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Five cocktails for bank holiday BBQs

I’ve got the gang descending on us in the next few weeks – and despite the on-again-off again weather we shall be partying like its summer no matter what. Time to dust off my little pink book of cocktails and pinch some ravishing recipes from some of my favourite mixologists. Happy to share the love here. Just keep the coyote ugly down a bit though – we’re far too old to be dancing on the bar.

 

The St Tudy Inn Raspberry Mojito

This racy little number is one of the range of mojito options available during the St Tudy Beer Fest (see the Half term muddy guide for more info on that). The nice Alex Rowland at St Tudy has kindly shared his recipe:

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25ml Edmond Briottet framboise liqueur

25ml freshly squeezed lime juice

25ml demerara sugar syrup

8 mint leaves

2 raspberries

Place all ingredients into a tall glass, add crushed ice until three quarters full and mix with a bar spoon using an up and down motion, when mixed fill to the top with some more crushed ice. Garnish with two raspberries and a mint sprig.

 

The Cornish Barn’s Cornish Apple Crumble

cornish apple crumble

Love a traditional pud? You’ll love this one then. And I promise it doesn’t taste like lemon cheese cake yoghurt (whatever next?):

50ml Stolichnaya Vodka

10ml Fresh Lime Juice

50ml Cornish Cloudy Apple Juice

5ml Gomme Syrup

Dash of bitters

Shaken Over Ice, Garnished with a Kraken (rum) soaked apple wedged and the glass crumbed with a crushed Amaretti Biscuit.

 

The Beach at Bude’s Passion Fruit Martini

Beach at Bude-Passion Fruit Martini-credit Seb Chandler

Credit: Seb Chandler

This martini is legendary around these parts; I first heard about it from Stefan at the Penleaze – its one of his favourites. The Beach have a weekly cocktail special during happy hour which runs 4 – 6pm, every day – you lucky Bude people can pop in for a cheeky one after work.

40ml vanilla Absolut vodka

12.5ml Passion fruit Liqueur (Passoa)

12.5ml fresh lime juice

50ml passion fruit puree

12.5ml Monin vanilla syrup

Add all ingredients into a Boston Shaker with ice. Shake hard, then double strain into a Martini glass.

Garnish with half a passion fruit. Pour a small side glass of prosecco and sip to balance out the sharp passion fruit flavours – (ok if you insist!).

The Chelsea Flower Show Rose Garden

Rose Garden Cocktail from The Mews at Sopwell House

This is a recipe inspired by the Chelsea Flowershow, and tres quirky. Oscar Angeloni, head barman at the Mews, Sopwell House combined boozy botanical blends, Hendricks Gin (a personal Muddy fave), and Homemade Rose Syrup:

50ml Lemon juice

50ml rose syrup

100mm Qcumber water

50ml Hendricks gin

Soda water to top

Muddle the ingredients and double strained into a mini watering can along with crushed ice. The cocktail is completed with soda and a delicate rose petal garnish. You don’t get more hipster than that.

The Allotment Cocktail, Church Hill Bar

tumblr_n5v6jgAvTW1s9dpb8o1_400I’m a big fan of egg white cocktails – they taste like sugary clouds mmmm. This one not only has egg white – but check out the garnish!

50ml Chase vodka

25ml Chase rhubarb vodka

20ml lemon juice

5ml Monin gomme syrup

5ml Pear liqueur

1 light squeeze of rhubarb puree

1 light squeeze of pear puree

25ml of carrot juice

2 drops of Plum bitters

1 Egg white

Baby caramelized Carrot

In a Boston mixer, dry shake, iced shake, strain in a flask then serve topped with egg white and garnish. Tin mug and flask optional. Muddy boots essential.

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