The Santorini cocktail is named after the Greek island of Santorini and is an excellent combination of Scottish Wkisky and Greek Ouzu. The Scotch Whisky and the sweet Vermouth combine harmoniously with Ouzo providing subtle and complementary aniseed notes.
The Espresso Martini cocktail as an absolute perennial favorite is traditionally mixed with vodka. As the name suggests, the Tequila Espresso Martini replaces the vodka with tequila, giving the drink a whole new taste profile.
The Book of Kells cocktail is similar to a Vieux Carré with more Whiskey than Cognac and it used Irish Whiskey rather than Rye or Bourbon. The cocktail was created in 2015 by John Marshall at Melaza Bistro, Woodstock, Vermont, USA.
45 ml/ 1 ½ oz. Irish Whiskey
20 ml/ ¾ oz. Rémy Martin Cognac
20 ml/ ¾ oz. Martini Rosso sweet vermouth
5 ml/ ⅙ oz. Bénédictine
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
The Green Swizzle cocktail was popular between 1890s and the 1930s during a period when the grand hotels of the Caribbean, such as the Queen’s Park Hotel in Trinidad, were in their prime. This drinks legendary status is partly due to its featuring in The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy by P.G. Wodehouse. Bertie Wooster sings its praises after enjoying a few at the Panter’s Bar of the West Indian stand at the 1924 British Empire Exposition at Wembley, London.
45 ml/ 1 ½ oz. light Rum
10 ml/ ⅓ oz. Overproof Rum
5 ml/ ⅙ oz. green Absinthe
25 ml/ ⅚ oz. Falernum
15 ml/ ½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
5 ml/ ⅙ oz. crème de menthe (green)
3 dashes of Angostura bitters
Pour all ingredients (except the Angostura) into chilled glass two-thirds filled with crushed ice.
Swizzle with swizzle stick (or churn with a barspoon).
Add more crushed ice to fill the glass.
Crown with 3 dashes Angostura bitters over the drink’s ice cap, a lime wedge and mint sprig.
Serve with straws.
To prepare a Green Swizzle, it’s best to use an authentic swizzle stick. Real swizzle sticks are long stems snapped off a tree native to the Caribbean, and feature multiple prongs that stick out horizontally. When spun rapidly between your hands inside a cold cocktail, the swizzle stick will create a thick layer of frost on the outside of a glass – the sign of a perfect swizzle.
Short for Gin & Italian vermouth, this is a classy cocktail that’s easy to make and hits the spot. Also known as a sweet Martini, this aperitif is a simple, refreshing and incredibly flavourful cocktail for summer days.
45 ml/ 1 ½ oz. dry Gin
45 ml/ 1 ½ oz. Martini Rosso sweet Vermouth
1 dash of Orange bitters by Angostura
Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes and stir well.
The Añogo cocktail is creamy but not sweet with a Tequila character which is shining through. The combination of the three ingredients seems unusual at first, but the taste of the Añogo cocktail is convincing in the end. Añogo is Spanish for “yearn“.
My Easter Cocktail 2022 is named Easter Bunny Cocktail. Some cocktails are sophisticated affairs, combining rare spirits, bitters and liqueurs and serving them in an elegant crystal glass. The Easter Bunny Cocktail is not one of them. Vanilla Vodka, Baileys, strawberries and cream make for a fun and festive Easter cocktail served in a chocolate bunny.
1 chocolate bunny
2 fresh strawberries
45 ml/ 1 ½ oz. Vanillia Vodka
15 ml/ ½ oz. Baileys Irish Cream
15 ml/ ½ oz. cream
Gently remove the ears from the chocolate bunny.
In the bottom of your shaker muddle the strawberries.
The Carajilo cocktail, coffee and liquor or spirit, is a popular serve in Mexico, with Licor 43 being one of the preferred choices due to the delicately spiced rich vanilla notes of the liqueur combining so well with coffee. Its origin dates back to Cuba’s Spanish colonial history. The soldiers of the colonial troops mixed coffee with alcohol to gain courage.
½ cup / 40 ml / 1 ⅓ oz. Espresso coffee (freshly brewed and hot)
45 – 60 ml / 1 ½ to 2 oz. Licor 43
8 ice cubes
In an Old Fashioned glass, pour 1 ½ to 2 ounces of Licor 43 over ice.
Slowly pour freshly brewed Espresso over the top. To float the espresso for a layered look, pour gently over the back of a spoon and serve with a cocktail stirrer.