How to make an Old Fashioned Cocktail

This is a slight departure from my normal work, but I’ve got a cold and was craving something less potent and more sweet and fruity than a martini.    Enter the Old Fashioned cocktail.  Apparently emerging in the early 1800s (it might even have evolved towards the late 1700s), this drink is a lot older than a Martini. It also has a reputation for being … Continue reading How to make an Old Fashioned Cocktail

A Martini made with Absinthe

“Oh god… is my face melting?”   I didn’t invent this one. Some other crazy person did. What’s more, it’s evidently been ordered and drunk often enough to have earned itself a name: the Mystic Martini.    Absinthe is typically 45-74% ABV and therefore highly potent. Invented in Switzerland, its alleged psychoactive properties led to its prohibition in many countries for decades, before decriminalisation led … Continue reading A Martini made with Absinthe

A martini for Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)

Today was a good day. For a start, it was the first day I left the office this year and it was still daylight for my walk home. However, more importantly… Today is Pancake Day! My favourite saint’s day of all. Valentine’s Day is a horrible endurance of emotional intensity and commercially enforced feelings of low self-worth if you’re single. St Patrick’s Day might have … Continue reading A martini for Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)

Another selection of recent martinis

Here are some I made earlier… A frosty classic. A lemon drop martini with foam. An earl grey martini LINK with foam. A spicy Sriracha martini LINK A dirty Mr. Gibson (combining this with this) A tribute to the God of dirty martinis. A frosty classic with mixed nuts. A Gibson with olives and sliced pickled gherkins. Here’s a classic martini I made for my … Continue reading Another selection of recent martinis

A festive Advocaat and lemonade

At Christmas time, and Christmas time only, my family partake of a ‘snowball’ cocktail. It is a typical winter warmer made with the Dutch drink Advocaat. Advocaat is a blend of whisky, sugar and egg nog, all of which are good winter ingredients. Mix equal parts of Advocaat and lemonade in a glass (we usually use a Paris goblet), stir then serve. It’s simple and … Continue reading A festive Advocaat and lemonade

A Demerara and dark rum ‘spiky coffee’

This isn’t a martini, but it’s a nice drink that we occasionally partake of in my family, especially in winter. It’s comparable to an Irish coffee, but we haven’t traditionally called it that here and we use rum, not whisky/whiskey. It’s particularly good after a long cold day of outdoors activity. Make yourself some coffee. Pour a cup and add milk to taste if that’s … Continue reading A Demerara and dark rum ‘spiky coffee’

The Lemon Iced Tea Martini with Foam

While I first made this during the winter, I think it will make a better summer cocktail. It involves a similar preparation technique to the Lemon Drop Martini with Foam but uses Earl Grey infused gin as an additional ingredient. Leave out the egg white and the frothing process in this recipe if you want a simpler drink. For two martinis you will need: * … Continue reading The Lemon Iced Tea Martini with Foam