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Master of Cocktails - Tasting Notes; Reconstructed

by Ben Ellefsen     3. August 2015 09:13

Master of Cocktails Tasting Notes Reconstructed

Greetings one and all to another edition of #MasterofCocktails. If you didn't catch last week's instalment, you might not have seen that we're changing up how we do this - a much less step-by-step affair, though you'll be getting more advanced, exciting recipes, with more focus on presentation and garnish. This week we're going to be using the 'Beast of Dufftown', Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky.


Master of Cocktails - The-Candy-Apple-Jack-Hammer

by Ben Ellefsen     20. July 2015 11:05

Master of Cocktails Candy Apple Jack Hammer

It's the return of #MasterofCocktails! And there are a few changes to the format... We're going to be making this a much less step-by-step affair - in return though, you'll be getting more advanced, exciting recipes, with more focus on presentation and garnish. We're also moving to once a fortnight, although still at the usual time of 6pm Sunday on twitter and on the blog the very next day.


Master of Cocktails - First-Press Terroir Sour

by Ben Ellefsen     8. June 2015 09:04

Master of Cocktails First Press Terroir Sour

Greetings to you all. Time for another #MasterofCocktails? I think so. Last one for a few weeks this, due to impending progeny.

Today we're making a drink that sounds thoroughly weird, but I assure you is delicious. It's a gin sour that uses olive oil as an emulsifier.

Now - you can make this drink by shaking, but there is a better way if you're making at home instead of in a bar. So - we're going to repair to the kitchen.


Master of Cocktails - Tea Thyme with Pepper Pig

by Ben Ellefsen     1. June 2015 09:09

Master of Cocktails Tea Thyme with Pepper Pig

Right then boys and girls. Time for this week's #MasterofCocktails - this week we're making a pork-infused wet martini. Sound appetising? Well it should - It's delicious.

This one's called 'Tea Thyme with Pepper Pig' (I'm still waiting for my cocktail-naming crown to be delivered, by the way).

Plenty of prep work to do before bringing it all together, so let's get to it.


Master of Cocktails - Mutiny on the Bounty

by Ben Ellefsen     26. May 2015 08:55

Master of Cocktails Mutiny On The Bounty

Well greetings cocktail fans. Everyone enjoy their bank-holiday weekend? Ready for some #MasterofCocktails action? This week we're going to make a super-summery drink, based on this baby - Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old.

If you're going to be joining in with this one, there's a quick step you're going to need to do a day in advance...

We're going to add a single heaped teaspoon of our raw cacao to the coconut water. It's important to do this 24 hours before you make your cocktail as water-extraction (which is what we want here) takes a lot longer than alcohol-based extraction.


Master of Cocktails - Fair Yuzu Has a Posse

by Ben Ellefsen     18. May 2015 09:10

Master of Cocktails Fair Yuzu Has a Posse

Right then ladies and gents. Time for another #MasterofCocktails - this week we're making a cognac-sour/sidecar sort of affair. We're making it with Yuzu Juice. If you've not had it before it's sort of lemon/limey, but much more aromatic and potent. You can get it online using the power of googles.

There's a tiny bit of prep to do a couple hours before we make this one - we need to sugar-rim our glasses...


Master of Cocktails - The Penultimate Paragraph

by Ben Ellefsen     11. May 2015 09:01

Master of Cocktails Penultimate Paragraph

Right then all - we all ready for a cocktail? Time for #MasterofCocktails...

Today's drink is a creation based around this bad boy. It's Bathtub Gin aged in an ex-Ardbeg cask. This batch is all sold out (I did tell you all to buy it...), but there's a new batch available from the second-fill. Why, here it is.

So - this week's #MasterofCocktails is going to be a variation on the Last Word cocktail. One of my all time favourites.


Master of Cocktails - Guyana's not French, but the Melon is

by Ben Ellefsen     5. May 2015 09:22

Master of Cocktails Guyana's Not French

Greetings #MasterofCocktails fans. Trust everyone had a pleasant Bank Holiday Weekend? Did you have a cocktail to see it on its way? We certainly did...

This week we're making a suitably tropical number, that I think we'll call 'Guyana's not French, but the Melon is' (if you were making along with us on Monday, you'll note that I took my own advice from last week and came up with the name for this cocktail before finishing it).


Master of Cocktails - The Clover Club Cocktail

by Ben Ellefsen     20. April 2015 10:09

Master of Cocktails The Clover Club Cocktail

Greetings all. Time for some Gin? Gin. Yep. Everyone loves Gin. Lovely Gin.

We're making a classic cocktail for this week's #MasterofCocktails, which to be honest feels anything but. You'd swear this was a modern drink. It's called the Clover Club Cocktail - basically a gin sour with added Raspberry.

Traditionally this would be a syrup, but we're going to be using the Raspberry Liqueur from St. George Spirits.


Master of Cocktails - The Old Pal

by Ben Ellefsen     13. April 2015 10:10

Master of Cocktails The Old pal

Right then - everyone about ready for a #MasterofCocktails?

This evening we're going to make an oft-overlooked drink, the 'Old Pal'. The use of Dry vermouth lends this drink a light and very 'aperitiffy' (definitely not a word) character which makes it a wonderful springtime drink.

We're going to start off by summoning up the energy to get off the sofa and walk over to the bar.



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