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For all you Potterheads out there, these Harry Potter inspired cocktails are the perfect ingredients for a magical cocktail party. Featuring potions and beverages from the series these are ideal for any Muggle who wants to bring a bit of magic into their world. Now turn to page 394 of your cocktail making books and polish up your potion (cocktail) making skills.

Felix Felicis 

“Liquid luck! Brewed correctly the drinker of this potion will be lucky in all of their endeavours”

Ingredients

10ml (2 tea spoons) Simple Syrup  (or to make your own simply heat equal parts sugar and water until dissolved and cool)

10ml (2 tea spoons) Lemon
50ml Ginger Beer
Champagne/Prosecco
Gold Leaf

Method

Decorate the glass with gold leaf
Mix syrup and lemon juice in the bottom of a Versailles Champagne Flute
Add ginger beer and top up with Champagne/Prosecco

Baron’s Bloody Mary

“A horrible ghost, with blank staring eyes, a giant face and robes stained with silver blood”

Ingredients

Lime wedge
Lemon wedge
Red salt for rimming
50ml Vodka
150ml Tomato juice
3 dashes of Tobasco sauce
2 teaspoons horseradish
pinch of black pepper
whole dried OR fresh chilli to garnish

Method

Fill a shaker with ice, squeeze in lemon and lime wedges
Add remaining ingredients and shake gently
Strain into glass
Garnish with celery stick and chilli

Butterbeer

“Does anyone fancy a butter beer?”

Ingedients (serves 6-8)
6-8 tablespoons of butterscotch sauce (homemade or shop bought)
700ml apple cider
235ml bourbon whisky
475ml ginger beer
Squirty cream

Method

Heat cider, bourbon and butterscotch sauce in a saucepan until butterscotch dissolves and mixture is piping hot.
Remove from heat and stir in ginger beer
Ladle into mason jars and top with squirty cream

Amortentia 

“The most powerful love potion in the world”

Ingredients (serves 20 -perfect for parties)

1 x 750ml bottle Aperol
950ml pomegranate juice
475ml gin
2 x 750ml bottles of chilled rose sparkling wine
Pomegranate seeds to garnish
Raspberries

Method

For the ice cubes place raspberries and/or pomegranate seeds into a heart shaped (or normal if not available) ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze.

For the punch

Mix Aperol, pomegranate juice and gin together in a large punch bowl.
When ready to serve add sparkling wine and stir gently.
Ladle into glass mugs
Add ice cubes

Mandrake Julep

“Mandrake, or Mandragora is a powerful restorative. It is used to return people who have been transfigured or cursed to their original state”

Ingredients

75ml bourbon whisky
50ml sparkling water
25ml simple syrup
Handful of mint leaves

Method

Place mint leaves in bottom of glass and top with simple syrup.
Muddle together until leaves break down and add a splash of sparkling water.
Fill glass 3/4 full with with ice and add bourbon.
Add another splash of sparkling water.
Garnish with mint leaves.

Weasley Sour

“Red hair and hand-me-down robes? You must be a Weasley”

Ingredients

50ml whisky
50ml lemon juice
25ml simple syrup
Slice of orange
Maraschino cherry

Method

Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake until shaker is cold to the touch
Strain into an ice filled glass
Garnish with cherry and orange

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Look…you all know the score, everybody loves Disney! If you don’t you’re clearly lying to yourself. Recently losing myself in a Disney marathon, I wanted to experiment by making themed cocktails. I asked my guests to choose a favourite character and the girls decided to release their inner princesses. I opted for the dark side and went for The Evil Queen! What’s a Disney movie without a villain, ay?! Let’s start with this bad apple first…

Disney Inspired Cocktails

Poisoned Apple – The Evil Queen 

25ml Absinthe
25ml Lime Juice
25ml Simple Syrup
115ml Water

Mix the absinthe, lime juice & simple syrup together
To complete the poison apple look serve in this cocktail in this skull glass
Fill with water and add ice, then stir
Garnish with slice of red apple

Whether you prefer Mulan or Cinderella, explore the enchanting world of the Disney princesses in the form of a delicious cocktail!

