Sunday, 2 February 2014

Celebrity cocktail recipes

Hi everyone!

Today we are going to talk about cocktails related to famous people.


First of all, let us show you the cocktail invented for the royal baby shower. Two have been created but let's talk about the boy's one. Thank you  Brandi Milloy
All you need is :

Add all the ingredients in a shaker, and give it a good shake. Put some lemon juice on the edge of you glass, and deep it in the sugar. Pour the mix in your glass.

Here it is !


James Bond's Vesper

James Bond invented it in Casino Royale, to tell Vesper Lynd he likes her. 

- Vodka (Thompson's is the best one) : 2cl

- Gin : 6cl
- Lillet blanc : 1cl
- Lemon peel

By using Vodka Thompson's and Lillet, you also have a perfect cocktail from Bordeaux !


Spice Girl Cocktails

Thanks to Harvey Nichols, each Spice Girl has now her own cocktail.

Posh Spice  |  Scary Spice   |  Baby Spice   |  Sporty Spice  |  Ginger Spice
 Apricot Brandy     |    Fresh chili    |   Peach puree and     |    Amaretto   |     Domaine de canton
Sugar cube soaked in | Lychee liqueur fresh strawberriesCuracao bleu and | ginger liqueur
grapefruit bitters    |    topped with    |    Harvey Nichols    |    lemon juice    |    rose syrup topped
topped with Champagne |  Champagne  Champagne  | topped with Champagne  |  with Champagne

Sunday, 26 January 2014

The White Russian: the cocktail of "The Big Lebowski" movie!

All fans of The Big Lebowski (the Coen brothers movie) know the "White Russian" tasty cocktail vodka, coffee liqueur and milk. This week, we make a focus on this famous cocktail. We find lots of different recipes and we sought "ideal proportions" and we ended up finding this arrangement that gives a little alcohol but very balanced result:

- 1 part coffee liqueur
- 2 parts vodka
- 2 volumes of liquid cream


Thompsons French Grape Vodka


                                                 A video to show you the preparation

The thing was not easy to find , the team had to work hard to find this result .. but concentrate on the movie " The Big Lebowski " , glass after glass, observing " the Dude ," we managed that balance, and understood many subtleties in the movie!

There are many variations of this cocktail, such as the Canadian White with goat's milk instead of cow's milk, the Russian Blind , Baileys Irish Cream with instead of milk. The White Mexican , with horchata de chufa in place of milk, White Cuban, with rum instead of vodka and Russian Tito with coconut milk instead of milk
Which one are you?

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Back to basics !

This week, the cocktail fever team is going to talk about basic cocktails.
Anywhere, anytime, they are easy to prepare and ingredients are easy to find.

We have chosen 4 different classic cocktails. One with Tequila, one with Rhum, one with Vodka and the last one with Whisky. Here are the original recipes, but you can customize them as much as you want as long as you keep the base.

-------------------------- MARGARITA --------------------------

Classical ingredients are :
- Tequila (3,5cl)
- Cointreau or Triple sec (2cl)
- Lemon juice (1,5cl)

Before pouring into your glass, rub the rime of your glass with a lemon to make the salt stick to it. Put the Tequila, Cointreau or Triple sec and lemon juice in your glass.

Enjoy !

-------------------------- MOJITO --------------------------

- Mint leaves (5)
- Rhum (5cl)
- Lemon juice (2cl) or lemon slices (3)
- Sugar (2 teaspoons)
- Sparkling water
- Crushed ice

Put mint leaves, sugar and lemon juice in jour glass : crush them together. Pour Rhum. Then, add crushed ice up to the middle of your glass and sparkling water up to the top.

-------------------------- SEX ON THE BEACH --------------------------

Recipe :
- Vodka Thompson's (3cl)
- Peach liquor (3cl)
- Pineapple juice (6cl)
- Cranberry juice (10cl)

Start by pouring the liguor, then add pineapple and cranberry juice and finish by the vodka.

Refreshing & colorful!

 -------------------------- IRISH COFFEE --------------------------

Recipe :
- Whisky (5cl)
- Sugar (2 teaspoons)
- Whipped cream
- Coffee

Mix Whisky and sugar.
 Add hot coffee. 
Top with whipped cream.

That's it!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Non Alcoholic cocktail to be healthy at the beginning of 2014

Cocktail Fever Team had tasted for you a healthy cocktail: The non-alcoholic Sangria!! Enjoy it!!!!!

Our favorite thing about sangria, the Spanish punch, isn't actually the wine or spirits; it's the luscious assortment of fruit that gets ladled into each glass. We love how refreshing it is to sip, and munch, on a warm day.

There are thousands of recipes for sangria, each using a different combination of wine and fruit. For the fruit, we like to use the ample supply of citrus in our local markets and gardens – thin slices of oranges, lemons, limes – plus an apple for crunch. You could also try fresh fruits like strawberries, pineapple or grapes. When steeped for several hours, the fruits both flavor the drink and soak up the liquid, turning plump and juicy. They not only look pretty in the glass, but are a delight to eat.

