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Cocktails O’ Clock: Whisky Wednesdays…

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If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times; I do not like whisky. But recently I’ve been finding some that are quite bearable, including the one that happens to be the focal point of this post…

The book in which I found this recipe: “Pink Drinks” (published by Hamlyn) was a present from my sister, who thinks she is funny with Christmas presents like this, and is annoyingly full of some rather good cocktail recipes (hence this post).

Recipe:

2 measures Jack Daniels

½ measure Chambord Liqueur

½ measure fresh Lime Juice

Dash Agave Nectar

1 measure cranberry juice

1 measure raspberry puree

Garnish:2 Raspberries and a Lime wedge.

Pink over ice. Perfect for those nights in with friends…

Method:

  1. Combine the whisky and other ingredients over ice and shake until ice forms on the outside of the shaker.
  2. Fill a highball glass with crushed ice and strain in the mixture.
  3. Garnish with the raspberries and lime wedge (use a skewer for the berries – it helps) and stick in two straws.

Combining a relatively sweet whisky with some lime juice and berries this drink creates a sweet-sour combination that really tingles on your tongue. The crushed ice both lengthens the drink and cools down the whisky.

“if you’re dreaming of that sparkly something that could take a long time in coming, then this is the drink for you. A divine mixture of raspberry puree, Jack Daniels and lime juice – it could be a long night” – Pink Drinks; Hamlyn books.

The best thing about this drink is that by tweaking two of the ingredients you can change the ‘girly’ pink hue of the drink whilst keeping the basic idea of the drink whole. Instead of using the raspberry ingredients try using a collection of darker berries:

–          Replace the Chambord with Crème de Mure (Blackberry Liqueur)

–          Replace the Raspberry Puree with a Blackberry & Blueberry puree.

–          Replace the Cranberry Juice with Pomegranate & Blueberry Juice.

This will result in both a darker shade of red, a deeper flavour thanks to the summer berries and a drink the men in your group will not mind (as much) being seen holding. Failing that just make them some whisky sours with the left over Jack Daniels…

Using Blackberries will darken the drink making it less girly; for all you blokes out there…

So there you have it, no excuses male or female, shake a few of these up for you and your friends and chill out with a good film or even a pizza.

Cocktails O’ Clock: Purple Passion Tea

This one’s for you ladies; Give it a try on a September evening and you’ll never want another cocktail again…

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The drink is called the ‘Purple Passion Tea’ but in reality it’s more a shade of pink… Perfect for the ladies out there…
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I’ve tried plenty of Iced-Tea cocktails in recent years, some classic and some I’ve made up, and when it comes to my female friends this has to be one of their favourites. Now it’s not just for the colour, that’s kind of stereotypical, it’s because of the flavours… Combining smaller amounts of the base spirits and adding a double dose of Raspberry liqueur helps sweeten the drink (and is the reason for the pink hue). The best thing about this cocktail however, has to be the versatility to mix with fruitier mixers. The recipe below is the classic version, and below that you’ll find the best mixers to substitute in for the sour mix… Take your time working out the kinks in this recipe, make a few up and enjoy yourselves. Trust me when I say you’ll love them:

Purple Passion Tea:

1 peeled Passion Fruit

(7ml) ¼ measure Vodka

(7ml) ¼ measure Rum

(7ml) ¼ measure Gin

(14ml) ½ measure Chambord (Raspberry Liqueur)

(112ml) 4 measures Sour Mix

(7ml) ¼ measure Lime Juice

Top up Lemonade

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A great refreshing cocktail perfect for September evenings, but also great for accompanying your desserts…
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Method:

1)      Muddle the passion fruit in a shaker and then add ice.

2)      Add all of the ingredients (except the lemonade) and shake well (5-10 seconds).

3)      Strain into an ice filled glass.

4)      Top with the lemonade and garnish with a hulled passion fruit halve on the rim of the glass.

This cocktail is a less-alcoholic version of the famous long island iced tea (using half the amount of alcohol) and therefore a little easier to handle. Knocking down the alcohol levels does several things for the drink, one of which is the balancing of flavours. If you up the alcohol, you lose the Chambord (raspberry) and passion fruit flavours.

Fervent Shaker Top Tip: For an added touch of fruitiness try substituting half of the sour mix with either pomegranate or cranberry juice. Also, for a really classy touch, try using Hibiscus soda instead of the lemonade (if you do try to garnish with a Hibiscus Flower)…

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Hibiscus Flowers are one of the most elegant cocktail garnishes out there. Done right they are simply beautiful (they’re edible too!)…
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This is perfect to drink with desserts and works well with Cheesecake or Citrus tarts, perfect with the odd bit of sorbet also. Have you ever tried an ice-cream soda? – Home-made it’s just a dollop of ice-cream with a top up of Lemonade. – This is not a new dessert by any means, but this cocktail should have a fruity flavour to compliment such an ambitious idea.

So until next time drinkers, drink up and enjoy!

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And for the ladies: Yellow Hibiscus Flowers 🙂