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Coquito

Coquito - Feliz Navidad
Coquito – Feliz Navidad

This is the Puerto Rican version of an “Egg-Nog”, made with coconut cream, condensed milk, Christmas spices and of course a liberal helping of rum! This recipe is egg free.
It’s served well chilled in cups with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg over the top, however for something more sofisticated pour into martini glasses, garnished with a short stick of cinnamon and dusted with some grated nutmeg, Feliz Navidad!

10 servings – Gluten free*

Ingredients

2 cans coconut cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 – 2 cups rum
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

Method

1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blitz for a minute or so until frothy.
2. Refrigerate until well chilled.

Serve and enjoy responsibly….

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as products change their base ingredients frequently

MacDaddy Cocktail

Mac Daddy Cocktail
image: www.bbc.co.uk/food

This is a variation on the classic whisky mac by Wayne Collins. It’s a Whisky based cocktail that’s great for kicking off your Burns night dinner of Haggis with Whisky Cream Sauce and Orkney Clapshot!

Serves; 1 – Gluten free*

Ingredients

  • Dash whisky bitters
  • 1 strip orange zest
  • 25ml/1fl oz Scotch whisky
  • 25ml/1fl oz ginger liqueur
  • A piece of thinly sliced lemon zest, to garnish

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and stir to mix.
  2. Strain into a whiskey tumbler over ice, garnish with lemon zest and serve.

Enjoy responsibly….

 

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as products change their base ingredients frequently

Espresso Infused Vodka

Coffee Beans
Coffee Infused

I’ve been making Espresso Martinis for a while now and wondered how I could make it a more intense flavour without watering down the amount of alcohol or making too bitter. I hit upon the idea of creating a espresso vodka infusion to use as the base.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of whole Espresso Coffee Beans (or Other Dark Roast Beans)
  • 1 litre of Vodka

Method

  1. Roughly crush the coffee beans using a pestle and mortar.
  2. Add to a sterilised 1.5 ltr KIlner jar, and pour over the Vodka.
  3. Seal and allow the beans to steep in a cool dark place for 7 days (or at least a minimum of 2 days if you can’t wait)
  4. Strain through muslin to remove the solids, and again through a coffee filter if you want a clear liquid.
  5. Decant to a bottle and enjoy responsibly….. I’ll be using it in a ‘Coffee Ciapiroskwa’ (recipe to follow)

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as manufacturers change the base ingredients of their products frequently.

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini
Espresso Martini
Picture by Valentin David on Flickr

This sophisticated coffee cocktail is best drank at elevenses for a little pick-me-up! Hopefully “the sun is over the yard-arm” somewhere in the world by then!

I use chilled espresso rather than a coffee liqueur for that good old caffeine kick

Serves 1 – Gluten Free*

Ingredients

  • 50ml/2fl oz vodka
  • 25ml/1fl oz Galliano, or similar liqueur
  • 1 tsp Gomme or sugar syrup
  • 25ml/1fl oz freshly brewed and chilled Espresso coffee
  • 3 coffee beans, for garnish

Method

  1. Fill a Boston Shaker half full with cracked ice
  2. Add the vodka, liqueur, syrup and fresh coffee
  3. Shake hard to ensure a foam.
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the coffee beans.

Enjoy responsibly…..

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as manufacturers change the base ingredients of their products frequently.

The Wibble

Wibble
Wibble

The ‘Wibble’ is a Martini styled cocktail, that uses both a plain Plymouth Gin and a Sloe Gin. This combination along with the lemon and grapefruit gives this modern classic a heady, slightly sour but fruity taste.

Servings: 1

*Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 25ml Plymouth Gin
  • 25ml Sloe Gin
  • 25ml Grapefruit juice
  • 12ml Lemon Juice
  • Dash of Gomme Syrup
  • A thin sliver of Grapefruit or Lemon zest for garnish

Directions

  1. Fill a Boston shaker half-full with cracked ice.
  2. Add the Gins, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and syrup
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into chilled Martini glasses.
  5. Garnish with the zest

Enjoy this fruity Martini responsibly….

 

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as manufactures change the base ingredients of their products frequently.

 

Hot Pink Greyhound

Hot Pink Greyhound
Hot Pink Greyhound

This is a variant of the Greyhound a grapefruit and vodka mix, the addition of the ‘Hot Sauce’ give this glamorous thirst quencher a bit of a zing.

SERVINGS: 2 (about 1 cup)
PREP TIME: 5 min

Gluten Free*

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fill a Boston shaker half-full with cracked ice.
  2. Add the vodka, triple sec, grapefruit juice, syrup and Frank’s RedHot Sauce.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into chilled Collins glasses.
  5. Garnish with grapefruit wedges

Enjoy this fruity zinger responsibly….

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as manufactures change the base ingredients of their products frequently.

Rhubarb Vodka

Rhubarb sticks
Rhubarb

Rhubarb is just coming into season, and I’m looking forward to eating the varied crumbles, like my Rhubarb and Blood Orange Crumble, and pies that this fruit that is really a vegetable (see Mackerel with Rhubarb) can be used for, I always end up with a glut. This year in preparation for that I found a good recipe for a rhubarb and vodka infusion that I’m going to have to try, although I’m not sure I can wait that long…

Makes 1 litre – Gluten Free*

Ingredients

  • 1 litre vodka
  • 4 rhubarb sticks (ripe red not green ones)
  • ½ lemon, zest only
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tbsp sugar

Method

  1. Crush rhubarb with a mortar and pestle and place in a kilner jar with sugar and leave to macerate for two days.
  2. Add the cloves, cinnamon and zest and cover with vodka.
  3. Leave the jar in a cool dark place for 3 weeks, but shake daily.
  4. Filter through muslin, re-bottle and leave for 3 months before drinking.

Serve responsibly with tonic over ice or as a base to a Rhubarb-tini

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as manufactures change the base ingredients of their products frequently.