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Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 12:10 pm    Post subject: Any Ideas for Bonfire Night Cocktails  Reply with quote    

I want to make some bonfire night cocktails. Whilst there are loads of recipes out there, I would rather start from a base of tried and tested and enjoyed recipes.

Any ideas?

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You mean cocktails that you just happen to be having on bonfire night, or specifically bonfire night themed cocktails?

If the former, I am very fond of Gin Mojitos and Espresso Martinis (even though they aren't proper Martinis at all) Cosmopolitans, Margaritas and Kir Royal are also very nice.

If the latter, I personally would put indoor sparklers in the same drinks and re-name them all after fireworks. You still get nice cocktails and people feel it's appropriate to the occasion.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Flaming sambuca?

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
Flaming sambuca?


God no... bad bad bad experience in my youth.....

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
You mean cocktails that you just happen to be having on bonfire night, or specifically bonfire night themed cocktails?

If the former, I am very fond of Gin Mojitos and Espresso Martinis (even though they aren't proper Martinis at all) Cosmopolitans, Margaritas and Kir Royal are also very nice.

If the latter, I personally would put indoor sparklers in the same drinks and re-name them all after fireworks. You still get nice cocktails and people feel it's appropriate to the occasion.


Sort of themed toward standing next to the bonfire with a Winter inspired cocktail, guaranteed to warm the cockles!

I once had a cocktail, which was a martini type that had marmalade, Palo Cortada sherry, vanilla vodka and God knows what else but can't find a suitable recipe.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shan wrote:
NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
Flaming sambuca?


God no... bad bad bad experience in my youth.....


Snap. We had nearly drunk the entire bottle by the time we worked out how to set it alight...

Am I right in thinking you'd want warm, spicy flavours - gingery or toffee-apple-y? Am trying to fire up brain cells

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I worked through ALL the Sambuca colours - they don't come back up the same way they go down!

Yes, lovely warm spicy flavours. Ginger and toffee apple both great ideas.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Is there enough time to infuse some spirits - ginger vodka maybe? Gotta be better than the bought-in stuff!

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think there probably is. Nothing like a good bit of alcohol infusing...

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

*hic*

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shan wrote:


Sort of themed toward standing next to the bonfire with a Winter inspired cocktail, guaranteed to warm the cockles!

I once had a cocktail, which was a martini type that had marmalade, Palo Cortada sherry, vanilla vodka and God knows what else but can't find a suitable recipe.


The Espresso Martinis are lovely. I recommend considerable experimentation to find out how you like them best. 2 parts espresso, 1-2 parts Baileys and 1 part vodka. Shaken over ice etc etc. Some places use Tia Maria in place of Baileys (too sweet, imo) fancy chefs put froth on the top and float coffee beans. This is nice if someone else is making them. At home I don't bother. The tricky bit is remembering to make the coffee in advance and chill it. I tried to make coffee ice cubes, but they go all funny. Probably works best with proper espresso, but good instant is surprisingly fine.

I'm off to put some coffee on, now.

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Uhhmmmm bad experiences with Baileys and Tia Maria too... You know they curdle when they come back to haunt you!

Lets just say I had a wild youth....

PS Don't mention peach or grapefruit shnapps either...

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


What *can* you drink?

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    



Brandy, whisky, wine, gin, vodka, rum, bitters, cider, sherry, port, cognac, armagnac, tequila, etc, etc....

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 16 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think we worked through all my 'issues' with the other posts...

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