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Red Wine Cocktails

Red Wine Negroni

 

Red wine negroni

Boasting Italian origins and a typical dark orange colour, Negroni is a charming cosmopolitan red wine cocktail that pairs well with appetizers and snacks.

 

Ingredients

  • 2oz red vermouth
  • 2oz gin
  • 2oz Bitter Campari
  • 1 orange slice
  • Shredded ice

 

Fill a wine tumbler with shredded ice and pour the liquids in. Stir and squeeze in the slice of orange. Decorate the glass with orange peel and serve the drink immediately.

 

Port Melon Cocktail

 

Port Melon

Refreshing in summer and regenerating in winter, this surprising red wine cocktail will impress you and your guests. The perfumed aromas of yellow melon blend perfectly with the sweet flavour of Port to create an inebriating delight of the senses.

Ingredients

  • 7oz Port wine
  • 1 small slice of yellow melon
  • Melon balls for decoration
  • 1 can soda water
  • Ice

 

Reduce the melon pulp to a puree with a blender. Pour it into a high ball glass, add the ice and stir. Pour the Port and soda water into the glass, stir again, and decorate with melon balls. Serve immediately and pair with blue cheese, Italian ham or light snacks.

 

Peach Red Wine Cocktail

 

Peach Red Wine

There is a debate whether this cocktail is a drink or a dessert. Regardless of how you call it, these delicious peaches with red wine will become the stars of the party. Dip the soft peach cubes in red wine to achieve the best results.

Ingredients

  • 8oz Barolo wine;
  • 1 small peach;
  • 1oz lemon juice;

 

In a small bowl, mix the wine with the lemon juice and shredded mint leaves. Let it macerate at room temperature while you dice the peach. In an old fashion glass, add the peach cubes and pour the wine. Stir. Decorate with fresh mint and serve.

 

Caipirinha With Blueberries and Red Wine

Caipirinha Red Wine

 Caipirinha is probably the most representative cocktail of Brazil. Wine is not one of its original ingredients, yet this daring recipe will make you see this drink with new eyes. If you don’t like calling it Caipirinha, imagine this drink as a Brazilian Sangria.

Ingredients

  • 6oz Cachaça
  • 3oz Cabernet Sauvignon
  • The juice of half orange
  • A quarter of lime
  • 8 blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • Ice

 

Peel the lime and slice the flesh. Crush it in a shaker and mix well with the sugar. Add the cachaça, wine, and orange juice. Stir slowly and add more sugar if wanted. Add the ice, put a lid on the shaker and give it a shake. Serve the cocktail in a double old-fashioned glass.

 

If you will like to have cocktails made with red wine at your event, do feel free to drop us an enquiry and our mixologists will be most delighted to craft up unique cocktails made with red wine that will suit your preferences and our mobile bar crew will mix up some amazing drinks at your event!

 

 

Popular gin cocktails

Gin is a fascinating liquor to explore. Its botanicals give it a characteristic that no other liquor has; one brand can have a completely different profile from another and it is surprisingly versatile when it comes to flavour profiles. Gin is also the foundation for some of the best drinks ever made, including the iconic Martini.

 

Though certainly not as numerous as vodka cocktails, there are thousands of great gin cocktails to explore and the list can be quite overwhelming. Here are some of the best.

 

The Martini

We will begin with the most obvious of gin cocktails, the Martini. You can call any other beverage in a cocktail glass a “martini,” but there is only one real Martini and it requires gin.

The beauty of the Martini is in its simplicity: gin and dry vermouth mixed in your preferred proportions, best stirred, though shaking is not out of line. It is the cocktail that is the base for countless other drinks, can be made to your exact specifications and is the ultimate experience in fine drinking.

 

The Gin and Tonic

 

Reliable is the best word to describe the Gin & Tonic. It is another obvious, two-ingredient drink and it is the foundation for many other gin highballs. This is one that is very difficult to screw up and it is always there when you need it, whether that be at the bar or in your own kitchen.

