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It’s Coming Up Cocktails:: My Favorite Spring Sips

What better way to usher in a new season than to welcome it with cocktails?! Since I am still busy wrapping up my second book, Cocktail Italiano, I have cocktails on my mind all the time. These two spring sips are two of my favorites. They’re oldies but goodies.

The first, the Rare Fellow, is like taking a sip of spring harvest especially with its jalapeno garnish. The second, a Blood Orange Margarita, will be your go-to for the season I am sure of it. Who doesn’t love a great margarita? Enjoy and happy spring!

xx Annette

These two spring sips are two of my favorites. The first is like taking a sip of spring harvest, and the second will be your go-to for the season.

The Rare Fellow
serves 1

You will need:
– 2 slices of jalapeno pepper ( + 1 slice for garnish)
– 1/2 inch slice of ginger peeled and grated on a microplane
– 2 oz. of fresh orange juice
– 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
– 1 oz. Martin Millers Gin
– 2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice ( or lemonade)

To prepare:
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the ginger, orange juice and jalapeno slices. Add Triple Sec, Gin and lemon juice, along with ice, and shake until combined. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and garnish with a jalapeno slice. *Option – For a sweeter version, lemonade can be substituted for the lemon juice.

Photo: by Moi

These two spring sips are two of my favorites. The first is like taking a sip of spring harvest, and the second will be your go-to for the season.

Blood Orange Margaritas
serves 4
You will need:

– 1 cup (8 oz.) freshly squeezed blood orange juice (about 7-8 oranges)
– ½ cup (4 oz.) freshly squeezed lime juice
– ¾ cup (6 oz.) tequila
– ½ cup (4 oz.) orange liqueur
– ¼ cup (2 oz.) simple syrup
– Blood orange slices, for garnish

To prepare:

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir well to combine.  Pour into chilled glasses over ice. Garnish with a slice of blood orange, if desired.  Serve.

Photo by:  Annie Eats

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Sungold Zinger Cocktail

Let’s just keep the tomato theme going this week, shall we?

Oma Blaise Ford is a self-confessed word and image freak who has spent her time over the past 18 years or so making magazines in the shelter and lifestyle arenas. She also happens to be one of my best friends.

Her recipe for a Sungold Zinger screams summer and is a nice, savory twist on a typical sweet summer cocktail. It tastes like a bright splash of summer in a martini glass.

Sungold Zinger
(recreated from the bar at Range in San Francisco)

You will need:

– 4 Sungold cherry tomatoes, plus 1 for garnish
– 2 oz Gin
– 3/4 oz Lemon juice
– 1/4 to 1/3 oz agave nectar

To prepare:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle cherry tomatoes to release juice. Add ice and shake with the rest of the ingredients. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a martini glass (you may need to stir the liquid in the strainer to get the whole drink into the glass). Garnish with a cherry tomato.

Notes: The tomatoes matter. (Don’t they always?) The rich sweetness and orangey color of ripe Sungolds make this drink. Range used No. 209 Gin, which I can’t find here, so I use Bombay Sapphire. Adjust the agave nectar depending on the sweetness of the tomatoes, the tartness of the lemon, and your taste. All my friends know I like my drinks on the tart side, so I usually lean toward the lesser amount.

images via Richard Swearinger and Oma Blaise Ford

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Backyard Bramble

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I just love a good, simple summer cocktail, and that’s exactly what this Backyard Bramble is. Of course this cocktail was inspired by Martin Miller’s gin, but it’s also a result of the glorious weather we’ve had in Italy. Not to mention the fabulous workshop attendees and my awesome team who have been helping me trek across Italy for photoshoots. Be sure to follow along on my Instagram for the latest behind the scenes; you’ll never guess what we’re working on!

In the meantime, enjoy this fantastic Backyard Bramble. Mix it up for a crowd and serve it at your next party!

