The last word – 5 twists on the classic cocktail

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The last word – an IBA official cocktail listed under the “The unforgettables” category and a prohibition era cocktail.

First served at the Detroit Athletic Club, in 1915. The Last Word was created just before the start of the prohibition. Consisting of four ingredients measured in equal parts. Gin, freshly squeezed lime juice, green chartreuse and maraschino. It’s a super delicious and easy cocktail, I can recommend to try the orginal recipe, and if you feel like taking it to a new level, I have provided some tasty twists on the original recipe, that you should give a try. Below you’ll find five of my twist on the last word cocktail.

Cheers & enjoy!


The last word IBA official recipe
  • 22.5ml gin
  • 22.5ml lime juice
  • 22.5ml green Chartreuse
  • 22.5ml maraschino liqueur

The last word cocktail recipes

The last word - fruits n herbs

Fruits N Herbs

25 ml Gin
25 ml Maraschino
25 ml Artemesia liqueur
25 ml Fresh organic lime juice
1 bsp Absinthe
Fresh raspberries from the garden

Method: Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass with a rim of freeze dried raspberries
Garnish: Raspberries from the garden on a cocktail pick. Mist the cocktail with absinthe

The last word - beefy 24

Beefy 24

25 ml Beefeater 24 gin
25 ml Amaro
25 ml Grapefruit liqueur
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
10 ml Memento aromatic blend

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

The last word - spying

Spying

40 ml Spy gin
20 ml Yellow chartreuse
20 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Strawberry syrup
Dash orange bitters

Method: Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated lemon, dehydrated strawberry and a glass straw

The last word - fiona

30 ml Fiona gin
20 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml Red vermouth
20 ml Yellow chartreuse
Dash abbotts bitters

Method: Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Lemon peel, a sprig of thyme and a cocktail pick

The last word - yellow herbs

Yellow herbs

20 ml Gin
20 ml Yellow chartreuse
20 ml White vermouth
15 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
1 bsp Peach liqueur

Method: Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Lemon peel, dehydrated peach and a sprig of rosemary

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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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Refreshing tequila cocktails – mezcal & tequila combos

Peppy
Blood & ginger
Yummi gommy
Grapefruit & agave

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Refreshing tequila cocktails

Cocktails with agave spirits also called mezcal and tequila cocktails. These cocktails have one thing in common if you ask me – they love to be paired with fruit.

Tequila cocktails with fruit you say ? Yes I have provided four delicious cocktails below, using agave spirits and fruit, these cocktails is full of summer vibes and perfect to enjoy anytime on a sunny day, or when you’re in the mood for a delicious and refreshing cocktail with tequila (agave) that is fresh, fruity and full of summer vibes.

Try them out – you won’t regret it !

If you haven’t tried mezcal before, it can be a little overwhelming spirit. The smoked agave taste is distinctive, and because of that I like to pair mezcal and tequila when I use mezcal in my cocktails, to get the best of both spirits, and because I think it gives the best balance most of the time.

Cheers & Enjoy!


Refreshing tequila cocktails – recipes

Refreshing tequila cocktails - Blood & ginger

Blood & ginger

35 ml Tequila blanco
15 ml Mezcal
25 ml Fresh organic lime juice
12.5 ml Blood orange syrup
Ginger beer

Method: Shake with ice (except ginger beer). Fine strain into a chilled glass with ice. Top with ginger beer
Garnish: Sprig of mint, lime peel and a metal straw

Refreshing tequila cocktails - Peppy

Peppy

25 ml Mezcal
25 ml Tequila blanco
20 ml Pink peppercorn syrup
20 ml Fresh organic lime juice
20 ml Fresh organic grapefruit juice
Pinch smoked salt

Method: Shake with ice & fine strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated grapefruit and pink pepper corns

Refreshing tequila cocktails - Yummi gommy

Yummi gommy

20 ml Mezcal
20 ml Tequila blanco
20 ml Fresh organic lime juice
15 ml Gomme syrup
Fresh watermelon

Method: Add watermelon to a shaker and muddle (I used around 3 table spoons in dices). Add all other ingredients. Shake with ice & fine strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Watermelon and lime peel

Refreshing tequila cocktails - Grapefruit & agave

Grapefruit & agave

30 ml Tequila blanco
15 ml Mezcal
15 ml Grapefruit liqueur
15 ml Fresh organic lime juice
Grapefruit tonic

Method: Shake with ice (except grapefruit tonic). Fine strain into a chilled glass with ice. Top with grapefruit tonic
Garnish: Dehydrated grapefruit, flower and a glass straw

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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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Pouring Cocktails

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Motion photography is something I love, whilst shooting pictures of pouring cocktails is one of favorite types of shots to take. The visual appearance, motion and life it creates in the pictures are amazing.

Prior to your pour shot, decide if you want the liquid partly poured in the picture or if you want the very first drop captured. Of course, you can also capture both. I start taking pictures when the liquid is halfway in the glass and continue to capture until the last drop.

Taking pictures while pouring cocktails “Pour shots” takes practice, but everything does. They can also be a bit frustrating when they don’t go well, and you can’t go back and pour the cocktail again. If you’re new to pour shots, try practicing pouring water, coffee or juice into a glass again and again, until you have the skills you desire.


Recipes

For this post I have choosen four of my latest pour shots.

pouring cocktails - agave fizz

Agave fizz

25 ml tequila blanco
20 ml agave gin
20 ml homemade pink grapefruit syrup
1 bsp lime cordial
Crisp sparkling soda water

Method: Build in a chilled glass (add ice and first four ingredients, stir and top with soda water)
Garnish: Dehydrated grapefruit & lime peel

pouring cocktails - pump´in fashioned

Pump´in fashioned

60 ml bourbon
10 ml pumpkin syrup homemade
1 bsp apple cuvee
Dash apple, lemon & thyme bitters

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

pouring cocktails - coco loco

Coco loco

60 ml coconut infused rum
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
15 ml homemade demerara syrup
1 bsp pineapple syrup
dash daiquiri bitters

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Lime peel, mint and a coconut shell, with pineapple soaked in rum

pouring cocktails - wildish

Wildish

50 ml gin BPF 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

How do you capture pour pictures ? Please share tips / tricks / recommendations in a comment below.

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