Exotic cocktails with bourbon and whisky

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Exotic cocktails are very often associated with rum but have you ever tried to use bourbon or whiskey ? if you haven’t these tropical cocktails is definitely something you should try !

Both bourbon and whiskey works perfecly well as the base spirit in your tropical summer concoctions, or when you’re just in the mood for a tropical sip served over crushed ice, dreaming of white sand beaches and crystal clear blue salt water.

Cheers & enjoy!


Exotic cocktails – recipes

Exotic cocktails - Bonky wonky

Bonky wonky

45 ml Bourbon
15 ml Pineapple rum
30 ml Fresh pressed pineapple juice
25 ml Fresh organic lime juice
15 ml Vanilla and cinnamon demerara syrup homemade
15 ml Banana liqueur

Method: Shake with crushed ice and pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple, mint and a glass straw

Exotic cocktails - Whitiki

Whitiki

60 ml Whisky
30 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
7.5 ml Demerara syrup homemade
7.5 ml Orgeat
7.5 ml Pineapple cordial homemade
Dash Angostura bitters

Method: Shake with crushed ice and pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple, mint and a pineapple lollipop


Exotic cocktails - Caribbean bourb

Caribbean bourb

60 ml Bourbon
30 ml Fresh pressed pineapple juice
25 ml Fresh organic lime juice
15 ml Demerara syrup homemade
15 ml Falernum
Dash Angostura bitters

Method: Shake with crushed ice and pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Dehydrated lime, mint and a cinnamon stick

Exotic cocktails - Whisky crush

Whisky crush

50 ml Whisky
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Peach liqueur
12.5 ml Cacao blanc liqueur
Dash abbotts bitter

Method: Shake with crushed ice and pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Dehydrated peach, mint sprig and a glass straw


Exotic cocktails - Scotch tiki

Scotch tiki

60 ml Scotch whisky
30 ml Fresh organic lime juice
20 ml Homemade mint & pineapple syrup

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

Exotic cocktails - Tikissert

Tikissert

50 ml Whisky
30 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
10 ml Banana liqueur
10 ml Licor43 coffee infused
10 ml Espresso liqueur
Dash Chocolate bitters

Method: Shake with crushed ice and pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Lemon peel, coffee beans, coffee lollipop and a glass straw

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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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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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Coffee cocktails – drinks for coffee lovers

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Need to kick things up a little ? I’m sure these coffee cocktails will do the trick.

Coffee cocktails is much more than the classic Irish coffee or espresso martini, which I think must be the most well known coffee cocktails, but they also are for a reason, its really deilicious cocktails.

I want to show that there is much more to sipping coffee in drinks than making the classics, and therefore I have made four drinks with coffee which shows you can go in many different directions using coffee to kick up your sips with a little caffeine.

If you like me, love a good coffee and also cocktails. Then I’m sure you’ll love these cocktails with the use of coffee.

Cheers & enjoy!


Recipes

Coffee cocktails - Mocca marg

Mocca marg

40 ml Tequila reposado
25 ml Fresh organic lime juice
15 ml Cointreau
15 ml Coffee liqueur – floated
10 ml Agave syrup
Dash margarita bitters

Method: Shake with ice & fine strain into a chilled glass with ice. Float coffee liqueur
Garnish: Lime peel

Coffee cocktails - Moccarum

Moccarum

35 ml Spiced rum
25 ml Espresso freshly brewed
15 ml Coffee liqueur
10 ml Falernum

Method: Shake with crushed ice & pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Coffee lollipop, dehydrated pineapple & mint

Coffee cocktails - Whicked tikissert

Whicked tikissert

50 ml Whiskey
30 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
10 ml Espresso liqueur
10 ml Banana liqueur
10 ml Licor43 coffee infused
Dash chocolate bitters

Method: Shake with crushed ice & pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Coffee lollipop, coffee beans, lemon peel and a glass straw

Coffee cocktails - Mocca fix

Mocca fix

30 ml Whisky
20 ml Coffee infused campari
15 ml Espresso liqueur
15 ml Tiramisu liqueur
10 ml Aperol
Dash chocolate bitters

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Orange dust, dehydrated orange & coffee beans

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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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Drinks on fire – flaming cocktails that will light you up

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Drinks on fire – yes these flaming cocktails will light you up.

There is something intriguing about fire, wether its a campfire or in a chimney. Fire can wake a feeling in all of us. But today I want to talk about drinks on fire or cocktails where you get to play a little with fire.

Lighting a match and expressing citrus oils through the fire over your cocktails or torching fruits, herbs or ganishes will instantly wake your senses, and give a new aspect to your sipping experience. The smell or taste will give a new dimension to your drink that you would have been left without, and I’m sure you will have the attention of the people around you, when you serve these drinks.

Below you’ll find five cocktails I’ve made using fire, and I hope that these will inspire you to make your own “drinks on fire”.

Have you tried to make a drink using fire ? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

Be careful when you use fire in the making of cocktails. Be in control of what is happening, be aware, take care and remember safety first.

Cheers & enjoy !


Drinks on fire – recipes

Drinks on fire - Legacy of gold

Legacy of gold

60 ml Rum (A.H. Riise gold medal)
10 ml Red vermouth
10 ml Aperol
7.5 ml Coffee liqueur
Dash chocolate bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Orange peel, orange chocolate and flamed orange zest

Drinks on fire - Sherry & peach

Sherry & peach

50 ml Rum
25 ml Sherry
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Peach liqueur
1 bsp Amaretto
Dash angostura bitters

Method: Shake with crushed ice and pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Orange peel, dehydrated peach, mint, flamed orange zest and a glass straw

Drinks on fire - AA Fashioned

AA Fashioned

45 ml Tequila reposado
15 ml Mezcal
1 bsp Amaretto
1 bsp Agavesirup
Dash angostura bitters
Pinch smoked salt

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Torched orange and a cocktail pick

Drinks on fire - Copenhagen gold

Copenhagen gold

40 ml Rum (A.H. Riise gold medal)
25 ml Campari
15 ml Red vermouth
10 ml Sherry

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Bitter sweet lollipop, orange peel and a torched cinnamon stick

Drinks on fire - Haunted

Haunted

35 ml Rum cocoa nibs infused
25 ml Coffee infused campari
20 ml Red vermouth
1 bsp Creme de cacao

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Orange peel, torched cinnamon and maraschino cherries on a cocktail pick

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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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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.


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

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New York Sour

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New york sour is a well-known classic cocktail, often served with a beautiful appearance.

Classic New york sour recipe

6 cl whiskey
3 cl fresh lemon juice
2.25 cl Simple syrup
egg white
1.5 cl red wine

New York Sour Recipes

I’ve made three variations of the New york sour, with three very different visual presentations.

I’ve been playing with splash shots in two of the pictures below. Splash shots obviously leaves a great mess, however, the pictures turns out remarkable:

New York sour - NY blanc sour

NY Blanc sour

60 ml whiskey blanc
30 ml fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml simple syrup
15 ml red wine (floated)

Method: Shake with ice, double strain into a chilled glass with ice, float with red wine
Garnish: Dehydrated lemon and maraschino cherries on a cocktail pick

New York sour - Tennessee sour

Tennessee sour

60 ml Tennessee bourbon
30 ml fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml homemade red wine syrup*
1 bsp amaro
egg white

Method: Shake hard without with ice – shake with ice, double strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated lemon

New York sour - ny sour

NY sour

60 ml whiskey
30 ml fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml simple syrup
15 ml red wine (floated)
1/2 egg white

Method: Shake with ice, double strain into a chilled glass with ice, float with red wine
Garnish: Lemon peel and cocktail pick

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