Classic Aviation

A classic Aviation is my go-to spring cocktail.

Citrus-sy and delicately floral, it’s tart without being too sharp, sweet without being sickly and easy to whip up at a moment’s notice.

The perfect cocktail for bloom season – or any Friday celebration throughout the year!Classic Aviation Cocktail // Simple Spring Cocktail // Cake + Whisky

It’s one of the simplest cocktail known to man.

There’s only a handful of ingredients and they keep forever, so you can always have them in the cupboard just in case.

Classic Aviation Cocktail // Simple Spring Cocktail // Cake + Whisky

That, a simple shaker and a few minutes and you’re good to go, making the Aviation a great cocktail to make whether for one, two or a group and in any environment.

I’m thinking picnic party in a meadow… Who’s joining?

Classic Aviation Cocktail // Simple Spring Cocktail // Cake + Whisky

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Have you ever tried an Aviation cocktail? What’s your favourite classic cocktail?

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Festive Old Fashioned

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Classic Aviation

Festive Old Fashioned Cocktail

The old fashioned is the classic whisky cocktail.

And you know me, there’s nothing I like more than putting a twist on a classic…

Festive old fashioned ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

Especially when said twist happens to be a festive one.

I mean, there’s a very limited period of time when people (my boyfriend) won’t judge me for adding cinnamon and cranberry to any food/drink that gets near me. And I fully intend to make the absolute most of it.

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The perfect festive mix of sweet cranberry syrup, zesty orange and warming cinnamon, this festive old fashioned remains true to its classic roots, but with a little cheer-y lift.

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The perfect berry & bright tipple to go alongside a spot of tree decorating and Bublé singalong.

But you know the drill – don’t drink and drive, ‘elf and safety etc…

Festive old fashioned ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

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Festive Old Fashioned Cocktail

Mulled Wine Inspired Christmas Martini

‘Tis the season for Christmas parties & a little festive tipple!

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

And in that field, things don’t get any better than a tangy Christmas Martini.

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

I first tried them at the Borough Kitchen Christmas press do, and they immediately became a seasonal staple.

They are a modern take on traditional mulled wine and a real Christmas cracker of a drinks recipe!

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

Super easy, quick and completely delicious, I have it on good authority that Mr & Mrs Claus enjoy a few of these on the run up to Christmas eve.

Just make sure you drink them responsibly… ‘elf & safety first, promise?!

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

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Mulled Wine Inspired Christmas Martini

On Whisky Cocktails

Whisky is a divider sort of drink.

You love it or you loathe it.

You drink it neat or on the rocks, with maybe a few classic cocktails thrown in for good measure.

And that’s about all the options there seem to be.

On Whisky Cocktails • Cake + Whisky

But while I’m a neat-whisky-loving kind of person with some bias towards a nicely crafted Manhattan, Sazerac or Whisky Sour, I still find this vision to be quite limitative.

Whisky doesn’t have to be the manly-man drink it’s too often seen as being.

Drinking whisky can be done in a variety of ways.

Whisky cocktails don’t always have to be strong – they can also be subtle, and go all the way around the flavour wheel.

Spicy, floral, zesty, herbacious… the only  limit is your imagination – or that of a good bartender, as recently demonstrated by an incredible Bruichladdich-based cocktail I tried recently at The Rosewood’s Scarfes Bar.

Unlike any whisky I’d ever tried before, this was fresh and sour, subtle and floral and all-in-all absolutely fantastic!

So if you’re convinced you’re a whisky loather, give this one a go… maybe it’ll convert you!

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On Whisky Cocktails

Pineapple Fizz Mocktail

There are weeks where everything works the way it should.

And then, there are weeks when you need a cocktail by 11am on Monday morning.

This week is of the later sort.

Pineapple Fizz Mocktail • Recipe • Cake + Whisky

But because I still have to go through the rest of the week with a clear head, this was sort of a no-go.

So, mocktail it was.

After a quick fridge forage, I came up with this delicious Pineapple Fizz little number.

Pineapple Fizz Mocktail • Recipe • Cake + Whisky

It’s super refreshing on hot days and a much healthier alternative to sugary sodas.

And, of course, it’s super quick & easy to prepare, whether you’re making it just for you or for a crowd, making it the perfect choice for tough Mondays and alcohol-free cocktail hour too!

Really quite a fine-apple if you ask me!

Pineapple Fizz Mocktail • Recipe • Cake + Whisky

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Classic Old Fashioned

I’m the most useless person when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.

New year, new me simply isn’t for me. The thing is, I don’t want things to change completely.

So what I’m wishing you & myself for 2017 is some more balance. Just as many cakes, cocktails, burgers and general naughtiness, but also some extra greens, vitamins and general healthy things.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Starting things as I mean to go on (and introducing the new ‘Cocktail of the month’ feature on Cake + Whisky!) with an Old Fashioned.

Simple, strong & smooth, it’s a true Mad Men-worthy cocktail and the perfect introduction to the world of drink mixing.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

First of, peel a wide slice of orange peel and place it in a tumbler glass.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Top with 10ml simple sugar syrup (2 bar spoons) and muddle lightly using a bar spoon.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Add a double mesure (50ml) of your fave cocktail whisky (I used Woodford Reserve Bourbon).

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Add 3 ice cubes and a few dashes of Angostura bitters.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Stir with a bar spoon.

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Pel another slice of orange peel and twist over the drink to release citrus oil, then rub the inside of the peel on the rim of the glass before adding the peel to the drink.

Repeat as many times as you have guests and serve immediately.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Oh, and if you’re going away some time soon (lucky you!), make sure you pick up one of Tipplesworth’s genius cocktail kits* to get everything you need to make the sassiest drinks on the go (or without having to leave your couch)!

What’s your favourite classic cocktail? Also, what sort of drinks would you like to see featured in this new ‘Cocktail of the month’ feature? 

*The old fashioned cocktail kit I used to mix this drink was sent to me by Tipplesworth but all pictures, opinions and inability to take new year’s resolutions my own.

Classic Old Fashioned

Halloween Cocktail – Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet

Bonfires burning & bright pumpkin faces in the night…

Witches, ghosts, vampires & zombies gathering in the shadows…

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It’s definitely time to get ready for the most frightful night of the year!

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

Line up the candy apples, befriend a few spiders, get working on the pumpkin carving & dust the old potion book…

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

… For there’s no Halloween party without a spooky (witches’) brew of a Halloween cocktail!

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

My elixir of choice? How about a Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet*?!

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

The perfect mix of sweet & sour, this spooky serve, inspired by thebar.com Smirnoff Ghoul’s Goblet, is sure to cast a spell on your guests!

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

Just don’t be alarmed when you see some creepy creatures at the bottom of your glass, for if you don’t garnish drinks with worms & tarantula brains on Halloween, then when?

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet (serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 35ml Tanqueray gin
  • 150ml ginger ale
  • 2 slices blood orange + juice of 1/4
  • a few drops red food colouring
  • Gummy worm sweets, mini plastic spiders, pomegranate seeds & small blackberries

1. Fill an ice tray with gummy worms sweets, plastic spiders & small blackberries (a few to each square) and add water. Add a few drops of food colouring, then freeze.

2. Add 2–3 gummy worm sweet ice cubes to a tumbler glass.

3. Pour Tanqueray gin into the tumbler, add the blood orange juice and top with ginger ale.

4. Garnish with blood orange slices and pomegranate seeds & serve immediately.

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Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

* This post was sponsored by thebar.com and the featured recipe was inspired by their Smirnoff Ghoul’s Goblet but all text, pictures and Halloween cocktail excitement my own.

Halloween Cocktail – Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet