Emporia Brands Release Their Festive Cocktail Recipes

PX Reserve

Here at Emporia Brands HQ, we asked a number of our award-winning brands to send us across their festive recipes, perfect to impress your friends and family with.

Ron Prohibido – ‘the forbidden rum’ – is a unique premium Latino rum from Mexico. Made in a traditional 12 year solera with a unique combination of column still rums, Ron Prohibido was, in the 17th century, shipped in used sweet wine barrels to Spain where the distinctive sweet and bitter taste it acquired during the voyage was much appreciated…so much so that local producers in Spain persuaded King Felipe V to ban it – hence “prohibido”, the forbidden rum. Now, over 300 years later, this delicious rum is available in the UK for the first time.

Try their simple ‘Prohibido’:

Glass: Mug


60 ml Ron Prohibido
2 tsp caster sugar
½ cup hot fresh coffee
1 cinnamon stick
Orange zest


Stir the coffee and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Stir in Ron Prohibido and add the cinnamon and the strip of orange zest. Garnish with whipped cream, grated chocolate and grated orange zest.



Osborne is one of the oldest and most prestigious wine and spirit producers in Spain. Founded in 1772 by Thomas Osborne Mann to supply sherry to the UK, it remains 100% family owned, and is now run by the seventh generation.

The brightest vinous jewels in Osborne’s considerable crown are the very old rare sherries (vors). these are exceptional sherries from very special soleras, all of which were established nearly two centuries ago, and the solera for Sibarita is in fact the oldest in Jerez, dating back well over 200 years to 1792. These precious sherries have found worldwide acclaim, and are found on the lists of top restaurants around the world.

Try out their ‘PX Reserve’ recipe:

Glass: Coupette


40 ml Chairman’s Reserve
10 ml Osborne PX
2 dash Angostura


Stir all the ingredients within a mixing glass over ice, then strain into a coupette.


Founded in 1874, Gabriel Boudier is a family owned company famous around the world for its fruit liqueurs which are used by Michelin star chefs and in top cocktail bars in over 140 countries. Gabriel Boudier uses only the finest quality fresh fruit in its liqueurs with no artificial colourings, flavours or additives. In a unique process, the fruit is frozen immediately it is picked and then macerated six times a year to ensure the optimum freshness without oxidation.

Try their ‘Fruits of Dijon’ recipe:

Glass: Rocks


30 ml Gabriel Boudier Ginger
50 ml Distil No.9 vodka
50 ml Cranberry juice
1 dash Angostura


Shake all the ingredients within an ice filled shaker and strain over a ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with cherry stick.

Ron Prohibido, Gabriel Boudier and Osborne PX are all available from all leading retailers including Whisky Exchange, Latitude, Gerry’s, Corks Out and Wine Rack.

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Domaine De Canton Tasting Notes

Domaine de Canton

Liqueurs are a major part of any bars existence, with many flavours used within many a creation or sipped over ice. Orange, hazelnut, coffee, elderflower, they’re all pure, one single flavour in a bottle. But there is a trend, a trend that can be said to have started with the likes of Grand Marnier, blending cognac with oranges from the Caribbean. Domaine De Canton can also say that they’ve gone along the same path, effectively bringing ginger and cognac together alongside ginseng and vanilla. But how do we come to know and ultimately enjoy?

Domaine de Canton can give its birth to an inspiration. The French tradition in which sweet and fresh elixirs were fortified by eaux de vie and cognac gave way to the production of Domaine de Canton, nodding to a time where spicy and aromatic elixirs became popular with the French during the time of colonial Indochine. However, I’d like to point out that there are actually two births to this story –

Under the name ‘The Original Canton Delicate Ginger Liqueur’ the liqueur was produced until 1997 in Doumen, a district of the city of Zhuhai in the Pearl River Delta of China’s southern Guangdong province, near Macau. It was sold in limited quantity in the United States before high-end Asian fusion cuisine became popular. In its original formulation, the liqueur’s ingredients were advertised to include six varieties of ginger, ginseng, ‘gentle herbs’, ‘finest spirits,’ brandy and honey. Its strength was 20% abv and it was sold in decorative glass bottles of various sizes. The product’s stay on the market lasted from 1992 to 1995 and was officially discontinued after 1997.

Ten years later, John Cooper revived the name and idea by producing a new ginger liqueur called Canton Ginger & Cognac Liqueur. Canton Ginger Liqueur followed a new recipe and John decided to produce it in Jarnac, France. The new formula stayed steady in its packaging, housed in the now award-winning bamboo-shaped bottle. Launched in New York City in August 2007, it was a year later that it changed its name once again to what we come to recognise, Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur.

So how is it created, and more importantly, differs from the original?

Ginger from Vietnam is peeled and cut by hand before being macerated with a small-batch blend of herbs and spices in France’s Aquitaine region. It is then married with VSOP and XO Grande Champagne Cognacs, Tahitian vanilla beans, orange blossom honey from Provence and Tunisian ginseng – all natural, fresh and without preservatives or colours.

Sounds like a great combination, but how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Domaine De Canton – 28%

Light and fragrant on the nose with a developing ginger aroma. A thick texture on the palate, with light notes of ginger and a bitterness coming through from the herbs. It mellows quickly, with dashes of the vanilla and honey blending slowly. Short.

Good on its own, but I think even better within a cocktail –

The Gold Rush
The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush

Glass – 


Ingredients – 

50 ml Domaine de Canton
25 ml Bourbon
12.5 ml Fresh Lemon Juice

Method –


Build all ingredients into a mixing glass. Shake vigorously and strain into a Martini glass. Optional cherry garnish.

A great addition to any bar, whether your favourite or your own. It’s different, the bottle looks great and it’s versatile too. Give it a go!

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