The other key ingredient: lime. Swipe fresh lime around the rim before giving it a squeeze and dropping it inside.

 

The Gimlet

 

It is so true that this simple two-ingredient drink is a wonder on hot days and if you’re curious as to how gin and lime work together, this drink is the best way to test it.

This is also one of the few times when you can use an alternative to fresh lime juice. The Gimlet can be made with lime and simple syrup with a homemade lime cordial. The key is that you need some sort of sweetener to offset the tart lime so it does work with your favourite gin.

 

The Negroni

 

If you are looking for the ultimate before dinner cocktail, look no further than the Negroni. This popular drink includes gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, which are each the embodiment of aperitifs and combine for the perfect appetite stimulant.

 

The Monkey Gland

 

Gin and orange juice are another fantastic flavour combination and while the drinks listed below are more well-known, the Monkey Gland is far more interesting. It is, in fact, a personal favourite of all gin cocktails.

The Monkey Gland has a funny name, a bizarre inspiration and a little surprise. It all begins rather normally with a mix of gin, orange juice and grenadine. It’s fantastic and you could stop right there and have a wonderful drink.

It is, however, in need of a little absinthe to make it pop, but you have to keep that flavour in check because it will quickly ruin the effect.

 

Do drop us an enquiry today if you will like great gin tasting cocktails at your event!

Popular Rum Cocktails

Rum. Just the idea of it conjures up images of pirates, deserted beaches, buried treasure and beguiling senoritas… So, shake up one of these drinks to dream the day away.

 

The classic Daiquiri

One of the oldest Cuban cocktails, dating from the late 1800s. Its very simplicity is a recipe for perfection.

Fill a shaker with crushed ice, 50ml white rum, 20ml lime juice and 10ml sugar syrup. Shake hard until frothy. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

If you’d like it frozen, put all the ingredients in a blender with a cupful of ice, and blitz until smooth.

 

The Hemingway Daiquiri

Invented for Mr Ernest Hemingway himself at El Floridita, Havana.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add 60ml white rum, 25ml lime juice, 15ml grapefruit juice and 15ml Maraschino liqueur. Shake hard. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

 

The Rum Ranch

Pop a sliver of medium hot red chilli into the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle gently. Add 60ml aged rum, 10 ml sugar syrup, 10ml lemon juice and 10ml orange juice and a dash of Pimento Bitters. Shake, shake, shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

 

The Dark and Stormy

This straight-forward cocktail claims to be Bermuda’s national drink — it’s an easy way to conjure up some tropical vibes at home.

Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in 60ml of rum, top up with ginger beer, add a squeeze of lime juice. Stir. Garnish with a slice of lime.

 

The Mae Nam

 

A Thai daiquiri variation, this should look like a muddy river and taste fresh and fiery.

Place 200g of palm sugar in a saucepan with 200ml water, 1 bruised chilli and 1 bruised stick of lemongrass. Dissolve the sugar over a medium heat and set aside to cool. Then strain the syrup into a clean jar, discarding the aromatics. To make the drink, fill a shaker with ice, add 60ml of rum, 30ml fresh lime juice and 20ml of the palm sugar syrup. Shake hard, then strain into a lowball glass or tumbler and garnish with a slice of lime.

 

El Presidente

With a hazy history buried deep in Havana’s 1920s heyday, this is a very grown up rum drink. No little umbrellas allowed.

 

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 50ml light rum, 25ml dry vermouth, 25ml dry curacao and a dash of grenadine (optional). Stir, stir, stir until very cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist if orange if desired.

 

The classic Rum Punch

An absolute classic, perfect for parties, weddings, any occasion really.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 20ml lime juice, 40ml sugar syrup, 60ml rum (I favour Appleton V/X for this). Shake or stir, as you like. Strain into a chilled tumbler full of ice. Garnish with a slice of orange, or a cheeky maraschino cherry if you like.

 

The Piña Colada

This drink needs no introduction. Think the beach, the sun and the sand in between your toes.

