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.

 

Red Manhattan

Red Stag Manhattan

Red Manhattan

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!

Ingredients

1½ oz Jim Beam Red Stag Bourbon

½ oz sweet vermouth

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Cherry to garnish

Method

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until cold, then strain into a martini or cocktail coupe. Garnish if desired.

Tips

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.

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.

Brooklyn Cocktail

Brooklyn CocktailBROOKLYN COCKTAIL

In celebration of this Sunday’s Super Bowl, which takes place at the home stadium of the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets, here’s a cocktail from the area. The Brooklyn Cocktail is layered with flavours of tart lemon, bold rye whisky and sweet red vermouth and is finished with maraschino cherry. It’s a super drink to share with friends while cheering on two teams at the top of their game.

Ingredients

1½ oz Alberta Premium rye

¾ oz sweet vermouth

Dash of maraschino liqueur

Twist of lemon to finish

Method

Pour all ingredients except lemon into a mixing glass and stir until well chilled. Strain into a short rocks glass with a few cubes of ice. Twist a long strip of lemon peel over the glass, rub around the rim and place in the drink.

Tips

Alberta Premium rye is made from 100-per-cent rye grain, which gives a bolder flavour profile than other whiskies.

If you want to make pitchers of this cocktail for a party, have the lemon peels prepared ahead of time.

And if you’re rooting for the Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch, float a few Skittles — the star running back’s favourite snack — in the drink for good luck!

 

Torpedo

Torpedo

Torpedo

The delicate balance of French oak cognac and orange liqueur is supported by fresh orange and lemon juices in this refreshing drink.

Ingredients

2 oz Courvoisier VS Cognac

1/4oz Bols Triple Sec liqueur

1/8 oz fresh lemon juice

1/4oz simple syrup

2 oz fresh orange juice

Orange peel for garnish

Method

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with a slice of orange peel.

Tips

To make simple syrup, combine equal parts hot water and sugar.

Using fresh squeezed juice creates the most flavourful drinks.