maandag 24 februari 2020

Happy Bartender Day - Le dernier mot

 
Today is “World Bartender Day”, which motivated me to search for a classic cocktail, which is still rather unknown by the general public. Some of those cocktails are still very popular among bartenders, who create their own tasty variations. 

“The Last Word” is definitely one of those cocktails, build around gin and green Chartreuse. The original recipe dates back to the prohibition and was created at the Detroit Athletic Club. Today it’s a popular Bartenders’ cocktail.

This cocktail recipe is easy to recreate at home because it’s an “equal parts” cocktail with gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and fresh lime juice.

Of course we create our own variation, switching the Chartreuse for a more artisanal herbal liqueur. And no, it’s not green anymore either đŸ˜‰

Le dernier mot

Ingredients
3 cl HTK Gin
3 cl Aurian Genepi
3 cl Bols Maraschino Liqueur
3 cl Fresh Lime juice

Method
Shake with lots of ice and double strain in a stylish coupe or wine glass. Add a sprig of thyme.

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zaterdag 22 februari 2020

Happy Margarita Day !!!

 
Today is Margarita Day, Instagram will be swept with variations on this tasty sour-style Tequila cocktail all day long. Since the start of this blog I have made lots of Margarita cocktails, including juices from strawberries, melon, cucumber, … everything is possible. My friend Rhonda (The Margarita Mum) has already a couple of thousand (Yes, you read that right !) recipes online in her search for the perfect Margarita.

Today I’m going for a tasty variation on the classic recipe, but without all that fruity stuff.


Frozen Margarita 2020

Ingredients
5 cl El Domador Tequila Reposado
2 cl Sierra Tequila Liqueur
2 cl Cointreau Noir
3 cl Fresh Limejuice

Method
Put everything together in a blender with 4 or 5 icecubes. Blend until you get a texture of a melting sorbet. Pour into a Margarita glass. Salty rim optional.

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donderdag 20 februari 2020

Clover Club

 
Next to well-known classics such as the Manhattan or Old Fashioned, there are also a range of lesser known classics. Some of those are easy to prepare and very tasty. The Clover Club is definitely one of those.

The cocktail carries the same name as the popular Clover Club in Brooklyn where it originated.

Clover Club

Ingredients
45 ml Gin
15 ml Dry vermouth
15 ml fresh lemonjuice
15 ml Raspberry syrup
10 ml eggwhite

Method
Put all ingredients in a shaker without ice. Shake vigorously, add ice and shake again. Double strain into a nice coupe. You can add a raspberry if you want.

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dinsdag 11 februari 2020

Emozioni di Emilia-Romagna : A cocktail based on Vecchia Romagna brandy

 
I really admire bloggers who post new cocktail recipes each and every day. I guess I’m not creative enough for that kind of dedication, or I just don’t have enough time. But I’m always looking around for inspiration. I get inspired by something I read or something I’ve seen, … or even by some nice glassware. I picked up a new glass at my local liqueur store. It’s shaped more or less like a fancy cognac glass, so I wanted to use it right away for a cognac or brandy based cocktail.

I really love whisky and bourbon, but I’m not a really big fan of cognac or brandy. But, when used in a perfectly balanced cocktail (e.g. a Sazerac), I really appreciate the complexity of this grape-based spirits.


In 2018 I was part of the international press team for the global finals of the Amaro Montenegro Vero Bartender competition in Bologna
. Already on the first day of our stay, we visited the production plant of Amaro Montenegro, which is also the production facility of Vecchia Romagna, a real Italian brandy. This is the brandy I’m going to use for my cocktail today.

My recipe is a simplified version of the ‘East India’ cocktail. I wanted to make sure you can replicate this cocktail at home. If you don’t own a barspoon, just use a teaspoon. You can buy the bitters and syrup at any liqueur store.

Emozioni di Emilia-Romagna

Ingredients
6 cl Brandy Vecchia Romagna Classica (If you don’t have it, use your favourite brandy or cognac, this will however alter the resulting taste)
1 bsp Maraschino liqueur
1 bsp Orange Curaçao (If you don’t have this orange liqueur, use Cointreau)
1 bsp Angostura bitters
1 bsp Raspberry syrup

Method
Put everything together in a mixing glass with lots of ice. Stir together for about 20 seconds. Strain into a cognac glass. Garnish is optional, but you could use some lemon peel.

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donderdag 6 februari 2020

Game of Thrones - Six Kingdoms - Mortlach 15

 
I feel a bit like a vegetarian at a steakhouse BBQ-festival, because I haven’t seen one single episode of Game of Thrones. Nevertheless I’m writing about an exclusive whisky bottle, which is the final bottle added to the earlier released eight bottle range created for this popular TV series. It’s the gold labelled ‘cherry on the cake’.

The “Six Kingdoms - Mortlach 15” is the premium whisky chosen to complete this limited edition series. Earlier releases in this range were limited editions of Cardhu, Dalwhinnie, Lagavullin, Singleton, Clynelish, Royal Lochnagar, Talisker and Oban.


Six Kingdoms is inspired by the grand finale of the TV show and pays tribute to the fate of the fictional continent of Westeros. Other bloggers will probably tell you more about the GoT-part of this story, but I’m more interested in what’s in this bottle. This whisky was matured in ex-sherry casks and finished in American ex-bourbon barrels. Yes, you read that right, it’s more or less the opposite of what most distillers do. Expect a fruity but bold whisky with notes of vanilla and different spices. Mortlach whisky is also one of the ingredients of the Johnnie Walker blends. A beautiful “end” to this limited edition range.


