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BRING ON THE SUMMER COCKTAILS!

 

Spring has well and truly sprung, and we cannot wait for the summer to really get going. So, grab some ice, a few ingredients and release your inner mixologist and try one of our new spring/summer drinks

We have discovered that Aqua Vitae is an incredibly versatile drink  that can be used to make the most amazing summer cocktails and drinks which are perfect for BBQ’s and entertaining. What better way to celebrate the Summer than with one of these in your hand?

 

Aqua Vitae Perfect Serve

Perfect-Serve

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, Ginger Ale | Garnish – Orange Twist

Method – add 50ml Aqua Vitae into an old-fashioned glass, balloon or highball, fill with cubed ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a twist of orange.

History – Our simple serve could be a reference to the Horses Neck, an American cocktail born in 1910 which was simply Ginger Ale and Lemon peel strengthened with Brandy or Bourbon. We use the ginger ale to compliment the spices in our Aqua Vitae. The aromatic oils from the orange peel add a freshness on the nose.

 

Bramble

Bramble

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, Lemon, Sugar Syrup, Crème De Mure | Garnish – Blackberries and Lemon Twist.

Method – add 37.5ml of Aqua Vitae, 20ml Lemon Juice, and 10ml Sugar Syrup over crushed ice in an old-fashioned glass or balloon. Churn all ingredients with a bar spoon and top with a drizzle of Crème de Mure. Garnish with 2 blackberries and a twist of lemon.

History – A twist on the classic gin cocktail created by Richard Arthur “Dick” Bradsell (4 May 1959 – 27 February 2016) Dick was a London bartender noted for his innovative work with cocktails, including the creation of many new drinks now considered to be modern classics.

 

Aqua Vitae Pineapple Punch

Pineapple-Punch

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, Pineapple Juice, Lemon Tonic, Rhubarb Bitters | Garnish – Rhubarb Peel and Pineapple Leaf

Method – Build in Wine glass or batch into a punch bowl. Each serve asks for 50ml of Aqua Vitae, 50ml of Fresh Pineapple Juice, 3 dashes of Rhubarb Bitters, 100ml of Lemon tonic.

Created by our Brand Ambassador Andrew Lennie

 

Aqua Vitae, White Port and Tonic

Aqua Vitae, White Port

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, White Port, Tonic Water | Garnish – Lemon peel and Rosemary

Method – Fill an Old-fashioned glass with cubed ice. Add 25ml of Aqua Vitae and 25ml of White Port. Top with a good tonic water. Give the ingredients a gentle stir to mix and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a twist of Lemon

Created by Andrew Lennie

 

 See the Stars

See-the-Stars

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, Banana Liqueur, Lime Juice, Chamomile Syrup, Pineapple Juice | Garnish – Chamomile Flowers

Method – Into a cocktail shaker add 35ml of Aqua Vitae, 15ml of Banana Liqueur, 20ml Lime Juice, 10ml Chamomile Syrup, 25ml Fresh Pineapple Juice. Shake all ingredients with cubed ice and double strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe. Garnish with chamomile flowers

(To make the syrup add 1 heaped dessert spoon of chamomile flowers to a 2:1 sugar syrup, 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. Stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Leave the mixture to infuse for 48 hours and then fine strain to remove the flowers.)

Created by Andrew Lennie – a tiki style serve playing on the lovely banana and tropical notes which come from the New Make Spirit produced at Lindores Abbey Distillery

 

Aqua Vitae Bloody Mary

Bloody-Mary

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, Tomato Juice, Fino Sherry, Worcester Sauce, Tabasco, Lemon Juice, Sugar, Celery Bitters, Pinch of salt | Garnished with Black Pepper, Sweet Cicely, Cherry Tomato, Lemon Twist

Method – Into a cocktail shaker add 50ml Aqua Vitae, 10ml Fino Sherry, 60ml Tomato Juice, 15ml Lemon Juice, 7ml Sugar Syrup, 5 dashes of Tabasco, 2 dashes of celery bitters, 10ml of Worchester sauce and a pinch of salt. Add ice and throw between cocktail shakers to chill, aerate and add dilution. Pour into a highball glass over cubed ice and garnish with a lemon twist, cherry tomato and sweet cicely. Finish with a good twist of cracked black pepper.

