Green Apple Martini. Make a perfect cocktail at home. All you need is Gin, Apple Sourz and Monin green apple syrup. Something you can try at home. And then version 2 adds pressed apple juice to the mix, making a better balanced longer cocktail.
Many will argue that the iconic Negroni shouldn’t be messed with. However this for me is the the best Negroni around. The Spiced Negroni featuring the fabulous Audemus pink pepper gin, Sacred Spirits spiced red vermouth and a little Campari.
What are the best drinks that aren’t quite cocktails? These are my favourite 6, from some expected ones, through to my choice from leftfield. Furthermore my list features most of the leading spirit categories, and some are light and summery, others more suitable as winter warmers.
The Black Mexicana is a golden tequila based cocktail. Crammed full of Mexican ingredients it is a modern twist on a White Russian – sort of. The chilli infused tequila I put together myself, but there is a lot of flavour to this cocktail. Chilli infused reposado tequila, Patron XO Cafe, Monin liquorice syrup and cream are what you need.
Making cocktails at home is a lot of fun and can add a really interesting talking point to your dinner party at home, girls night in – whatever. Admittedly you may need a few bottles but if you spread out these purchases or get your group to bring bottles, it should all be fairly straightforward. Get into making your own cocktails at home. It’s a lot of fun. I know, I tried it.
The French 75 is a classic cocktail from the Prohibition era. A fantastic cocktail which is better even than the sum of it’s parts. Combining 2 fashionable ingredients : Prosecco and gin, with a little sugar syrup and lemon juice, this is a winner.
The Sandbar is a great cocktail developed in-house based on the flavour profile of the classic Pina Colada. But it so much easier to make. With ice in your shaker, all you need is some good golden rum, Malibu and pineapple juice. A nice sipper for summer.
The Cote d’Azur is one big cocktail. Short and spirity, it has a little syrup to take the edge off the spirits. It is big on flavour and being pear dominated – is an unusual combination. Worth a try, but perhaps one for the end of the evening.
The Last Word is a great but full-on flavoured prohibition era cocktail. And it features green Chartreuse, which makes it unusual already. Add in maraschino, which, chances are you also don’t use a lot of, and you have one distinctive cocktail. Plus gin and lime juice, and this is one straightforward but tasty cocktail.
The Jacaranda Afternoon is a lavender based cocktail also containing both gin and vodka. So, it is powerful and heady, but a subtle flavoured botanical cocktail.
An iconic book for any budding mixologist, and even those of us who’ve been doing it a while. Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails is an essential read. It focuses on cocktails of old, with many anecdotes and explanatory notes. He tells us about egg white and the need to refrigerate your vermouth. Plus much more.
The OMD is a refreshing, fruity, authentic mocktail. A great alcohol free drink for summer. The name means something of course. It tells you what is in the drink. Although for pop fans from the 80s it means something else too.