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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!

Ms Maple Gin Cocktail

This has become one of our favorite Gin cocktail’s at the Distillery. The Vermouth and Maple Syrup create a perfect balance of sweet and dry and when combined with the Gin, it becomes a delicious Gin cocktail perfect for any occasion.

Like anything, the quality of the ingredients you use will have a big impact on the final product. So here we go, you will need:

45ml Generations Gin
10ml Adelaide Hills Dry Vermouth (or another quality Dry Vermouth)
10ml Real Canadian Maple Syrup

Rocks glass & Ice

For the Garnish:
A ‘cheek’ or 2cm diameter disc of orange peel
A lighter or match
1 Cinnamon Quill

To put to all together:

1/2 fill your Rocks glass with ice.
Measure and pour the Gin, Vermouth and Maple Syrup over the ice
Stir well to combine all 3.
4. You can now get a bit flash by ‘expressing’ the Orange over the glass. Cut a cheek/2cm disc of peel from the orange. Warm it with a flame, being careful not to singe any fingers. When it has started to release the oils, squeeze the cheek in the direction of the flame over the top of the glass. The oils will spray out and ignite in a short burst of flame. Drop the orange in the glass and look very smug that you did not burn yourself!
5. The final stage is to position the Cinnamon Quill, in the glass and give it all a quick swirl. Serve and enjoy!