Rampants Cocktail Masterclass

rampant

LE
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#1
Ok, it seems that I am in danger of hijacking the Gin thread in the Forum, I apolgise. But seeing that I have recieved positive response so far I thought I might as well open a Cocktail Masterclass.

I have been a Professional Cocktail Bartender for over 12 years, so I thought I would be a nice thing to pass on my functional alcoholism to all and sundry.

Whenever I caan i will post recipies and thoughts on Cocktails. I will provide histories of Spirits, Cocktails and drinking in general. And I will pass on the techniques that you need to make the finest libations Known to man.

So if you have any questions relating to Spirits & Cocktails do not hesitate to ask.

If you have any recipies do not hesitate to post them, all are welcome.

Let's make this a thread to celebrate the wondrousness that is alcohol.

So to start off here is a list of After Dinner Drinks to get you salivating:


1. Stimulant
a. 1 ½ shots Stoli Vanilla
b. ½ shot kahlua
c. 1 shot espresso
d. Zest ½ an orange into boston, before adding ingredients, shake & strain into a martini, garinsh with 3 coffee beans

2. Alexander
a. 1 shot Remy Martin
b. ½ shot Navan
c. ½ shot Creme de Cacao Blanc
d. Shake & Strain into a martini glass
e. Layer double cream on top and dust with fresly grated nutmeg

3. Creme Martini
a. 1 ½ shots Stoli Vanilla
b. ½ shot Cuarenta Y Tres
c. ½ shot liqueuer de Chataigne
d. 1 shot Double Cream
e. ½ fresh egg white
f. Martini glass dustust with cinnamon & cocao
4. Sazerac
a. ¾ shots La Fee Parisienne,
i. Top with chilled mineral water
b. 1 shot Sazerac 18yr Old Bourbon,
c. 1 shot Remy Martin Couer de Cognac
d. ½ shot gomme
e. 2-3 dashes Angostura
f. 2-3 dashes Peychaud’s

5. Sgroppino
a. ¾ shot Ketel 1 Citron
b. ¼ shot Double Cream
c. 1 ½ shots Jeio Prosseco
d. 2 scoops lemon sorbet
e. Blended & served in a flute

6. On The Flop
a. 1 shot Goslings Black Seal
b. ½ shot Frangelico
c. ½ shot Apricot Brandy
d. 1 shot Freshly Squeezed Orange
e. Squeeze in 2 lime wedges
f. Dash of Grenadine
g. 1 egg white
h. Shake & serve in a Bottled beer glass

7. Southern Flip
a. 1 ½ shots Amaretto
b. ½ shot Southern Comfort
c. 1 ½ shots Freshly Squeezed Orange
d. 1 egg white
e. Dash Angostura bitters
f. Shake & Strain serve in an Old Fashioned (Men), Collin’s (Women)
g. Garnish with Maraschino Cherry

8. Bramble Kiss
a. 1 ½ shots Stolichnaya
b. ½ shot Creme de Mure
c. ½ shot Creme de Cacao Blanc
d. 1 shot ½ & ½ mix
e. Muddle 3 blackberries in boston before adding the other ingredients
f. Martini Glass, 2 Blackberries
 
#3
What i would suggest is that you link some of the less well known ingredients where possible or at least provide a description of what they are. Suggested suppliers could be helpful too. Those of us living in the provinces don't have quite the selection available to those living in Town.


Could I ask your opinion on Fentiman's Tonic water? Their other botanicals are excellent in my view. I'm also determined to make a Vodka martini to ian Fleming's original recipe. Any thoughts?
 
#4
How do you make a proper Strawberry Daiquiri please?

Puff's drink it may be but I love 'em.

Also I had something called a 'Hand Grenade' in New Orleans, have you any idea what goes into one.

Thanks in advance.
 

rampant

LE
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#5
EX_STAB said:
What i would suggest is that you link some of the less well known ingredients where possible or at least provide a description of what they are. Suggested suppliers could be helpful too. Those of us living in the provinces don't have quite the selection available to those living in Town.


