Category Archives: Over the Yardarm

Cocktail/Mocktail and general drink based recipes

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 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 Sparkler

Rhubarb Sparkler
Rhubarb Sparkler
image: mixedgreensblog.com

Barbecue time approaches and I’m on the hunt for recipes that would add a special touch to a barbecue party. This sparking cooler adds the summer taste of rhubarb to ice cold Prosecco and is sure to get the party fizzing.

Thanks to Mixed Greens for the original recipe

Serves 6-8 Gluten Free*

Ingredients:

Method

  1. Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled jug.
  2. Top off with Prosecco and stir gently.
  3. Garnish with thin slices of lime or lemon.

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 manufactures change the base ingredients of their products frequently.

Gin and French

Gin and French Cocktail
Gin and French

The ‘Gin and French’ harks back to the traditional gin cocktails of the 1860’s, when Gin was at the height of it’s popularity in London and the ratios of Gin and Vermouth were equal. Continuing with the heritage theme of this cocktail it’s stirred rather than shaken like the classic Bond Martini, like the Vespa. Somerset Maugham is often quoted as saying that “a martini should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensuously on top of one another”! I tend to agree with the great Mr Maugham for this recipe.

Although any French vermouth can be used, I enjoy the golden colour and fruitiness that the Lillet Blanc brings it.

Serves 1 – Gluten Free*

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Gin, an export strength (ABV 43.1% or greater) London Dry Gin works best.
  • 1.5 oz Lillet Blanc
  • ice
  • A twist of lemon peel, to garnish

Method

  1. Place the Gin and Lillet in a mixing glass with a handful of ice and stir gently.
  2. Strain in to a Martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel

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 manufactures change the base ingredients of their products frequently.