Mix Your Own Cocktails

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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:45 pm

SPECIAL COCKTAIL

THE LIBERTINE
50ml Drambuie
Rocks glass
Crushed ice
3-4 muddled lime wedges




HOW TO MAKE IT
Add the Drambuie to the ice
Gently stir
Garnish with the lime wedges


THE VERDICT
This is Drambuie's signature cocktail, and, as the name might suggest, this summons up images of effortless sophistication and assured class. The taste is a surprisingly complex one, with the Drambuie suggesting a mix of honey, malt and heather, and the slight acidity of the lime acting as a check. Sip one of these and you will feel like a new man.
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:46 pm

AURA KITCHEN AND BAR COCKTAIL

THE TIV
45ml Grey Goose
5ml crme de peche
20ml fresh lime juice
10 mint leaves
10ml gomme syrup
20ml peach puree
1 lime twist (garnish)




HOW TO MAKE IT
Shake all ingredients with ice
Double strain into a chilled Martini glass
Garnish with a thick twist of lime


THE VERDICT
This is a powerful and vibrant drink that combines a zesty flavour with the kick of the Grey Goose and the sweetness of the peach, adding up to an exciting experience. Aura is a small but stylish lounge bar that uses its position a stone's throw away from the Ritz to great effect. The man who will make your visit that bit more special is Sam King.
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:47 pm

THE CUCKOO CLUB COCKTAIL

THE FLIGHT OF THE CUCKOO
55ml Grey Goose
10ml Mandarin Napoleon
10ml Lapponia cloudberry liqueur
5ml ginger-infused lime juice
1 string of redcurrants




HOW TO MAKE IT
Gently muddle the redcurrants on the bottom of a shaker
Add ice and the other ingredients
Shake
Pour in the glass and garnish with redcurrants


THE VERDICT
In the oh-so-hip environs of the Cuckoo Club, this is an energising and surprisingly light cocktail. Grey Goose's cool, clear taste is thrown into sharp relief by the Mandarin Napoleon, and the lime juice gives it a beautifully crisp, sharp flavour. While at the Cuckoo, make sure that you endear yourself to Mark Fairweather, the charismatic general manager, and all will be well.
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:49 pm

43 SOUTH MOLTON COCKTAIL

PASTIS NO 2
50ml Grey Goose
5ml Pernod
1 lemon twist
1 glass of water




HOW TO MAKE IT
Fill a Martini/coupe glass with cracked (not crushed) ice.
Rinse the glass with Pernod.
Pour the vodka in a Boston glass.
Stir until cold.
Discard the ice from the Martini glass to leave a Pernod rinse.
Strain in the chilled vodka.
Garnish with a lemon twist.
Serve a glass of water on the side.


THE VERDICT
This is a simple but highly sophisticated cocktail, with far more of a kick than the comparatively small list of ingredients might suggest. It's served in the upmarket and chic surroundings of 43 South Molton, one of London's quirkiest and most endearing bars, as run by the charismatic Jasper Tay.
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:49 pm

SPECIAL COCKTAIL

THE ANGEL'S SPIRIT
50ml Gran Centenario Plata
35ml Fresh Orange Juice
35ml Passion Fruit Puree




HOW TO MAKE IT
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Fill with cubed ice.
Shake well.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a flamed orange zest.



THE VERDICT
The Angel's Spirit is an ideal summer drink. The fresh orange juice brings out the fruity aromas of the Gran Centenario tequila and the passion fruit puree complements the distinct Agave flavour. Overall the drink provides a fresh, clean and sweet taste - it's summer in a glass.
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:50 pm

THE WELLINGTON CLUB COCKTAIL

THE WELLESLEY
40ml Grey Goose
15ml framboise liqueur
10ml gomme syrup
25ml cranberry juice
5 raspberries
2 slices of chilli




HOW TO MAKE IT
Muddle the raspberries.
Add ice and the liquid ingredients.
Shake and strain into a Martini glass.
To serve, garnish with chilli slices.


