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Offers! – Rum and Sunshine!

So another week on, and another offer from the drink shop.

They currently have offers on all of their rums! Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good rum. Seriously, I love rum; So this offer is like catnip to me.

Whether you love a ‘Blanco’ white rum in your Mojito, or an Anejo dark rum in your Cuban – there’s bound to be a rum you love on this list. Not to mention you might find a rum you’ve never tried before!!!

So why not check out the offers, grab a bargain or two and chill this Easter! I know I will be!

Check out the offers page right here!

And when you get your new bottle why not try out this cocktail full of sunshine:

My Sharona

My Sharona


6 Raspberries

50ml Rum

25ml Lemon Juice

12.5ml Agave Nectar

75ml Ginger beer


  • Muddle Raspberries in a mixing glass.
  • Add the Rum, Lemon Juice, and Agave Nectar.
  • Shake well for around 10-15 seconds.
  • Strain into an ice-filled glass and top with Ginger Ale.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.

Cocktails O’clock: Beauty and the Bison…

Here we have two refreshing cocktails that whilst not very festive, at least in their entirety, they do have subtle festive flavours. However I have tried to keep their refreshing profiles at the forefront because I want them to be available for all year round and not just for Christmas.

Therefore I have decided not to tweak the first cocktail, a classic using Green Chartreuse. And have also decided to share a cocktail I recently came up with and whilst it is not perfected is still a very refreshing combination of ingredients.

#1: Chartreuse Smash



2 measures Green Chartreuse

1 measure fresh lemon juice

2tsp brown sugar

10 mint leaves


  • Combine the sugar, lemon and mint leaves in a Boston shaker glass and gently muddle until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add ice to the mixture and then pour in the Chartreuse.
  • Shake well, for around 30 seconds – or until the tin is well iced.
  • Strain into a small glass full with crushed ice.
  • Top up with more crushed ice if necessary and then garnish with a sprig of mint and a lemon twist. Serve immediately and with a straw.

This cocktail is somewhat of a god amongst mortals. In that it is a pretty great drink. I’ve never tried Chartreuse before this drink, shamefully I’ve never had the opportunity, but thought that should change. And boy am I glad I tried it in this cocktail! It’s a perfect balance of sweet and bitter sugar-lemon with the refreshing mint to counter the earthy qualities of the Herbal Chartreuse.

Combined as it is above, over crushed ice – lengthened and well-chilled, it breaks through that barrier of ‘not too sure about this’ we tend to set up with new flavours or ingredients we’ve never tried. It’s a drink I would suggest any one of you try – should you ever have the pleasure of owning some chartreuse, or better yet have the pleasure of being in one of the few bars that actually sell this cocktail!

It’s a great introduction to one of the most stunning liqueurs on the market, an introduction that makes me want to write more about the spirit in a future post (keep an eye out for that one).

I suppose the best thing I can say about this cocktail is that by the time I finished the first mouthful I already had the straw in my mouth for the second. Scarily moreish!

Also if you like Mojito and Sour style cocktails then this is a must!

Continue reading Cocktails O’clock: Beauty and the Bison…

Cocktails O’ Clock: New Orleans Buck

“I am goin’ down Louisiana way” – George Strait

Down Louisiana Way: the inspiration for this post comes from somewhere every bartender has heard of: New Orleans…
Picture courtesy of: National Geographic

This cocktail is one I like to drink when chilling out and thinking about the good old west. Here in the UK the wild west carries some sort of romance, we’ve all seen the films and wish we could be the good gun slinger clearing up the town. And whilst they all drank rye and sarsaparilla, these days cocktails can help you chill out the very same way. This is something i like to do whilst listening to a bit of George Strait and co. Hopefully it’s one you will all enjoy as much as me. If not, better luck next time eh? Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

New Orleans is a cocktail legend, the home of Tales of the Cocktail, and world renowned jazz haven. This cocktail, whilst not the city’s famous Sazerac cocktail, is a great example of what New Orleans cocktail prowess is all about. It may look like a simple recipe, but it’s all in the balance.

