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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.

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3 course meal New Zealand Special: A preview…

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The place i want to call home…

So, it’s been a while. I’ve been working, not drinking a lot and generally not had a lot of time to write. It sucks. But now i have 2 weeks off, and plenty of time to write my heart out.

Starting with this preview of my upcoming 3 course cocktail: New Zealand special.

Now i have a special day in out in london planned next tuesday (25th) during which i’ll be trying out 3 or 4 different cocktail bars located near/around the London Bridge area of London. This will be posted in the form of both cocktails, event reviews and of course the write up of the Cointreau Fizz Garden event i’m going to in the evening.

Until then i intend to finish the preview below and of course supply plenty of other great posts. So read on, enjoy and look forward!

I have a deep held love for New Zealand, it started when i was about 14 and saw a documentary about it. Then when i was 18 my best friend moved out there, and ever since i’ve been obsessed with the wonderful country, culture, scenery and all. Hopefully one day i can visit, and if i’m really lucky i may even get to call it home. But those are dreams. This is fact and here come the great cocktails, all with a New Zealand theme… FACT.

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It even looks like Italy upside down. What’s not to love?

Starter: It’s the Bloody Oysters Mary!

New Zealand, a place currently at the top end of my places-to-visit list and second only to the full state tour of the USA (for obvious cocktail/historical reasons), is the theme of this 3 Course Cocktail post. And the starter for this 3 course cocktail post is a twist on the Bloody Mary.

The classic recipe is simple enough: Vodka, Tomato Juice and then a combination of seasonings to the drinker’s choice. Traditionally a classic bloody mary will contain the vodka and tomato juice, but also salt, pepper, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, lemon juice and tobasco sauce (although how much of the latter depends on how hot you prefer the drink). There are many variations of this recipe; using different combinations of the above ingredients as well as using different sauces altogether, some recipes even include cooling agents such as cucumber or avocado to the drink!

Now this recipe is different from the traditional recipe but only in one ingredient: Oyster Sauce. Now being in the UK, and around 21,000 miles (give or take) from New Zealand, you may find it a little difficult to come across good quality New Zealand Bluff Oysters (if you don’t know about these I suggest you google a.s.a.p.). However a simple dash of oyster sauce, should supply the flavour hit required.

Main Course: It’s 42 Below and all I have is a Kiwi fruit?

So the idea of this main course is to supply something a little different, a tweak on a classic. The Caipirinha is a Brazilian drink, but has a great many variations. A very popular variation is the Caipiroska, a similar drink with the only difference being the use of Vodka as the base spirit (instead of Cachaca). This particular main course cocktail is a New Zealand themed Caipiroska. Using 42 Below Vodka and Kiwi fruit (puree, flesh and some fresh juice).

The variety of kiwi used in this cocktail is a UK commercial fruit (insert genus name here). For those of you reading this that are blessed with several different varieties to choose from, please feel free to try some different ones out, especially those that taste better than the commercial brand here in the UK!

Dessert: when 1 dessert is too few and choice is just right…

For this menu, I’ve decided to go for cocktails that are more dessert than cocktail. This doesn’t really change anything other than they are more ‘meal-like’ choices.

The three dessert course cocktails chosen for this menu are a combination of traditional cocktail recipes using Below 42 vodka, but served in a slightly contemporary fashion.

The first is a cocktail version of the classic Italian dessert: Tiramisu. Using Below 42 Vodka and combining it with coffee liqueur, bailey’s and a splash of amaretto this recipe supplies the creamy-coffee flavoured dessert but with an alcoholic hit.

The second is a student inspired Jelly-Shot like dessert: Lemon Drop Jelly Shots. Again using Below 42 Vodka and Organic, unwaxed lemons this rather special jelly (jell-o as you Americans call it) shots are something a little different. Taking a classic student staple and adding some class is not a regular move for me, but in this case it does add something special to the flavour of the lemon jelly. Using the zest of 1 whole organic lemon per batch the generic lemon jelly will take on the zesty-ness (im not sure that’s even a word) and give out an improved and rather robust lemon taste. Serve this with some candied citrus slices and a little vanilla ice cream and you have a rather simple, yet elegant dessert cocktail.

The third and by no means least is definitely the star of the lot: Cosmopolitan Sorbet.

This dessert cocktail combines on of the most famous cocktails in the world and that summer dessert favourite: sorbet. Using an extremely simple method (as well as fresh produce) you can create some rather fantastic cocktail-sorbets.

The recipe included is for a very fresh tasting classic cosmo, but the recipe I did at home (also included underneath the classic one) was a cherry cosmo. This was purely as I could not source cranberries (fresh or frozen!) at the time of making the cocktail! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the different way of serving this great cocktail!

