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Cocktails O’ Clock: Grand Tropez

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St. Tropez Harbour: Beauty is an apt word.

It’s been a little while since I posted, it seems that no matter how much I try and put time aside to publish, something always turns up. Mainly work. I have a week off and what better way to spend it (a great deal of it at least) than trying out cocktail recipes and telling you all about them! – Perfect!

So let’s start with a special one: The Grand Tropez.

It may look familiar to some of you, to those of you who do not recognise it: Congratulations, you’re about to try something very special. FYI if you don’t have Grand Marnier, worry not, turn your hand to a Cointreau Fizz or Splash out with some fancy Triple Sec Spritzers!

Recipe:

50ml Grand Marnier

25ml Club Soda

7ml Lemon Juice

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Method:

1. Pour the Grand Marnier and lemon juice in a glass and drop in a single large ice cube.

2. Top up with the club soda and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Perfect for an after dinner refresher; this cocktail oozes class and contains a subtle yet refreshing citrus undertone. Again perfect for refreshing the palate after dinner. Failing that it’s always good to be ‘the cool guy who drink grand marnier’ at a party. Try substituting the Club Soda for Grapefruit soda as well as adding 25ml of Silver Tequila and you’ll have a rather strong but fragrant twist on the Paloma.

Warm summers night? Why not try this cocktail over crushed ice with a splash of orange juice?

Iced Grand Tropez Recipe:

50ml Grand Marnier

25ml Orange Juice

7ml Lemon Juice

25ml Club Soda

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Method:

1. Shake the juices and Grand Marnier over ice until the shaker is well iced.

2. Strain mixture into a large rocks glass filled with crushed ice and top off with a splash of club soda.

3. Top up with more crushed ice (a heaped mound should do the trick nicely) and garnish with an Orange twist. Serve with straws.

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Whichever of the 3 cocktails you choose, they are sure to help you chill out whether you’re at the St. Tropez Harbour, or by the blow up pool in your back yard!

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…