Cocao Nib Vodka

Vodka, infused with dark and bitter cocoa nibs.

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This is another recipe from Wild Cocktails by Lottie Muir. When I first flicked through the book to look for ideas, this recipe really took my fancy, as I could imagine how the rich and chocolatey cocoa nibs would flavour the vodka.

This recipe is very, very simple, you just need to soak the cocoa nibs in vodka for a few days and then strain the vodka off. I reserved the cocoa nibs, and kept them in the fridge. I add a tsp into cocktails before shaking to add some extra chocolate flavour.

This is Β a bit strong to drink on its own, but when you add it to cocktails, it gives a really strong chocolate flavour.

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Ingredients: Makes around 500ml

  • 500ml 40% vodka
  • 150g cocoa nibs

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To Make:

Weigh out 150g cocoa nibs into a large kilner jar.

 

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Top with 500ml 40% vodka and shake to mix.

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Leave to a cool dark place for 2-3 days to infuse.

Strain to a wide mouthed pitcher, then use a funnel to pour into presentation bottles.

Store in a cool dark place.

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Sloe Time

A refreshing sloe gin based cocktail, flavoured with rhubarb and ginger.

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I didn’t think sloe gin could be made any more delicious than when served on its own over ice, but I have nowΒ completely changed my mind!

This recipe was made using leftover rhubarb and ginger compote from making my rhubarb and ginger syrup. This cocktail recipe also came from Wild Cocktails by Lottie Muir, and it was worth ming the syrup, just so that I could use the compote in this recipe.

This was also a great new way to drink all the sloe gin this year, so if your in a similar situation with a surplus of gin, then I recommend giving this a go!

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Ingredients: Serves one

  • 60ml sloe gin
  • 2 tsp rhubarb and ginger compote
  • 30ml apple and rhubarb juice
  • slice of ginger for the garnish

 

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To Make:

Place all the cocktail ingredients in a cocktail shaker, with a few ice cubes, and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.

Strain into a sherry glass, and garnish with a slice of fresh ginger and some ice.

Serve and enjoy!

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Elderflower Gin and Tonic

Elderflower gin, mixed with elderflower cordial and tonic water.

thumb_DSC05651_1024This is a really simple cocktail I made with my elderflower gin and elderflower cordial, I decided to put the recipe up anyway because it tasted so good!

Ingredients: Makes 1 Glass

  • 1 shot of elderflower gin
  • 1 shot of elderflower cordial
  • tonic water
  • slice of lemon
  • fresh mint
  • ice

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To Make:

Combine the elderflower gin, cordial and ice in the bottom of a tall glass, then top up with tonic water.

Finish with a slice of lemon, and some fresh mint. (You can even add some edible flowers to make it look even prettier!)

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