A unique discovery was made some time ago in the world of booze; it was found that by mixing alcohol, sugar, and various flavourings of innumerable origin, a delicious concoction would be yours for the partaking. Safe in this knowledge, Edmond Briottet was founded in 1836 and the firm garnered a happy reputation thanks to its great success with Cassis and a variety of liqueurs. In fact, Briottet boasts a tremendous catalogue of liqueurs made with an extraordinary selection of fruits, nuts and even seeds!
We were naturally keen to stock as many as we could, so the other day a shipment arrived at the MoM underground lair. We watched it trundling along the mineshaft from the super-secret helipad and there, before us, was a veritable rainbow of créme de this, and liqueur de le bloomin’ that.
“C’est fantastique!” we remarked as we set to uncorking them. We’d made plans to conceive a variety of wonderful martini-esque cocktails, all in glorious technicolour, though to be perfectly honest, most of these delightful liqueurs would be heavenly served straight.
In the name of science, we prepped the bar with ice, vodka, and a multihued selection of Edmond Briottet products and after some trial and very little error we found that simply by mixing vodka and some Edmond Briottet liqueur, you can make a stunning array of delicious cocktails. It’s that simple! So all you Young Flanagans in the making, this is all you have to do… (In the style of Gordon Ramsay)
- Vodka (1 1/2 shots)
- Liqueur of your choice (1 shot)
- Pour into ice-filled shaker
- Shake it
- Strain it into a martini glass
- Tasty cocktail. Done.
We’ve come up with names for a few of these, and even suggested some pretty garnishes.
Name: Flavour of the Menthe
Edmond Briottet Liqueur: Menthe Verte (Green Mint Liqueur)
Garnish: A single mint leaf
Best for: All the joys of a social get together, with the added sparkle of minty freshness.
Name: You Cheeky Cacao
Edmond Briottet Liqueur: Créme de Cacao Blanc (White Cocoa Liqueur)
Garnish: Two coffee beans, balanced upon the meniscus.
Best for: Chocoholics
Name: Gold, Frankincense and Mûre
Edmond Briottet Liqueur: Créme de Mûre (Blackberry liqueur)
Garnish: A blackberry on a cocktail stick
Best for: Recreating the joys of late September foraging.
Name: Bring the Noisette
Edmond Briottet Liqueur: Créme de Noisette (Hazelnut Liqueur)
Garnish: Grated hazelnut
Best for: Enjoying the delicious flavour of Nutella at a cocktail party.
Name: Loco in el Coco
Edmond Briottet Liqueur: Coco (Coconut Liqueur)
Garnish: A wafer thin slice of coconut
Best for: Relaxing on the deck with taste of the tropics
Name: Caramel Knowledge
Edmond Briottet Liqueur: Liqueur de Caramel
Garnish: A dusting of cocoa.
Best for: A sweet tooth.
So there you have it – the fast track guide to becoming a world class cocktail maker!
– The Chaps at Master of Malt –