cocktails

There was a time in my late teens when I would be on a dancefloor in some awful bar, and a remix of Madonna's Like a Prayer would come on and I would squawk to my friends "OMG IT'S MY RINGTONE! MY RINGTONE!" as if the fact you could compose a tune from music on the internet into your pink Nokia 3310 was something to be truly proud of. 

At that time I would probably be wearing a halterneck top and black pants, and I would usually be drinking vodka and cranberry juice, in a tall glass. If I wanted to appear really cool, I would go for Absolut Mandarin as my vodka of choice, and a squeeze of fresh lime if they had it (which was never). Those days were followed by stints of Malibu and pineapple and Malibu and coke respectively, until I graduated to gin and tonics, before I properly embraced beer.    

Recipe inside!

Vodka Cranberry 2.0

This is not so much a recipe as a mixed drink.

You will need: 

1 tall glass

Lots of ice (fancy spheres with flower petals, if you're that way inclined)(I am obsessed)

A generous slug of vodka

Juice of half a lime

1 x 250ml bottle Karma Cola Lime & Cranberry dry

Method:

Fill the glass with ice. Add the squeeze of lime and the vodka. Top with Lime & Cranberry dry. Enjoy! 

 

 

// Posted by Delaney at 4:30 PM // Labels: friday drinks, cocktails

In the immortal words of George and Paul and John and Ringo, it’s been a long, cold, lonely Winter. But just as the Beatles (and Belle and Sebastian here) famously sang, here comes the sun, hopefully, and along with it my just about favourite thing about the warmer months: summer fruit. We’ve already got some new season Aussie strawberries teasing us in the supermarket, and I for one am excited.

Keeping with the theme, the clever people at Lewis Road have added strawberry to their repertoire of excellently creamy ice creams and milks. It’s a true strawberry flavour, and the ice cream in particular is a strawberries-and-cream delight. They asked me to come up with a cocktail using their new goodies, which is basically my dream job.

Recipe inside!

Double strawberry hard shake

With Lewis Road Creamery Strawberry Milk and Strawberry ice cream

Makes 2

Ingredients

1 cup chopped fresh strawberries

2 generous scoops Lewis Road strawberry ice cream

75mls vodka

500mls Lewis Road strawberry milk

½ tsp good quality vanilla extract

30mls Aperol

150ml Lewis Road single cream, whipped

To garnish: freeze dried strawberries, fresh strawberries

Method

Blend all ingredients except cream in a blender until well combined.

Taste and adjust depending on your preferences:

  • You could increase the alcohol level slightly

  • You could add more ice cream for a thicker consistency

  • You could add more fresh strawberries for colour and flavour

Pour into a glass of you choice and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream, freeze dried strawberries, crushed slightly, and a fresh strawberry on the side.

This makes a fun cocktail for a sunny afternoon, or an excellent alternative to dessert.

 

// Posted by Delaney at 5:16 PM // Labels: milkshake, cocktails, lewis road, strawberry

It is no secret that I love gin. I love it! I love trying new kinds, with different mixers, and different garnishes, or just straight (if the occasion requires it). I was an unashamed early adopter of the artisan tonic revolution that I am so, so glad has taken hold of bars and supermarkets. Late last year I hit a career high when I was asked to be on the judging panel of the Beefeater Mix London bartending competition. 

// Posted by Delaney at 5:07 PM // Labels: gin, recipes, cocktails, winter