07 Dec Make it Rein(deer)
by Katie Ingram, Bar Manager Freddy’s, Amsterdam
Serving Glass: old fashioned.
Garnishes: Lemon cheek.
1.50oz / 45ml vodka or non-alcoholic spirit
1.00oz / 30ml Spiced Carrot Cordial*
0.50oz / 15ml lemon juice
0.50oz / 15ml verjus or apple cider vinegar
1 dash Bittered Sling Orange & Juniper bitters
1 dash Bittered Sling Suius Cherry bitters
How to prepare:
Combine all ingredients into a shaker tin filled with ice. Hard shake for 5 seconds. Fine strain into a glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with a lemon cheek.
*Spiced Carrot Cordial
· 300g maple syrup
· 100g white sugar
· 500g carrot juice
· 100g fresh orange juice
· 1 tbsp fresh or dried turmeric
· 1 large, peeled and grated piece of ginger
· 5-8 cloves
· 1 pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat until maple syrup and white sugar has been completely dissolved. Let simmer over medium-low heat for 2-3 hours to allow the ginger to infuse into your syrup. Remove from heat and strain off the syrup through a coffee strainer. Let cool and keep in the fridge for two weeks.
Flavour Profile: Sweet / tart / vegetal
Comment on the Cocktail: Carrots are really fun in cocktails. Their natural sweetness really brings a fun element to any cocktail. With this drink, we want to balance the carrot with the warming spice of the ginger and turmeric. The bitters come in with a powerful finish to dry out your palate and prepare you for your next sip.
Inspiration: Reindeers just love carrots, don’t you think?
Batching / group party tips: This cocktail is easy to batch and adjust as you see fit! Keep in the fridge or large punch bowl over a giant ice block to keep cool. Give a good stir or shake before serving to your guests.
The bitters work well because…. whether you use Orange & Juniper, Suius Cherry, or even one of each, you will get a deliciously balanced drink. The Orange & Juniper will compliment the turmeric and amp up the orange. The Suius Cherry will bring more depth to the drink, really bringing out the ginger!
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