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Guy Fawkes Night - Tasty Cocktails

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"Remember, remember the 5th of November...". This movie quote from the famous film 'V for Vendetta' always played an important role in English history. Every November 5th, people celebrate the Gunpowder plot during the Guy Fawkes night as a memorial for the failed plan of trying to kill King James I.

And what's a celebration without its signature drink. Therefore, we've chosen a few cocktail recipes for you to celebrate the 5th of November properly.

Earl Grey Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp loose-leaf Earl Grey tea
  • 700ml bottle of gin
  • Ice

Preparation:

  1. Put the Earl Grey tea in a large jug. Pour the gin over and stir with a long-handled spoon for about 45 secs.
  2. Strain the gin through a tea strainer over a funnel back into the bottle. You’ll see small particles of leaf still suspended in the gin. Rinse out the jug and, using a coffee filter or some muslin inside the funnel, strain the gin a second time to remove all the particles. This way, the gin will be stable and the flavour won’t change.
  3. To serve, shake or stir over ice – I like how the flavours change as the drink dilutes.

Espresso Martini

Ingredients:

  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • Ice
  • 100ml vodka
  • 50ml freshly brewed espresso coffee
  • 50ml coffee liqueur 
  • 4 coffee beans

Preparation:

  1. Start by making the sugar syrup. Put the caster sugar in a small pan over a medium heat and pour in 50ml water. Stir, and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Put 2 martini glasses in the fridge to chill.
  2. Once the sugar syrup is cold, pour 1 tbsp into a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice, the vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur.
  3. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold then strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish each one with coffee beans if you like.

Sloe Gin

Ingredients:

  • 50ml sloe gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml Gin
  • Ice
  • 100g white caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp juniper berries

Preparation:

  1. Start by making the juniper syrup. Put the sugar in a small saucepan, then add 100ml water and the juniper berries.
  2. Bring to the boil, then take off the heat and gently squash the berries in the liquid using a potato masher. Leave to steep until completely cold, then strain into a sterilised bottle or jar.
  3. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
    Put the sloe gin, lemon juice, gin and 2 tsp of the syrup in a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes.
  4. Shake well and strain into a tumbler filled with crushed ice.
  5. Serve immediately.

Mai Tai

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp white rum
  • 2 tbsp dark rum
  • 2 tbsp triple sec
  • 1 tbsp grenadine
  • 1 tbsp orgeat or almond syrup 
  • juice of half a lime
  • maraschino cherry

Preparation:

  1. Stir all the ingredients together in a jug or shake them in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Put a few cubes of ice in a tumbler.
  3. Pour the liquid and garnish with a cherry.

 

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