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Cranberry-Lime Vodka & A tweaked out Vesper…

Over the next 3 weeks I’ll be sharing with you 3 infused vodka recipes, and ending each post with a cocktail recipe that shows the infusion off in all its glory. So sit back, get your notepads ready and enjoy the next week of vodka infusions!!!

n.b. These cocktails may or may not be my own recipes, although mostly they will be tweaks of other cocktails. 

Let’s jump straight into the action with this simple, yet rather versatile Vodka Infusion:

The first recipe is for a Cranberry-lime Vodka that really does feel at home in any home bar. With various cocktails using vodka and the 2 infusing ingredients; this infusion will add a depth of flavour to every cocktail you use it in!

Cranberry-Lime vodka

70cl (700ml) Bottle of high quality Vodka

1 lime

100g of cranberries

2 tbsp Sugar

Method:

  • Peel the rind off the lime and set aside the lime itself (you only need the peel).
  • Poke a hole in each cranberry (a fork works well here).
  • Add both the cranberries and lime peel into a large, sealed glass bottle.
  • Add in the sugar and the pour in the vodka.
  • Seal the bottle and store away from sunlight for up to 7 days.
  • After 7 days the colour of the vodka will have changed to a red hue. Leave the fruit in the vodka and enjoy chilled…

This vodka is extremely simple to make. Like most infusions the worst part is simply waiting to try it! The cranberry-lime flavour combination is not a new concept, but it is a great concept. This particular recipe will result in an extra fruity kick in your cocktails, especially a home made cosmopolitan. My preferred cocktail for this vodka however, is a tweak on the classic Vesper Martini:

Cranberry-Lime Vesper

cranberry lime vesper

3 measures Beefeater Gin

1 measure Cranberry-Lime Infused Vodka

½ measure Lillet Blanc

Garnish: Lime Twist

Method:

  • Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass and add plenty of cubed ice.
  • Stir well and chill the alcohol properly – anything up to 2 minutes here is totally acceptable!
  • Strain into a well-chilled coupe/classic martini-cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a long thin slice of lemon peel…

This cocktail is based on the famous Bond cocktail: The Vesper. It uses the same ratios as the classic cocktail and makes use of the infused vodka in a cocktail where it won’t over power the other ingredients, but equally stands on its own. This cocktail is the perfect canvas for it to splash its colourful flavour upon. However, I know everyone has different tastes so if this cocktail does not have enough of a fruity kick, then try adding a splash of cranberry juice. This will of course water down the drink so try not to add too much!

Naturally this cocktail will not suit everyone’s taste buds so if you’re one of those who like a more refreshing cocktail then why not try using this infused vodka in any of the following cocktails:

Sea Breeze,

Cosmopolitan,

Spiked Spiced Ciders,

Cape Cod,

Sex on the Beach,

And many more!

Gin Summer Cocktails… Classic British Cocktails

10. GINger juice cocktail

50ml Plymouth Gin

25ml Ginger Liqueur

15ml Lemon Juice (fresh)

15ml Sugar Syrup

2 Long thin slices of Ginger (optional garnish)

1 lemon wedge (optional garnish)

Combine in a shaker over ice, and shake until the tin ices over on the outside. Then strain into a small glass filled with crushed ice. Gently position the ginger slices around the outside of the inner glass (between the ice and the glass). Then top up with ginger ale and drop in a lemon wedge for garnish…

9. Beefeater Almond Iced Tea

60ml Beefeater 24 Gin

90ml Sencha Tea (chilled)

20ml Almond Syrup (Orgeat)

10ml Sugar Syrup

10ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

Build all the ingredients in a tall ice-filled glass and then stir well before serving…  Garnish with a lemon wheel.

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Beefeater Almond Iced-Tea

8. Gin Fizz

45ml Gin

20ml Lemon Juice

15ml Sugar Syrup

Top up Soda Water

Shake the Gin, Lemon & syrup and strain into an ice filled glass. Top up with the Soda water and garnish with a wedge of lemon.

7. Citrus Crush

60ml Gin

30ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 dash sugar syrup

Add all the ingredients to a glass filled with crushed ice and stir. Serve immediately. For a longer version; top up with the soda of your choice.

6. Damascan Punch

60ml Gin

60ml Pomegranate Juice (Use POM Juice)

30ml Lemon Juice (FS)

30ml Sugar Syrup

60ml Bitter Lemon(ade)

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Mix all of the ingredients by adding them to an ice-filled glass and stirring well. Garnish with a sprig of mint, fresh pomegranate & a wedge of lemon (all of these are optional).

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Damascan Punch

5. Classic G&T

60ml Gin

90ml Tonic water

Build over ice in a tall glass, garnishing with a lemon/lime wedge.

4. Tom Collins

45ml Gin

20ml Lemon Juice (FS)

15ml Sugar Syrup

60ml Soda Water

Add all the ingredients into an empty glass and stir. Add ice and then top up with the soda water, Garnishing with a lemon wheel.

3. Summer Breeze Punch (will serve 2-4)

60ml Beefeater Gin

30ml Lemon Juice (FS)

30ml Lillet Blanc

15ml Curacao (triple sec)

15ml Grenadine Syrup

120ml Vervain Tea (chilled) – Mint Tea also works well here!

Mix all of these ingredients over a large slab of ice in the serving bowl. For the fruit: Add Mint sprigs, lemon & lime wheels and your preferred selection of soft berries (I strongly suggest using strawberries).

2. Singapore Sling

40ml Gin

20ml cherry heering (cherry Brandy will suffice)

5ml Cointreau

5ml Benedictine

10ml Grenadine

80ml Pineapple Juice

30ml Lemon Juice

1-2 dashes angostura bitters

This drink is a bit of a legend. The above recipe is, as far as I know, the original. Any Singapore sling recipe without Benedictine is wrong. With that in mind, you can (if you do not have any at home) substitute it with 5ml of any other orange liqueur; Grand Marnier is a good call, so is mandarin napoleon, but adding another 5ml of Cointreau is acceptable.

Shake all the ingredients and strain into an ice-filled hurricane glass. Garnish with a pineapple chunk and maraschino cherry.

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Singapore Sling

1.Vesper

60ml Gordons Gin

20ml Stolichnaya Vodka

10ml Lillet Blanc

Stir* all the ingredients over ice and strain into a martini glass, garnishing with a lemon-peel twirl.

*for a more 007-esque experience you can shake this cocktail, but as most bartenders know; shaking a drink like this will dilute it and thus weaken the drink’s flavours… Stirring the drink cools the alcohol just the same, but does not dilute the drink as much…

Inspiration for these cocktails, including the pictures where taken from these websites (as well as my own mind in the case of recipes i created):

http://www.gintime.com/tag/summer-cocktails/

http://www.beefeatergin.com/