 

The Glass Slipper – Cinderella’s Cocktail

25ml Gin
12.5ml Simple Syrup
25ml Monin Blue Curacao Syrup
12.5ml Lemon Juice
Top up with prosecco

Add the gin, simple syrup, blue curacao and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake until cool to touch
Strain mixture into Lal Wine Glasses to complete look
Top with prosecco
Rim with sugar to add ‘sparkle’

A Whole New World – Jasmine’s Cocktail

50ml White Rum
25ml Monin Blue Curacao Syrup
Top up with pineapple juice

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake until cool to the touch
Strain into a hurricane glass or Pina Colada glass
Provide a royal touch by rimming the glass with gold leaf

Be Our Guest – Belle’s Cocktail

25ml Vodka
25ml Lemon Juice
Top with prosecco
Garnish with lemon twist or crystallised whole edible rose petals

Shake the vodka and lemon in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake mixture until cool to touch
Strain into Urban Bar Retro Cocktail glass for desired look
Finish by adding garnish

 The Red Dragon – Mulan’s Cocktail 

50ml Cherry Sourz
10ml Monin Grenadine Syrup
Lychee Juice

Pour 250ml of lychee juice in a Jazz sling glass
Add ice to the juice
Mix the Cherry Sourz and grenadine
Over the back of a bar spoon gently pour the mixture in
Try using our Mini Wooden Pegs to clip garnishes or decorations to your glassware

Oh and one more thing…DISHONOUR ON YOUR COW!

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Also known as a Whisky Macdonald, the whisky mac is made up of scotch whisky and ginger wine. First created around 1860’s this cocktail is even older than the martini. Served perfectly over ice, this cocktail is perfect for warming you up on a cold Burns Night. Whilst most people will have experienced a warm version of this, and will probably have been put off, we recommend giving it another go.

Whisky Mac Ingredients
  • 45ml of Scotch Whisky
  • 30ml of Ginger Wine
Method
  1. Add the ingredients to a glass filled with ice
  2. Stir to combine

You can add a slice of fresh ginger to the glass as garnish, but we think that it’s perfect without

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Relax and unwind the right way at the first ever botanical inspired spa in the world. The Gin Spa opened its doors in December 2017 in Glasgow, created by the team who launched Gin71 in 2014.

Providing spa packages and treatments dedicated to the botanicals found in the spirit, this award-winning team also offer a luxury facial specially tailored to your skin and of course you will enjoy a complimentary gin cocktail with most treatments.

Photo Credit: The Gin Spa

Although you can’t go swimming in gin, this luxury botanically inspired spa is the next best thing! Their consultation simply begins asking this simple question ‘How would you like to feel?’ Giving you the option to select Happy, Active, Tranquil, Pure, Energized or Detox. The treatments include ingredients such as Pink Grapefruit, Bergamot, Clove, Lavender and so much more.

Photo Credit: The Gin Spa

The Gin Spa has a treatment for everybody – including a full body massage, back massage, reflexology, head massage, facials and even manicures or pedicures!

Let’s the good time beGIN!

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A spin on the classic cocktail, the Whiskey Sour, the Scotch Sour, is a great addition to your cocktail repertoire. A simple to make cocktail, this cocktail is the perfect drink for Burns Night. Sadly, the Scotch Sour is often overlooked for a bourbon-based Whiskey Sour. But why not try something different this Burns Night, and try a Scotch Sour instead. Like all Sour cocktails, this cocktail contains raw egg white, but you can leave it out if the thought of raw egg white turns your stomach.

