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.

U’Luvka

U'Luvka

There’s a couple of brands that I’ve seen plenty of, yet just never got around to tasting and experiencing. One such brand that eluded my taste buds had a rather prominent display for a year or two in retailers, then seemed to drop off the radar a little. Now though, It has been re-launched, securing a new UK distribution with Love Drinks (the guys behind El Dorado, Hayman’s and Gosling’s) and kicking off back in July. U’Luvka is hopefully here to stay.

So a little about the vodka.

U’Luvka hails from Poland and its history can be traced back to the 16th century, wherein the Polish Royal Court of Sigismund III, it is said that a famous alchemist was commissioned to develop ‘a vodka of the finest purity and the most exceptional quality to be enjoyed by the Royal Court’. Said alchemist, named Sendivogius, created U’Luvka in response. Over time, the recipe was deemed to be lost, until re-discovered within ancient records and ultimately, like all inquisitive master distillers, re-created. Elzbieta Goldyka uses a base of northern Polish rye (50%) and wheat (25%) and barley (25%) to create the liquid we can enjoy today.

The distillery itself is one of the oldest in Poland, based just outside Wroclaw. Combining the base cereals, the fermentation, distillation and rectification all happen on site, with the distillation through column stills. Polish water is added, and then the liquid is filtered twice. Once that batch is complete, it is blind tasted against three other batches and the master blend by a panel of experts including Elzbieta herself. One the right batch is approved, it is then sent for bottling.

It’s not just the liquid that grabs the attention though. The bottle is a stand-out compared to most, and was inspired by the ancient alchemical distillation vessels. The bottle is said to be a physical representation of the balance between male and female, with the rounded base representing ‘female’ and the elegant neck ‘male’. The logo which adorns each bottle is an alchemical sign that combines the glyphs for spirit, soul, man and woman. When added together, you find friendship.

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

U’Luvka – 40%

Fresh on the nose with hints of soft nuts and rye. A rich palate with a developing subtle spice. Creamy texture with hints of butter and a lively, fresh cereal flavour. Long finish with a bitter spice finish.

A real cracker on its own, and goes well with one of these –

Purnelle Martini
Purnelle Martini

U’Luvka Pernelle Martini

Glass – 

Martini

Ingredients –

45 ml U’Luvka Vodka
15 ml Pear Eau De Vie
30 ml The Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur
15 ml Fresh lemon juice
10 ml Gomme syrup
2 sprigs of rosemary

Method – 

Bruise one sprig of rosemary gently in a mixing glass. Add all the other ingredients into the mixing glass and shake with cubed ice. Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with the other rosemary sprig.

A rather stunning vodka, and comes with a flavour profile that surprises me. A good dose of a well-rounded experience shows that not all vodkas are ‘neutral’ when it comes to taste, and it’s not just the flashy bottle that sells. U’Luvka is different, and a welcome change to the vodka market. One for your drinks cabinet for sure, and the versatility it offers in how to serve makes this a must stock item for bars and restaurants too.

 

 

U’Luvka Vodka Appoints Love Drinks For The UK Market

U'Luvka

Love Drinks has made an addition to its portfolio of premium and hand-crafted range of spirits, liqueurs and beers with the introduction of the super-premium, luxury vodka, U’Luvka.

U’Luvka has had a presence in the UK market since 2005. However, it is the first time that the brand has appointed a sales agency to create advocacy within the bartending community as well as growing distribution and brand awareness in the on and off trade.

Over the years, U’Luvka has won over 60 awards for its distinctive, iconic packaging and its smooth, sippable and full-flavoured taste. The origins of U’Luvka can be traced back to the 16th century Polish Royal Court where a famous alchemist was commissioned to develop a vodka of the finest purity and the most exceptional quality to be enjoyed by the Royal Court. The alchemist, Sendivogius, proved his worth by delivering a spirit of legendary finesse.

The centuries old recipe was rediscovered in ancient records and has been meticulously recreated using the finest Polish rye and grain by one of Poland’s most respected master distillers, Elzbieta Goldyka to create U’Luvka.

Kirsty Loveday, Founder and Managing Director of Love Drinks said; “It’s fantastic that U’Luvka is now part of the Love Drinks portfolio and we’re delighted to be working with a brand that has so much history and heritage. One of the most important criteria for us when choosing a brand to complement our existing range is that the liquid must be of the highest quality and that’s absolutely the case with U’Luvka.

“We’ve been on the look-out for a straight vodka that would be the perfect for our portfolio for many years and we’re delighted to be working with U’Luvka. We’re looking forward to further establishing U’Luvka’s credentials as a super-premium luxury vodka and ensuring that it has its deserved place on the back bars of the best bars and on the shelves of quality retailers, both on-line and in-store.”

Nick Kirkpatrick, Co-founder of U’Luvka Vodka said: “The quality and reputation of U’Luvka speaks for itself. We are investing in the brand with renewed vigour and are confident that we have found a great partner in Love Drinks who share and understand the very essence of U’Luvka which is lovingly created and drunk with Friendship, Love and Pleasure.”