Put a few chunks of fresh pineapple and lots of ice into a blender. Add 60ml white rum, 60ml pineapple juice, 60ml coconut cream and a dash of sugar syrup (optional). Whizz it all up until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a wedge of pineapple and as many umbrellas as you like.

 

Rum is always a popular choice among many of our guests due to its sweetness and familiarity. If you will like to have rum cocktails at your event, do drop us an enquiry today! Rum is something that Mixes From Mars works with often and its a favourite among many of our bartenders as well!

Mojito

Classic Cocktails

Bar hoppers have been sipping classic cocktails for decades because they are of course classic and also timeless. Classic drinks like a martini, an old fashioned, and a daiquiri will simply never go out of style. Here is a list of the best ones to order the next time you head out on a night out with the pals.

 

At the top of the list is an old fashioned. The recipe is simple. You will need 2 oz of bourbon or rye whiskey, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, 1 sugar cube or 1 tsp sugar and an Orange twist garnish. Put the sugar in a glass and cover it with the dashes of bitters. Add your whiskey and stir until sugar dissolves. Add ice, stir again, and serve.

 

Second on our list is a margarita. A well-made version is a fresh mix of lime juice and tequila, with a hint of sweetener. You will need 2 oz of tequila, 1 oz of Cointreau, 1 oz of lime juice and salt for the rim. Since this recipe includes fresh juice, it should be shaken and not stirred. Serve it over ice in a glass with a salted rim.

 

Next on the list is the Moscow mule. Popular for a good reason, the Moscow Mule is one of the most refreshing things to sip on a hot summer day. You will need 2 oz of vodka, 4-6 oz of ginger beer and 5 oz of lime juice. Squeeze the lime juice into a glass, add two or three ice cubes, pour in the vodka and fill the rest of the glass with cold ginger beer. Stir and serve.

 

Next on the list is the popular Whiskey Sour. Perhaps the most refreshing whiskey cocktail, this is a classic favourite. You will need 2 oz of whiskey, 1 oz of lemon juice, 1 tsp of sugar and 1 egg white – this is optional. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Add ice and shake again then strain it over ice in a rock glass.

 

Next on the list is the mimosa. This recipe might be the simplest cocktail ever created: just combine equal parts of the champagne and orange juice in a champagne glass and voila! You’ve got yourself a mimosa.

 

Next up, the mint julep. You will need 2 oz of bourbon, 8-10 mint leaves and 0.25 oz of simple syrup. You should start by muddling the mint leaves and simple syrup in a mint julep cup. After that, add the bourbon and fill the cup with crushed ice. Stir until the cup is frosted and fill with more crushed ice. Serve the drink with a straw and a mint sprig garnish.

 

Next on the list, the classic martini. This classic cocktail has become so popular that there are thousands of variations of it, like lychee, chocolate, peach and mango. Whether you are drinking it with gin or vodka, stirred is the way to go when ordering a martini. You will need 3 oz of gin or vodka, 0.5 oz of dry vermouth and a lemon peel. Stir the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel into the glass and serve.

 

Last of the list is a daiquiri. You will need 2 oz of rum, 1 oz of simple syrup and 1 oz of lime juice. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel and serve.

Drop us an enquiry today if you wish to have classic cocktails served up by our experienced bartenders at your event!

Homemade syrups, ways to use them

It starts out easily enough: Combine one-part water with one-part granulated sugar, boil until dissolved, chill. But little do people know, simple syrups can be as varied and diverse as any other foodstuff. By mixing in spices, herbs, fruit—truly anything your little heart can imagine, you have instant flavoured sweetener. And it’s not just for cocktails. Drizzle on a simple butter-rich pound cake for a seasonal flavour boost, add a splash to whipped cream for sweet spice, stir into your morning coffee or tea to cut out the overpriced coffee chains, or, yes, use it in cocktails for a tinge of sweet flavour.

 

Here are some simple syrup recipes for you to put into good use.

