New Cocktails June 2017
Words by Simon Difford
Photography by Dan Malpass
The cocktails we came across during June and liked enough to add to Difford’s Guide, plus those recipes we’ve revisited and updated...
Caribbean Colada [NEW]
With: White rum, aged rum, pineapple liqueur, coconut syrup, passion fruit syrup and orange juice.
We say: Rum and pineapple strike up a tropical harmony, helped by coconut, passionfruit and orange.
With: Vodka, lemon juice, Czech liqueur, sugar syrup and pilsner.
We say: The herbal notes of Becherovka are noted for combining harmoniously with beer, fittingly in this recipe a pilsner (Becherovka is Czech, as are the origins of pilsner). This combo is fortified with vodka and freshened with lemon juice to produce a long refreshing cocktail which makes a great alternative to merely drinking beer.
With: Fresh strawberry, raspberries, vodka, elderflower liqueur, apple juice, lime juice, sugar syrup and soda.
We say: Easy drinking, fruity, refreshing and lightly sweet. Bring on the summer's afternoon.
Dutch Sour [NEW]
With: Vodka, orange curaçao, lemon juice, sugar syrup, grapefruit bitters, orange flower water and egg white.
We say: A floral orangey riff on a vodka sour.
With: Rosolio di bergamotto and IPA beer.
We say: Take a citrusy hoped beer and add a tad more citrus in the shape of Rosolio di Bergamotto. The result is predictably citrusy, refreshing and suited to the aperitivo moment rather than a night down the Rose & Crown.
The Joanna [NEW]
With: Vodka, fino sherry, dry vermouth, elderflower liqueur and lavender bitters.
We say: Reminiscent of a vodkatini with fino sherry and notes of floral elderflower and lavender.
Gin & IT (Rosolio recipe) [NEW]
With: Dry gin and rosolio di bergamotto.
We say: Bitter orange peel is a botanical which features in many gins, and in this cocktail a bitter sweet bergamot liqueur is mixed with gin to good effect.
Mai Tai (Difford's recipe) [NEW]
With: Aged rum, pineapple rum, orange curaçao, lime juice, almond syrup, amaretto, falernum, white crème de menthe and absinthe.
We say: We love Daiquiris and this is basically a classic Daiquiri with a few bells and whistles.
Paisley Spritz [NEW]
With: Dry white wine, Scottish spiced honey liqueur and ginger ale.
We say: The sweet honeyed spice notes of the liqueur combine harmoniously with the gentle acidity of the wine, lengthened and freshened with ginger ale.
Pineapple Daiquiri (Difford's recipe) [NEW]
With: Light rum, aged rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, pineapple liqueur, sugar syrup and Tiki bitters.
We say: Tangy pineapple fruit laced with light white and aged rums. Yumm!
Pineapple Martini (1990s recipe) [NEW]
With: Vodka, pineapple juice, lime juice and sugar syrup.
We say: Deliciously simple, fruity and ridiculously easy to drink.
Pineapple Martini (Difford's recipe) [NEW]
With: Vodka, pineapple juice, lime juice, pineapple liqueur, sugar syrup and Tiki bitters.
We say: There's a lot of Daiquiri going on in this very tasty vodka based cocktail - indeed so much that we couldn't help trying the same drink with a rum base - a Pineapple Daiquiri.
Rhubarb Negroni [NEW]
With: Dry gin, Campari, rabarbaro and sweet vermouth.
We say: Rabarbaro amaro influences this Negroni, making it a tad drier and punchier than standard three ingredient Negronis.
Royal Smile [UPDATED]
With: With: Dry gin, calvados, lemon juice, sugar syrup and grenadine.
We say: This balanced sweet and sour cocktail could put a smile on anyone's face. Unless that is, "one is not amused!" Calvados notes shine through.
Rum & IT [NEW]
With: Light white rum and rosolio di bergamotto.
We say: I mixed these two ingredients together just to ascertain where to go from there when creating a drink with Italicus and liked the simplicity of this two ingredient cocktail. Gin & It also works well. Later, the same mixing session also gave birth to For Sake's Sake.
La Sang Jaune (The Yellow Blood) [NEW]
With: Calvados, dry vermouth, elderflower liqueur, gentian liqueur and absinthe.
We say: Spirituous apple and rich elderflower with herbal dry vermouth and gentian complexity, finished with the merest hint of anise courtesy of a dash of absinthe.
Shadow Boxer [NEW]
With: Cachaça, Campari, dry vermouth, pink grapefruit liqueur, apricot eau-de-vie.
We say: As the name suggests this is a punchy cocktail - spirituous and bittersweet with a long bitter finish. Far from being a crowd-pleaser.
Showgirl Cocktail [NEW]
With: Aperol, dry vermouth, vodka, rose liqueur, black raspberry liqueur and champagne.
We say: Wonderfully floral - flavours of rose and raspberry dominate with dry vermouth adding balance and complexity.
Stiletto Manhattan [NEW]
With: Jack Daniel's, amaretto, dry vermouth and orange bitters.
We say: Many make this drink with 1 shot of amaretto and ½ dry vermouth and as you'd expect the result is sweet with amaretto predominating. This formula by yours truly is more in the style of a traditional Sweet Manhattan.
Tropical Pineapple Daiquiri [NEW]
With: White rum, pineapple liqueur, lime juice and orgeat syrup.
We say: Pineapple and rich almond flavours add a tropical touch to this refreshing Daiquiri.