaves

Method: Give the basil a bash. Shake all ingredients (except currant liqueur) with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice. Float with currant liqueur
Garnish: Lemon peel, basil and a cocktail pick

SAAR´S GIN BASIL SMASH

Saar´s smash

25 ml Gin dry saar
25 ml Saar quince
15 ml Limoncello
12.5 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
10 Basil 10 leaves

Method: Give the basil a bash. Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Basil, lemon peel and a cocktail pick

GIN BASIL SMASH BRAMBLE

basil smash bramble

50 ml Gin
25 ml Fresh organic lime juice
10 ml Mint syrup homemade
10 ml Creme de mure
Fresh basil

Method: Give the basil a bash. Shake all ingredients (except creme de mure) with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice. Float with creme de mure
Garnish: Basil

BERRY BASIL SMASH

Berry basil smash

60 ml Gin strawberry & raspberry infused
30 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml Strawberry, raspberry & vanilla syrup
10 ml Lillet rose
8 Basil leaves

Method: Give the basil a bash. Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Basil and roses

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Bramble cocktail – recipes you must try

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The Bramble cocktail

This cocktail is a real crowd pleaser, and a delicious cocktail you can’t go wrong with.

Bramble is a IBA official cocktail, under the category “new era drinks” created by Dick Bradsell in London, in 1984. The name of the cocktail designated from blackberry bushes called brambles, and the original recipe calls for using creme de mure – a blackberry liqueur.

You can use any type of red berry liqueur, instead of creme de mure, to make your own twists, depending on what you prefer. Whether it’s currant, casis, raspberry, strawberry or any other type of liqueur, I’m pretty sure you will end up with a cocktail you’ll find delicious.

I have made some new takes on a bramble which I hope you like, and hopefully make for yourself.

You’ll find recipes and pictures below.


IBA official Bramble cocktail recipe

  • 50 ml gin
  • 25 ml lemon juice
  • 12.5 ml simple syrup
  • 15 ml creme de mure

Bramble cocktail

Mediterranean bramble

50 ml Gin mediterannean
30 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
10 ml Grapefruit liqueur
10 ml Creme de mure
10 ml Maraschino
Dash grapefruit bitters

Method: Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary

Foamy bramble

60 ml Gin
30 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml Creme de mure
15 ml Gomme
15 ml Aperol
Egg white organic

Method: First shake hard without ice. Then shake with ice until chilled and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Lemon peel

AA bramble

50 ml Apple gin
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
25 ml Simple syrup
10 ml Aperol
15 ml Creme de mure (floated)

Method: Shake with crushed ice (except creme de mure) and pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice and float with creme de mure
Garnish: Sprig of rosemary, blackberries and apple

Bramble cello

50 ml Gin
20 ml Limoncello
20 ml Creme de mure (floated)
15 ml Fresh organic lemon juice

Method: Shake with ice (except creme de mure) and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice. Float with creme de mure
Garnish: Lemon peel and lemon balm

Apple bramble

50 ml Apple gin
20 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Pommeau
15 ml Currant liqueur (floated)
1 Bar spoon green apple syrup

Method: Shake with ice (except currant liqueur) and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice. Float with currant liqueur
Garnish: Dehydrated apple and a cocktail pick

Rosy bramble

40 ml Gin midsummer solstice
20 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Rose petal liqueur
15 ml Creme de mure (floated)
Cucumber

Method: Muddle cucumber. Shake with ice (except creme de mure) and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice. Float with creme de mure
Garnish: Cucumber and flower

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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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January 1st

I hope you had the most wonderful new years eve, and got well into the new year.

Today you might need something up-lifting for your hangovers. Spoil yourself with a delicious cocktail with one of these recipes. Below you´ll find two cocktail recipes for you to try, with syrup which you can make with the left overs of champagne from last night.

I wish you all the best for 2021.


champagne syrup - champ daq

Champ daq

50 ml rum marti plata
25 ml fresh organic lime juice
20 ml champagne syrup homemade
Dash daiquiri bitters

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

Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple, lime peel & rum/lime/mint lollipop

champagne syrup - fizz of champs

Fizz of champs

50 ml gin BPF infused
25 ml fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml champagne syrup homemade
Sparkling water

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass with ice, top with sparkling water

Garnish: Lemon peel


Champagne syrup

  • 1 part champagne
  • 1 part sugar

Bring champagne to the boil, and let it reduce a little. Take off heat and add sugar. Stir to the sugar is dissolved. Let it chill and it’s ready to use.


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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Exclusive event

Ferdinands – The vermouth cocktails edition

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Recently I was invited to an exclusive online event by Ferdinands gin called “The vermouth cocktails edition” hosted by Denis Reinhardt and Mario Kappes.

During the event we were introduced to some great cocktails, all with Ferdinands dry saar gin and their line of vermouths in full focus.

Mario had prepared a line-up of some rather simple stirred vermouth cocktails for us. Find the recipes below.

When the Event started I was full of excitement. and ready to uncork the flavour of the saar.

The sound of “jingle bells” in the background from all the bar spoons stirring up cocktails

After a short introduction the liquids quickly started floating. Cocktails were mixing. The sound of “jingle bells” in the background from all the bar spoons stirring up vermouth cocktails, made the atmosphere just perfect. During these Corona times, it was pleasant to feel the cocktail passion and meet online with fellow bloggers.


Throughout the event Mario kept us entertained and educated with background stories accompanied with information about the products in scope.

“I like to have fun”

– Mario Kappes

It didn’t take long, before I had my hands full of delicious vermouth cocktails.