History -There are so many great recipes for bloody mary’s around. It is the classic Sunday brunch cocktail. The Bloody Mary was invented in the 1920s or 1930s; there are various theories as to the origin of the drink, as well as the origin of its name. It has many variants, most notably the Red Snapper (Gin) the Virgin Mary (non-alcoholic) the Caesar (tomato and clam broth) and the michelada. (beer) We use our Aqua Vitae as it is packed with herbs and spices which compliment this classic cocktail… but what should we call ours???

 

Aqua Vitae & Rhubarb Highball

AV-Rhubarb-Highball

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, Rhubarb Vodka, Lemon Juice, Vanilla Sugar, Soda | Garnish – Rhubarb peel and a lemon twist (discarded)

Method – Into a cocktail shaker add 25ml Aqua Vitae, 25ml Rhubarb Vodka, 15ml Lemon Juice, 10ml Vanilla sugar. Shake all ingredients and fine strain over cubed ice into a highball glass. Top with Soda and garnish with a peel of rhubarb tied in a knot and a zest of lemon (discarded)

Created by Andrew Lennie

 

Aqua Vitae Sbagliato

Aqua-Vitae-Sbagliato

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, Aperol, Lillet Blanc, Prosecco | Garnish – Grapefruit twist

Method – fill a mixing glass with ice and add 10ml Aqua Vitae, 10ml, Aperol, 10ml Lillet Blanc. Stir with a bar spoon until drink is sufficiently chilled and diluted. Single strain into a champagne flute and top with prosecco. Garnish with a twist of pink grapefruit.

History – Sbagliato means “bungled” or “muddled” The drink was invented in 1968 when a bartender at Bar Basso in Milan accidently used sparkling wine to make a Negroni rather than Gin. Our twist uses lighter ingredients than a classic Negroni as the base Aperol rather than Campari and Lillet Blanc rather than Rosso Vermouth. 

 

 

Vigroni

Vigroni

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, Campari, Sweet Vermouth | Garnish – Orange Twist

Method – to a mixing glass add 25ml of Aqua Vitae, Campari and Sweet Vermouth. Stir down with cubed ice and strain over a block of ice into old fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

History – The classic Negroni cocktail originated in Italy around 1919 when Count Camillo Negroni went into the Caffe Casoni in Florence and asked the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to make him his favourite cocktail – “The Americano” – using Gin rather than soda. We use Aqua Vitae as the base for our “Vigroni” to create a unique twist on the aperitivo cocktail classic.

 

 

Strawberry Aqua Vitae Fizz

Strawberry Aqua Vitae Fizz

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, Strawberry Puree, Lemon, Sugar, Soda | Garnish – Basil and Black Pepper

Method – Fill a cocktail shaker with cubed ice and add 30ml Aqua Vitae, 50ml Strawberry Puree, 15ml Lemon Juice and 10ml sugar syrup. Shake and fine strain over cubed ice into an old-fashioned glass or balloon. Top with soda and garnish with a basil leaf and black pepper.

Created by Andrew Lennie

 

The Secret Garden

The-Secret-Garden

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, Absenteroux Vermouth, Elderflower Cordial, Celery Bitters, Prosecco, Lemon | Garnish – Lemon twist (Discarded)

Method – Fill a mixing glass with ice and add 25ml of Aqua Vitae, 12.5ml Absenteroux Vermouth, 12.5ml Elderflower Cordial, 3 dashes of Celery Bitters. Stir until sufficiently chilled and diluted. Strain into a champagne coupe and top with prosecco. Garnish with the zest of a lemon and discard.

