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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!
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Happy New Year!

Celebrate in style…

So where do I start? This is my last post of the year of 2013. And I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me over the past 24 months. This blog was set up through my love of cocktails and a need to write about them.

I love cocktails and I need you all to know it!

So whether it’s a mild mannered rooftop Soiree…

So from the 57 Bloggers , 190 Tweeters & 133 Facebookers out there down to each and every individual person who has ever read/commented on one of my posts: A very humble thank you.

When I first started this blog I never imagined to have got as far with it as I am. 13 months after I started I’m sitting here having reached over 3000 views in one month (December 2013 – 3110+) and am sitting on just under 18,000 total views. Just WOW!

Or whether it’s a rather messy Student mash up…

My spare time is dwindling as i work on my 2 cocktails books and also a side project (Sci-Fi – novel) but i will still aim to hit you with about 4-6 posts per month (more so when I have more time!).

I’ll be hoping to take this blog into new areas of alcoholism and of course cocktails will feature as heavily as they have done. Hopefully I’ll even have a prize draw for all you UK readers at some point (as well as looking at going “.com” at some point).

Thank you again and may you all enjoy a fantastic 2014!

Remember to always have fun, even it that means playing ‘go fish’ with the family…

Stairs to the cocktail heaven:

It might rain, so say the weather people; Rainy Day Cocktails is my response…

Even Sharks love cocktails…

If you don’t like sharks, how about a Mule?

Fizz things up a bit with a Fizz cocktail or 10.

Here’s Cointreau with their Fizz Cocktails too…

And even some 3 course cocktails

Penultimately here are my two Champagne Collections:

Christmas 2013

Not just Bellini’s and Mimosa’s

And finally, my collection of several Summer Cocktail lists:

Whisky Exchange, Tequila, Gin, Vodka, Rum, Liqueur 43 & Cointreau. Not to mention my entire collection of Cocktails O’ Clock Posts.

 

Enjoy and again a very happy New Year to you all!

Cocktails O’Clock: Rum Runner

RUM! ALL OF THE RUM!

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This Old Rum Runner was not so lucky, courtesy of the http://www.USCG.Mil

I haven’t posted a rum cocktail for a little while now, and it’s a shame really as I do rather love a good old rum cocktail. So I thought why not do one today? After all we could do with a little tropical rum kick, especially with the weather we’re getting here in the UK right now (not to mention how you Americans have had it recently – oh and not to mention all those not fortunate to live on a tropical island!).

Anyway the Rum Runner is a small cocktail sized portion of a rum punch, tweaked in ways to better suit it to the smaller vessel of a highball glass…

Recipe:

25ml light rum

25ml dark rum

1 small lime, juiced

15ml sugar syrup

150ml fresh pineapple juice

Here are a couple of Rum runners a bit luckier than the last one…

Method:

  1. Shake all of the ingredients vigourously over ice.
  2. Strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry.

So there you go a tropical drink with a bit of a rum kick.

This cocktail has several tweaks available, some of the best I’ll note down below, but as always you should prepare this drink how best suits your tastes. I always use a small lime, but some of you might prefer more lime juice (or less! – just use ½ lime instead for a good scale back).

Fervent Shaker Top Tweaks:

–          Instead of sugar syrup (its pretty bad for you) try Agave Nectar or a mild runny honey. Or even make your own Demerara sugar syrup.

–          Try a dark rum float. Sure it says shake them all, but for a bigger rum hit at the end of your drink; shake everything up EXCEPT the dark rum and then float it on top of the cocktail at the end. It will make the drink taste very different indeed.

–          Why not try using a different combination of rums? Instead of the white & Dark combo, try either white with gold, or gold with dark. The former results in a lighter taste.

 

And finally, a link to a blogger who also enjoys the odd Rum Runner:

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Rum Runner in the USA! courtesy of: skinnydecadence.blogspot.co.uk

Cocktails O’Clock: Inspired by…

Brazil

High above the favelas, this drink comes all the way from Brazil…

Caipirinha de Tangarina

Recipe:

½ very sweet Tangerine

50ml Cachaca

1 or 2 Teaspoons Demerara Sugar (to taste)

With the bright orange hue and sweet tangerine flavour; this drink is a great addition to any cocktail party…

Method:

  1. Peel the tangerine and place in a chilled rocks glass.
  2. Sprinkle over the sugar and muddle gently until the sugar dissolves
  3. Add crushed ice and pour in the Cachaca.
  4. Stir well and top up with crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with a tangerine segment and serve with a straw.