Citrus works well with rum, as we all know, and the lemon and orange also work well together. The ginger ale is the special ingredient though, it binds the citrus with the rum seamlessly and also creates a spicy, sweet and fruity drink you’ll not long forget…

New Orleans Buck Recipe:

(42ml) 1 ½ measure Light Rum

(28ml) 1 measures Orange Juice

(14ml) ½ measure Lemon Juice

Top up Ginger Ale

Perfect long or short: The New Orleans Buck.
Picture courtesy of: urbancomfort.typepad.com


1)      Shake all the ingredients (except the ginger ale) over ice and strain into an ice filled glass.

2)      Top up with the Ginger Ale.

3)      Garnish with a lemon and orange slice.

“The sweet rum, sharp fruit and spicy ginger create a perfect balance of tastes.” – Brian Lucas, 365 Cocktails.

This is another simple, yet effective, cocktail I’ve recently added to my rum collection, and is one I’ll be making for a photography session with a friend of mine. It’s best served long and over ice (hence the ginger ale) but for a martini version you can very simply muddle some ginger in the shaker before shaking and serve with a dash of the ale on top after.

With a twist: The New Orleans Buck works well with dark rum also, try floating it on top of the other ingredients…
Picture courtesy of: theadvocate.com

This cocktail is so versatile (long with the ginger ale, short without etc) it really is quite special. You can add different citrus juices to tweak, with grapefruit being a very good choice (it’s my personal favourite), and various herbs and fruits also available to muddle/garnish with this drink can really become so much more. It’s all down to your tastes and preferences.

This recipe was taken from ‘365 cocktails’, a book by Brian Lucas. It was the first cocktail book I ever purchased for myself, and it still holds up today, 8 years on.

Fervent Shaker Top Tip: To give this cocktail a real kick, try using Dark rum and layer it on top of the other ingredients in this drink… Stir if you want, but if you’re feeling real brave you can sip it as served…

Perfect with a stronger drink as a chaser, this cocktail works wonders with party menus. With its universal flavour, and low level of alcohol (in comparison to other similar sized drinks) not only will the alcohol go further, but this drink is a great staple to have on a menu , especially for those who want to try something a little different to normal Rum cocktails…

Cocktails O’ Clock: Touch of Venice

A Venetian inspired romantic cocktail, one for all the lovers…

The wonderful Canal in Venezia…
Picture taken from http://www.made-in-italy.com

This cocktail is full of glamour and romance and will add a touch of class to any event where it’s served. Not holding a fancy soiree? Then why not include them whilst cooking for a loved one at home? Or better yet, serve them for friends over a late lunch?

The recipe:

90ml Dry white wine

30ml Limoncello

½ teaspoon Amaretto

½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Classy drinks for a classy night… Make them for your loved one, you won’t regret it… Picture courtesy of http://www.FoodNetwork.co.uk


1)      Shake the ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake for 5 seconds.

2)      Strain the mixture into a large wine goblet.

3)      Garnish with a Lemon zest spiral.

I don’t particularly favour wine cocktails, but as far as they go, this one is rather nice. I prefer mine to come with a bit of a fizz… If you do too, remove 30-40 ml (to your own taste) of white wine and prepare like normal, but top up with a splash of Prosecco.

The best way to serve this cocktail is obviously chilled and prepared as above, but for that added romantic touch, drop in one of the following (use the one that suits your taste and colour):

Parfait Amour: Violet flavour and purple in colour, this will inject a touch of romance into your very own touch of Venice…

Angostura Bitters: For a dash of extreme flavour and a burgundy colour flowing through the drink choose this wonderful ingredient…

Green Chartreuse: Use a ½ teaspoon of chartreuse per glass here, and you’ll witness a slither of green run through you’re drink…

Blue Curacao: Like the parfait amour addition only it’s a lovely river of blue…

Grenadine/Sloe Gin:  This is a slightly fruitier choice, and adds a shade of red to your romantic evening.

Venice is the city of Romance, this cocktail is your little touch…
Picture from http://www.isango.com

The choice is yours! Simply use ½ a teaspoon of the above, or just have it originale…

recipe and cocktail picture taken from The Food Network, pictures borrows from: isango  and made in italy.