Another important “end” last month was the Brexit. The Brits finally succeeded in leaving the EU. I don’t think it was their brightest idea ever, but I guess they won’t bother for my opinion. It did made me think of Churchill a few times, because he once did ground breaking work for the foundation of the current Europe and its institutions.


And this inspired me to shake up a variation on the classic Churchill cocktail, originally created by Joe Gilmore at the American Bar (Savoy) in London đŸ˜‰


GoT your Visa, Mr. Churchill ?


Ingredients
4 cl Game of Thrones - Six Kingdoms Mortlach 15
1 cl Punt e Mes Sweet vermouth
1 cl Cointreau
1 cl fresh lime juice


Method
Bring everything together in a shaker with ice. Shake for about 20 seconds to cool and blend. Fine strain into a cognac glass. A quality cigar is optional.


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vrijdag 31 januari 2020

Tournée Minérale : Sober Sour

 
Sober October, Dry January, TournĂ©e MinĂ©rale, … I’m not a big fan of these temporary prohibition periods, which also involve some peer pressure. I think it’s always better (and healthier!) to use some common sense and enjoy quality drinks responsibly all year long. Does that mean I never drink non-alcoholic drinks as an aperitif ? Of course not. My daughter has a lot of “after school activities” and just like any other parent I often have to be her personal taxi-driver. On those days I mostly enjoy non-alcohol or low-alcohol drinks.

Until a few years ago this meant having to settle for a softdrink or juice. This had changed. For those of you who are looking for a real alternative to popular spirits, in the last two years a whole new range of NA spirits appeared on the Belgian market.
For me a mocktail is never a mix of juices. For me a mocktail is exactly what it says, a drink that looks and tastes like a real cocktail. If I don’t tell you it’s a mocktail, you would probably think there is alcohol in it.


In earlier articles we already created drinks with NA spirits from Seedlip, Nona, Nudo, The Bitter Note, … brands you really should give a try. I often hear remarks about ‘high priced flavoured water’, but if you take into account that these products contain several separate distillates and oils which are pretty expensive to produce, you might reconsider that thought. In my opinion gin is also often overpriced, because it doesn’t need to be aged like whisky. But the production process of gin and these NA spirits seem to be equally expensive. Just to be complete, just like not all gins are high quality, also not all NA spirits are high quality. I have tasted NA spirits which are basically water with a slight hint of lemon.

 
Today I combined two premium NA brands to create a sour-style cocktail.


Sober Sour

Ingredients
5 cl Nona June (NA Spirit with a taste similar to gin)
2 cl The Bitter Note (NA amaro)
3 cl fresh squeezed lemonjuice
2 cl vanilla syrup


Method
Add everything to a shaker with ice. Shake for 15 seconds. Fine-strain into a coupe. Some dried melon completes the picture.


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woensdag 29 januari 2020

Amaretto Adriatico

 
We all know amaretto, the sweet Italian liqueur. But have you ever tasted white amaretto ? When I saw this product being used in an Instagram post, I replied that I had never seen this before. Shortly after I had a conversation with Amaretto Adriatico and learned this was indeed a brand new and unique product. Two bottles were delivered to our office for test. 
It took a few experiments to learn how to balance the flavour and strength, but it worked out pretty good. These amaretti are low in alcohol, but packed with flavour of the handpicked almonds from Puglia. I’ll share some cocktails with both bottles :

  • Amaretto Adriatico Bianco – Crushed almonds (16% alcohol)
  • Amaretto Adriatico Natural – Roasted almonds (28% alcohol)
Amaretto is a very versatile product to use in drinks. You can serve it neat, on the rocks or even add some ginger ale or ginger beer for a refreshing highball.
Why not try a sour with some lemon juice and egg white ? Or why not add some bourbon or whisky to that sour ? Why not add some amaretto to your coffee ? It all works.
 
But what I really wanted to do was make a few variations on the Godfather cocktail. Traditionally this is a very easy to prepare 50/50 drink with whisky and amaretto.
 
I’ll make you a cocktail you can’t refuse
 
Ingredients
2 cl Santa Teresa rum
2 cl RCS High proof rum
4 cl Amaretto Adriatico Roasted almonds
 
Method
For this drink we wanted a rum which is low on the typical chocolate flavours, but with slightly more vegetal flavours. Santa Teresa is just perfect for this. We also added high proof rum to boost the base of the cocktail.
 
Stir together for 15 seconds in a large glass with ice. Strain in an Old Fashioned glass with a large block of ice. Add a dried lemonwheel.
 
 

La Madrina

Ingredients
5 cl Filliers Genever (unaged) – You can also use a good quality vodka instead
4 cl Amaretto Adriatico Bianco


Method
Amaretto Adriatico Bianco is a very low ABV liqueur. You can easily sip it with ice in a tumbler.


We added some genever to boost it up a little. It remains an easy-sipping and very refreshing cocktail.

Stir together for no longer than 10 seconds in a large glass with ice (or stir in the glass – your choice). Serve in a tumbler with a large block of clear ice. No garnish needed.


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