The Art of the Simple Cocktail

Great seeing you all this Thursday. What an event and what an enthusiasm you put to the table. It was a privilege to have you at Moltke's Bar Cocktail Class - The Art of the Simple Cocktail. 

Now you can enjoy cocktails you make at home, so keep on shaking Fitzgeralds and Bourbon Sours or stirring a Boulevardier or Tipperary.

Gin Sour
4,50 cl. gin (we used Tanqueray 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. gin (we used Tanqueray 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. bourbon (we used Bulleit Bourbon)
2,00 cl. simple syrup
2,00 cl. lemon juice

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

Expat
4,00 cl. bourbon (we used Bulleit Bourbon)
2,00 cl. simple syrup
2,00 cl. lemon juice
6-8 mint leaves

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

The Bourbon Sour and Expat recipes work well with cognac/brandy or a golden/dark rum too.

Boulevardier
4,00 cl. bourbon (we used Jim Beam Triple Aged Black Bourbon)
3,00 cl. sweet vermouth *)
3,00 cl. Campari

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

Tipperary
4,00 cl. Irish whiskey (we used Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey)
3,00 cl. Chartreuse Verte
3,00 cl. sweet vermouth *)

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

*) Sweet vermouth or Vermouth Rouge is a fortified wine, which is part of most classic cocktails. We used Cocchi Vermouth di Torino (full-bodied, spicy and slightly bitter). Other options could be Martini Rosso (middle-of-the-road in the category), or Carpano Antica Formula (full-bodied, soft with added Christmas spices). Unlike pure spirits vermouth has a short shelf life after opening the bottle. The three mentioned is reasonably robust and may keep well in the refrigerator a few months after opening.

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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.

Want to know more about Simply Cocktails? - click here.

Cheers,
Mads, Mark & Henrik