Could I ask your opinion on Fentiman's Tonic water? Their other botanicals are excellent in my view. I'm also determined to make a Vodka martini to ian Fleming's original recipe. Any thoughts?
Fentiman's is excellent and is in fact my favorite on the market. I am a big fan of their range.

http://www.fentimans.com/range.php
 

rampant

LE
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#7
LancePrivateJones said:
How do you make a proper Strawberry Daiquiri please?

Puff's drink it may be but I love 'em.

Also I had something called a 'Hand Grenade' in New Orleans, have you any idea what goes into one.

Thanks in advance.
Strawberry Daiquiri: Classic Style

Cube 1 whole lime and place in cocktail shaker
add 2 barspoons of sugar
add 4 strawberries
Muddle (ie squash aggressively with the end of a rolling pin) ingredients in the bottom of the shaker
Add 50mls Havana Club Especial (Bacardi Blanco is sh*t)
Add 12.5mls Creme de Fraise (Strawberry Liqueur)
Add Cubed Ice to shaker and shake
Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a martini glass & garnish with a strawberry

Strawberry Daiquiri - Frozen

Use the same ingredients as above and put all in a blender
Use the juice of the lime not the whole lime
Add some cubed ice (don't use chipped or crushed it won't work)
blend to a thick slushy consistency (add more ice if necessary to achieve this)
Pour carefully into a martini glass & garnish

A little tip is turn the martini glass as you pour the drink to give a Mr Whippy style cone:

New Orleans Hand Grenade:

- 1 1/2 oz gin

- 1 1/2 oz grain alcohol

- 1 1/2 oz melon liqueur

- 1 1/2 oz rum

- 1 1/2 oz vodka

stir ingredients together in a collins glass filled with ice cubes. Add water and sugar if desired, to taste, and serve.
Serve in "Collins Glass" Garnish: No
 
#8
Rampant, I am indebted to you.

I shall purchase the ingredients tomorrow and let you know how I fare.

Many thanks.

:D

Edited to add : Now I know what goes into a 'Hand Grenade' this explains some of my behaviour in Bourbon Street a couple of years ago.
I remember nothing.
 

rampant

LE
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#9
EX_STAB said:
What i would suggest is that you link some of the less well known ingredients where possible or at least provide a description of what they are. Suggested suppliers could be helpful too. Those of us living in the provinces don't have quite the selection available to those living in Town.


Could I ask your opinion on Fentiman's Tonic water? Their other botanicals are excellent in my view. I'm also determined to make a Vodka martini to ian Fleming's original recipe. Any thoughts?
Believe it or not Gordon's was the gin used in the original Vesper Martini.

If you are going to make a Vodka Martini, Stolichnaya is always a good place to start, however amongst the better Vodkas I recommend one of the following:
Stolichnaya Elite
Ciroc (which is a fantastic French Grape Vodka, and a personal favorite of mine)
belvedere
Wyborowa Exquisite
Ketel 1 (A Dutch vodka with a nice peppery taste)

Don't bother with Grey Goose it's over rated
 
#10
rampant said:
EX_STAB said:
What i would suggest is that you link some of the less well known ingredients where possible or at least provide a description of what they are. Suggested suppliers could be helpful too. Those of us living in the provinces don't have quite the selection available to those living in Town.


Could I ask your opinion on Fentiman's Tonic water? Their other botanicals are excellent in my view. I'm also determined to make a Vodka martini to ian Fleming's original recipe. Any thoughts?
Believe it or not Gordon's was the gin used in the original Vesper Martini.

If you are going to make a Vodka Martini, Stolichnaya is always a good place to start, however amongst the better Vodkas I recommend one of the following:
Stolichnaya Elite
Ciroc (which is a fantastic French Grape Vodka, and a personal favorite of mine)
belvedere
Wyborowa Exquisite
Ketel 1 (A Dutch vodka with a nice peppery taste)

Don't bother with Grey Goose it's over rated
Do you think that Lillet blanc is much the same as the Kina Lillet specified in the book?
 

rampant

LE
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#11
EX_STAB said:
rampant said:
EX_STAB said:
What i would suggest is that you link some of the less well known ingredients where possible or at least provide a description of what they are. Suggested suppliers could be helpful too. Those of us living in the provinces don't have quite the selection available to those living in Town.