Scotch Sour Ingredients
  • 60ml Scotch Whisky
  • 30ml Lemon Juice
  • 15ml Simple Syrup
  • 15ml Egg White (if desired)
  • Lemon or Orange twist, for garnish
Method
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  2. Shake until cool to the touch
  3. Strain back into the cocktail shaker and dry shake the cocktail (dry shaking means shaking the cocktail without ice)
  4. Strain into an ice-filled glass
  5. Garnish with a lemon or orange twist

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Much like an Irish Coffee, this Clansman’s Coffee cocktail combines coffee and whisky. This one obviously contains scotch rather than Irish Whiskey, and it does also include a brown sugar rim. Whilst you can add sugar to taste, the sugar rim is a sweet addition. Topped with whipped cream and grated chocolate, this boozy coffee is the perfect after-dinner drink!

Clansman’s Coffee Ingredients

30ml of Scotch Whisky
100ml of Fresh Black Coffee
Whipped Cream, for garnish
Grated Chocolate, for garnish
Brown Sugar, to rim the glass

Method
  1. Run a Wedge of Lemon along the rim of a heat-proof glass and dip in brown sugar
  2. Add the scotch to the glass and top up with the coffee
  3. Add sugar to taste
  4. You can float some whipped cream on top and add some grated chocolate

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Not just for enjoying haggis and whisky, Burns Night is also famous because of the poet Robert Burns. Held on the 25th of January, this annual event celebrates the career of one of Britains most famous poets. Best known for the poem Auld Lang Syne (yep that poem), Burns died in 1796.

On Burns night it is customary to eat haggis with neeps and tatties (turnips, swede and potatoes) and drink whisky. As well as haggis and whisky, there are some amazing Scottish desserts that can be enjoyed on Burns Night. Both of which contain whisky. Because why not.

2 Classic Scottish Desserts You Need To Make This Burns Night Cranachan Image Credit: Lakeland Ingredients (Serves 4)

2 tbsp of Porridge Oats
300g of Fresh Raspberries
Caster Sugar, to taste
350ml of Double Cream
2 tbsp of Heather Honey
2-3 tbsp of Whisky, to taste

Method

1. Spread the porridge oats on a baking tray and grill until it smells rich and nutty. It won’t darken very quickly, so you’ll have to use your nose to tell when it’s done. Once done, set aside to cool.

2. Make a raspberry puree by crushing half of the raspberries, and sieving. Sweeten to taste with some caster sugar

3. Whisk the double cream until set and then stir in the honey and whisky. Be careful not to over whisk the cream. Taste and add more whisky or honey if desired.

4. Stir in the porridge oats whisking the cream lightly until it’s firm.

5. Add a layer of cream to a glass dish, followed by a layer of raspberry puree and some of the remaining fresh raspberries.

6. Keep alternating layers until the glass dish is full. Repeat the process for the remaining 3 dishes.

7. Chill the dishes before serving.

Classic Scottish Tipsy Laird Image Credit: Joff Lee Ingredients

300g of Sponge Cake cut into thick slices
300g of Fresh Raspberries
6 tbsp of Scottish Whisky or Drambuie
500ml of Custard (can be premade or you can make your own)
500ml of Double Cream, softly whipped
A Handful of Toasted, Flaked Almonds
This recipe can be used to make one large dessert or 6 individual dishes

Method

1. Line the bottom of the dish or the glasses with the slices of sponge cake. If you’re just making one large Tipsy Laird you can cover the whole bottom of the trifle dish with the cake slices. 

2. Layer the raspberries over the cake, but keep some aside for decoration. Sprinkle the whisky over the cake and raspberries, making sure it reaches the slices of cake.

3. Spoon over a layer of custard, we recommend a thick layer of custard.

4. Add a thick layer of cream to the dish. This can be spooned or piped.

5. Finish the Tipsy Laird by decorating it with the remaining raspberries and a few toasted almonds.

If you’re making this dessert for children, obviously omit the whisky, and add a sprinkle of grated chocolate on top. 

So there you have it 2 classic Scottish desserts you can serve this Burns Night. Personally, I think these desserts can be enjoyed all year round! I mean they’re just a boozy trifle and a boozy Eton Mess! Love it!

If you’re in the market for some new tableware, head on over to drinkstuff.com we’ve got everything you could want!

