The Art of the Simple Cocktail

Great seeing you all last Friday. What an event and what an enthusiasm you put on the table.

You can enjoy the cocktails you made at home, so keep on shaking Fitzgeralds, Bourbon Sours and others.

Gin Sour
4,50 cl. Plymouth gin
3,00 cl. simple syrup
2,00 cl. lemon juice

Shake all ingredients over ice.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
Squeeze and drop a lemon peel over the glass.

Fitzgerald
4,50 cl. Plymouth gin
3,00 cl. simple syrup
2,00 cl. lemon juice
3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake all ingredients over ice.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
Squeeze and drop a lemon peel over the glass.

Bourbon Sour
4,00 cl. Bulleit Bourbon
2,25 cl. simple syrup
1,50 cl. lemon juice

Shake all ingredients over ice.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

Expat
4,00 cl. Bulleit Bourbon
2,25 cl. simple syrup
1,50 cl. lemon juice
6-8 mint leaves

Shake all ingredients over ice.
Strain into a rocks glass without ice.

Manhattan
4,50 cl. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
2,25 cl. sweet vermouth *)
1-2 dashes orange bitters

Stir all ingredients over ice.
Strain into a coupe glass without ice.
Squeeze and drop an orange peel over the glass.

Rob Roy
4,50 cl. J&B Blended Scotch Whisky
2,25 cl. sweet vermouth *)
1-2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Stir all ingredients over ice.
Strain into a coupe glass without ice.

Negroni
3,00 cl. Beefeater Gin
3,00 cl. sweet vermouth *)
3,00 cl. Campari

Stir all ingredients over ice.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
Squeeze and drop an orange peel over the glass.

Boulevardier
3,00 cl. Bulleit Bourbon
3,00 cl. sweet vermouth *)
3,00 cl. Campari

Stir all ingredients over ice.
Strain into a rocks glass without ice.
Squeeze and drop a orange peel over the glass.

Bijou
3,00 cl. Beefeater Gin
3,00 cl. Chartreuse Verte
3,00 cl. sweet vermouth *)
1 dash Orange Bitters

Stir all ingredients over ice.
Strain into a coupe glass without ice.
Squeeze a lemon peel over the glass.

Tipperary
3,00 cl. Jameson Irish Whiskey
3,00 cl. Chartreuse Verte
3,00 cl. sweet vermouth *)

Stir all ingredients over ice.
Strain into a coupe glass without ice.

*) Sweet vermouth or Vermouth Rouge is a fortified wine, which is part of most classic cocktails. You had three to work with: Martini Rosso (let's call it middle-of-the-road in the category), Cocchi Vermouth di Torino (full-bodied, spicy and slightly bitter) and Carpano Antica Formula (full-bodied, soft and spicy with Christmas spices). Unlike pure spirits vermouth has a relatively short shelf life after opening the bottle. The three we had is reasonably robust and may keep well in the refrigerator a few months after opening.

Tips and tricks
Simple syrup - mix/shake one part hot water and one part white sugar until dissolved. Do not boil as it will caramelize the syrup. Stays fresh in the fridge for about two weeks.

Shake - the purpose of shaking is to mix, cool and dilute your cocktail. The longer you shake, the colder and more diluted your cocktail will get. Most cocktails call for a 10 second hard shake.

Stir - you shake cocktails containing ’heavy’ ingredients like juices, syrups, dairy and eggs etc. You stir cocktails with pure ingredients like spirits, liqueurs, wines etc. Most cocktails call for a 20-30 second stir or until you have added 25 % water from the melted ice.

For more tips and tricks go to this booklet or download pdf for printing.

If you have questions, you are always welcome to send an e-mail to hsp@simplycocktails.dk.

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Cheers,
Mark & Henrik