Could I ask your opinion on Fentiman's Tonic water? Their other botanicals are excellent in my view. I'm also determined to make a Vodka martini to ian Fleming's original recipe. Any thoughts?
Believe it or not Gordon's was the gin used in the original Vesper Martini.

If you are going to make a Vodka Martini, Stolichnaya is always a good place to start, however amongst the better Vodkas I recommend one of the following:
Stolichnaya Elite
Ciroc (which is a fantastic French Grape Vodka, and a personal favorite of mine)
belvedere
Wyborowa Exquisite
Ketel 1 (A Dutch vodka with a nice peppery taste)

Don't bother with Grey Goose it's over rated
Do you think that Lillet blanc is much the same as the Kina Lillet specified in the book?
Its the closest out there, I heard a rumour they were bringing Kina Lillet back, but I have yet to get my hands on it. I'll keep you posted on my search. Don't worry you'll be the first to know.
 
#12
Yay booze!

So, not by any means an elegant drink...but this is my time-honored, crowd-slaying family sangria recipe. Should you choose to use it, please feel free to kick a pound or so in the H4H kitty. :D

Auntie Yank's Satanic Sangria


Requires at least four hours to make it right...

1 large jug (two bottles?) red wine
1 large jug white wine
1 cup silver rum
1 cup triple sec if you can get it, Cointreau if you can't
1 cup sugar (more to taste if you like)
2 sliced oranges
2 sliced lemons
2 cubed apples
1 large bottle 7-Up optional (lemonade for you Brits)
1 extra-large container for brewing!

Mix red wine, white wine, rum, triple sec, sugar, oranges, lemons and apples together in large container.

Put large container in refrigerator to chill for four to six hours..if you don't have time or cooler space, chuck in a couple of bags of ice.

Upon party time, serve by dipper over ice with a portion of fruit over each drink. If people are too pussified to drink as is, add lemonade.

When booze is exhausted, eat fruit. It's like an alcoholic salad.
 
#13
Whisky Mist

25ml Amaretto
25ml Whisky (Single Malt or Blend or Otherwise, all give different taste)
Ginger Ale
Slice of Lime
Crushed Ice
Ice Cubes

Served in Tall Hi Ball

Place soda water and ice cubes in glass to chill, or leave glass in the freezer.
Place 25ml of Whisky and 25ml of Amaretto and generous handful of ice cubes.
Shake well till condensation appears on the sides of the shaker
Empty hi ball of soda water and ice, and place small handful of crushed ice and slice of lime into glass
strain the cocktail into the glass.
lengthen with ginger ale
Serve...and Enjoy!!



Grey Goose Martini (something special)

25ml Martini Bianco
50ml Grey Goose Vodka (not cheap, but more than worth it)
Cranberry Juice
Lemon Slice
Ice Cubes and Crushed Ice

Served in Traditional Martini Glass
Place soda water and ice cubes in glass to chill, or leave glass in the freezer
Place 25 ml of Martini Bianco, 50 ml of Grey Goose Vodka and generous handful of ice cubes
Shake well till condensation appears on the sides of the shaker
Empty martini glass of soda water and ice, and place VERY small handful of crushed ice
Wipe edge of glass with slice of lemon and discard
Strain into glass and lengthen with cranberry juice

sit back, savour and enjoy.
 
#15
Excellent thread Usagi.

Can you tell me what is a Victory Collins and what is its origin?

I have heard it's an American/Irish vodka based drink named after Michael Collins but don't know to be honest.

Kampai!!!

Sparky
 
#16
Mr Rampant Sir

We are having an 80's party and I was wondering, in your ultimate wisdom, if you could advise one of a "Master Punch"?

