1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
¼ cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish
Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each and serve.
Clap fresh mint together (about 6 – 8 leaves) and add to a cocktail glass Then add; 3 blueberries and muddle ½ lime (squeezed) and 25ml sugar syrup Fill ¾ full with crushed ice, add; Apple juice to the level of ice, and stir 50ml of preferred Gin 25ml Blueberry syrup Stir again, before topping with crushed ice Garnish with lime and fresh mint
So, you like a gin and tonic but want something a bit more interesting?
First appearing in the 1937 Cafe Royal cocktail book, this is quite a mystery of a drink attributed to a Mr J.B. Hurrel. It’s one of those rare Gin drinks which really needs a good shake in order to be palatable, adds a nice amount of icy water to the potent ingredients. Don’t believe me about the potency? Here’s the recipe.
2 ounces Gin
½ ounce Green Chartreuse
½ ounce fresh lime juice (Equivalent to 1 lime).
Yup, not for the uninitiated who believe Smirnoff ice to be strong. In terms of decoration don’t bother. I love the colour of this drink, and anything on the top would detract from that in my opinion. If you add anything, make it a clean piece of twisted lime peel, just don’t go mad with sticks (or god forbid, an umbrella). Put it in a lovely clean glass and it’ll show itself off just fine.It should impress those who like both strong and distinctive flavour as well as beauty in a drink, just remember that long shake! (Yes the Gin will bruise. That’s fine, it works.)
In terms of Gin choice make sure it’s not too brash if you don’t know the persons favorite brand. I’d recommend Plymouth for most people because even I can drink that straight. It’s the main ingredient and will totally alter the entire affair. Essentially, if you enjoy any brand in a Gin and tonic it should be fine here. I believe that’s the official rule, it’s certainly mine.Enjoy!
This is about as forgotten as they get, you won’t find this in an average bar… Why? Well the answer lies in the recipe…
2 fl oz Brandy
¾ fl oz lemon syrup (Use lemon juice though, unless you like your drinks to taste of coconut icing).
½ fl oz kola tonic
“So… What the hell is Kola Tonic?”
That question is the reason nobody knows about this drink (that and the fact the original recipe was WAY too sweet, hence why I suggest lemon juice instead of Lemon syrup). Barely anyone knows what Kola tonic is, can I blame them? No. But this ignorance is the reason this beautifully named drink has been consigned to oblivion… A shame isn’t it?
Kola tonic is basically a syrup designed to taste like a cola, it really is that simple. It’s quite easy to find online, as it’s a staple of african drinking. Interestingly there used to be an alcoholic version of it called Tonicola, which is sadly no longer produced at all. Anyway, with proper lemon juice to add a bit of tartness this drink is sublime, it’s one I’ll make at home quite regularly. Hell, don’t expect most bars to be able to give you this. Although if they can it means they really know what they’re doing.