Lanique

Lanique

Let me tell you a story*.

“Over 200 years ago across the Kingdom of Prussia, the Two Sicilies and the Austrian Empire, a drink was cherished and imbibed by the wealthy and titled elite at their celebrations and grand balls. The drink had a unique flavour and colour and was completely natural. It’s ingredients were sourced from exotic locations and included the coveted Attar of Rose from the East that gave it its unique nose and taste. The drink remained a firm favourite all the way through to the roaring 1920s, but disappeared with the Second World War and the rise of Communism.

Following the fall of Communism and the reopening of Eastern Europe, curators began to unravel the fascinating history of this exclusive drink. After years of work by dedicated artisans the long lost recipe was reborn and Lanique was relaunched.”

I’m feeling quite grand, rather regal after reading this! And with the look of the brand, the stirring violet red, it can intrigue even the most butch of personnel. But the story doesn’t end there. The latest chapter of how we see the brand today involves the purchase by a Jersey entrepreneur named Lawrence Huggler. With him re-packaging and making this spirit a worldwide brand, he now aims for iconic status.

But how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Lanique – 39%

Ripe rose and raspberry on the nose, with soft hints of lime coming through. Thick texture upon the palate, with sweet pastilles of rose present, ripe raspberry and cherry flavours, plus subtle rind of orange as it hits a lingering fresh finish.

Signature serve? Why the Laniquetini of course!

Laniquetini

Glass – 

Martini

Ingredients –

60 ml Lanique
30 ml Gin

Method – 

Shake over ice and serve into a chilled Martini glass.

A very different liqueur, with elegance yet richness that can work well for a variety of cocktails and serves. One to look ahead for the spring perhaps, or if you’re generally intrigued, make up a Laniqutini today.

*Story taken from http://www.lanique.co.uk

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Make Something Special For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day. What to do? Yes, you could buy the usual flowers, perfumes and chocolates but why not make her something special on Mother’s Day?  We’ve scoured the land (a little bit) to find some lovely drinks we think mums might enjoy and, hopefully, you might too!

First up is the Violet Fizz from the team at The Cocktail Trading Company which they described as ‘a light explosion of amazingness’.  We couldn’t agree more.

How to make it:

Add all ingredients into a shaker and first dry shake (shake with no ice) and then wet shake (using ice cubes). Strain in a tall glass with cubed ice. Top with soda.   Make it look super pretty with meringue, blackberry dust, a dehydrated orange wheel and edible flowers.

Next up on our travels is the Lanique Negroni made by the team at Black Leaf Events.  Yes, you read that right, a Negroni made with Lanique – a spirit liqueur made with Attar of Rose. Swap a bunch of roses with this twist on a classic.

How to make it:

  • 40ml Lanique
  • 40ml Campari
  • 40ml Sweet vermouth

Add ingredients into a cognac/balloon glass with cubed ice. Add lemon twist, but first spray and then add into glass.  Stir and then add more ice to stop the drink from diluting.

Now, here’s a drink that makes us go weak at the knees, the French 75 .  Not only does it look impressive, it has a rich history too – it was one of the first recorded recipes in The Savoy Cocktail Book which was first published in 1930.  A little factoid for mum too, the drink was ordered in the film Casablanca by Yvonne’s German boyfriend.  The French 75 made with Hayman’s London Dry Gin.

How to make it:

  • 50ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin
  • 25ml fresh lemon juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup (to make sugar syrup simply add one part water to one part sugar.  Add all ingredients in a small pan and bring to the boil.  Let it cool down.  It can be kept in the fridge for up to one week.

Shake the sugar, lemon and Hayman’s London Dry Gin together and add to a large Champagne flute. Top up with Champagne and stir. Garnish with a lemon zest.

This next drink is another that’s found in The Savoy Cocktail Book, the Greyhound.  It’s a lovely, refreshing drink which is perfect for brunch or a pre-lunch drink and the good news is that its simple yet impactful with only two ingredients; U’Luvka Vodka and pink grapefruit juice.  You can use normal grapefruit juice too.

How to make it:

  • Add 50ml of U’Luvka Vodka into a tall glass with cubed ice top with 150ml of pink grapefruit juice

To give it a rummy twist, add 50ml of Gosling’s Black Seal rum instead of the vodka and top up with pink grapefruit juice.  Now you have a Salty Seal!  For a true Salty Seal experience, add a salted rim to the glass.  Like a Margarita, but not.

This next drink, Ruffles and Frills, was created by our very own Dean McGregor for a press reception launching the new home ware collection for Laura Oakes in Debenhams.  As an aside, the collection is packed with florals and digital prints and is highly covetable…

How to make it:

  • 50ml Lanique
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 40ml Pressed apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon or barspoon of apricot jam

Add all ingredients into a shaker with cubed ice. Shake and fine strain into a tall glass. Flower optional.

Ahh, the Elderflower Collins. Those small little white flowers provide such a distinctive flavour, evoking the very spirit of summer.  There’s no need to wait until June though, not with this drink. The luminous colour of The Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur with its fresh, rich bouquet make this a drink that you’ll want to make time and time again.

How to make it:

Add all ingredients into a shaker with cubed ice and strain into a Collins/long drink glass filled with ice.  Add soda water and stir carefully. Garnish with lemon slice.