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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Martini cocktails – sip martinis like 007

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Martini cocktails. Ever wanted to feel like 007 ? sipping these martini´s might get you there or atleast make you feel like it.

Shaken NOT stirred ? even tho 007 is a classy and sophisticated caracter, shaking a Martini is usually a wrong way to do it, if you ask me. The right way to make Martini cocktails is almost always to stir them, but that said, if you got class like 007, it can always be argued.

If you’re sipping one of these fantastic martini styled cocktails, provided below, I hope you get the feeling of being as classy as 007 is. If not – then I’m very confident that, you’ll like the delicious martini cocktails that I made.

These Martini cocktails also shows you, different expressions and how versatile a Martini cocktail can be, while still falling under the category of a Martini.

Cheers and enjoy! – like 007.


Martini cocktails – recipes

Martini cocktails - Royal vesper martini

Royal vesper martini

60 ml Gin butterfly pea flower infused
30 ml White vermouth
Champagne

Method: Stir gin and vermouth over ice and strain into a chilled glass. Top with champagne
Garnish: Lemon peel

Martini cocktails - Gas´d

Gas´d

40 ml Gin
20 ml Sherry
10 ml Aquavit
1 bsp Blood orange syrup

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with a rim of orange dust
Garnish: Cocktail pick

Martini cocktails - Icy tini

Icy tini

60 ml Islandic vodka butterfly pea flower infused
15 ml White vermouth
1 bsp Tonic syrup
Dash saline

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated lemon and lemon peel

Martini cocktails - Puerto rives

Puerto rives

40 ml Gin Rives el alambique
20 ml Sherry
10 ml Amaro
1 bsp Maraschino

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

Martini cocktails - Ruby rosé martini

Ruby rosé martini

60 ml Kalevala ruby gin
20 ml Rosé vermouth
Dash summerbitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Cranberry and rhubarb

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Dessert negroni – perfect after dinner treats

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Negroni is a personal favorite of mine, and in this post it will be all about dessert negroni´s, where I played with the template to make these perfect after dinner negroni serves, or when your just in the mood for a delicious dessert styled negroni.

If you like me enjoy a delicious negroni, desserts and sweet things, then I have the perfect treats for you right here. I have provided some amazing and great tasting dessert negroni´s for you to try. I’m sure that if you serve these after a family dinner og when you’re having guests over for dinner, they will be amazed how good they taste and looks.

Remember these are not just for after dinner serves, but can be enjoyed any time of the day, both by yourself or in good company with friends or family.

Cheers & enjoy!


Dessert negroni – recipes

Dessert negroni - Cask & coffee

Cask & coffee

30 ml Cask aged gin
20 ml Campari
20 ml Vermouth rosso
10 ml Coffee liqueur
10 ml Amaretto

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Coffee beans, cocktail pick and a dehydrated orange

Dessert negroni - Royal chocolate negroni

Royal chocolate negroni

35 ml Cask aged gin
25 ml Sweet vermouth
25 ml Campari
1 bsp Chocolat royale
Dash chocolate bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Bittersweet lollipop and a orange chocolate

Dessert negroni - Caribbean soul

Caribbean soul

40 ml Cask aged gin (Kalevala)
30 ml Red vermouth
20 ml Coffe & pineapple infused campari
1 bsp Licor 43

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

Dessert negroni - Coffee negroni

Coffee Negroni

30 ml Gin with roasted coffee beans and smoked juniper
30 ml Sweet vermouth
20 ml Campari coffee infused
10 ml Espresso liqueur
Dash orange bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Cocktail pick, coffee beans and orange dust

Dessert negroni - DSRT

DSRT

30 ml Rum vanilla shake cask aged
20 ml Coffee infused campari
15 ml Red vermouth
15 ml Tiramisu liqueur
10 ml Aperol
1 bsp Licor43 coffee infused

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Maraschino cherry on a cocktail pick and a flower

Dessert negroni - Double & half negroni

Double & half negroni

15 ml Cask aged gin
15 ml Gin with roasted coffee beans and smoked juniper
15 ml Campari coffee infused
15 ml Aperol
15 ml Red vermouth
15 ml Tiramisu liqueur

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated orange and coffee beans

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Martinez – A classic cocktail served in new ways

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Martinez – a true classic that’s listed under the IBA official cocktail under “the unforgettables”.

A cocktail widely known to be the precursor to the Martini, and it appears that the recipe came off a riff on the whiskey based Manhattan cocktail. The Martinez cocktail was originally made with genever / jenever or old tom gin, but most of todays modern serves are made with london dry gin.

Martinez is a cocktail template I enjoy alot to use, the combination of gin and vermouth is such wonderful combo. The modifyer in form of a sweetener and the choice of bitters, to match the gin and vermouth, is where I often make changes when I stir up a tasty Martinez cocktail to match my desired preferences.

Below I have provided three Martinez styled cocktails, that I wish that you’ll give a try. I really enjoyed these three serves and I wish that you’ll spoil yourself too, by stirring up these amazing cocktails too.

Cheers & enjoy!