Down the hatch with a Fizz-Banger… The Top 10 of Fizz Cocktails

Cooking up a storm in the cocktail glass…

The Ramos Fizz – A Classy drink, for classy times!

Now I know I have posted about the Cointreau fizz cocktails (and the event) recently; well it got me thinking… What is a fizz cocktail? And are there other great fizzes out there?

The answer to the latter is a resounding YES! And I’ll come to them a bit later on, but for now let’s look at the fizz as a generic cocktail.

The official stance on a fizz cocktail is as follows:

“A fizz is a cocktail made with 4 key ingredients: alcohol, Lemon Juice, sugar & Soda water”

So let’s look that back: Alcohol is obvious, then you add some lemon juice and sugar (this adds a little depth & flavour as well as taking the edge off of the gin) and the soda water is obviously the ‘fizz’ bit.

Top Tip: sweet & sour mix could be used instead of the lemon and sugar, but I like to use them separately for one reason: It makes the drink feel more robust, plus you can use any type of sugar syrup you want (I prefer Agave Nectar but hey that’s just me).

There are plenty of varieties when it comes to fizz cocktail, especially since you can use any alcohol, as long as the other 3 ingredients you use are the same. The concept behind the fizz cocktail is very similar to the classic ‘sour’ cocktail (whisky sour, vodka sour etc…).

So by this explanation you can take your favourite spirit, be it Vodka, Gin, Rum or Tequila and just mix up a classic fizz cocktail. Sure some taste better than others but let’s face it: It’s all down to the taste and preference of the individual.

So whilst some enjoy the fruity Gin Fizz, others might prefer the subtler tastes of a Vodka fizz.

A fizz cocktail, as mentioned above, is the combination of alcohol, lemon and soda. However almost every recipe you find online (or in book) will include an optional ingredient: Egg white(s). Now as the recipes will say (well most of them) the egg white is optional in all of the cocktails. So those of you not feeling too confident about using raw egg whites can make the drink without them. A great alternative to fresh egg whites is the pasteurised version. They can be found at almost every local supermarket but if you’re struggling to find the product here is a link to the Sainsbury’s websites’ product page. It’s the best alternative, and again it is completely optional.


However you prefer yours, take a look at the following variations. These are what I consider to be the best 10 Fizz cocktails available… there are even a couple of fruitier versions for those of you with a vice…

10) Classic Gin Fizz

3 measures Good Quality Gin*

1 measure lemon juice

½ measure sugar syrup (1:1)

Club soda/mineral water – to top


1)      Pour the ingredients into a shaker.

2)      Dry shake (shake without ice) for about 2-3 minutes if you’re using the egg white, if not move on to step 3.

3)      Then fill with ice and shake until cold (if using egg white, you should also shake until the sound of the ice is significantly muffled).

4)      Strain into a chilled glass. Serve with a straw.

5)      Serve over ice without egg white; serve without ice if egg white is included.

6)      Either way top up with club soda/sparkling mineral water.

*I’ve noted down London Dry gin as the ingredient but feel free to change this out for your favourite gin. The whole point is that it suits your tastes, so you might as well use your preferred gin.

The best thing about this cocktail is its simplicity. Using just the handful of ingredients listed (less if you throw out the optional ones) this cocktail defines the classic cocktail. It does, however, have a relatively longer preparation time than other cocktails, but only because of the use of egg whites. If you remove them and settle for a ‘safe’ gin fizz then you cut down the preparation time significantly.

The addition of the egg white ‘fluffs’ out the drinks texture and adds a little body to it. The lack of ice is president however, and this may turn some of you off. If you’re feeling brave give it a go, you might be surprised at how good it actually is…

9) Vodka Fizz

3 measures Grey Goose Vodka

1 measure lemon juice

½ measure sugar syrup (1:1)

Club Soda – to top


1)      Shake all the ingredients over ice and strain into an ice filled cocktail glass.

2)      Garnish with a slice of lemon/lime.

Top tip: To add some flavour to this standard vodka fizz, try using flavoured vodkas with their fresh counterparts. For example there is a large collection of flavoured vodkas within the Grey Goose brand, like cucumber and orange. Just add a splash of fresh fruit/veg into the drink when shaking and garnish with a well presented slice/skewer.

8) Golden Fizz

45ml gin

30ml fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 egg yolk

15ml sugar syrup (1:1)

Club soda – to top


1)      Shake all the ingredients (minus the club soda) in a Boston shaker with plenty of ice.

2)      Strain into an ice filled glass and top with the soda water.

I cannot sit here and say this cocktail is one of my favourites. However it does deserve a mention in this list for its sheer bravado. It throws caution to the wind and adds a whole egg yolk to a drink that, let’s be honest, is just fine with an egg white. But what this cocktail brings is a richer, more wholesome drink perfect for the brunch-time drinkers (we lot here in the UK don’t like to restrict ourselves to a specific time when drinking)…

So whilst it’s not one of my personal favourites, I’ll put those feelings to one side and place it here and let you all decide for yourselves… Take it or leave it, but never underestimate it…

7) Rosangel Ruby Fizz

50ml Rosangel Tequila

15ml Agave Nectar

15ml Ruby Port

1 egg white

1 bar spoon pomegranate molasses

20ml fresh squeezed Lemon juice

Club Soda – to top

Maraschino Cherry for garnish (Optional)

A beautiful depiction of the Rosangel ruby Fizz, Courtesy of http://boozeburgersandbeats.wordpress.com/tag/rosangel/ – check them out!


1)      Dry shake (shake without ice) all of the ingredients except the soda and garnish.

2)      Then shake over ice until the ice cubes are muffled.

3)      Strain into a glass over 1 large ice cube.

4)      Top up with club soda and drop in a cherry for garnish.

This is a famous cocktail originating from New York City. A fantastic original creation by Julie Reiner; owner of the Flatiron Lounge (New York City) and cocktail stylist, this cocktail boasts great flavour and a little jazz aged class. The use of molasses is interesting, although optional as it is hard to find flavoured molasses here in the UK (use Grenadine syrup instead if you want – it’s the same flavour although lacking in the same quality as molasses).

Again this cocktail uses an egg white, and whilst most on this list are optional, this recipe uses an egg white specifically. So for those who insist on not using one in your own version of this drink; don’t blame me if it doesn’t taste the same as the original…

6) Imperial (aka whisky) Fizz

2 measures Whisky

1 measure lemon juice

½ measure sugar syrup (1:1)

Club soda – to top


1)      In a shaker, combine the ingredients above and shake over ice until the tin frosts.

2)      Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.

3)      Top up with club soda.

This fizz cocktail is one of the classic fizz cocktails, bringing the class and sophistication of the 20’s and 30’s to your bar. When creating your very own version it’s important to note that you should always use a top quality whisky. None of that ‘supermarket brand’ stuff. Go for your favourite blended scotch and have some refreshing drinks with your golf buddies.

5) Champagne (aka Diamond/Royale) Fizz

2 measures Bombay Sapphire Gin

1 measure Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

½ measure sugar syrup

Chilled Champagne – to top


1)      Shake the first 3 ingredients over ice and strain into an ice filled glass.

2)      Top up with champagne and stir gently.

3)      Serve with a lemon twist as garnish.

This cocktail is a rarity, if only because it requires ice in a drink with champagne (that doesn’t happen too often let me tell you). On top of that it’s the champagne that gives it the fancy name. More often referred to as a ‘Diamond Fizz’ or ‘Fizz Royale’ this cocktail is as simple as the original but with a little more depth in flavour, mainly provided by the champagne. Be careful though, it may not feel like it but a few of these really do pack a bit of a punch.

4) Violet Gin Fizz

45ml Hendricks Gin

10ml Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur

20ml fresh squeezed lemon juice

20ml Sugar syrup (1:1)

10ml fresh cream

1 egg white

Club soda – to top (or bottom in this case)

Courtesy of http://www.Smallscreennetwork.com – this cocktail was first brought to my attention by Charlotte Voisey, from the Proper Pour…


1)      Add all the ingredients into a Boston tin.