Backyard Bramble
(or Martin’s Backyard Bramble if you use Martin Miller’s gin)

You will need:
– 6 oz Blackberries
– Large handful of mint leaves (approx. 12-16 leaves?)
– Juice of half a lemon
– 12 drops or so Meyer lemon bitters
– 4 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
– 12 oz Gin
– mineral water or club soda
To prepare: 
 
In a pitcher, muddle blackberries, mint, and lemon juice. Add bitters, St. Germain, and gin. Let sit in the fridge for an hour or so. Strain, and serve over ice topped with mineral water.
Serves 6-8 in small tea glasses.
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Cocktail of the Week :: Backyard Bramble

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I just love a good, simple summer cocktail, and that’s exactly what this Backyard Bramble is. Of course this cocktail was inspired by Martin Miller’s gin, but it’s also a result of the glorious weather we’ve had, and my BFF Oma who was visiting last week.

Backyard Bramble
(or Martin’s Backyard Bramble if you use Martin Miller’s gin) 

You will need:
– 6 oz Blackberries
– Large handful of mint leaves (approx. 12-16 leaves?)
– Juice of half a lemon
– 12 drops or so Meyer lemon bitters
– 4 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
– 12 oz Gin
– mineral water or club soda
To prepare: 
 
In a pitcher, muddle blackberries, mint, and lemon juice. Add bitters, St. Germain, and gin. Let sit in the fridge for an hour or so. Strain, and serve over ice topped with mineral water.
Serves 6-8 in small tea glasses.
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Martin Miller’s Gin International Cocktail Competition

Martin Miller's gin Lisandro with The Last Shaman Cocktail

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Martin Miller's gin Marcus with The River Martini (my favorite)

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Martin Miller's gin Allen- Taiwan The Scented Sling cocktail

Gin drinks created by bartenders from all over the world? Yes please. When I was asked to judge the finalists in the Martin Miller’s gin international cocktail competition and come to Iceland, my answer a resounding, “You bet!”

Martin Miller’s gin sent out a call to bartenders and mixologists from all over the world to submit a video and a recipe of their best gin cocktail recipe.They were all challenged to present a beverage that was inspired by where they lived. In addition, they were asked to conceive a creative presentation in the most imaginative and theatrical way possible. Needless to say, the finalists blew us away.
Hundreds of entries were received, so weeding it down to the final four was no small task.

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Here are the 4 finalists that made the cut :

Lisandro Rodriguez Araoz from Argentina – The Last Shaman

Lisandro’s  cocktail, the Last Shaman, draws from the inspiration of the spirit world. Sourcing herbs from the mountains of his native Cordoba, Lisandro created an elixir with a nod to the union of man and nature.

Allen Cheng from Taiwan – The Scented Sling

His cocktail embodied the noble traditions of eastern tea cultivation. It was a scientific and precise concoction perfectly measured and gently brewed over flames. Allen’s cocktail perfectly captured the fragrances of of Taipei (a big surprise is that he proposed to his girlfriend on the trip which was very sweet).

See Allen’s video here:

Marcus Muller from Germany – The River Martini

Marcus brilliantly filmed his cocktail while floating down the river. It is a sweet video and like his cocktail, loveable and clever. Using local elderberry, which grows every where near his home, and the local ice wine, his lemon verbena and a fragrant garnish made this one my favorite contender. I love this video because it has a very comical feel about it, but without intention. Marcus is a sweet soul and a great bartender.

See Marcus’ video here:

Gorge Camorra from Australia- The Outback Negroni

Gorge took a new approach to a classic Negroni by infusing herbal flavors of his homeland including eucalyptus leaves as a garnish. His video garnished the most laughs and was based on a cult horror classic film “Wolf Creek.” Gorge brought lots of fun and personality to the competition, and his demo was by far the most amusing; the cocktail was not bad either.

See Gorge’s video here:

Note: there were 2 more finalists one from Scotland, Alex, and Megan from London. They did not have a video to present, but their cocktails (Alex’s herb scented martini and Megan’s creative lemon mixer) were really fabulous. I would drink Alex’s martini anytime.

Megan showing us the recipe for her gin mixer Martin Miller's gin

 

 

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In the end, Marcus’ River Martini was judged the overall winner. But honestly, everyone did an amazing job. All winners in my book; I would happily order any of these cocktails of course with Martin Millers gin.

Big thanks to all the bartenders. They were such fun and interesting people, and many thanks to Martin Miller’s gin for taking me along with you.

xx

This post is sponsored by Martin Miller’s Gin all opinions are my own.

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