Cocktails galore! Not just on the blog though – these ones below will come right to your door. Not only are we bringing you Bramble Bar’s signature Affinity Cocktail as of today, but we also recently launched the 2014 vintage releases from The Handmade Cocktail Company. The latter including new additions as well as totally re-specced versions that have been improved significantly with even finer ingredients (no mean feat). These are exciting, tasty times, my friends.
First things first – Bramble Bar in Edinburgh. It’s awesome. For a while now they’ve been creating barrel-aged and bottle-aged Affinity Cocktails, which they serve at the bar in individual bottles for you to pour out yourself. (They’re pre-chilled and don’t require dilution.) We’re rather partial to a couple whenever we visit - it’s a perfect mix of Speyside single malt whisky and top quality vermouths (technically a red quinquina and a dry vermouth).
Affinity Cocktails being served (to us) at Bramble Bar last year.
What we’ve gone and done now is teamed up with Bramble to bring the Affinity Cocktail to you in larger 50cl bottles to enjoy at home. Chill the bottle and you’ll be all set to enjoy a little “potable zeitgeist” whenever the mood strikes you, just pour into a glass and garnish with a simple lemon twist (and a brandied cherry if you’re feeling fancy). Done.
Affinity Cocktail – 50cl – 25.3%
Meanwhile Ben’s been very busy tinkering with the Handmade Cocktail Company’s vintage cocktails for 2014. New to the fold is The Vieux Carré, whilst the Cask-Aged Manhattan and Cask-Aged Negroni have graduated from the Experimental Series to become full 70cl bottlings and are now aged for 12 whole months.
The Vieux Carré Cocktail 2014 – 70cl – 35.8%
The rest of the range, as mentioned above, has also been greatly improved with new recipes and some exceptional new ingredients. For example, the bourbon and rye now used in the Old Fashioned, Negroni and World’s Best* have been upgraded from extremely high quality to mind-blowingly awesome quality.
Cask-Aged Negroni Cocktail 2014 (12 Months) – 70cl – 25.9%
You’re welcome, world.
* That’s the one with ‘a bit’ of absinthe in it (and even that ‘bit’ has been upgraded to awesome – no stone left unturned and all that).