The cocktail that surprised me the most was Mario´s martini. I’m not very fond of martini´s in general, but this one must be one of the best I´ve ever had – if not the best!

Negroni is one of my preferred classic cocktails, especially when it contain Ferdinands red vermouth. I simply just love the vermouth and I sure loved this negroni too. I really recommend you to try the Ferdi Negroni, (recipe below).

The cocktail Bijou happily surprised me. It’s been a while since I last had a Bijou, and I don’t recall this cocktail being so good. My guess is the red vermouth from Ferdinands, made all the difference.

My favorite cocktail of the event was without a doubt; the Vesper royal. The Vesper royal looked appealing, crisp and delicious. I loved every sip of it! For me all the flavours harmonized perfectly, like an orchestra playing all the right tones, making the crowd smile, applaud and leaving the evening with a big smile on their lips.

During the event it was mentioned, that it´s quite some booze to put us through, but as Mario said “I like to have fun” and we sure did have a fun time.

All in all; a fantastic event in great company.

Below you´ll find four cocktails from the vermouth cocktails event.


vermouth cocktails - mario´s martini

Mario’s martini


70 ml Ferdinands dry saar gin
30 ml Ferdinands dry vermouth
Dash red wineyard peach hops bitters

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

Garnish: Dehydrated lemon on a cocktail pick


vermouth cocktails - vesper royal

Vesper royal


60 ml Ferdinands dry saar gin butterfly pea flower infused
30 ml Ferdinands white vermouth
Champagne

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

Garnish: Lemon peel


vermouth cocktails - negroni

Ferdi negroni


30 ml Ferdinands dry saar gin
30 ml Ferdinands red vermouth
20 ml Campari

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

Garnish: Dehydrated lemon & bitter sweet lolly


vermouth cocktails - bijou

Bijou


60 ml Ferdinands dry saar gin
20 ml Ferdinands red vermouth
20 ml Green chartreuse
Dash riesling quince bitters

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

Garnish: Lemon peel & maraschino cherry


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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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Zesty cocktails

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When studying the art of photography zest shot / zesty cocktails is a great lesson. I have lately developed my photography skills by capturing expressed citrus zest in my cocktail’s pictures. Citrus zest provides the pictures and the cocktails with extra flavour, smell and grace.

Here are my advices for your zesty cocktails – Plan your cocktail in advance, so you have time to buy fresh nonorganic citrus fruits. You need nonorganic, “firm” and not too ripe citrus fruits to get the best zest results. I normally buy organic citrus whenever it’s possible, but for zest shots these are not ideal.

Wash the citrus fruit, peel and express that lovely citrus zest.

Try searching for #hitmewithyourzestshot on Instagram for more inspiration on zesty cocktails.


Zesty cocktails recipes

zesty cocktails - kornish

Kornish

50 ml kornbrand from Berliner Brandstifter
20 ml fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml vermouth rosé
10 ml strawberry syrup
dash summer bitters

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated lemon, dehydrated strawberry and a strawberry lolly

zesty cocktails - grasping on

Grasping ON

50 ml raspberry gin
25 ml vermouth blanc
10 ml chambord
1 bsp yellow chartreuse

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Yellow garden raspberries on a cocktail pick – mist with absinthe

zesty cocktails - wildish

Wildish

50 ml gin butterfly pea flower infused
25 ml dry vermouth
1 bsp creme de violette
1 bsp homemade elderflower cordial
dash lavender bitters

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

zesty cocktails - cardenal´s doza perfecto

Cardenal´s Doza Perfecto

40 ml brandy clásico
20 ml angêlus liqueur
15 ml coffee infused campari
15 ml spanish vermouth rojo
1 bsp chocolat royal

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Orange chocolate, orange peel and a dehydrated plum

zesty cocktails - bmw smash

BMW smash

55 ml whisk(e)y
25 ml fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml homemade mint syrup
1 bsp creme de mure
Blackberries from the garden

Method: Muddle blackberries, shake all ingredients with ice & double strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Lemon peel, mint & blackberry

What is your “sweet spot” camera settings to capture zesty cocktails ? Feel free to share in the comments.

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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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Negroni

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The Negroni template is a template I really like and enjoy to experiment with in all kinds of combinations.
In this post I have picked three negroni cocktails with different expressions and visual appearances, of this well known classic cocktail. I have served all three negronis in my squared glass.

I love to serve Negroni in my square glass. I get a lot of questions about this particular square glass, I bought in a second-hand store close to where I live. I often visit second-hand stores to find new glassware and bar gear. Second-hand is good for the global environment and they often supports a good cause.

My local second-hand store fight against poverty and support the vulnerable people in Asia, Africa, Middle East & Denmark. By shopping locally, I found the most popular and liked glass in my collection, and supported a good cause – What’s not to like?


Negroni Recipes

Negroni - tropical negroni

Tropical negroni

30 ml coconut infused rum
30 ml pineapple infused campari
30 ml red vermouth
Dash angostura bitters

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Roasted coconut chips and bitter sweet lolly

Negroni - Tuscan

Tuscan

30 ml gin
30 ml campari
15 ml aperol
15 ml red vermouth
10 ml homemade red wine syrup

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Bitter lolly and torched rosemary

Negroni - Piña negroni

Piña negroni

30 ml rum pineapple infused
30 ml campari coffee infused
30 ml red vermouth
dash angostura bitters

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple & mint


Red wine syrup

I used red wine from Tuscany

1 : Boil down red wine in a saucepan to around 1/3 and remove from heat
2 : Add 2/3 sugar as there is liquid, stir until dissolved and chill
3 : Ready to use


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