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.
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 wonderful thing about cocktails is that you create them from scratch. The magic is created right in front of you and can be adjusted by the slightest splash of this or long pour of that. This week, we feature a cocktail that is all about combining flavours. Aged rum, subtle apricot, sweet vanilla, crisp apple, and fresh lime blend to make this incredibly easy drinking cocktail.
1 oz Brugal Anejo Rum
¼ oz Galliano Liqueur
¼ oz Bols Apricot Brandy Liqueur
2 oz Apple Juice
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
¼ oz Simple Syrup *
Garnish with lime wedges
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour all ingredients into it. Shake well and strain into a glass with new ice. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.
This drink can be shaken or, if you prefer, blended.
*To make simple syrup, combine equal parts of boiling water to sugar and leave to cool. Store in the refrigerator.
This martini is intended to be served as an after-dinner drink. A liquid dessert. So relax and enjoy the ride as you treat yourself and your guests to a delicious decadent martini featuring notes of vanilla, chocolate and a touch of cream. Na Zdorovie! (To your health!)
1 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
¾ oz. Galliano Liqueur
¼ oz. Bols Creme de Cacao (white)
1 oz. milk or cream
Start by scooping ice into a martini glass to chill it. Next, in a shaker filled with ice, pour all ingredients and shake. Discard the ice from the martini glass and strain shaken mixture into the now chilled glass.
Substitute almond milk if lactose sensitive.
If you’re a chocolate lover, add a pinch of chocolate sprinkles to garnish.
September brings many routines back into our lives, such as school schedules, sports leagues and warmer clothes. It also means National Bourbon Heritage Month in the United States.
To honour our friends down south, this week I bring you a rich and smooth martini full of orange, pineapple and banana fruit flavours, vanilla and, of course, subtle oak bourbon.
1 oz. Maker’s Mark bourbon
½ oz. Bols banana liqueur
½ oz. Galliano liqueur
1 oz. orange juice
1 oz. pineapple juice
Garnish with a half orange wheel
Ice a martini glass and leave aside to chill while you make the martini. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker glass. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Discard the ice from the now chilled martini glass and strain mixture into the glass. Place the half orange wheel on the rim to complete the martini.
Shaking mixes and chills down all the ingredients efficiently. It also causes a very appealing froth to form when it is poured into the glass.
Whenever possible, use fresh juice. Using juice made from concentrate will not give you the most flavourful drink.
I enjoy reading about the history of different spirits and encourage everyone to learn something about the spirits each of us enjoy. Here’s something for the bourbon lovers: In 1964, Congress declared bourbon as “America’s Native Spirit” and the country’s official distilled spirit.