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Yep, that headline is right. Colour changing gin. Gin that changes colour when you add tonic. I’m not sure I could be any more excited! So you may have heard of Butterfly Pea Tea, which is a tea that changes colour. Basically, when you add lemon to the tea you get an amazing purple colour. Mix it with hibiscus leaves and you get red, which is super cool! But it’s also tea. And I mean tea is cool and all, but it’s not gin. This is where the coolest gin in town comes in. Made by the geniuses at the Old Curiosity Distillery, there are three types of colour changing gin. Paying homage to the true power of nature, these gins a packed full of hand-picked botanicals, that when you add tonic, boom colour change. It’s like something out of Alice in Wonderland or even Harry Potter!

Owned by co-founders Hamish Martin and Steve Ross the Old Curiosity Distillery launched in 2017. Between the co-owners, they have over 50 years of experience in the drinks industry. So when the two of them got together, they produced this genius gin, that combines their love of plants and natural ingredients.

Now I can hear you, tell me more about the gin. Available in three different flavours, each gin is it’s own unique creature.

Apothecary Rose Image Credit: The Old Curiosity Distillery

So the Apothecary Rose Gin starts off as a delicate pale gold and is made from one of the worlds oldest rose varieties. With a subtle fragrance and a naturally floral flavour, this gin is a perfectly romantic gin. When you add tonic this gin transforms into a bold and vibrant pink.

Chamomile & Cornflower Image Credit: The Old Curiosity Distillery

Next up is the Chamomile & Cornflower Gin. With a blue colouring from the pure cornflower pigments, this gin features subtle and calming chamomile notes. Embodying the magic of nature, this gin transforms into a delicate pale pink when combined with tonic.

Lavender & Echinacea Image Credit: The Old Curiosity Distillery

Lastly, we have the Lavender & Echinacea Gin. Featuring the restorative qualities of lavender and distinctive floral notes, this gin could heal the soul! I personally love the vibrant purple of this gin, but when you add the tonic you get what can only be described as an alluring pink.

And if you need to see the colour change happen in person before buying them check out this video:

Old Curiosity Distillery Secret Garden Gin - YouTube
I mean I don’t know about you but I need one of each. And of course, this gin can only be served in stylish glasses. So once you’ve grabbed the gin head on over to drinkstuff.com to get some gin balloon glasses. It might only be January, but I think that’s summer sorted!

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Ok, so we’ve made it to January. We’re almost halfway through, and for some of us, that means we’re nearly halfway through Dry January. In case you don’t know what Dry January is, it’s basically where you give up alcohol for one whole month.

But no seriously, Dry January is a really good idea if you’ve been a bit frivolous over the festive season. Even just cutting back the amount of alcohol you have during the week can have some great health benefits. We might be halfway through the month, but you can still get involved. If you do want to join in check out the Dry January website for more information and how to get involved. Now mocktails. Or non-alcoholic cocktails if you will. If you’re struggling with Dry January, or hey you’re doing great but have a friends birthday party this weekend, these mocktails are going to be a lifesaver. Hey, you don’t even have to be holding off on the old alcohol to enjoy these bad boys! 

5 Mocktails that will help you through Dry January No Alcohol Mojito Ingredients
  • A Handful of Mint Leaves
  • 2 Lime Wedges
  • 30ml of Apple Juice
  • 15ml Elderflower Cordial
  • Soda Water
  • A Sprig of Mint, for Garnish
Method
  1. Place the mint leaves and lime wedges in a glass and muddle
  2. Add the apple juice and elderflower cordial to the glass
  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice
  4. Stir to combine
  5. Top up with soda water
  6. Garnish with a sprig of mint
No Alcohol Mimosa Ingredients
  • 50ml of Orange Juice
  • Sparkling Apple Juice
Method
  1. Measure out 50ml of orange juice and add to a champagne flute
  2. Top up with sparkling apple juice

The great thing about this recipe is you could essentially replace the orange juice with just about anything. Cranberry juice, sure why not. Hey, I might even try it with tropical fruit juice just so I can feel fancy. 

