As the world gathers in the spirit of competition at the Olympic Games in Russia, bartenders are in a competition of spirits for the Bols Around The World cocktail competition, as they bid to develop the next big drinks concept.
To highlight the contest we feature the Little Mermaid martini — a wonderful mix of flavours with tart lemon, sweet orange and light botanicals.
Feel inspired? Create your own cocktail and submit it to the Bols Around The World competition at bolsaroundtheworld.com.
2/3 oz Bols Blue liqueur
1 oz Bols Genever
½ oz fresh lemon juice
1 Tsp simple syrup
Pour all ingredients into a shaker, then fill with ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass.
Simple syrup is made by dissolving equal parts of sugar into water. Use fresh juice for the best-tasting cocktails. Genever is a spirit made from malt wine and a distillate of botanicals.
‘Tis the season for gathering with family and friends. Start any occasion with this great cocktail and your blue drink will be the talk of the party. Flavours of fresh lime and sweet orange combine with smooth vodka and a touch of fizz. Merry Christmas!
1 oz Pinnacle Vodka
½ oz Bols Blue curaçao liqueur
4 lime wedges
1 tsp sugar
Drop the lime wedges into a rocks glass and then add the sugar. Muddle to press the juice and citrus oils out of the limes. Add a scoop of ice and pour in the vodka and curaçao liqueur. Top with soda and stir well to mix thoroughly. Garnish with a lime on the rim.
Bols Blue curaçao is an orange-flavoured liqueur that also lends the drink a gorgeous blue colour.
Set mom sailing to a pampered paradise this Mother’s Day. After treating her to some flowers and a nice meal, mix her this martini — featuring melon and peach flavours balanced with fresh lime — so she can kick back and relax. To all the wonderful moms, happy Mother’s Day!
1 oz Bols Melon liqueur
1 oz Bols Peach liqueur
2 oz Banff Ice Vodka
¾ oz fresh lime juice
Garnish with a twist of lime peel
Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass and place the lime peel twist on the rim.
If you would like to keep your martini cold longer, chill the martini glass ahead a time.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.