Today I would like to talk to you about a cocktail that has a bad reputation. Often found on the sticky menu of a cheap chain pub, it is usually ordered by people who think it contains more alcohol than the other options (they might be right). Made with cheap spirits and gun cola, it has little to offer. The drink, of course, is the Long Island Iced Tea.
Homemade liqueurs are great, as you know exactly what went into them, and all the flavours are natural. Whether served on their own or as part of a cocktail, they can be a real treat. They also make lovely gifts if you put them in nice bottles.
So this year, inspired by the Martini Diva, I made my own Orangecello.
You would be forgiven for thinking that Mexico’s preferred tequila-based cocktail was the Margarita. It is certainly the tequila drink of choice in the US, and probably in the UK too. However, you would be mistaken – it seems that the tequila drink of choice in Mexico is actually the Paloma. Spanish for ‘dove’, the Paloma is a light, refreshing and boozy cocktail.
Sometimes you get a spirit or liqueur that is so pretty and tasty that it deserves a bit of love and attention. Especially when it isn’t very well-known…
Hpnotiq is a liqueur made from fruit juices, vodka and cognac, and is 34% proof. As you can see, it is also a glorious pale blue colour.
The cocktails served in Tiki bars will vary, but are mostly based around different rums, served with fresh fruit juices and liqueurs. Many are colourful, including ingredients such as Blue Curacao, and the drinks are usually adorned with umbrellas, fresh fruit and other kitsch accompaniments. Drinks can often be served in Tiki mugs, coconut shells, scorpion bowls and similar vessels, making the whole experience fun and light hearted.
Cachaça is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane. It is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil. The major difference between cachaça and rum is that rum is usually made from molasses, while cachaça is made from fresh sugarcane juice that is fermented and distilled. As some rums are also made by this process, cachaça is sometimes known as Brazilian rum.
The Tom Collins is a classic cocktail with a debated history. For a detailed look at the background, take a look at Difford’s Guide. A recipe for a John Collins […]