IBA official recipe
  • 45 ml London Dry Gin
  • 45 ml Sweet Red Vermouth
  • 1 Bar Spoon Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Martinez – recipes

Martinez - Raspberry martinez

Raspberry martinez

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 raspberries on a cocktail pick. Mist with absinthe over the cocktail

Martinez - Nordic martinez

Nordic martinez

50 ml Cask aged gin
25 ml Red vermouth
1 bsp Coffee liqueur
1 bsp Maraschino
Dash chocolate bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Maraschino cherry on a cocktail pick

Martinez - Hey marti

Hey marti

50 ml Gin
15 ml Vermouth rosso
10 ml White vermouth
1 bsp Maraschino
Dash orange & mandarin bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Lemon peel and a cocktail pick

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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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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.

Want to infuse your own gin with butterfly pea flower ? Click here to make it yourself !

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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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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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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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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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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Exclusive event

Ferdinands – The vermouth cocktails edition

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Recently I was invited to an exclusive online event by Ferdinands gin called “The vermouth cocktails edition” hosted by Denis Reinhardt and Mario Kappes.

During the event we were introduced to some great cocktails, all with Ferdinands dry saar gin and their line of vermouths in full focus.

Mario had prepared a line-up of some rather simple stirred vermouth cocktails for us. Find the recipes below.

When the Event started I was full of excitement. and ready to uncork the flavour of the saar.

The sound of “jingle bells” in the background from all the bar spoons stirring up cocktails

After a short introduction the liquids quickly started floating. Cocktails were mixing. The sound of “jingle bells” in the background from all the bar spoons stirring up vermouth cocktails, made the atmosphere just perfect. During these Corona times, it was pleasant to feel the cocktail passion and meet online with fellow bloggers.


Throughout the event Mario kept us entertained and educated with background stories accompanied with information about the products in scope.

“I like to have fun”

– Mario Kappes

It didn’t take long, before I had my hands full of delicious vermouth cocktails.

The cocktail that surprised me the most was Mario´s martini. I’m not very fond of martini´s in general, but this one must be one of the best I´ve ever had – if not the best!

Negroni is one of my preferred classic cocktails, especially when it contain Ferdinands red vermouth. I simply just love the vermouth and I sure loved this negroni too. I really recommend you to try the Ferdi Negroni, (recipe below).

The cocktail Bijou happily surprised me. It’s been a while since I last had a Bijou, and I don’t recall this cocktail being so good. My guess is the red vermouth from Ferdinands, made all the difference.

My favorite cocktail of the event was without a doubt; the Vesper royal. The Vesper royal looked appealing, crisp and delicious. I loved every sip of it! For me all the flavours harmonized perfectly, like an orchestra playing all the right tones, making the crowd smile, applaud and leaving the evening with a big smile on their lips.

During the event it was mentioned, that it´s quite some booze to put us through, but as Mario said “I like to have fun” and we sure did have a fun time.

All in all; a fantastic event in great company.

Below you´ll find four cocktails from the vermouth cocktails event.


vermouth cocktails - mario´s martini

Mario’s martini


70 ml Ferdinands dry saar gin
30 ml Ferdinands dry vermouth
Dash red wineyard peach hops bitters

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass with ice

Garnish: Dehydrated lemon on a cocktail pick


vermouth cocktails - vesper royal

Vesper royal


60 ml Ferdinands dry saar gin butterfly pea flower infused
30 ml Ferdinands white vermouth
Champagne

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass. Top with champagne

Garnish: Lemon peel


vermouth cocktails - negroni

Ferdi negroni


30 ml Ferdinands dry saar gin
30 ml Ferdinands red vermouth
20 ml Campari

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass with ice

Garnish: Dehydrated lemon & bitter sweet lolly


vermouth cocktails - bijou

Bijou


60 ml Ferdinands dry saar gin
20 ml Ferdinands red vermouth
20 ml Green chartreuse
Dash riesling quince bitters

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass with ice

Garnish: Lemon peel & maraschino cherry


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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

What is your “sweet spot” camera settings to capture zesty cocktails ? Feel free to share in the comments.

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Negroni

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The Negroni template is a template I really like and enjoy to experiment with in all kinds of combinations.
In this post I have picked three negroni cocktails with different expressions and visual appearances, of this well known classic cocktail. I have served all three negronis in my squared glass.

I love to serve Negroni in my square glass. I get a lot of questions about this particular square glass, I bought in a second-hand store close to where I live. I often visit second-hand stores to find new glassware and bar gear. Second-hand is good for the global environment and they often supports a good cause.

My local second-hand store fight against poverty and support the vulnerable people in Asia, Africa, Middle East & Denmark. By shopping locally, I found the most popular and liked glass in my collection, and supported a good cause – What’s not to like?


Negroni Recipes

Negroni - tropical negroni

Tropical negroni

30 ml coconut infused rum
30 ml pineapple infused campari
30 ml red vermouth
Dash angostura bitters

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Roasted coconut chips and bitter sweet lolly

Negroni - Tuscan

Tuscan

30 ml gin
30 ml campari
15 ml aperol
15 ml red vermouth
10 ml homemade red wine syrup

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Bitter lolly and torched rosemary

Negroni - Piña negroni

Piña negroni

30 ml rum pineapple infused
30 ml campari coffee infused
30 ml red vermouth
dash angostura bitters

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple & mint


Red wine syrup

I used red wine from Tuscany

1 : Boil down red wine in a saucepan to around 1/3 and remove from heat
2 : Add 2/3 sugar as there is liquid, stir until dissolved and chill
3 : Ready to use


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