Continuing my experiments with amateur mixology, and my love for all things banana-flavoured, this is one of the ideas I wanted to try after managing to find a moderately-priced banana liqueur.
Creme De Bananes
Pineapple juice (optional)
First, mix one part creme de bananes to two parts banana juice, to ensure that it will freeze, then pour carefully into an ice cube tray.
Mix two parts grenadine (for the consistency) and one part Vimto (to give it a slightly darker colour), then drip a little carefully into each compartment using a straw. I think they almost resembled mini Rorschach tests….
Leave to freeze overnight for 24 hours, and they’ll look like this….
Being a first attempt at this one, I wasn’t 100% sure at the time if they’d freeze properly, but it worked with some careful prising, and they looked exactly how I wanted.
They taste great on their own, but I also tried a couple in some pineapple juice.
Here’s one I’ve been meaning to post up for a little while, now finally online in time for ‘National Vodka Day’ (seriously though, who makes these days??) – popcorn and banana flavoured vodka, made using Tic Tacs. The latter was made using Minion Tic Tacs – their sacrifice shall not be in vain!
For the popcorn-flavoured vodka, I poured one container’s worth of Tic Tacs into the bottle, then just a little extra from another container, then allowed to brew.
Around 90 minutes later, it looked like this….
Then the following day, it looked like this….
To play it safe, I decided to allow it to brew for another day, then moved on to the next one.
For the banana-flavoured vodka, I added about half of a large container, equivalent of a regular sized one. A little less may have sufficed, as it left more to filter out, but it was still worth it.
I ended up having bits of Minion floating around….
A few days later, both had the right scent – just needed to be filtered and taste-tested.
Given that this was my first attempt at flavouring vodka, I was quite pleased with how they turned out, having tasted both. Still need to try these out on friends, hope they’re ready….
With summer coming in strong, I wanted to create something in the cocktail vein that would also help keep things a little cooler.
Echo Falls’ peach & mango wine
Bitter Lemon (optional)
Blue Curacao-injected grapes (optional)
I took a mixing jug and poured in one part wine to three parts pineapple juice (to ensure it froze properly), then added a dash of orange juice. I then poured it carefully into an ice tray, dripped in some grenadine into one half of the cubes with a straw, then placed in the freezer.
Around 90 minutes into freezing time, I then took the tray out and dripped in some grenadine into the remaining cubes, so that they looked like this….
Thought I’d see if I could get a marbled effect. I then placed them back into the freezer, to remain there overnight.
This was the end result.
To serve, I poured a glass of bitter lemon, added a couple of cubes and also threw in a couple of grapes that I had injected with blue curacao.
I was quite pleased with the result, both visually and taste-wise, and may play with the idea again in the future.
Inspired by the current ‘Pokemon Go’ hysteria that everyone’s into, I give you my latest cartoon-inspired shot – a ‘Pokeball’. Whilst the game itself might appeal to all ages, this one is strictly for the adults.
Just add a dash of grenadine to a shot of white chocolate liqueur, and it’s done.
I might continue to play with the theme, but for now, hope you like this one!
This evening I discovered that it was in fact ‘World Cocktail Day’, via Twitter – well, who am I to argue? I decided to try putting something together, using what I already had in stock, and this was the result.
In this order:
A shot of Cococabana coconut rum
A dash of Honey Jack Daniel’s
A couple of grapes injected with grenadine, with a little more grenadine added on top
Considering it was completely improvised on the spot, I couldn’t have been happier with this, it tastes great.
As an aside , this is worth trying in itself – grapes injected with grenadine and Blue Curacao. This is something I first tried last year, and occasionally add to cocktails as a result.
These were actually among the first themed shots that I created last year, when I started to play around with shots using popular culture as inspiration, so thought it was about time I posted them up here.
The ‘Minion’ shot
I’ve made a whole load of cocktails using banana juice (also very nice on its own), this was the first shot. Mix two parts banana juice with one part orange juice, just enough to get a bolder yellow colour, then add a dash of Blue Curacao.
The ‘Frozen’ shot
This actually happened after a request from a friend, a fan of Frozen, to make one based on the animated film.
Simply a measure of Bitter Lemon, with a dash of Blue Curacao.
Have fun trying these, there will be more to come.