THE VERDICT
As you might expect, the chilli gives this delicious drink a real kick, blurring the boundaries between spicy and sweet. The Wellington's an incredibly cool venue, with decorations by Damien Hirst and music by Pete Tong, all of which makes it the perfect place to hang out in and enjoy these excellent, refreshing and zesty drinks.
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:52 pm

PURPLE BAR AT THE SANDERSON COCKTAIL

PURPLE FRENCH MARTINI
50ml Grey Goose
10ml Chambord liqueur
3 blackberries
3oz fresh pineapple
5ml sugar syrup
15 ml pressed pineapple juice




HOW TO MAKE IT
Muddle the blackberries and the fresh pineapple in a Boston glass
Add the rest of the ingredients
Fill the Boston glass with ice and shake vigorously
To serve, strain into a chilled Martini glass



THE VERDICT
This is the perfect drink for a warm summer evening, served in the none-more-plush surroundings of the Purple Bar at the legendary Sanderson Hotel, which combines luxury and lavishness with a cool intimacy. Rogers Benham, the bar manager, will ensure that your visit is a pleasant and memorable one.
To my critics
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When I'm in a drunken mood, I gamble, play and drink,
But when my moods are over and my time has come to pass,
I hope I'm buried upside down, so the world may kiss my ar*e
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:52 pm

SPECIAL COCKTAIL

CIROC GRAPE MARTINI
50 ml Ciroc vodka
8 fresh red or white grapes
5ml Gomme





HOW TO MAKE IT
Muddle the grapes together.
Add Ciroc.
Double strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with a red grape for taste.

THE VERDICT
This is an absolutely fantastic summer drink, equally refreshing and stirring. The crisp fruit flavours of the Ciroc are beautifully complemented by the sweetness of the gomme, and of course the grapes give the cocktail an extra fillip.
To my critics
When I'm in a sober mood, I worry, work and think,
When I'm in a drunken mood, I gamble, play and drink,
But when my moods are over and my time has come to pass,
I hope I'm buried upside down, so the world may kiss my ar*e
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:53 pm

WORLDWIDE COCKTAIL CLUB COCKTAIL

THE BREAKFAST COCKTAIL
25ml Wyborowa Orange
25ml Wyborowa Lemon
15ml freshly squeezed orange juice
15ml freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
5ml triple sec
5ml sugar syrup
1 bar spoon orange marmalade
Dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Dash of freshly squeezed lime juice




HOW TO MAKE IT
Combine all ingredients in a Boston glass with ice
Shake vigorously
Double strain into a rocks glass pre-filled with fresh ice
Garnish with grapefruit and orange zest


THE VERDICT
Created by Dre Masso, mixologist and co-founder of the Worldwide Cocktail Club, this is the ultimate morning cocktail. It makes getting up on the weekends a whole lot more enjoyable. Best served with a sumptuous brunch.
To my critics
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When I'm in a drunken mood, I gamble, play and drink,
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:54 pm

OQO BAR COCKTAIL

GRANNY
50ml Doorlys XO Rum
1/4 granadilla
4 leaves of lemon balm
20ml passion fruit syrup




HOW TO MAKE IT
Muddle the granadilla and lemon balm leaves
Pour in rum and passion fruit syrup and shake
Pour ingredients in to highball glass filled with crushed ice and stir until glass becomes frosted
Garnish with sprig of lemon balm


THE VERDICT
You might have to do a bit of digging to find the exotic ingredients (the granadilla is a fruit from South America), but trust us, it's worth the effort. This cocktail, made by OQO mixologist Luke Jenkins, is fresh, zingy and perfect for summer cocktail parties outdoor.
To my critics
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When I'm in a drunken mood, I gamble, play and drink,
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:55 pm

MATCH BAR COCKTAIL

ENGLISH CHERRY JULEP
60ml Woodford Reserve
5-10ml sugar syrup
10-15ml Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
4 fresh tender mint sprigs
3 English cherries




HOW TO MAKE IT
Muddle cherries at the base of a thick glass
Add all ingredients, including the mint sprigs
Add a little bit of crushed ice and mix until cold
Add more ice to top up drink
Garnish with 1 mint sprig and one English cherry with stem
Powder the top of the drink with sugar