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When you live near this sight, why would you be sad?

So there you go, a little bit of an upcoming blog that i’m sure will go down well with you all. The full post will of course contain various recipes, preparation methods and a few home shot pictures to boot. Until then, keep mixing! (responsibly of course)…

Vodka Summer Cocktails… Top 10

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Vodka – Historically a stereotypical part of the Russian diet, this ‘neutral’ grain alcohol can be mixed to create some of the best flavoured cocktails in the world…

Here over the next 10 drinks, you will see some of, what I think to be, the best vodka summer cocktails in the world…

10. Vodka Sea Breeze

2m Vodka

2m Cranberry Juice

2m Pineapple Juice

Lime wedge (garnish)

9. Voodoo

50ml Russian Vodka

50ml Mango Nectar

2 lime wedges

3 mint leaves

Top up soda water

Mint sprig (for garnish)

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8. Classic Caipiroska

50ml High grade vodka (Green Mark/42 Below)

½ lime (cut into wedges

2 tablespoons Muscovado sugar.

Squeeze then muddle the lime and sugar (use Agave Nectar for a smoother drink), then top up with crushed ice and pour over vodka. Stir and serve before the drink has time to dilute.

Top Tip: Use any citrus fruit you prefer here. I recommend any orange citrus fruit (oranges, mandarins, satsumas, tangerines & clems are all perfect choices as they offer slightly different flavours).

7.Mint & Cucumber Vodka Fizz

50ml Vodka

12.5ml Cointreau

1 teaspoon Sugar syrup

12 mint leaves

½ cucumber, sliced

25ml fresh squeezed lime juice

Cucumber Spear & Mint sprig (for garnish).

Muddle the cucumber slices and mint with the sugar syrup and top up with the alcohol and lime. Shake well and strain over crushed ice. Top up with Soda Water/Ginger ale and garnish with the cucumber spear and mint sprig.

Top tip: for added flavour (and a Mexican feel) use Agave Nectar and Agave Sec instead of Sugar Syrup and Cointreau respectively…

6. Lemon Drop

1 measure Vodka

½ measure Lemon Juice

1tsp Sugar syrup (1 tsp for every 1 measure of vodka)

Lemon twist for garnish

Shake, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. This is a sour drink so is best kept as more of a desert cocktail… You have been warned!

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A sour but satisfying cocktail…

5. Acapulco Zombie

20ml Vodka

20ml Tequila

20ml Gold Rum

40ml Orange juice

40ml Grapefruit Juice

1 small dash Crème de Menthe

Serving over ice in a tall glass, build this cocktail working your way down the list… Drop the crème de menthe in last and allow it to rest on top (after stirring the other ingredients first).

4. Cucumber Cooler

50ml Russian Vodka

15ml Sugar Syrup

12” Thin slice (long-side) cucumber

1 small slice (wheel – for garnish)

1/8 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves.

Muddle the cucumber and thyme in a shaker; add the sugar syrup and vodka. Shake gently and pour over ice in a small goblet. Garnish with the cucumber wheel and a splash of soda water.

 

3. Cucumber & Ginger Fizz (up to 8 servings)

135ml Vodka

80ml ginger liqueur

top up Ginger Ale/Beer

2 limes (wedges – you should be able to get 8 per lime)

2 cucumbers (1 roughly chopped; 1 thinly sliced length-ways)

This is a two stage recipe and does require some prior preparation…

Stage one: Skin one of the cucumbers and dice loosely. Put the cucumber and all of the vodka into a glass container and refridgerate for 1-3 hours. When you’re happy with the strength of the ‘infusion’ stain and sieve the vodka into a separate container and refridgerate for a further 2 days, discard the cucumber.

Stage two: Peel the other cucumber length-ways and put 3 slices in each of the 8 glasses. Add to this 3 tablespoons (45ml) of the vodka to each glass and squeeze two of the lime wedges into the mixture (drop in the lime wedges for garnish also). Top up with crushed ice and add 10ml of the ginger liqueur (10ml per glass). Stir gently before topping up with Ginger Ale/Beer.

Serve with a straw and a cocktail stirrer.

2. Wallbanger 43

50ml High grade vodka

20ml Licor 43

75ml freshly squeezed Orange Juice

1. Classic Screwdriver

50ml Green Mark Vodka

100ml freshly squeezed Orange Juice

Orange Wedge (for garnish).

So there you go, 10 of the best vodka cocktails you can drink this summer. The screwdriver is my number one by a country mile, and that is not flattering (done right it genuinely is that good!).

I hope you enjoy them all as much as I do! Next up… Top 10 Gin Summer Cocktails…