Soyer Champagne

When Cognac meets Ice-cream

“I doubt whether the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream” - Heywood C. Broun, American Writer, 1888-1939 Soyer Au Champagne 1 part  Courvoisier's VSOP Exclusif 1 part  Maraschino liqueur 1 part  Orange liqueur 1 part  Pineapple juice 1 tbsp  Vanilla ice cream Top      Champagne Method Add all ingredients except champagne into a cocktail shaker with cubed ice and shake hard until well mixed (careful not to over shake as the ice-cream will dilute and split).  Fine strain into a...
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Raleigh Sack Ale Posset

Poet, pirate, punch lover, prisoner, soldier, revolutionary, merchant – Sir Walter Raleigh’s Sack Ale Posset

"This is a sharp Medicine, but it is a Physician for all Diseases." - Sir Walter Raleigh describing the axe that would deliver his execution - 1618 Recipe Sir Walter Raleigh, Sack Ale Posset A drink named after the hero of the time, this 16th century punch was popular right up to the birth of the first cocktails at the end of the 18th century.  A Posset is a drink originally served warm made with milk whey or boiled cream with sweet...
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Spice Armada

Nutmeg or Manhattan? Spiced Armada

“Nothing in Nature’s sober found, But an eternal Health goes round. Fill up the Bowl then, fill it high—Fill all the Glasses there; for why Should every Creature Drink but I? Why, Man of Morals, tell me why?” - Abraham Cowley, poem from Anacreon II. Drinking (Mid 17th Century) Spiced Armada 1 part   Courvoisier's VSOP Exclusif 3 parts Cranberry juice ½ part  Lemon juice 1 part   water 10        Dashes Angostura bitters (per litre) ½ part  Port 1 part   Honey Whole  Cloves and cinnamon (to taste) Bunch  Dried...
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Blazer Cocktail

Blazing Brandy

“An efficient bartenders first aim should be to please his customers, paying particular attention to meet the individual wishes of those whose tastes and desires he has already watched and ascertained…In this way he will not fail to acquire popularity and success” - Jerry “The Professor” Thomas, Bar-Tenders Guide, 1887 Orange + Java Blazer 2 parts  Courvoisier's VSOP Exclusif ½ part   Orange liqueur 8              Coffee beans 1              Orange zest 3              Dashes of Angostura bitters Method Heat a strong brandy balloon under hot water, add all ingredients except...
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Harvard Cognac Cocktail

When in Harvard, have the Harvard

"An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools." – Ernest Hemingway Harvard Cocktail 2 parts           Courvoisier's VSOP Exclusif 1/3 part        Maraschino Cherry Liqueur 1/3 part        Sweet vermouth 3                      Dashes of Angostura bitters 1                      Orange zest Method: Stir all ingredients together in a mixing glass over cubed ice until condensation covers the glass.  Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass finishing with an orange zest snapped over the drink and dropped into the glass Garnish: Fresh cherry HISTORY The...
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