2)      Dry shake using a slightly larger Boston tin (so you use 2 Boston tins instead of a tin & glass) to get the egg white and other ingredients to bond better.

3)      Then add ice into the shaker and shake again to cool & mix the ingredients once more.

4)      Put about 25ml soda water into a glass (a reasonable to large dash).

5)      Double strain the contents of the shaker into the glass and let the drink mix with the soda willy nilly.

6)      Garnish with a slice of orange peel. Squeeze the oils out over the top of the drink, give the peel a gentle twist and slide it in the top of the drink (so as the tip sticks out).

This cocktail is rather complicated and combined with the requirement of egg white & cream slightly lower down this list than I would like. But I know that many of you won’t try it because of the use of egg white. However I implore you to at least give it a try, using the same two chicks’ product as mentioned in my preview blog (check out the link at the end of this blog to find the product).

This cocktail is a smooth lightly flavoured and is inspired by the classic Ramos Gin Fizz. Using a small splash of cream this cocktail is perfect for brunch, but equally exotic enough for a night out.

3) Ramos Gin Fizz

2 measures Old Tom Gin*

1 measure heavy cream

1 measure sugar syrup (1:1)

½ measure fresh squeezed lemon juice

½ measure fresh squeezed lime juice

1 egg white

3 dashes Orange Blossom Water

1 drop vanilla extract (optional)

This is one of the more eccentric and rather classy fizz cocktails, but regardless it tastes fantastic. Give it a go…


1)      Combine the ingredients and dry shake (shake without ice) for 10 seconds.

2)      Fill the shake with ice and shake for 2-3 minutes.

3)      Continue shaking until the sound of the ice dies off.

4)      Strain the foamy contents of the shaker into a chilled, but empty, Collins glass and top with soda (to just raise the head above the glass slightly).

5)      Straws are optional, but if you use one it should stand upright in the centre of the cocktail.

This cocktail is arguably the most famous fizz cocktail known across the world. First created by Henry C. Ramos in 1888 in New Orleans, the drink is rumoured to have taken up to 12 minutes to shake into the fabled ‘meringue’ textured legend that is the very first Ramos Fizz. However you’ll be hard pressed to find any bartender willing/able to do that these days. The Roosevelt in New Orleans still serves a traditional recipe version of the Ramos fizz, paying homage to the drinks origin. There they make up to (and most probably exceeding) 50 Ramos Fizz’s a day. Like the Mint Julep consumption rate at the Kentucky Derby, the Ramos Fizz is a ‘cocktail-delicacy’ you have to try when in the home city of ‘Tales of the Cocktail’.

2) Sidecar Fizz

1 egg white

¾ measures fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 ½ measures Cognac

¾ measures Cointreau

½ measure sugar syrup (1:1) optional

Club Soda – to top

A combination cocktail: What happens when you smash a Fizz Cocktail and a Sidecar together? That’s right this beauty…


1)      Combine the egg white and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until combined – dry shake.

2)      Add in the other ingredients and fill with ice. Shake vigorously again.

3)      Strain into a cocktail glass (coupe glasses work perfectly)

4)      To garnish add a splash of club soda and a lemon twirl/slice (which ever you prefer).

This cocktail is a rather different take on a fizz, with the Sidecar already a cocktail in its own right. This is so high on the list for the pure reason of ingenuity. Making cocktails is as much about creating new drinks and pushing boundaries as it is about preparing the perfect martini. And this drink encapsulates everything that’s great about the new cocktail era we find ourselves living in. Knock one up and give it a try. You will not be disappointed…

1)Sloe Gin Fizz

2 measures Sloe Gin

½ measure Lemon Juice

¼ measure Sugar Syrup (1:1)

Club Soda – to top

My Favourite fizz cocktail, the sweetness combined with the dry soda works wonders…


1)      Shake all the ingredients well, over ice, and strain into an ice filled glass.

2)      Top up with club soda, from a siphon if you have one (from a bottle if not).