 

Rose simple syrup

 

Rose’s Luxury in Washington, DC makes this sprightly, pretty cocktail, a mix of rye, rose-tinged simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and bitters.

 

You will need

 

13 cup sugar

2 drops rose extract, such as Terra

12 oz. rye whiskey (preferably Rittenhouse)

34 oz. rose simple syrup

12 oz. fresh lemon juice

2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashioned bitters

 

Make the simple syrup: In a 1-qt. saucepan, stir the sugar with 13 cup water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the rose extract. Let cool completely.

In a cocktail shaker, combine the whiskey, syrup, lemon juice, and bitters with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with rose petals.

 

Fresh mint simple syrup

The ultimate in freshness, use this syrup to sweeten lemonade, tea or even whip it into cream for a dessert topping.

 

You will need

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 bunch fresh mint

 

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Boil until sugar is fully dissolved. Pour the syrup into a heatproof container filled with hand-crushed mint. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight; strain and discard mint. Mint syrup will keep for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

 

Blackberry lavender syrup

 

Tart blackberries and floral dried lavender marry in this syrup, perfect for mixing into cocktails such as a gimlet or French 75, or with sparkling water for homemade soda.

 

You will need

1 cup blackberries

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp. dried lavender (or 12 cup fresh lavender buds)

 

In a small saucepan, bring the blackberries, sugar, lavender, and 1 cup water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring to crush the berries, until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Pour the syrup through a fine sieve into a bowl and discard the solids. Transfer the syrup to a bottle and refrigerate before using.

 

Lemon chamomile syrup

 

Fragrant chamomile flowers and lemon peels marry in this syrup, perfect for mixing into cocktails such as brandy smash or a Collins, or with sparkling water for homemade soda.

 

You will need

 

1 lemon

2 tbsp. dried chamomile flowers

2 cups sugar

 

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest of the lemon into strips and place the strips in a small saucepan along with 2 cups water and the chamomile. Bring to a boil over high heat and then remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Pour the syrup through a fine sieve into a bowl, discard the solids, and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Transfer the syrup to a bottle and refrigerate before using.

Bored of using simple syrup or off-the-shelf ones? Try making your own exciting ones today!

At Mixes From Mars, homemade syrups are something that we use in nearly all our events as we are able to control the intensity of the flavours that we desire for us to make your event cocktails that will meet all your expectations. From homemade floral syrups such as hibiscus to bluebellvine, to tea flavoured ones, homemade syrups are something that we pride ourselves in. Drop us an enquiry today to have great tasting cocktails specially prepared with our homemade syrups!

Chocolates are yummy to nearly everyone!

Chocolate Cocktails

Chocolate is a favourite ingredient for many delicious treats and most love to enjoy it on its own as well! It is not uncommon for us to receive enquiries for chocolate flavoured drinks and it is something that we at Mixes From Mars enjoy working with!

Adding a little chocolate to a cocktail makes for a delicious, dessert-like drink. However, not all chocolate cocktails are sweet and frothy confections, although some most definitely are. With the right chocolate cocktail recipe, you’ll find there’s something for everyone.

1. Chocolate Old-Fashioned

An old-fashioned is a classic cocktail. This chocolate twist is lightly sweet and complex with the addition of chocolate bitters. The recipe makes one cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes chocolate bitters
  • 1 orange twist
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Splash of water
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Instructions

  1. Put the sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass. Add three to four dashes of the chocolate bitters and the orange twist.
  2. Muddle the ingredients in the glass until the sugar is crushed and the orange twist releases its oils.
  3. Add the bourbon and a splash of water. Stir. Add ice cubes to preference.
  4. Garnish with the cherry.

