Cocktails

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and whether you are arsed or not, it’s a good reason to design a new cocktail. 
We were planning to host a retail tasting on Friday 13th, we were asked to show a cocktail using SW4 London Dry Gin and Combier UK Rose Creme Liqueur….
This got me thinking about Turkish Delight, more specifically Fry’s Turkish Delight. Which in turn, got me thinking about La Maison Fontaine Chocolat…  
 
Initially, I tried a layered shot with the Rose and Chocolat and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it worked rather well…  Then to the task of making a proper cocktail… Sour Styley and lo…    

Full of Eastern Promise… 

25ml SW4 London Dry Gin
20ml La Maison Fontaine Chocolat
20ml Combier Creme Rose Liqueur
20ml Lemon Juice
20ml Egg White
3 drops Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters

These measurements are by no means fixed, more Gin, less egg white, more Chocolat etc. are all possible… It’s all a matter of tasting and tinkering. These ratios worked for me. Maybe a tad more Gin… 🙂

Method: Dry shake (without ice) all the ingredients together bar the Bitters, then add the ice and shake more vigorously. Strain into a chilled coupette. Garnish with quality cocktail cherries and add the 3 x drops of Bitters.

Profile: Good balance between sweet and sour, juicy acidity gets the palate salivating, quickly tempered by soft sweetness. SW4 is a solid Gin with good backbone, can’t go wrong there. The rose is delightful and works well with the floral notes of the Grand Wormwood from the Chocolat. All the while, there’s the unifying aromatic hint of the Bitters and a silky chocolate backdrop. So, is it “Full of Eastern Promise”? Well, given that’s the tagline for Fry’s Turkish Delight, I’d say this cocktail gets far closer to delivering…

No, that is not my Fry’s Turkish Delight in the photo. Yes, of course you can have it.

A couple of new cocktails using La Maison Fontaine® Chocolat and La Maison Fontaine® Verte.

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Miam Flip

Miam is French slang for ‘yum’, a fitting reference to the reaction of the consumer after their first taste.

Ingredients:

35ml La Maison Fontaine® Chocolat
15ml dark over-proof rum
10ml Combier l’Original Triple Sec
1 dash orange bitters
1 medium egg or 15ml double cream
Pinch of salt

Method: Shake all ingredients & strain into stemmed glass without ice.

Garnish: Grated nutmeg

La Maison Fontaine® Verte – Cobbler Verte Cobbler-Verte

A cobbler was originally a wine glass full of fruit, which evolved into the muddling of the fruit into the drink. This cobbler combines pepper notes with old friends strawberry & orange.

Ingredients:

30ml La Maison Fontaine® Verte
10ml SW4 London Dry Gin
25ml strawberry purée
15ml fresh lemon juice
15ml fresh orange juice
10ml sugar syrup (to taste)
5 basil leaves

Method: Add first 6 ingredients into glass & press basil leaves to bruise skin. Squeeze & drop into glass 1 lemon wedge & one orange wedge. Press the wedges with a muddler to release oils. Top with crushed ice & churn. Crown with crushed ice and fruit section.

Garnish: Basil, strawberry & a slice of lemon & orange.

Jenny’s Smoking Silver Bullet Cocktail by Andreas Tsanos @ Century Club

Century Club is a private members club hidden behind an unassuming door on Shaftsbury Avenue in London’s west end.

It was with great pride that I discovered Andreas Tsanos, the Bar Manager at Century,  had created a smoking version of one of my favourite cocktails, a Silver Bullet.

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Here’s Andreas smoking the Combier Kummel before mixing with the SW4 London Dry Gin and lemon juice.

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Here’s the final result – a deliciously smoky, high herbal and citrussy cocktail served in a silver flask that looks like a giant “Silver Bullet” – pure genius!