Cherry Blossom Martini

Cherry Blossom with bottle of courvoisier

CHERRY BLOSSOM

Looking for a special martini for that very special person this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than the Cherry Blossom martini, which is full of rich and lively flavours including cherry, orange and lemon.

Ingredients

1 oz Courvoisier VS cognac

2/3 oz Bols Cherry Brandy liqueur

½ oz Bols Triple Sec liqueur

½ oz fresh lemon juice

½ oz grenadine

Sugar for rim

Lemon knot to garnish

Method

Wet the rim of the martini glass with the cherry brandy and roll in sugar. Pour all ingredients into a shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into the martini glass and rest lemon knot on the rim to garnish.

Tips

Use fresh juice wherever possible to maximize the flavour of your martini.

 

Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid

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.

Ingredients

2/3 oz Bols Blue liqueur

1 oz Bols Genever

½ oz fresh lemon juice

1 Tsp simple syrup

Method

Pour all ingredients into a shaker, then fill with ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass.

Tips

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.

 

Artic Cooler

Arctic Cooler

Arctic Cooler

‘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!

Ingredients

1 oz Pinnacle Vodka

½ oz Bols Blue curaçao liqueur

4 lime wedges

1 tsp sugar

Soda

Method

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.

Tips

Bols Blue curaçao is an orange-flavoured liqueur that also lends the drink a gorgeous blue colour.

Sail Away

Sail Away

SAIL AWAY

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!

Ingredients

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

Method

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.

Tips

If you would like to keep your martini cold longer, chill the martini glass ahead a time.

 

 

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.

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.