 

  1. Chocolate Mint Julep

The trick to a tasty mint julep is plenty of finely crushed ice. To make it, you can place ice in a zipper bag and whack it with a mallet until it is finely crushed. This chocolate twist on the Kentucky Derby classic makes one drink. It gets its chocolate flavour from chocolate mint.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 10 chocolate mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • Splash of club soda, plus soda to fill the glass, divided
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Crushed ice

Instructions

  1. In a julep cup (or a double Scotch glass or another 8-ounce short glass), muddle the sugar, mint, and a splash of the club soda.
  2. Gently stir in the bourbon.
  3. Add the crushed ice and remaining club soda to fill the glass. Stir gently again.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of chocolate mint.

If you’d like a version with even more chocolate, add a half ounce of white creme de cacao when you add the club soda and ice.

 

3. Chocolate Malt

If you ever had a chocolate malt with a burger, then you’ll love the nostalgia of this tasty cocktail. It uses delicious RumChata, a cream liqueur with rum. The recipe makes two drinks.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces RumChata
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream

Instructions

In a blender, combine all ingredients until well blended. Add additional milk to thin to the desired consistency.

 

4. Mexican Hot Chocolate

This isn’t your regular hot chocolate – unless you’ve always enjoyed yours spiked with some cayenne, a bit of cinnamon, and a nice shot of tequila. This warming drink will leave you wanting more. The recipe makes two drinks.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 12 ounces milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • Whipped cream

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the chocolate, milk, sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, and vanilla on medium-low heat, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer.
  2. In two mugs, add an ounce of tequila each. Add the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Serve topped with whipped cream and garnished with additional cinnamon sprinkles if desired.

 

5. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry

While no strawberries are actually covered with chocolate in the making of this drink, the flavour brings to mind this delectable combo. Of course, you can feel free to garnish with a chocolate-dipped strawberry if you’re feeling super fancy. The recipe makes one drink.

Ingredients

  • 1/2-ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1 1/2 ounces strawberry liqueur
  • 1-ounce heavy cream
  • Strawberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small glass, combine the creme de cacao, strawberry liqueur, and cream, stirring to mix well.
  2. Garnish with a strawberry.

 

Looking to have chocolate flavoured drinks at your next event? Do not hesitate to drop us an enquiry today!

We love gin!

Appreciating Gin and Happy Negroni Week!

 

It’s Negroni Week! The popular cocktail classic is celebrated around the world! With Negroni, many variations have popped up including the Sbagliato, a fizzy twist which replaces Gin with Sparkling Wine (Sbagliato literally means “messed up” in Italian) and the Boulevardier, with Gin as its base. Of course, there are many more different ways to twist and make a Negroni but for today we will focus on Gin, an integral part of Negroni and many famous class cocktails.

Gin is perhaps the most versatile of the distilled spirits. Sure, whisky is delicious. But gin has a wonderfully complex flavour profile that is unrivalled by any other spirit.

At its core, gin is a neutral spirit that has been flavoured with juniper, and often a variety of herbs, spices, flowers, citrus, and other flavors. Lemon, orange, and lime, as well as coriander, cardamom, and allspice, are all common. Right from the get go, gin is gifted with an almost infinite range of possible flavors and profiles. There’s a gin out there to match your taste. And, for the same reasons, there is a perfect gin for every cocktail, liqueur, and mixer.

The final flavour of gin, unlike most other spirits, relies less on the base spirit or the aging process than it does on the additions made by the distiller during production. Let’s take a stroll through the process of how gin is made:

  1. Obtaining the neutral spirit.

Some distilleries will actually just source an already-distilled base spirit from another distillery. Others will use leftover base spirit from other liquors they make in-house. And still others will go through the process of creating their own from scratch. As with other liquors, the basic process consists of:

  • Creating a mash. Grain, water, and yeast are combined and heated, then allowed to ferment to create a low-alcohol “beer.”
  • The “beer” is strained, put into a still, and heated. Since alcohol has a lower boiling point than water, the alcohol will turn to vapor while the water and other by-products are left behind, so long as the proper temperature range is maintained. The alcohol vapor condenses and is collected as the pure, neutral spirit.
  1. Flavouring with botanicals.