THE VERDICT
Created by world famous Milk And Honey mixologist Kevin Armstrong, this cocktail is a spin on the classic Mint Julep. Starring the award-winning Woodford Reserve, the cocktail was invented especially for this year's Kentucky Derby, which will take place on 6 May. Over 80,000 of these drinks will be served at the celebrity-studded event.
To my critics
When I'm in a sober mood, I worry, work and think,
When I'm in a drunken mood, I gamble, play and drink,
But when my moods are over and my time has come to pass,
I hope I'm buried upside down, so the world may kiss my ar*e
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:57 pm

LOUNGE LOVER COCKTAIL

CAIPIRISSIMA D'UVA
50ml Appleton Estate V/X
10ml Falurnum
6 red grapes
Half a lime
1 barspoon of Demara sugar



HOW TO MAKE IT
Chop the lime half into 9 pieces and muddle with the sugar in the base of an old fashioned glass.
Add the grapes and muddle further.
Add the rum and fill the glass with crushed ice.
Churn with the base of a barspoon and top with fresh crushed ice.
Add straws and garnish with sliced grape.

THE VERDICT
Designed originally by renowned mixologist Dale Degroff, this grape cocktail is sweet, tart and spicy at the same time, thanks to the Falurnum, a sweet syrup flavoured with cloves and lime. So delish, you'll be tempted to drink it all day long.
To my critics
When I'm in a sober mood, I worry, work and think,
When I'm in a drunken mood, I gamble, play and drink,
But when my moods are over and my time has come to pass,
I hope I'm buried upside down, so the world may kiss my ar*e
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:58 pm

SPECIAL COCKTAIL

THE RESH MARTINI
35ml Grey Goose Vodka
15ml Drambuie
Juice of 1 fresh lemon
15ml chai tea syrup



HOW TO MAKE IT
Shake and strain all ingredients in a shaker
Finely strain into a chilled martini glass
Garnish with grapefruit and orange zest


THE VERDICT
The Resh Martini is a drink created by Colin Asare-Appiah and Dimitri Lezinska, two of the world's finest mixologists. Thanks to their tasty concoctions, the dynamic duo have landed a TV show, called Cocktail Kings, in which they travel to top cities in Europe and the US to gain inspiration for their latest cocktails.
To my critics
When I'm in a sober mood, I worry, work and think,
When I'm in a drunken mood, I gamble, play and drink,
But when my moods are over and my time has come to pass,
I hope I'm buried upside down, so the world may kiss my ar*e
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:59 pm

SPECIAL COCKTAIL

DRAMBUIE AND SODA
25ml Drambuie
75ml soda
Lime




HOW TO MAKE IT
Pour the Drambuie in a tall glass filled with ice
Pour soda
Cut two lime wedges; squeeze one into the drink and drop the second unsqueezed into the glass
Stir and enjoy


THE VERDICT
If you're bored of beer and tired of gin and tonics, then get yourself a new staple cocktail: Drambuie and soda. Fresh yet spicy, it goes down easy, especially with a twist of lime.
To my critics
When I'm in a sober mood, I worry, work and think,
When I'm in a drunken mood, I gamble, play and drink,
But when my moods are over and my time has come to pass,
I hope I'm buried upside down, so the world may kiss my ar*e
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Re: Mix Your Own Cocktails

Postby bjr » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:59 pm

MILK AND HONEY COCKTAIL

THE GATINHA
50ml Sagatiba Pura
20ml port
10ml Brazilian honey syrup
Dash Angostura bitters




HOW TO MAKE IT
Shake and serve straight up over a scoop of lemon sorbet

THE VERDICT
Created by Michael Perron from London's exclusive Milk and Honey bar, The Gatinha, scooped the top prize in the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild Cocktail Competition and won the mixologist a dream trip to Brazil. Perron will be representing the UK World Cocktail Championships in Helsinki in the spring.
To my critics
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When I'm in a drunken mood, I gamble, play and drink,
But when my moods are over and my time has come to pass,
I hope I'm buried upside down, so the world may kiss my ar*e
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