This cocktail might seem like a bit of a cop out but let me tell you that this is the tastiest cocktail in my top 10. The sweetness from the sloe mixed with the sour of the lemon is really something to behold. This drink is a classic cocktail for a reason and it has to have something special for that status. It’s true that there is not much room for movement with the ingredients, this drink is finely balanced, however if you make it well (flowing the above method is a good tip) it has the potential to be the most delicious cocktail you’ve ever tried. The club soda does make this drink into everything that a fizz cocktail should be, and the better the quality the better the drink.

This is the best ‘fizz’ cocktail I’ve ever tried and that is why the Sloe Gin Fizz is my undisputed Number 1 Fizz Cocktail.

The Fizz Cocktail – A myth, a legend, but they do live among us…

The fizz cocktail is a famous cocktail, a famous cocktail you may never have heard of…

Club Soda has long been used to infuse some fizzy-ness into all drinks, not just cocktails.

It does sound like a contradiction but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Back in the classic days of traditional cocktails (think back to the 1890’s & early 1900’s) the fizz cocktail was a law unto its own. Like the sour all it required were some simple ingredients and the addition of alcohol.

The fizz cocktail contained: Lemon juice, soda water, and an alcohol of your choice. That’s it, a simple yet very effective way to get rather drunk, rather quickly.

However as the years go on, we have created more intriguing and ingenious concoctions that still class as a fizz cocktail. As long as it has the soda, lemon juice and alcohol, whose to argue?! …

In the next few days i’ll be posting a top 10 of my favourite Fizz cocktails, from the classic gin fizz served in your local bar, to the world famous Ramos Fizz of the New Orleans based Roosevelt.

This post is a precursor to introduce you to one of the cocktails on that list, but in a way that will get you thinking enough to appreciate why my top 10 is slightly different to those you might get from other people. Whether they be bartender, expert or self proclaimed leaders of the rebellion. The top 10 I post is strictly reflective of my tastes and why I think they are the best fizz’s you’ll find…

So in the meantime let me introduce you to one of those on the list to come…

The Sidecar Fizz.

The following link will take you to the website i used for the recipe included in my next blog. This website will introduce you to one of the best cocktails ever created. It’s classy, robust and perfect for any formal event. Whether it be a wedding reception or a cocktail party for a few friends. Check it out, make a few up and just enjoy a few of them.


But remember whatever you do, please enjoy them responsibly.

The Fervent Shaker.

Planters Punch – Another great Caribbean delight…

The Planters Punch cocktail is unmistakably Caribbean in heritage and like you would expect, its perfect for mild beach evenings.

The recipe for this is a very complicated mix of sweet, sour and tart. And in no way is that a bad thing…

Planters Punch Classic Recipe:

45ml Dark rum

35ml Orange Juice

35ml Pineapple juice

20ml Fresh Lemon Juice

10ml Grenadine

10ml Sugar Syrup

2-4 dashes Angostura Bitters

This is the classic version I took from the cocktail books in my library (a cupboard in the kitchen). However as some people find Dark Rum a bit overpowering, you can substitute any rum you are accustomed to (be it Bacardi’s standard white rum or a nice Havana club 7 Anejo or even Captain Morgan’s Spiced)…

However due to restrictions in my own cabinet, I could only make this the once. So I decided to tweak the recipe to suit my dwindling range of spirits…

My own tweaked Recipe:

45ml Kraken Black Spiced Rum (remember this bad boy?)

35ml Grapefruit Juice

35ml Pineapple Juice

20ml Fresh Lime Juice/lemon juice (personal taste)

10ml Grenadine

10ml Sugar (Vanilla flavoured)

2-4 dashes Angostura Bitters

My version was slightly tarter and a little brisker on the taste buds, but on a nice summers evening it’s just as thirst quenching as the original. Don’t get me wrong, the original is fantastic and I suggest you try that before mine, but my recipe is proof that experimenting to what you prefer is what mixology is all about (this point is a constant theme throughout my blog posts). The idea that not every cocktail is going to be liked by everyone, but with a small tweak (sometimes the addition of a mixer) even the most disliked drink can be made favourable.

Mixing fruit into a planters punch is like mixing up a Pimms, add in what you like and dress it up as much as you want… Just make sure it tastes good first…