Next, herbs, spices, citrus, flowers, and other flavourings are added to the neutral spirit. All gin contains juniper berries but the unique recipe of other botanicals is what makes each gin special. The time and technique vary.

  1. Final distillation.

Most commercial gins undergo a final distillation at this stage. They’re run through the still one more time, which allows the spirit to retain the flavour of the botanicals, while getting rid of any colour that it has taken on.

Recipes

As everyone knows, gin is usually enjoyed with some tonic but feel free to give a few of these recipes a try:

Negroni

  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part Campari
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • Orange twist

Combine gin, Campari, vermouth in a stirring glass and stir for about 20 – 30 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Using a vegetable peeler or zester, cut a very thin strip of orange peel (avoid the white pith), squeeze the twist over glass to release its oils, run the peel over the rim of the glass, and drop into drink.

French 75

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • Champagne (or other dry sparkling wine)
  • Lemon twist

In a shaker with ice, combine gin, syrup, and lemon; shake well. Strain into a chilled flute or coupe and top up with champagne. Serve up with a strip of lemon zest as garnish.

Gin Rickey

  • 3 oz gin
  • ½ fresh lime
  • Sparkling  water

Squeeze lime half into a rocks glass or large wine goblet. Fill glass with ice. Add gin, bitters, and sparkling water. Give it a light lift with a bar spoon to combine.

Should any of you Gin aficionados are looking to organize a gin party, feel free to get in touch with our events bartending crew will be able to craft a menu for you and ensure your Gin addictions are well fed. Have an awesome Negroni week, cheers!

National Gin and Tonic Day

National Gin and Tonic Day

Its National Gin and Tonic Day today. Just to clarify, International Gin and Tonic day fall on the 19th October but National Gin and Tonic is celebrated only in the United States of America. But hey, more reasons to drink in sunny Singapore.

Gin is a spirit that is made from juniper berries and the method of distillation creates the distinct flavour of each gin brand. The spirit was first sold in the 17th century in pharmacies as a cure for medical issues like gout, gallstones and stomach problems. It is unclear if gin actually cured those problems but a delicious drink was discovered that way.

Gin is more often than not drank together with tonic water. Tonic also has a medical history and was sold in the 19th century to British officials to prevent the spread of malaria. Quinine was used to prevent the disease but was too bitter to drink so the British mixed it with soda and sugar and thus, tonic came about. Today tonic only contains a little bit of quinine, just enough for a slightly bitter flavour.

When served correctly, gin and tonic sounds, looks, smells and tastes irresistible. To celebrate international gin and tonic day, why not take it to another level with these recipes. For all the drinks, we recommend a 45ml serving of gin (if another spirit is added, decrease the amount of gin appropriately) and 100ml serving of tonic water. Use a nice long glass and fill the glass right to the top with some ice and use straws if you wish.

The Parisian

Take a herbal gin and pour a tablespoon of elderflower liqueur in. Add equal parts tonic water and champagne, garnish with a slapped sage leaf or two and a lemon wedge.

The “Too Cool”

Use a gin with fresh cucumber notes and pair with an elderflower flavoured tonic. Garnish with long ribbons of cucumber and a sprig of mint.

The Posh Gin and Tonic

Take a vibrant, citrussy gin and add a tablespoon of sweet vermouth. Add two dashes of peach bitters, top with tonic and garnish with a generous handful of luscious seasonal berries.

The Sloe Down

Sloe gin combines ridiculously well with lemon tonic, flirt with a zest of lemon over the glass and drop it in.

The Ol’smokey

Marry a juniper-heavy gin with half a teaspoon of a super smokey whiskey. Add a dash of apricot liqueur and top with tonic, garnish with a chunky pink grapefruit zest.

The Tonic Delight

Select a floral gin and add a tablespoon of rose water, a tablespoon of peach liqueur and two dashes of grapefruit bitters. Go demure on the garnish and top with a rose petal.

The Guilty Pleasure

Pour a herbal-style gin and grab a few leaves of fresh mint, slap them and drop them in. Pop in two dashes of mint bitters and a tablespoon of chocolate liqueur. Introduce the tonic then garnish with a few sprigs of mint and some luxurious grated dark chocolate.

