Daiquiri – The little black dress of cocktails

Three ingredients, with easy to remember measures, make this cocktail one to master, you can make a spectacular amount of cocktails with a bottle of white rum, sugar syrups and a citrus fruit.

Sugar syrup is used in lots of cocktails. Because sugar will not dissolve in cold liquid you have to dissolve it first in boiling water and leave it to cool.  Basically, put some white granulated sugar in a cup, cover with boiling water, stir, leave to cool and keep in an airtight container in the fridge.  Will keep indefinitely.

Classic Daiquiri Recipe

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Big and busty, the Porn Star Martini, embrace her.

Why is the delicious blend of vodka and passion fruit, with a side of fizz call a Pornstar Martini, who cares, it tastes fantastic?  I look for it on all the cocktail menus and order one without hesitation, and encourage others to do the same. There is so much information out there I suppose I could look into it, but I’m too busy drinking it to care.


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cropped-p1110068.jpgBlue Bayou Baby.

You must try this long drink.  It is refreshing and spectacularly blue.  I have always drunk it with gin, as I was taught to make it this way.  I have included a vodka based frozen drink, which is just as yummy and deserves a mention.Blue Bayou

  • 30ml gin
  • 15ml galliano
  • 15ml dry vermouth (Martini)
  • 15ml blue curacao
  • lemonade
  • Slice of lemon, lime or mint to garnishP1100883

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.  Add everything except the lemonade mint and lemon and shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty and cold.  Pour into any tall glass and top with lemonade, add the ice from the shaker and garnish as you like.

 Curacoa is made from the Lahara fruit, actually quite bitter with a distinctly orange flavor.  It is actually a colorless liqueur.  The blue is for show, you can find it in green and red too if you fancy.

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Cocktails – Why you should rediscover them.

Cocktails are schizophrenic.  Dressing up cheaply, with too much makeup, they dress in cream and large pieces of fruit, they are sweet but deadly this way.  They hang out at hotel and beach bars, in the Costa’s of this world, unashamedly luring in the young with cheap thrills.  Bizarrely, they then slip into something more demure, stripping back to wear little black dress glasses, elegant and honest. When this happens, you can find them talking politely in the best bars of Europe.Pina-Colada

Gross generalisation, but you get my point, they seem to be one thing, or the other, with nothing in between.  We pushed them out of the door, somewhere in the late 1950’s, and have not let them back in, where they could be good friends with vino and beer.  What did they do wrong? Continue reading “Cocktails”