Colorful cocktails – mind boggling magical drinks

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Mind boggling, magical, colorful cocktails.

These gorgeus looking, colorful cocktails are both fun to make and tastes delicious. Blue and purple are my favorite colors, also for cocktails. When serving these show stopping colorful cocktails, it always draws attention with the “wow effect”.

Infuse your own gin with butterfly pea flower (LINK HERE) or buy one of the gin brands that produce them, and start making these visual stunning drinks. Be careful and think your presentation through, when using ingredients with acidity together with butterfly pea flower infused gin, as it reacts and changes color when exposed to acidity.

Below I have provided what I think, is three “must try” cocktails, that looks amazing and tastes wonderful. So why not get started and make your own mind boggling and stunning colorful cocktails ?.

Tip! If you decide to make butterfly pea flower infused gin by yourself, I can recommend to search on google, or try on ebay where they can be found easily.

Cheers & enjoy!


Colorful cocktails – recipes

Colorful cocktails - Electric saturn

Electric saturn

45 ml Butterfly pea flower infused gin
22.5 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Passionfruit syrup
7.5 ml Falernum
7.5 ml Orgeat

Method: Shake with crushed ice (except gin) and pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice. Float with gin
Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple, lime peel and bamboo straw

Colorful cocktails - Purple panda

Purple panda

50 ml Panda gin butterfly pea flower infused
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml Homemade champagne syrup
Fresh made crisp sparkling water

Method: Shake with ice (except sparkling water) fine strain into a chilled glass with ice. Top with sparkling water
Garnish: Dehydrated lemon on a cocktail pick

Colorful cocktails - Taste of berlin

Taste of Berlin

50 ml Gin butterfly pea flower infused
30 ml White vermouth
1 bsp apple & mint edel destillat
Dash apple, lemon & thyme bitters

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

How do you think I did with these splash shots?

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