Words by: Timo Janse
Photography by: Coca-Cola
For the very first time, Coca-Cola has introduced a range of premium mixers in the Netherlands with the specific goal to inspire bartenders. Its name? Royal Bliss.
To inspire, join us here on Difford’s guide NL, where we will have some wonderful drink recipes in this series.
In this edition we talk to Jimmy, apprentice at the legendary Dr. in Rotterdam.
Royal Bliss was created using over 40 different taste and aroma nuances. Plus, it was inspired by bartenders and taste experts to be applicable to both white and dark spirits.
This time we focus on the Creative tonic. With mild citrus tones and only slight bitterness, it was made to be a building block for your drinks. The flavor connoisseur will detect hints of white fruits as well, such as apricot and pear.
However, the main goal here is not to overpower the other ingredients, and stimulate your own creativity.
”My name is Jimmy. I am a new member and apprentice at the Dr.
I created the Sloe & Blissed because I like sweet and foamy drinks when I have a cocktail myself. A cocktail that is easy to make and easy to remember.”
If we look at some of the best drinks ever made, many are still around exactly for this reason. A name that explains its contents, telling you what needs to be done in order to make it. Jimmy uses Sloe gin, a style of gin that was until recent almost extinct.
Until about 5 years ago, virtually all sloe gins on the market were simply liqueurs using no fresh ingredients and loaded with sugar. Luckily this has changed with a few quality driven brands starting to use actual sloe berries (hence the name!).
”My first real cocktail I ever had was the Charlie Chaplin Cocktail which uses sloe gin and I fell in love straight away. I am a person with a rare character and the same can be said about sloe gin. Low key and most of the time in the background in drinks or on the backbar. What I like about cocktails is that you get to play with flavors in a glass. That is why I started with Rutte Sloe gin, full of fruitiness and bit of nutty character.”
Charlie Chaplin certainly is one of those drinks that, even though it is fruity, remains complex and shows that the sourness of sloe berries can cut through sweetness.
Royal Bliss is available in the flavors Creative tonic water, Vibrant Yuzu tonic water, Bohemian Berry Sensation and Irreverent Ginger ale.
Jimmy has chosen the Creative tonic water.
Want to be even more inspired? Check out www.royalbliss.nl for more images and menu examples that can be used in bars.
Bartender much? There is a competition for bars as well. The three winning venues will win an inspirational trip to Spain and three others will win the second prize: one night with a very special guest bartender.
How to win? Have one or more creative Royal Bliss serves in your bar in the period of June and July and sell the most of them and your bar will win the prize!
As the Creative tonic creates a canvas that can be filled with many expressions, it is the one that lends itself for a great variety of drinks.
Get shaking yourself with the Sloe & Blissed.
Fill a shaker full of ice cubes and add the following ingredients:
50 ml Rutte Sloe Gin
25 ml lemon juice
10 ml simple syrup (1 part sugar and 1 part water dissolved)
1 egg white
Top up Royal Bliss Creative Tonic Water
Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice cubes in a rocks glass. Top up with Royal Bliss Creative tonic water. Garnish with red currants.
Get your bowler hat and cane and start shaking!