This cocktail is based on a traditional Brazilian Caipirinha, which is a great cocktail, but the tangerine twist makes this already fantastic drink a little more special.

I know what you’re thinking; “lies, this drink is too good to tweak” well, I dare you to try it! Pick the sweetest tangerine you can find and don’t be afraid to chuck in a few extra pieces for added zing.

Although this drink is a tweaked Caipirinha, it holds its own in both taste and the look; taking on a stunning orange hue courtesy of the fruit.

Halloween Special: The best of the rest…

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Huge Pumpkins, now the cocktails to match…

I planned on bringing you 5+ of my very own creations this Halloween week, but due to work commitments (my day job) I haven’t had as much time as I thought when I planned that.

So rather than let you down by not bringing you those cocktails, I’ve decided to make up for it by supplying literally 100’s of Halloween themed cocktails…

But not through direct recipes, part of this of this blog is to help up the popularity of cocktails and the best way to do this is by sharing the best sites…

And are the best Halloween Cocktails, courtesy of the best sites I’ve found:

Brit & Co.

Cocktails About.Com

13 to die for halloween cocktails

27 Halloween Cocktails

7 more Halloween Cocktails

Halloween Cocktails by food & wine

Creepy Halloween Cocktails by the Food Network

The BBC’s Halloween Cocktails

Cocktails O’ Clock: The Flame of Love

This cocktail is a twist on a Martini and probably one of the most elegant cocktails you’ll ever see/make/taste.

Rather than regurgitate what Charlotte Voisey says in her video, I thought it best just to share the video in this post. Plus it adds a splash of variety, you don’t have to read my drivel for once 😉 – I shall be using a few of these videos, by the various barkeeps ‘SSN‘ use in their videos…

Made by Charlotte Voisey (a barkeep from the USA) this cocktail is all about elegance, Watch her video (on youtube via the small screen network) and revel in both the beauty of this drink and the lady making it…

Hope you enjoy this cocktail as much as I do. Perfect for those late night Soiree’s with you and a few friends…

Flame of Love:

Recipe:
2 measures Good quality Vodka
1/2 measure Good quality Sherry

Method:
– Combine in a mixing glass, fill with cracked ice and stir well, until the drink is chilled.
– lace the glass with the oils of 2 orange peels.
– Then pour the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass and flame an orange peel over the glass and place it in the drink.
– Enjoy with friends.

Cocktails O’ Clock: Navy Grog

It never rains, but it pours… Great words for a rum drinker! Here’s one reason why…

This is my kind of cocktail, full of rum and pulling no punches, it brings together 2 great flavoured rums, honey and my citrus fruit of choice: Grapefruit…

Recipe:

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

20ml Fresh Lime Juice

20ml Runny Honey

25ml Golden Grapefruit Juice

25ml Light Rum

25ml Dark Rum

1 Mint Sprig

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Navy Grog: a 1930’s take on a classic Rum Punch…

Method:

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

2)      Garnish with the mint sprig.

A refreshingly sweet drink, this 1930’s take on a classic rum punch works wonders on those rainy days you want to just wish away. Sit on your porch and sip a few of these whilst listening to the rain and thunder. There’s really nothing quite like it if I’m honest. Cocktails don’t just have to be for the beach and bar, they can be for any occasion and situation.

Fervent Shaker Top Tip: Golden grapefruit juice is used here to keep the colour a little more, well, golden (in keeping with the rum’s natural colours). Pink grapefruit juice is slightly healthier but changes the colour of the drink quite dramatically. Feel free to use the one you prefer but keep this effect in mind when preparing the drink.

When creating drinks like this remember to keep them cool, but should you want to lengthen a little, ad a splash of Ginger Ale (it works well with the grapefruit) or Grapefruit Soda – yeah the type of soda used in a Paloma cocktail

Give it a go, sit on your porch and watch the rain fall around you and contemplate life. Or just have a few with friends and watch the TV either way, enjoy this cocktail!

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Cocktails can be as elegant in the rain as they are in the sun, just stick it out and enjoy nature…