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Maggie Collins Cocktail

This is our Barossa slant on a cocktail classic, the Tom Collins.  It’s wonderfully refreshing and dangerously drinkable, perfect for afternoons!

Technically we have taken this from a traditional Collins in the direction of a Gin Fizz, but lets not let technicalities get in the way of a good cocktail.

You will need:

50ml Barossa Distilling’s Generations Dry Gin (you could use other Citrus driven Gin’s but why compromise!
15ml Maggie Beer Verjuice.
15ml Bickford’s Lime
15ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice.
15ml Simple Sugar Syrup*
2 Dashes of Orange Bitters (Optional, but adds a depth of flavor)
Soda Water
Ice

To Garnish:
Fresh Mint Leaves
Half a slice of Blood Orange if available or other Orange varietal if not.

Method:

Put 3-4 cubes of ice into a cocktail shaker.
Add a couple of dashes of Orange Bitters, followed by Gin, Verjuice, Lime juice, Lemon juice and Sugar Syrup.
Do your best Bryan Brown/Tom Cruise impression and give the shaker a really good shake.
Part fill your glass with ice (Collins or High Ball glasses work well, but any glass will do)
Strain the contents of your shaker, except the ice, into your glass.
Add soda water to taste and Garnish with the Mint and Blood Orange.
Put your feet up and enjoy in the afternoon sun.

*Simple Sugar Syrup

You can buy from a bottle shop but it is very simple to make yourself.  Mix 1 cup (240ml) water with 1 cup (200g) white sugar. Combine in a medium saucepan, bring to the boil stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Decant and cool. Once bottled it will keep for at least a few weeks.

Espresso Martini Cocktail

The ever popular Espresso Martini is fast becoming a cocktail classic. As with almost all classics there is plenty of conjecture and debate around what makes the perfect Espresso Martini; Vodka or Gin based, espresso, instant or cold brew. We are going to put the debate to one side and share our version with you because quite frankly we think it is pretty damn good!

The following ingredients will make one cocktail. Get your shaker out and your jigger on and here we go. You are going to need:

45ml of Coffee
This can be cold brew, instant, plunger, or espresso. You can add the coffee fresh and hot but if it is hot make sure it is the last ingredient to hit the cocktail shaker, otherwise your ice to going to melt too fast and water everything down.
30ml Gin..
You can also use Vodka, maybe try them both and see what works best for you
30ml Coffee Liquor
We are using Carters but you can also use Mr Black, Kahlua or Tia Maria.

Garnish with:
Whole Coffee Beans
Homemade Honeycomb

Serve in:
A Coupette or Martini Glass

Putting it together:

First add ice to your cocktail shaker until it is just over half full. Next add your Gin, then your coffee Liqour and finally your coffee. Put the lid on the shaker, make sure it is tight! Give it a good vigourous shake for at least 20 seconds. You want to create a good thick crema for your cocktail.

Strain into your glass. Add up to 3 coffee beans and then your honeycomb.

Sit back and enjoy!