A couple of festive cocktails to get you into the mood!
Aqua London’s Christmas Cocktail
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
Mince pie infused dark rum
Pinot Noir wine
Top up with Sparkling wine
Method: Shake all ingredients, double strain into a flute, top up with sparkling wine
Bulleit Crafts the Gentleman Baristas
Established in 2014, the award-winning team at The Gentlemen Baristas believe that coffee should be well-mannered and well made. They have partnered with iconic frontier whiskey Bulleit Bourbon and Dumo Mathema at The Roastery Department to create the UK’s first bourbon barrel-aged coffee. Available in two varieties – The Trucker, a rich espresso; and The Gatsby, a smooth filter – both have a spicy finish from the Bulleit ageing process.
Served up with courtesy and a warm welcome at their coffee house in Southwark, in addition to the bourbon barrel-aged coffees The Gentleman Baristas have their core range of hand-roasted coffee that is as flavourful and considered as it is whimsically named.
The range at Harvey Nichols includes:
The Gatsby, £15; The Trucker, £14.95; The Tophat, £9.95; The Bowler, 10.95; The Pith Helmet, £10.95 and The Deerstalker, £9.95.
SERVE UP GIN COCKTAILS THIS ADVENT WITH THIS YEAR’S GINVENT – THE ORIGINAL GIN ADVENT CALENDAR
Gin Foundry has just launched its booze-filled countdown to Christmas and the original gin advent calendar – Ginvent.
Olivier and Emile Ward from the Gin Foundry team has created the perfect recipes using drams from the calendar to help you get your festive season off to a juniper-filled start…
RRP £124.95 from w ww.ginkiosk.com
30 ml Fifty Eight Gin
5 ml Dry Vermouth
Garnish with a grapefruit Zest
Good Gin Wenceslas
30 ml Slingsby Gin
10 ml Dry Vermouth
10 ml Suze
Garnish with a lemon peel
Winter Forest Martini
30ml Napue Gin
10ml Dry Vermouth
7ml Luxardo Maraschino
2ml Absinthe Bitters
Garnish with a rosemary sprig
Fireside Flip, from Ryan Cheityawardana’s new book Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends, published by Frances Lincoln, £20. It is available from Amazon and http://www.masterofmalt.com
1 coin of ginger
1 tablespoon honey
Just over 1 shot (30ml/1.2oz) sloe gin
1 shot (25ml/1oz) honeyed-style malt whisky (such as Highland Park 12 year old, or Aberfeldy 12 year old)
1 whole egg
Dash Angostura bitters
Nutmeg, to finish
Chilled sherry glass
Crush the ginger and honey in the shaker. Add the other ingredients and shake without ice, then shake with ice and double strain into your glass.
Garnish with fresh nutmeg