Things just keep getting more and more hectic here at B&T HQ but fortunately we've had a few drinks and received a few bottles recently that have helped us to take the edge off the silly season. The chaps at Sipsmith were kind enough to give us a bottle of each of their products in anticipation of an update we will be doing in the new year about artesianal producers. I mentioned this to Victor from LAB and he set about whipping me up a new drink featuring Sipsmith gin, which on paper sounded confusing, but was actually a real treat to the taste buds.
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT PRUDENCE
50 ml Sipsmith Gin
20 ml lime juice
10 ml Galliano L'authentico
5 ml Maraschino
1 barspoon Fernet Branca
1/2 barspoon caster sugar
4 seeds from a cardamom pod
Put all the ingredients into a shaker with cubed or cracked ice and shake hard. Strain into Champagne flute with a sugar rim and garnish with a long orange peel.
Next up was a gift from Miller's Gin which came in the form of a bottle of their 10th Anniversary expression, a stunning gin weighing in at a hefty 54% abv but tasting softer and smoother than you might expect. This really is the crowning glory in their range and balances the fresh cucumber notes I find in their regular product and the citrus notes of grapefruit that I pick up in their Westbourne Strength. The 10th Anniversary is much more balanced and elegant but without losing the intensity of flavour that I look for in a good gin. For me there was no choice but to crack open the bottle and stir myself up a martini. I have to say it worked wonders in a Blue Moon too...
Happy Anniversary Martini
75 ml Martin Miller's 10th Anniversary Gin
15 ml Lillet Blanc
2 dashes Bitter Truth lemon bitters
Stir ingredients with plenty of cubed or cracked ice and strained into a frozen martini glass, garnish with a lemon twist and look forward to seeing what Miller's do for their 20th anniversary!
With the weather turning colder and with my recent trip to Copenhagen still firmly in mind I decided to mix up something new last night, twisting the lovely Purgatory Cocktail that Hannah made for me at Nimb. I know Angus is a huge fan of Green Chartreuse and Hannah loves Martell Cordon Bleu, so that seemed like a good starting place for the 'Comfortably Nimb'... I don't like to brag, but the results left me smiling and feeling the need to stir up another, and another, and another!
50 ml Martell Cordon Bleu
10 ml Green Chartreuse
10 ml Benedictine
2 Dashes Bitter Truth lemon bitters
Ardbeg 10 year old rinse
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a mixing glass and stir until well chilled. Strain into a frozen coupe that has been rinsed with Ardbeg 10 (or similar) and garnish with a lemon twist. This one is rich with chocolate flavours, leather and tobacco, a real treat on a winters' evening.
Well that's it from me for now; I am off to pack as I will be away over Christmas mountain biking in Wales. Hopefully I will get a chance to blog between Christmas and New Year, but just in case I don't, thanks for your support in 2009 and I'll see you next year!