sent by Celestino

So here we are revisiting an old cocktail buddy of ours, which I made roughly 5½ years ago, the Blood and Sand – cocktail. As we can clearly see from back then, I made a piss-poor job with it. But I’ve come wiser ever since 😀 Now using proper ingredients and more know-how, let’s see how a GOOD Blood and Sand is done!
  • 2 cl scotch (I used JW 12yo black, for my upcoming video I will try the Balvenie 12yo)
  • 2 cl heering cherry brandy
  • 2 cl sweet vermouth
  • 2 cl (blood)orange juice, fresh
Shake everything with ice, strain and garnish with an orange peel. So after five years now and using proper vermouth, proper scotch, proper orange juice and proper cherry brandy, what do you think of the results? A proper cocktail. Mild-ish, sweet with distinct cherry flavor to it. At least a thousand times better than back then 😀 The best part? Change the scotch to something else (non-smoky!) and let the twist make wonders to your drink.

Heering Classics Round 2 open until midnight GMT November 26th

Imbibe’s cocktail competition winners round-up

Amber Blood wins Britvic’s Pepsi Max

Bang in the midst of London Cocktail Week, Amber Blood of everyone’s favourite party bar, the London Cocktail Club, was crowned winner of Britvic’s Pepsi Max cocktail competition.

The brief was to create a twist on a Cuba Libre (using Pepsi Max, of course) and to create an original cocktail using Britvic brands.

Blood’s She’s My Cherry, a combination of Bacardi, Pepsi Max, Cherry Heering, lime, vanilla and chocolate bitters came out on top. Her original cocktail Ginger Ninja used Britvic Ginger Ale, Gosling’s rum, Finlandia Vodka, Wray and Nephew Rum and lemon.

‘I took my inspiration for She’s My Cherry from the flavour profile of Pepsi Max, choosing ingredients which I knew would complement it; chocolate, cherry and cola work well together and I’m delighted that the judges agreed,’ gushed Blood. ‘Ginger Ninja was developed when I was feeling a bit poorly – the combination of ginger and lemon is a perfect pick-me-up and it tastes fantastic!’

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