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Chocolate, berries and gin. I think that’s all you need to know.
Well, I suppose there’s a little more to this cocktail than just that but they’re definitely the most important points.
I’m a huge fan of the cocoa bitters from Hotel Chocolat and they work so well in this, especially with the cocoa gin but if you want you can also make this with a nice citrusy gin and leave out the bitters altogether.
50g red berries (I used strawberries, raspberries and cherries)
1 tsp sugar
70ml cocoa gin
4 dashes of cocoa bitters
20-30 ml simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 egg white
70ml soda water
mint to garnish
Chop the fruit and toss it with the sugar. Set this aside for 30 minutes so that the juices can really get going. Fill your glasses with ice and add a the macerated fruit.
Put the gin, bitters, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 45 seconds or so. Add some extra ice and shake again. Strain into the glasses and top up with a splash of soda water. Let the foam settle on the surface and garnish with a little mint.
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Mixing sweet pear with warm, spicy ginger just makes sense to me, it’s such a delicious combination. The pear puree is infused with savoury bay and sharp lemon juice though, just to keep that sweetness in check.
2 pears (peeled and cored)
2 bay leaves
juice 1/2 lemon
Roughly chop the pears and put them in small pan along with everything else for the puree. Poach the fruit until it is really very tender. Remove the bay leaves and the cloves and then blitz the fruit and liquid in a food processor. Sieve the resulting pulp to leave you with a nice smooth puree. Store the puree in a jar and keep it in the fridge.
1 part pear puree
1 part vanilla vodka
1 part ginger wine
bay leaf to garnish
Put everything but the garnish into a cocktail shaker along with plenty of ice and shake vigorously. Strain into coupe or martini glasses and garnish with a bay leaf. (If you’ve got too much time on your hands (like me, evidently) then you can use a pretty hole punch to cut shapes out of the leaves.)
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Mr Colonial Cravings has always been partial to an espresso martini but he’s much more of a gin drinker than a vodka drinker. I think we both feel a bit like vodka doesn’t bring much to the table flavour-wise. If you swap it for Hotel Chocolat cocoa gin though, tasty things happen.
25ml cold espresso
25ml Hotel Chocolat cocoa gin
25ml coffee liqueur
15ml amaretto (optional but really good)
cocoa nibs to garnish
Put everything but the garnish in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. The longer and harder you shake it the frothier the finish will be. Strain into a martini glass and allow it to settle for a moment or two before garnishing with a few cocoa nibs.