I remain
Sir
Slightly Squiffy

PO
 
#18
RogerOut! said:
Yeah this is impotent coz half of Spandau Ballet will be there.
There is truth in that RogerOut!

Thank you for coming home
Im sorry that the chairs are all worn
I left them here I could have sworn
These are my salad days
Slowly being eaten away
Just another play for today
Oh but Im proud of you,but Im proud of you
Theres nothing left to make me feel small
Luck has left me standing so tall
Gold
Always believe in your soul
Youve got the power to know
Youre indestructable
Always believe in,because you are
Gold
Glad that youre bound to return
Theres something I could have learned
Youre indestructable,always believe in
After the rush has gone
I hope you find a little more time
Remember we were partners in crime
Its only two years ago
The man with the suit and the pace
You know that he was there on the case
Now hes in love with you,hes in love with you
And my love is like a prison wall
But you could leave me standing so tall
Gold
Always believe in your soul
Youve got the power to know
Youre indestructable
Always believe in,because you are
Gold
Glad that youre bound to return
Theres something I could have learned
Youre indestructable,always believe in
 

rampant

LE
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#20
Sparky2339 said:
Excellent thread Usagi.

Can you tell me what is a Victory Collins and what is its origin?

I have heard it's an American/Irish vodka based drink named after Michael Collins but don't know to be honest.

Kampai!!!

Sparky
I have never heard this tale behind the Victory Collins to be honest, but I do have the recipe:

But first a few points about the Collins:

5. The Collins:
The Collins is thought to have been creted by John Collins, a bartender at Limmer’s Hotel, Conduit St, London during the 19th Century. However, others claim it was invented around the same time in New Jersey or San Francisco, USA.
The original Collins was based on gin, but there is a debate to whether it was Od Tom or London Dry. See also Gin Punch, John Collins and Tom Collins.
Collins variations include:
• Captain Collins - Canadian Whiskey
• Colonel Collins - Bourbon
• Jack Collins - Applejack
• Joe or Vodka Collins - Vodka
• John Collins - London Dry Gin or Jenever
• Jose or Pepito Collins - Tequila
• Mike Collins - Irish Whiskey
• Pedro Collins - Rum
• Pierre Collins - Cognac/Brandy
• Raspberry Collins -
• Sandy or Jock Collins - Scotch
• Sancho Collins - Xante
• Tom Collins - Old Tom Gin”

Collins
Served in 14oz Glass
Ice Filled Glass

Fizz
<8oz
Chilled Glass – No Ice

The Victory Collins:

1 1/2 oz vodka
3 oz lemon juice
3 oz unsweetened grape juice
1 tsp powdered sugar
1 slice orange

Shake all ingredients (except orange slice) with ice and strain into a collins glass over ice cubes. Add the slice of orange and serve

This little explaination comes from Diffords

11. The Fizz:
“Like the Collins, this mid-19th century classic is basically a sour lengthened with charged water and at first glance there is little diference between [the two]… a Collins should be served in a 14oz tall glass… a Fizz… no bigger than 8oz. A Collins should be served in an ice-filled glass, while a Fizz should be served in a chilled glass without ice.
Ideally a Fizz should be made using charged water from a siphon in preference to soda from bottles or cans. The burst of pressure from the siphon bulb generates tiny bubbles which give off carbonic acid, benefiting the flavor and the mouthfeel of the drink.
…correct proportions… Dave Embury’s “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks”…
1. …or a little less – Sweet (sugar, fruit syrup, or liqueur),
2. Sour (lime or lemon juice)
3. …or a little more Strong (spirituous liquor)
4. Weak (charged water & ice)

I interpret this as follows:
• 50ml spirit (Gin, Whiskey, Vodka, Brandy)
• 5ml lemon or lime juice
• 1-bsp of sugar
• Topped with Soda
I also like to add half a fresh egg white, which technically makes the drink a ‘Silver Fizz’.”
 

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