The gentle rocking of the boat coupled with the changes in temperature creates a spicy, clean and crisp taste that develops into flavours of vanilla and aniseed. Like Jubilaeums, it also has seen some aging in sherry casks but is paler in colour. Again notes of dill and caraway, yet it is a little sweeter and has a crisper acidity that matches spicy food beautifully. With this was a cured beef and small taste of horseradish sauce.
Add a bag of ice and then top up with an entire carton of cranberry juice. To garnish, add some more berries and if you’re feeling particularly cruel to your guests some jelly eyeball sweets. This can be an expensive item given it’s not really a spirit you can drink on it’s own. If you don’t want to fork out, non-alcoholic syrups can give the same flavour and you can just put in a shot of vodka to compensate for the alcohol. In your shaker, add the Blue Curacao, Vodka and some ice. Top up to around ¾ of the glass with lemonade and then slowly drip the cranberry juice in to top up.
It’s very much back to basics with this cocktail, balancing sweet and citrus throughout. The harmony you can create by blending lemon juice and sweet liqueur is always fascinating. Brian Duell, the cocktails creator, is known for his simple approach to mixing drinks and bucking the trend of seven or eight ingredient cocktails. He was a bit of a name in the early 2000s and won a lot of competitions for his art.
As the story goes, Connolly simply substituted an onion for the olive and named the drink after the patron. Sweet oranges and sparkling wine, preferably the slightly sweeter prosecco, make this incredibly pleasant and easy sipping. The flavour is sour with orange notes and the smooth warmth of brandy coupling up nicely wit the citrus.
When making any Cocktail, let alone a Margarita, you don’t want to risk making it too strong , and I usually stick with a 50ml measure (U.K Standard Double Measure). Rich and mellow, this spirit is a bank holiday cocktail essential. Pair with pineapple juice and cream of coconut to create tropical Pina Coladas. Sweet, fruity and slightly spicy, the Tequila Villa Lobos is a handcrafted spirit made with mellow agave from Los Altos. Made with traditional Mexican techniques, this tequila has a balanced and elegant structure. The pre-mixed Passionfruit Martini is a silky, smooth mix of passionfruit and vodka, forming an exotic drink that’s perfect for getting into the holiday spirit at home.
Very little sugar, big zesty limes and lengthened with soda. The first rickey was made with bourbon and named after its originator, Joe Rickey, a democrat politician in the late 19th century. A timeless, cocktail classic that has stood the test of time, but some say how? It’s a tricky combination of scotch whisky, orange juice, maraschino and vermouth. Its hard to imagine it being anything other than unpleasant. However, cocktails are the sum of their parts and the Blood & Sand is a good cocktail if made exactly right.
This just shows how much the spirit market can change over time. Something that people had never heard of 3 or 4 years ago is now fast becoming a must have in bars, restaurants and people’s alcohol cabinets. ‘People will be willing to search out places that serve drinks that have that authenticity and quality. They are willing to learn, they read about something on the internet then they want to come to the bar and try some of the drink they hear about, to experiment’. One of the most noticeable new trends in the UK spirit market is the rise of mezcal and we’re certainly very proud to have the best and most exclusive selection of mezcal available in the UK. 03 Herbal, created by Antonio Nevares of Dr Stravinsky, Barcelona, collided beautifully with Kinahan’s Irish Whiskey and tasted bright and fresh with a mild, minty floral note.