Banana Split Martini

Banana Split Martini

Banana Split Martini

There’s been some monkey business going on behind the bar. My trusty mascot persuaded me to recreate his favourite dessert as a cocktail to delight the senses. The result is a smooth blend of creamy flavours that your sweet tooth will just go bananas for.

Ingredients

1½ oz Pinnacle Whipped vodka

½ oz Bols Banana Liqueur

1 oz 1-per-cent milk

Banana slice to garnish

Method

Ice a martini glass and set aside. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Discard the ice from the martini glass. Strain shaken mixture into the now chilled glass.

Tips

Using Pinnacle Whipped vodka gives a whipped-cream taste so you don’t need heavy cream to achieve a great banana split flavour. You can use lactose-free milk if required.

Brown Derby

Brown Derby

BROWN DERBY

Mixing drinks with fresh ingredients is a must for creating the best cocktails and the Brown Derby is a great example of this. It just wouldn’t be the same without the tang of fresh grapefruit juice to balance the soft oak flavours of the bourbon and sweet honey.

Ingredients

2 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon

1 oz fresh grapefruit juice

¼ oz honey syrup (1:1 ratio honey and hot water)

Grapefruit peel to garnish

Method

Ice a cocktail glass and set aside to chill. Pour all ingredients over ice into a shaker. Shake vigorously. Discard the ice from the chilling cocktail glass. Strain shaken ingredients into the now chilled glass. Twist grapefruit peel and slip into the drink.

Tips

Using the honey syrup rather than pure honey makes it easier to mix into the drink.

BarChef Class at Metropolitan Bartending School

Recently a Vancouver company, www.24604tv.com , visited Metropolitan Bartending School to do a piece on mixing cocktails.  Watch this video, https://vimeo.com/89145395 , to see what the found out.

And for more info on the BarChef class and other bartending training, visit, www.metropolitanbartending.com

Blue Heaven

Atlantic Breeze

Atlantic Breeze

Atlantic Breeze

I like to pick up drink recipes during tropical vacations. The Atlantic Breeze, which I came across while visiting the Cayman Islands, is refreshing enough to make you feel like you’re on vacation even when you aren’t. The flavours start with sweet vanilla, followed by light apricot, pineapple, tart lemon and dry aged rum.

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Brugal Anejo Rum

1/2 oz Bols Apricot Brandy liqueur

2 1/2 oz Pineapple juice

1/2 oz Lemon juice

1/4 oz Galliano Liqueur

Garnish with an orange wheel

Method

Pour all ingredients except the Galliano into a tall glass filled with ice. Stir and then float the Galliano on top. Garnish with an orange wheel and enjoy.

Tips

This drink is a breeze to make. Floating the Galliano on top allows the rich aroma and sweet flavour of vanilla to be the first to reach your senses.

Brooklyn Cocktail

Brooklyn CocktailBROOKLYN COCKTAIL

In celebration of this Sunday’s Super Bowl, which takes place at the home stadium of the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets, here’s a cocktail from the area. The Brooklyn Cocktail is layered with flavours of tart lemon, bold rye whisky and sweet red vermouth and is finished with maraschino cherry. It’s a super drink to share with friends while cheering on two teams at the top of their game.

Ingredients

1½ oz Alberta Premium rye

¾ oz sweet vermouth

Dash of maraschino liqueur

Twist of lemon to finish

Method

Pour all ingredients except lemon into a mixing glass and stir until well chilled. Strain into a short rocks glass with a few cubes of ice. Twist a long strip of lemon peel over the glass, rub around the rim and place in the drink.

Tips

Alberta Premium rye is made from 100-per-cent rye grain, which gives a bolder flavour profile than other whiskies.

If you want to make pitchers of this cocktail for a party, have the lemon peels prepared ahead of time.

And if you’re rooting for the Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch, float a few Skittles — the star running back’s favourite snack — in the drink for good luck!