The end of the year is approaching and with it comes a chance to reflect. One of my favourite cocktails of the past year is the Red Manhattan, which is full of flavours of rich black cherry, light vanilla, a touch of caramel and woody oak. Have a safe and happy New Year!
1½ oz Jim Beam Red Stag Bourbon
½ oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Cherry to garnish
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until cold, then strain into a martini or cocktail coupe. Garnish if desired.
Stirring the drink rather than shaking is important to the balance of the cocktail. Stirring causes less dilution from the ice melting and subduing the flavours.
Delicious dessert flavours combine in this medley of cinnamon, vanilla and apple.
1 oz Courvoisier VS cognac
½ oz Galliano liqueur
3 oz apple cider (chilled)
Cinnamon stick, to garnish
Wet the rim of a rocks glass and roll rim in cinnamon sugar. Pour all ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously. Add ice to the rimmed rocks glass and strain mixture over top. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon.
If you don’t have hot apple cider, you can use fresh apple juice spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
The number of flavoured vodkas has been increasing over the years, and it seems that any flavour you can dream of is now available.
Our cocktail of the week features whipped cream flavoured vodka. Yes, whipped-cream vodka! By combining the sweet taste of whipped cream, tropical pineapple, and fruity orange, we get a sensational drink. The Orange Dreamsicle. A simple and sweet dessert martini.
1 oz Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
2 oz orange juice
2 oz pineapple juice
Garnish with half an orange wheel
Ice a martini glass and set aside while making the drink. In a shaker filled with ice, pour in all the ingredients. Shake vigorously. Discard the ice from the martini glass. Strain the shaken mix into the now chilled glass. Place the orange garnish on the rim.
When using juices, always use ones Not From Concentrate when possible. The saying, “The better quality the ingredients, the better tasting the end result” is true.
Sometimes it is hard to enjoy a cocktail when your drink is as frigid as the weather outside. Why not warm things up with a hot drink? The Alambra Royale starts with hot chocolate, then adds soft oak and light fruit flavours to create a warming winter cocktail.
1 1/2 oz Courvoisier VS Cognac
5 oz Hot Chocolate
Orange twist for garnish
Dollop of whip cream (optional)
Prepare some hot chocolate and pour it into a heat-resistant glass or mug about 3/4 of the way full. Next, we need to warm up the Courvoisier VS Cognac. Pour the cognac into a metal ladle, set the liquid on fire with a match or lighter, then carefully pour into the hot chocolate.
Be very careful any time you are using fire. If you are concerned about the use of fire, skip heating up the cognac and pour it directly into the hot chocolate.
Twist an orange peel over the entire drink and rest on the glass.
Winter is a great season for many reasons and enjoying the mountains is one of them. Whether you ski or snowboard, you deserve a delicious cocktail at the end of the day.
The nine spices in Cruzan Spiced Rum – allspice, vanilla, pepper, ginger, mace, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and juniper berry – infuse it with layers of flavour. Mix it with almond liqueur and tropical fruit juice for a delicious blend perfect for winter nights.
1 1/4 oz Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum
3/4 oz Amaretto liqueur
2 oz pineapple juice
Start by placing ice in a martini glass and putting it aside to chill while you prepare the martini. Next, pour all the ingredients into a shaker glass filled with ice and shake vigorously.
Discard the ice from the martini glass and strain shaken mixture into the now chilled glass.
This martini recipe is a variation on the original Downhill Racer, which uses white rum instead of Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum. Using the spiced rum adds more flavour profile, with the nine spices complementing the other ingredients.
The Orchard Sour cocktail is full of flavour. Fine Courvoisier cognac, aged a minimum of four years, imparts smooth oak notes that combine with sweet subtle apricot and sour citrus lemon. The drink finishes with bubbles that dance on your tongue.
1 1/2 oz Courvoisier VSOP
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 tsps apricot jam
Soda to top off the drink
Lemon wheel for garnish
Put two teaspoons of apricot jam into a shaker, then pour in remaining ingredients. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
Strain into a tall glass with new ice and top with soda.
Garnish with a lemon wheel.
This cocktail is very easy to adjust to your preferred taste. If you enjoy a cocktail that is a little sweeter, use 7Up instead of soda. If you prefer your drink a little more sour, increase the amount of lemon juice to 1oz and use soda.