FEBRUARY 2021 - What's In The Box?

Bacardi Cocktail (LIGHT)

  • 50ml bacardi rum
  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • 15ml grenadine

Shake and strain into coupe 

Garnish: Citrus Wheel 

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The Bacardi Cocktail originated in Cuba in 1917 but its true potential was only realised some 20 years later as prohibition was coming to an end in America. The drink’s proprietary mix of Bacardi rum, lime juice and grenadine ticked all of the boxes and it turned into a sensation in 1930s America.

Due to the popularity of the cocktail, some bartenders saw dollar signs, cut corners and dropped the Bacardi in favour of cheaper rum. The owners of Bacardi famously took one such operator to court and from that day forward the drink could only be made with Bacardi branded Rum. 

When the third president of the Bacardi Company took to the stand he was asked how his Rum was made, his reply was simply “Oh! That is my secret.” 

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Rhubarb & Cucumber Fizz  (LIGHT & MIXED)

  • 50ml rose wine
  • 20ml rhubarb liqueur
  • 5ml cucumber syrup
  • 3 dash grapefruit bitters

Pour into ice filled spritz glass and top with soda 

Garnish: Lemon 

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This original recipe came to our Kocktail Curator Neil, when during a regular trip to our local greengrocers his gaze was drawn by the alluring pink of winter rhubarb.

Famously grown in the Yorkshire “Rhubarb Triangle”, the stems are cultivated out of season in warm and dark growing tunnels from December to March. The rhubarb is coaxed out of its winter hibernation and grows long and straight in search of the sunlight of which it is deprived.  The Rhubarb is even picked under candlelight to encourage the desired growth and prevent photosynthesis.  

With the delights of tart ‘forced’ Rhubarb in mind, Neil sprang to work creating this delightful spritz, with a gentle profile added by the cucumber syrup and an extra zing of complex grapefruit bitters rounding out the flavour profile. 

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Lovebird (LIGHT & MIXED)  

  • 40ml pisco
  • 25ml lime
  • 20ml aperol
  • 10ml strawberry syrup
  • 5ml passionfruit

Shake with ice and strain into an ice filled rocks glass 

Garnish:  Diced Papaya 

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Here at Kocktail HQ we’re in the happiness business and are well known by our friends for taking any excuse to have a good time. Fortunately, St Valentine provides us with yet another excuse for love and merriment this month. Whether that is the love of another or simply the under-appreciated treasure of treating your self. Love should always be in the air…

In our quest to provide you with a little indulgence, we have created the Lovebird, our own tantalising riff on the classic Junglebird cocktail. 

The Junglebird, a invention of Jeffrey Ong from the Aviary Bar at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton has become a modern classic since its inception in the 1970’s. Our loved-up take on the classic replaces the rum for pisco and adds a joyful dash of strawberry and passionfruit syrup. 

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Rose & Hibiscus Margarita (LIGHT & MIXED)

  • 50ml pueblo viejo blanco tequila 
  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • 15ml hibiscus & rose syrup

Shake with ice and strain into coupette glass 

Garnish: Pink salt rim 

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We feel that February’s ‘International Margarita Day’ is an unfairly under appreciated event. So to help crescendo the fanfare of the celebration, our team at Kocktail HQ have created this stunning Rose & Hibiscus Margarita. 

No one knows who truly created the first Margarita but a common tale submits that Carlos Herrera, a Mexican restaurateur created the first one for the Ziegfeld show-girl and b-movie star, Marjorie King.  King would frequent Herrera’s restaurant when in Mexico and asked for a drink created using Tequila as it was one of the few spirits she was not allergic to. 

The drink was a showstopper and Herrera named it after his well admired customer, or so the story goes…

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Cola Cube Old Fashioned (DARK & MIXED) 

  • 60ml buffalo trace bourbon 
  • 10ml cherry cola syrup
  • 2 drops vanilla essence
  • 2 dashes of bitters

Pour into an ice filled rocks glass 

Garnish: Cherry

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Our Cola Cube Old Fashioned is made with bourbon from the most awarded distillery on the planet. The Buffalo Trace Distillery was founded at the confluence of an ancient track forged by wild buffalo making their way across the American wilderness and the mighty Kentucky River. 

With over 200 years of experience in creating rich and complex barrel aged whiskey with notes of vanilla, toffee and candied fruit, we thought it was just the product to star in our delicious  Cherry Cola Cube take on the classic old fashioned. 

“And it takes just like cherry cola, C-O-L-A, cola!” - Ray Davies of the Kinks. 

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Hanky Panky (DARK)   

  • 35ml gin
  • 35ml sweet vermouth
  • Barspoon of fernet branca

Pour into a chilled martini glass 

Garnish: Cherry 

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The Hanky Panky is the famous creation of one of the more revered bartenders in cocktail history.  The drink which is essentially a sweet martini with a bitter-sweet edge from the wonderful Italian amaro Fernet Branca, was created by Ada “Coley” Coleman during her tenure as the senior bartender at the Savoy Hotel’s American Bar. 

“Coley” created the drink upon the request of the comedic actor Charles Hawtrey, who is believed to have said “Coley, I am tired. Give me something with a bit of punch in it.”  Coleman went away and spent hours perfecting a drink to present to Hawtrey upon his next visit. Hawtrey was delighted and exclaimed  “By Jove! This is the real hanky-panky” (which in 1920’s slang meant “magic or witchcraft”). The name stuck and the cocktail has remained the real hanky panky ever since…

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Between The Sheets (DARK) 

  • 20ml seignette cognac
  • 20ml white rum
  • 30ml cointreau
  • 15ml lemon

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe

Garnish: Lemon Wheel 

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This seductively named cocktail caused a bit of a stir when it was debuted in the 1930s. Not only did the name border on seriously risqué but the mixing of cognac and white rum broke quite a few rules in the bar world too.

The Between The Sheets was most likely invented by Harry MacElhone of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris but there are whispers that it was perhaps first made in the brothels of Paris as an aperitif for the ladies of the house.

Whatever its true history, this amped up version of the classic Sidecar cocktail is still an alluring and heady mix almost one hundred years later.

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Luskentyre Beach (DARK) 

  • 50ml scotch whisky
  • 10ml fresh lemon juice
  • 10ml fresh lime juice
  • 10ml coconut syrup
  • 5ml passionfruit honey

Shake ingredients and serve in ice filled rocks glass 

Garnish:  Diced Pineapple and cocktail stick

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At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking that Luskentyre Beach was in located on a Caribbean island but the famed white sand beach actually lies on the stunning but often bracingly cold, Isle of Harris in Scotland.  

This exclusive drink created specifically for our Kocktail club members was dreamt up when our Kocktail curator was reminiscing about his trip to the remote Hebridean Isle. 

Its mix of rugged scotch and the tropical flavours of coconut and passionfruit may seem like an unlikely combination but then again, you may not think of Scotland when you dream of paradise beaches.  

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