History – Inspired by a drink from an old menu at Bramble, Edinburgh called “The Fugazi” which was created by Sam Baxendale now of KIN, Edinburgh. My twist is the addition of Aqua Vitae and Prosecco for a light, crisp and refreshing serve.

 

Aqua Vitae Sazerac

AV-Sazerac

Ingredients – 1 white sugar cube, 3 dashes of La Fee Absinthe, Rye Whiskey, Aqua Vitae, Angostura Bitters, Peychaud Bitters | Garnish – Lemon Twist

Method – Firstly take an Old-Fashioned glass and rinse with 3 dashes of Absinthe then discard. Into a mixing glass add the white sugar cube and the bitters. Add a splash of water and dissolve the sugar cube with a bar spoon. Add 30ml of Rye and 30ml of Aqua Vitae and fill the Mixing Glass with cubed Ice. Stir all ingredients until the drink is suitably diluted and chilled and strain into your absinthe rinsed old fashioned glass. Garnish with a Lemon twist.

History – The original Sazerac is most traditionally a combination of cognac or rye whiskey, absinthe, Peychaud’s Bitters, and sugar, although bourbon whiskey or Herbsaint are sometimes substituted. Some claim it is the oldest known American cocktail with origins in pre-Civil War New Orleans, although drink historian David Wondrich is among those who dispute this, and American instances of published usage of the word cocktail to describe a mixture of spirits, bitters, and sugar can be traced to the dawn of the 19th century. Using Aqua Vitae rather than brandy works perfectly alongside the herbaceous absinthe rinsed glass. The dryness from the rye pairs well with the natural sweetness which the Aqua Vitae brings to this serve.

 

Aqua Vitae Espresso Martini

Aqua Vitae Espresso Martini

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, Coffee Liqueur, Espresso, Vanilla Sugar | Garnish – 3 coffee beans

Method – fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add 37.5ml of Aqua Vitae, 12.5ml Coffee Liqueur, 10ml Vanilla Sugar and a shot of freshly brewed espresso. Shake all ingredients hard and fast then fine strain into a martini glass or coupe. Garnish with 3 coffee beans.

History – The Espresso Martini is a modern classic created in London by legendary bartender Richard Arthur “Dick” Bradsell (4 May 1959 – 27 February 2016) The story goes that a famous supermodel entered his bar and asked him for a drink that would wake her up and muck* her up. Using Aqua Vitae as the base spirit rather than vodka adds spice and stewed fruit flavours which pair perfectly with freshly brewed espresso.   *she did not use the word “muck”.

 

Strawberry Last Word

Strawberry-Last-Word

Ingredients – Aqua Vitae, Strawberry infused Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, Lime Juice | Garnish – No garnish

Method – To a cocktail shaker add 25ml Aqua Vitae, 20ml Strawberry infused Green Chartreuse, 20ml Maraschino Liqueur and 20ml of Lime Juice. Shake and fine strain into martini glass or coupe.

History – The Last Word originated in the prohibition era, but has found its popularity now came from its revival in 2004 when it became a favourite on Murray Stenson’s menu at Zig Zag Café, Seattle. For our twist we use Aqua Vitae to replace gin, complimenting the herbaceous green chartreuse. To further soften out this serve, infuse  the Green Chartreuse with Strawberries for 48 hours. This strawberry twist was Introduced to Murray and I at the Adamson in St Andrews earlier this year. Genuinely one of the nicest Aqua Vitae cocktails ever made for us. Thank you to David Montgomery and the Adamson team for their creativity and hospitality.

 

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GRAB A BOTTLE OF AQUA VITAE AND START MIXING YOUR OWN COCKTAILS

 

We have thoroughly tested all of these summer cocktails and drink recipes and can assure everyone that they are absolutely delicious!

If you have any recipes or drinks that you have made using Aqua Vitae, we would love to hear from you, so leave a comment and let us know what you have come up with!

 

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