Rosemary Blueberry Smash Ingredients
  • A Handful of Blueberries
  • A Sprig of Rosemary
  • A Teaspoon of Honey
  • 25ml of Lemon Juice
  • Soda Water
  • Extra blueberries and a Sprig of Rosemary, for garnish
Method
  1. Muddle the blueberries, rosemary and honey in a cocktail shaker
  2. Add the honey to the cocktail shaker and fill with ice
  3. Shake until cool to the touch
  4. Strain into an ice filled glass
  5. Garnish with blueberries and a sprig of rosemary
A Gin-Less G&T Ingredients
  • 3 Grapefruits
  • A Lemon
  • 3 Oranges
  • 8 Juniper Berries
  • 6 Cardamon Pods
  • A Sprig of Rosemary
  • Soda Water
Method
  1. Peel the grapefruit, lemon and orange and add the peel to an airtight jar.
  2. Juice the leftover fruit, and add to the airtight jar
  3. Add the juniper berries, cardamom pods and the rosemary to the jar.
  4. Close the jar and shake. This is then best left for a couple of days to infuse but can be used straight away.
  5. When you’re ready to serve strain some of the drink into a glass
  6. Top up with soda water
  7. You can then add garnishes like a wedge of lime or juniper berries if desired.

Ok so this one takes a little bit of work but it’s totally worth it trust me. If you’re having friends round try doubling the recipe to make a batch of gin-less G&T’s.

Shirley Temple Ingredients
  • 7.5ml of Grenadine
  • 7.5ml of Lemon Juice
  • Ginger Ale
  • Lemon slice and maraschino cherry for garnish
Method
  1. Add the grenadine and lemon juice to a glass
  2. Top up with ginger ale
  3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and wedge of lime

This is one is a classic mocktail, not everyone likes it but it is certainly easy to make, and doesn’t break the bank either!

So there you have it 5 amazing mocktails that will make sure you make it through Dry January. And you never know one of these recipes might just make it through to your normal cocktail menu! As always if you need cocktail tools or equipment head on over to drinkstuff.com, we’ve even got some new barware that is sure to turn heads!

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New Year, New Barware…who dis?

With a New Year starting and promising new beginnings it’s out with the old and in with the new, so why not shake up your barware collection too?!

The new barware collections from Utopia, Beaumont and Genware all offer an on trend vintage aesthetic that is perfect for adding variety and flair to your cocktail service and creations, as well as perfectly complimenting last years Copper trend; meaning these can be easily incorporated into use with any existing copper items you may already have.

Utopia: Vintage Copper

Utopia’s Vintage Copper range boasts a distressed effect finish and brings a vintage inspired aesthetic effortlessly to cocktail service and preparation methods. Its vintage copper finish offers a slightly more subtle effect compared to its original copper counterparts.

They also work extremely harmoniously with Utopia’s Gun Metal range allowing you to mix and match individual elements or swap things out for a combination of both colours and finishes for a contrasting mix and match effect.

Beaumont: Antique Brass 

Any cocktail enthusiast will know that durable barware is worth it’s weight in gold. The Antique Brass range from Beaumont has been crafted from sturdy stainless steel with a brass effect finish and is perfect for use in commercial settings such as bars, cocktails clubs and pubs.

  

This range offers the basic and essential cocktail equipment and includes; a new strainer, muddler, jigger, tin on tin shaker and bar spoon. It’s subtle antique brass finish adds variety and colour without being too out-there or garish and provides a beautiful, lustrous finish.

    

Genware: Vintage

  

Offering an extensive variety of products, the Genware Vintage range has everything you could possibly need to produce a whole host of cocktail creations! Combining modern cocktail equipment with a distinctive antique finish it is the perfect fusion of new and old.

    

Made from dishwasher safe stainless steel this range is perfect for every day use in even the busiest settings thanks to its durability and fuss free cleaning options. Alternatively it is also ideal for use at home when impressing guests at cocktail and dinner parties with your superior barware collection.

  

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