Friday, 31 January 2014

Cherry Julep - let's celebrate!


(Dry) January is very nearly at an end - I say it is time to celebrate, dammit! It's been a very stressful month for me, full of some intense highs and few crushing lows. To be absolutely honest, I am kinda glad to wave goodbye to it. 

So let's celebrate the end of January with this absolutely awesome cocktail. I have tweaked the recipe from The Classic Cocktail Bible - to make it significantly less strong would you believe it. The original recipe contains sloe gin (as well as gin) so if you happen to have some give it a try. I think the cocktail shines just fine without it. The one thing you should not skip is the crushed ice - it really makes a difference and luckily it is now widely available to buy. 

Cherry Julep
Serves 2
Handful of ice
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp grenadine
2 tsp sugar syrup (simple syrup / Gomme)
4 measures | 100ml | 3.5 fl ounces gin 
2 measures | 50ml | 1.8 fl ounces cherry brandy
Soda water to top up
Lemon rind strips to decorate or mint leaves
Crushed ice to serve

Method

  1. Put the ice in a cocktail shaker and add the lemon juice, grenadine, sugar syrup, gin and cherry brandy.
  2. Shake vigorously until a frost forms on the cocktail shaker.
  3. Strain into two highball or rocks glasses filled with crashed ice. Top up with soda water and stir.
  4. Decorate with lemon rind strips.
Note: You can buy simple (sugar) syrup but it also very easy to make. Put equal amounts sugar and water into a small saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring until sugar dissolves - couple of minutes. Cool before using.



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2 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, these cocktails are breathtaking, and the flavors sound so cheery and divine. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Anything cherry is a winner for me :-)

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