The liquid is a combination of black tea and pomegranate juice, which approximate the sweetness, acidity, and tannins of red wine. It's a beautiful substitute both flavor and color-wise, although caffeine does of course have a more stimulating effect than wine. We also include a little fresh orange juice for sweetness and cinnamon sticks for subtle spice. Just before serving, the drink is lightly carbonated, and the result is a punch suitable for young and old, drinkers and non-drinkers, mealtimes and parties.
Non-Alcoholic Sangria
Serves 8
2 cups boiling water
2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in an infuser)
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 orange, sliced into thin rounds
1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
1 lime, sliced into thin rounds
1 apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3 cups carbonated water
Pour boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in sugar to dissolve.
In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.
Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in glasses over ice.
Enjoy it!!!!!!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Which cocktails does people drink after a skiing day ?

The cocktail fever team tried for you two cocktails in Val Thorens (french Alpes).

First, we have been to La Ferme de Reberty. It's a traditional restaurant where you can eat cheese fondue for example. So, of course, we drank a traditional cocktail with a local liquor : the Genepi

- Genepi 3cl
- Cane sugar 1cl
- Coffee 1 expresso
- Chantilly cream

Mix Genepi and cane sugar together. Add the hot coffee. put some whipped cream up to the top of the glass.

Our tasting :
Smell: chocolate, coffee
Taste: sweet coffee

Very good to warm you up after cold day !

The second cocktail is a fruity one. We had it in Le Chalet du Mont Vallon. It's a luxurious hotel but also a very cosy place.

The cocktail is a creation from the bartender. It's a blend of Vodka, Cacha├ža, orange juice, blackberry syrup and raspberry.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Champagne coktails in Reims !

"Bar de la Paix" invite you to relax in a cozy space with a terrace with courtyard.
Amateurs of champagne will find a wide selection of the most big houses of this vineyard which is unique in the world.

The cocktail fever team has been to REIMS the city of Champagne to tell you about Champagne cocktails.
The place is very beautiful with a nice design.

The cocktail list is divided into 2 parts :

The first one is a famous champagne cocktails for ladies which are called:

- 3cl of vodka ( Absolut or THOMPSON'S )
- Add 2cl of Chambort
- Add 1cl of Ginger liquor
- Add 6 to 8cl of Cramberry 
- finaly 10cl of Champagne

First of all, put some crushed ice up to the top of the glass to make it as cold as possible!
Add Vodka, Ginger, Chambort,Cramberry and ice cube in a shaker. Shake it ! Remove the crushed ice from your glass and put the mix throught a filter to separate ice cube from the juice. Finally add Champagne directly into the glass with raspberries !

Our tasting: 
Smell: freshness of the ginger and raspberry
Taste: sweet, a good taste of rasberry, a light sparkling taste of champagne.




For the second one, we have experienced a cocktail for men wich are called:
THE Champagne cocktail.

- 1 Brown sugar
- Add 3cl of Cognac
- Add 2 slice of Angostura
- And 12cl of Champagne 

To begin put a sugar into a Champagne glass next add Cognac, Angostura and wait 1 min for the sugar.
Then add champagne to see the fizzy of the cocktail with the sugar wich is dissolve! it's beautiful! 
You can now drink this great cocktail directly into the glass without straw ! Cheers !

Our tasting: 

Smell: Fresh lemon
Taste: strong in mouth but light in cognac, a really good presence of champagne !

Please comment if you've been there already !

Sunday, 22 December 2013

The Summit!


- 4 cl of brandy (cognac, fine bordeaux..)
- Add 4 thin slices of ginger 

- Add zest of 1 lime
- Add 6 cl lemonade (soda, sprite, 7up)
- (optional) Add 1 peel cucumbers


Proceed to "Summit" recipe directly into the glass
Remove the ginger slices and lemon zest in the glass 

Add 2 cl of Brandy and press lightly 2-3 times ginger with a pestle.   

Place 4 or 5 ice cubes and stir 5 seconds with a spoon. Put again 2 cl Brandy and add lemonade.  
Shake 5 seconds with a spoon.  

Serve in a glass of "old fashioned" type.  

Use a VSOP cognac or VO. Preferably, for this cocktail, we used Brandy "Thompsons" from Bordeaux, fresh ginger and artisanal lemonade. you can use the peel cucumber to decorate.       

          This cocktail is really delicious, lightly bitter and spicy, brandy gives complexity to the mix.

This cocktail was created in 2008 during the first international cocktail summit in Cognac by 17 bartenders. They aimed at creating a cocktail with Cognac to perpetuate the cognac tradition by being creative. They wanted to create a bestseller cocktail like mojito for rhum, cosmopolitan for vodka or margarita for tequila

                                                            Bartender! Engineer cocktail!