Stuck in the Med

Pick up some intriguing herbaceous gin and introduce it to a Mediterranean-style tonic. Rim your glass with some herbed sea salt, slap some fresh rosemary and stand it tall in the glass.
And finally,

The Evolver

Make some flavoured water by boiling some herbs in water for a minute or two. Let the water cool then freeze the water and add the ice cubes to a classic gin and tonic – the drink’s flavour profile will evolve throughout the drinking. Garnish with the matching herbs for that extra special touch.

Gin is a widely versatile ingredient that can be used in many different types of cocktail. If your event is looking for something gin related, we can craft a customized menu comprising of different types of Gin and Tonics to suit your taste and preferences. As always, have a good week ahead, cheers!

Mardi Gras originates from New Orleans where it a variety of classic cocktails originates.

Mardi Gras

In a day, Mardi Gras will be celebrated throughout the world. Mardi Gras is also known as “Fat Tuesday” as it is the day before Ash Wednesday when Lent starts. During Lent, many Christians commit to fasting and relinquishing some luxuries to replicated the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Hence, many people binge on food, drinks and celebrations prior to Lent.

Festivities Procession

Mardi Gras is known as one of the biggest carnivals in the world. The festivities are plenty and planned on a grand scale. Revellers party on the streets while colourful floats pass. Masked balls are also hosted which add on to the Mardi Gras vibes. Additionally, Mardi Gras is known for the colourful beaded necklaces which are thrown around. It is the most iconic symbol of Mardi Gras and many people collect them as souvenirs. In comparison, Singapore’s Chingay is a smaller festival which also involves floats, just that the attendance and scale of it are not that grand.

Food and Drinks

The most iconic food at Mardi Gras is the King cake. It is a cinnamon dough cake that is sprinkled with coloured sugar and glazed with frosting. They also come in various colours and flavoured fillings such as cream cheese and strawberry. An estimated 500,000 king cakes are sold during Mardi Gras. One interesting tidbit is that each cake contains a small plastic baby doll inside, whoever finds it must buy the next cake or host the next party the following year.

Now comes the good part, the alcoholic portion of Mardi Gras. Alcohol is plentiful during this annual rite of imbibition, ranging from beers to cocktails in novelty glasses. New Orleans is a place with a rich cocktail history, it is also one of the places where Mardi Gras is held at every year.With a place aptly named Bourbon Street, drinking here will never feel out of place. While New Orleans might be too far from Singapore, we have put together a list of famous cocktails originating from New Orleans which you can make in the comfort of your own home.

Hurricane

The Hurricane was named so because of the glassware it was served in. Its origins are also special in that it was due to a scarcity of scotch, whiskey and bourbon that led to its popularity. Distributors made bar owners buy rum in order to get access to other liquors. A bar named the Pat O’Brien decided to create a rum-based cocktail with the excess rum. The original recipe calls for passion fruit juice but as it is quite difficult to obtain, we recommend using the nectar which is slightly sweeter.

  • 1 oz Dark Rum
  • 1 oz White Rum
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Passion Fruit Nectar
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine
  • Shake and strain into a Hurricane Glass filled with Tube Ice
  • Garnish with Dehydrated Orange and skewered Amarena Cherries

Vieux Carre

The Vieux Carre is a French translation of the word, French Quarter. It is the oldest section in New Orleans. Invented in Carousel Bar, this cocktail is pretty strong and carries many complex flavours.

  • 3/4 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Cognac
  • 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon Benedictine Dom
  • 2 dash Peychaud Bitters
  • 2 dash Angostura Bitters
  • Stir and Strain into a Coupe or Rock Glass(For aesthetical purposes, King Ice or Ice Ball will be perfect)
  • Garnish with a Lemon Twist

Ramos Gin Fizz

Created in Meyer’s Restaurant in New Orleans by Henry C. Ramos, The Ramos Gin Fizz is a popular cocktail during Mardi Gras for its taste. It is also known as a technically challenging cocktail as it incorporates a variety of steps to ensure the froth and fizz are of an exceptional standard. It is known to emphasise vigorous shaking to make the egg white and cream mix well together while gently topping up of soda to ensure the fizz does not dissipate.

