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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Gin Basil smash recipes
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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