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.

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!

 

Whipped Me Up

Whipped Me Up

Whipped Me Up

Creamy and decadent yet light and reviving, this cocktail blends flavours of toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and smooth whipped cream.

Ingredients

1 oz Pinnacle Vodka Whipped

1 oz Kahlua

1 oz espresso

1 oz Baileys

2 oz milk

Method

Pour all ingredients into a snifter glass half filled with ice. Stir briefly and enjoy.

Tips

Prepare the espresso first and allow to cool. Add as the final ingredient — this will cause less ice to melt should it still be a little warm.

Torpedo

Torpedo

Torpedo

The delicate balance of French oak cognac and orange liqueur is supported by fresh orange and lemon juices in this refreshing drink.

Ingredients

2 oz Courvoisier VS Cognac

1/4oz Bols Triple Sec liqueur

1/8 oz fresh lemon juice

1/4oz simple syrup

2 oz fresh orange juice

Orange peel for garnish

Method

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with a slice of orange peel.

Tips

To make simple syrup, combine equal parts hot water and sugar.

Using fresh squeezed juice creates the most flavourful drinks.

Matador

Matador

Matador

Enter the Matador. A figure of style, strength and bravery. Our cocktail this week doesn’t require any bravery but certainly encompasses the other qualities.

It’s a truly magnificent combination of fruity pineapple, sweet orange, sour lime and gold tequila. Tequila pairs perfectly with lime and pineapple so even if you think you don’t like tequila, this cocktail may still be one you will enjoy.

Ingredients

2 oz. Sauza Gold Tequila

½ oz. Bols Triple Sec

3 oz. pineapple juice

1 oz. fresh pressed lime juice

Lime twist for garnish

Method

Place ice in a sour glass and set it aside to chill. Fill a mixing glass with ice, then pour in all the ingredients. Shake vigorously. Discard the ice from the sour glass.

Strain shaken mixture into the now chilled glass. Twist lime peel over the drink and leave it resting on the rim.

Tips

Using fresh lime juice will give you the best tasting drink.

Use a channel knife to create the long twist. To get a tight curl, wrap the twist around the handle of a bar spoon or straw. This will help give the twist a tight spiral.