  • 1 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz Milk, Cream or Half and Half
  • 1 Egg White
  • 2 Dashes Of Orange Blossom Water
  • Shake Vigorously and Strain into a Highball Glass
  • Gently Top with Club Soda and Lift with Barspoon
  • Garnish with Lime Rind or Wheel

Of course, the above recipes are based on our preferences, feel free to give it a tweak to cater to your taste and preferences. We might incorporate some of these cocktails into our next mobile bartending event if it suits the theme! As always have a good weekend ahead and Happy Mardi Gras, cheers!

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned Week

As the month of November begins, a special week starts as well. Old Fashioned Week has started! It started out in 2015 in France and has since gone on to include various bars from all over the world. This year, it is held from the 2nd to the 11th of November. While its main objectives are to bring introduce and share about the iconic classic, it also supports Bartend Against. It is a charity initiative that supports a variety of causes. At present it is supporting hurricane and earthquake relief.

What is an Old Fashioned?

For the uninitiated, an Old Fashioned is a classic that was developed in the 19th Century. It consists of whisky, sugar or simple syrup and angostura bitters. While there are many different recipes, the ones we are familiar with calls for 1 and a half ounce of Whisky, splash of simple syrup and 2 dashes of angostura bitters. Give it a good stir and it is then ready to be served.

A popular argument regarding the Old Fashioned is on the type of whisky used: Bourbon or Rye.  Usually, we use bourbon but we recommend using whichever you prefer. Scotch and Japanese whiskys give the cocktail a different twist that makes it more interesting.

One of the ways bartenders use to incorporate the sweet part of the cocktail is to make a simple syrup solution, equal parts water and sugar. Back in Mars Bar, another method was to put a sugar cube in the Old Fashioned Glass, dripped angostura bitters till it covered the cube fully, then mash up the mixture. The whisky is added next and it is then stirred with ice. While this might seem more special and generates interest, it takes a bit more time compared to pre-batching simple syrups.

Variations

With the changing times, many bartenders are putting their own spin to this classic. One very popular twist is as above, switch it to the base liquor of your choice. Bourbon, Rye or Scotch. There are some who recommend using Rum and Gin too, we think its a pretty cool idea.

The next will be to switch the sugar out for demarara. It is darker in color compared to its counterpart. The main difference is in the taste as demarara is processed minimally, thus retaining some of the natural flavor of molasses. Add on the different bitters that you can use and you will get so many variations of an Old Fashioned.

Our Recipes

Fire Roasted Old Fashioned

A Hopscotch Classic, Fire Roasted Old Fashioned

Back at Hopscotch, we had a very popular tipple on our house menu called the “Fire Roasted Old Fashioned”. It consisted of Scotch, Coconut Water Reduction, Gula Melaka garnished with Torched Dehydrated Pineapply & Amarena Cherry. It was then served in a Old Fashioned Glass. The theme at Hopscotch and Mars Bar was to use something local in the menus, in the case of this drink it was the gula melaka.

Chocolate Old Fashioned

Chocolate Old Fashioned

A crowd favourite among our clients and customers both at the bar and at events. The Chocolate Old Fashioned consists of Bourbon, Simple Syrup and Chocolate Bitters. We sometimes added in more chocolate liqueur if the customer was a chocoholic. The main idea of this drink is that chocolate is irresistible to most people, why not add in alcohol and make it a boozier cocktail. Dark rum can also be swapped with the Bourbon to give it a richer and mellower taste.

The team at Mixes from Mars hope you enjoy the coming weekend at the Old Fashioned Week, stay safe and drink responsibly. Have a good weekend ahead, cheers!