Whether you’re a writer or avid reader, here’s a cocktail that’s sure to inspire great words. The classic Ink Street is a mix of citrus-sweet orange, citrus-sour lemon and blended scotch whisky with a light oak finish.
I’ve come across many variations of this cocktail that use a different whisky, but I particularly enjoy the flavours in the blended scotch and how they interact with the orange and lemon notes.
1½ oz The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky
¾ oz orange juice
¾ oz lemon juice
Half an orange wheel, to garnish
Chill a cocktail glass with ice and set aside. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Discard the ice from the cocktail glass and strain in shaken ingredients. Place the half orange wheel garnish on the rim.
This is the time of year when pineapples are at their most flavourful and found in most grocery stores. This is the perfect cocktail to take advantage of pineapple’s sweet juice, which blends with other wonderful tropical flavours of rum, orange and coconut.
The Painkiller cocktail came from the Soggy Dollar Bar on the British Virgin Islands. Its creator never gave up the exact recipe so people have had to develop their own variations. Here’s mine!
2 oz Brugal Anejo Rum
2 oz pineapple juice
2/3 oz orange juice
2/3 oz coconut cream
Pineapple wedge and leaf to garnish
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Give it a few extra shakes than usual to ensure the coconut cream is well mixed in with the other ingredients. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Place a wedge of pineapple on the rim and include a washed pineapple leaf if desired.
Use fresh juice for the best flavour. When shopping for a pineapple, choose one that’s almost completely yellow from the bottom up. These are the ripest and will have the best flavour.
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.
1½ oz Pinnacle Whipped vodka
½ oz Bols Banana Liqueur
1 oz 1-per-cent milk
Banana slice to garnish
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Using the honey syrup rather than pure honey makes it easier to mix into the drink.