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Another great offer from the drink shop… Brandy & Cognac…

Today i received another offer related email from my favourite alcohol seller:

http://www.thedrinkshop.com

Last time it was Tequila, this time its all about the Cognac’s and Brandies they have in stock… ‘Up to 20% off all brandies and cognacs’ says the email. Hip Hip Hooray says me.

Any of you tried out any cognac/brandy cocktails before? No me either, but now might be the best time to try them! Give this link a look and see if anything takes your fancy!

http://www.thedrinkshop.com/products/productlist.php?catid=13#

An Honorary note;

When the webpage loads up, there will be a link to ‘spirits on offer’ to your right, check this out too, as there are some great bargains to be found… Whilst you wont find many half price bottles, the £2-£3 they do take off really helps you save a few pennies. Let’s face it, you’re prepared to pay the price if you really want it, but a few quid saved here and there is no bad thing! Here’s the link in case you miss it:

http://www.thedrinkshop.com/products/productlist.php?grpid=414

Also keep an eye out for the general beers/wines on offer! Bargains, Bargains Bargains!

Keep mixing and enjoy responsibly!

Stilettos – Don’t get too excited ladies, I’m not talking about shoes!

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Looking rather classy, this potent but flavoursome cocktail is a female favourite…

Recipes online generally stick to two or three base recipes and tend to vary the ratios of their ingredients. The two base recipes, again, are the same except that 1 uses Lime Juice, and the other uses Lemon juice:

 

Recipe 1:

1.5 measures Bourbon

1.5 measures Amaretto

1 measure fresh lime juice

1 lime wedge, for garnish

Recipe 2:

1 measure Amaretto

2 measures Bourbon

1 measure Lemon Juice

Lemon twist to garnish

Now usually when you have citrus and bourbon, you would opt for lemon juice (as in recipe 2), and the amaretto in such a high amount would be far too sweet. However the tartness of the lime juice helps cut through the amaretto’s sweetness and works perfectly to marry the two alcohols together…

For a longer version you can top up either recipe with Ginger beer (not ginger ale – it just doesn’t work as well).

However the version I spent my early cocktail and university life drinking was completely different:

Stiletto, My way:

1.5 measure amaretto

¾ measure crème de banane

1 measure Pineapple juice

1 measure Orange juice.

Now my version is both infinitely smoother and a tad sweeter.

Now the first recipe made for a great cocktail, a tad too strong and I did need the ginger beer, but nice none the less. The second recipe is made ‘long’ already so it should go down quite well. If you need to tweak it to your own tastes then please do so. I find that to add a little depth in flavour, adding a dry curacao (or triple sec – but not Cointreau) works wonders.

Other recipes, not quite so well-known include the following (sources are credited where appropriate)

Recipe from http://partywithleah.blogspot.co.uk

1 measure Grand Marnier

1 measure cognac

Top up with champagne

3 dashes Angostura bitters

Spiral of orange zest, for garnish

Recipe from http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

1.25 measures Hendrick’s Gin

1 measure sugar syrup

0.5 measure fresh lime juice

5 fresh blackberries

Top up Ginger Ale

2 blackberries for garnish

 These two recipes were taken from their sources as they have the same name as the other recipes in this post. Whilst being made up of different ingredients their quality is as good as the original and of course my recipe. If you try them out let me know what you think, it would be interesting to see which Stiletto is the favourite…