It's not for everyone, but wine has its place in the cocktail culture that has grown up in major cities over the past few years. Here's some recipes from the organisers of upcoming London Cocktail Week and extra tips from 28-50's Clement Robert MS.
Clement Robert, Master Sommelier at 28°-50° Maddox St, where they have launched a menu of wine cocktails, says there are many advantages to using wine, rather than sprits.
‘The aromas are natural, they are lower in alcohol and more easy to digest.’
‘For example we serve an PXpresso Martini where we essentially replace the coffee liquor by some Pedro Ximenez wine, it gives the cocktail more freshness, higher complexity and it has less alcohol than a traditional Espresso Martini.’
Choosing wine for a wine cocktail
‘Don’t use your Château Pétrus 1982,’ said Robert.
‘I like to use fortified wines, they are lighter than liqueurs and spirits but they have the necessary strength to give the whole drink a delicious lift.
‘For example, we use tawny Port in our Douro Breeze cocktail ; made of Graham’s tawny Port 10 years, grape juice, lemon and amaretto.
‘The taste reminds me of a Negroni cocktail with a wine and almond twist.’
Robert recommends Champagne cocktails as the easiest to try making yourself.
‘You know roughly the result you are going to obtain as Champagne is brilliant at bringing out aromas and adds sparkle to the base ingredients you are using.
‘Try a Kir Imperial: Chambord, raspberry purée and Champagne.’
Wine cocktail recipes from London Cocktail Week
Dolce Tocco Martinez
Home made blackberry infused Langley’s gin, coffee infused Antica Formula vermouth, Kirsch, Valpolicella wine and a Maraschino liqueur rinse
50ml Blackberry infused Langley’s No.8 Gin
10ml Coffee infused Antica Formula
£5 @ 214 Bermondsey with a LCW Festival Pass
Staibano lemon liqueur, Malbec wine, apple liqueur and a dash of rose water syrup
40 ml Staibano original lemon liquor
40 ml Malbec
20 ml Apple liquor
Dash rose water syrup
£5 @ Paternoster Chop House with a LCW Festival Pass
The Colonial Cooler
Gin, Gancia extra dry vermouth, orange curacao, Amer Picon and Angostura bitters
30ml Martin Millers Westbourne Gin
25ml Extra Dry Vermouth
10ml Briottet Orange Curacao
10ml Amer Picon
2 drops Angostura
Garnish with 1 long slice of pineapple and mint tip
£5 @ Palm Court with a LCW Festival Pass
Rum, Averna liqueur, home made red wine syrup and lime juice
30ml El Dorado 5 Y.O.
30ml Red Wine Syrup
25ml Lime Juice.
£5 @ Little Bat with a LCW Festival Pass
St John Cobbler
Rum, Averna liqueur, homemade red wine syrup and lime juice
10 ml Genever
20 ml Peach Gabriel Boudier
20ml Peach Puree
15ml Lime juice
75ml Rose Wine
3 drops Orange Blossom water
£5 @ Le Pont de La Tour with a LCW Festival Pass
London Cocktail Week was 3 – 9th October 2016. Festival Passes are £10 and available from DrinkUp.London.
Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦
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