Strawberry daiquiri – and other daiquiris you have to try

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Daiquiris or strawberry daiquiri in particular are served in many different styles, the most commonly known must be the “slushed ice” version.

When I have guests at home, I often serve cocktails. When I ask my guests what they wish to drink, the answer “a daiquiri” is common. That always leads me to the question – a real daiquiri or the wrong slushed ice version ? usually they think the overly sweetened and artificial slushed ice version, that are served in some bars is the right way to make a daiquiri.

But its not – A daiquiri is a wonderful thing, and can come in many different taste variations. When made properly its a match made in heaven, that always leaves my guests amazed of how delicious a “real daiquiri” can be.

Depending on your mood and preferences, you can swap the type of rum to your liking, and exchange the sweetener to what you prefer. My recommendation is to start with a 50-25-15 ml recipe or 60-30-20 (Rum-lime-syrup) and from there experiment with different kind of daiquiris, use a simple syrup for a classic daiquiri, strawberry syrup for a strawberry daiquiri, mango for a mango daiquiri and so on. You can even use the classic recipe and muddle fruit in the shaker instead of using flavoured syrup. The possibilities are endless, especially if you make your own syrups, then you can tweak and fine tune your daiquiris to perfection.

Below I have provided 6 daiquiri recipes, that I hope you will try, or will give you inspiration to make your own delicious daiquiris.

Cheers & enjoy !


IBA official recipe

  • 6 cl white rum
  • 2 cl lime juice
  • 2 bar spoons superfine sugar

Strawberry daiquiri recipes

Strawberry daiquiri - crushed ice Strawberry daiquiri

Crushed ice strawberry daiquiri

50 ml Ginger rum
20 ml Fresh organic lime juice
20 ml Strawberry syrup
Dash cherry balsamic glace
Dash daiquiri bitters

Method: Shake with crushed ice and pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Dehydrated lime, dehydrated strawberry, lime peel and a glass straw

Strawberry daiquiri - Strawberry daiquiri

Strawberry daiquiri

55 ml Rum blanc
25 ml Fresh organic lime juice
15 ml Simple syrup
Dash daiquiri bitters
Fresh strawberries

Method: Muddle strawberries. Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Strawberry, mint and a strawberry daiquiri lollipop

Strawberry daiquiri - mint & cucumber daiquiri

Mint & cucumber daiquiri

60 ml Rum blanc
30 ml Fresh organic lime juice
20 ml Homemade garden mint syrup
Fresh cucumber
Dash coriander bitters

Method: Muddle Cucumber. Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Cucumber on a cocktail pick and a sprig of mint

Strawberry daiquiri - Three p´s daiquiri

Three P´s daiquiri

60 ml Pineapple infused rum
30 ml Fresh organic lime juice
15 ml Peach liqueur
15 ml Passionfruit syrup
Dash vanilla bitters

Method: Shake with crushed ice and pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Dehydrated peach, dehydrated pitahaya (dragon fruit), sprig of mint and a glass straw

Strawberry daiquiri - Pineapple daiquiri

Pineapple daiquiri

50 ml Pineapple rum
25 ml Fresh organic lime juice
10 ml Pineapple cordial homemade
1 bsp Demerara syrup homemade
Dash daiquiri bitters

Method: Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple, lime peel and a sprig of mint

Strawberry daiquiri - Cadaqcha (cachaca daiquiri)

Cadaqcha (cachaca daiquiri)

50 ml Cachaca
20 ml Fresh organic lime juice
20 ml Falernum
Dash daiquiri bitters

Method: Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated lime and flowers

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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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