Sorry for my recent absence, as the end of the school year is fast approaching my day job kind of took over and then I was in desperate need of brain switch off time. Thankfully I’m feeling well rested after a successful half term break and an especially successful Holiday Gin Day!
Teacher Buddy and I have somewhat of a set routine for Gin Days, we always try out a couple of new tipples, but old habits die hard once the gin gets going and we often end up returning to our old favourites. This holiday however, was a little different, we were dead set on trying our hand at some new cocktails, so I got out a few of my grown up recipe books and did some ginvestigating!
The books above are (clockwise from top middle); The Art of Mixing, Shaken, Gin Shake Muddle Stir, The Art of Mixology, and The Architecture of the Cocktail. I apparently was having a rather pink day when I took this picture, but my focus soon shifted when I bought myself a bottle of Blue Curaçao. The colour alone made me very excited…simple things I know, but I became desperate to make something blue!!
So, here’s a recipe for The Blue Train, taken from The Art of Mixology. It is so simple and easy to make and we really enjoyed it, definitely one we will be making again, although I would perhaps not suggest drinking it at 11:30am…unless it’s Holiday Gin Day of course!
The Blue Train
You’re going to need:
- A Martini Glass
- 50 ml Gin (we went for the Australian Ounce Gin)
- 25 ml Triple Sec
- 25 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
- Splash of Blue Curaçao
- Cracked Ice
Firstly fill your martini glass with ice to make sure it is perfectly chilled. Whilst this is happening, combine all your liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Empty the ice from your martini glass and strain your cocktail shaker contents into your chilled glass. Enjoy immediately! (Or at least immediately after taking a bunch of pictures.)
I’m sure you’ll agree that the results are quite striking and yes, it most definitely does taste as good as it looks.
Happy cocktail times guys, let me know how you get on with this one.