Well after some Berlin experiencing and serious contemplation about my present and future life, I’ve decided to seriously investigate my opportunities to stay here, and to write this blog in English!
This last week has been extremely intense and interesting. Last Saturday me and my friend Chris (who is an extraordinary talented vegan raw food creator) had a pre session at his, and I made some cocktails before I headed out for the weekend. I wanted to create something with Chris’ apple/cinnamon whisky and my love for typical tastes of autumn (or fall) got me a ‘Shiny Fall’ ! You’ll find the recipe further down 😉
Voila ! The ingredients: Bacardi Carta Blanca, O’Donnell Moonshine (Berlin produced appel/cinnamon whiskey), apple juice, Brown sugar, maple syrup, cloves, fresh lemon, ginger, apple and red currant. And no, the cat is not part of the recipe ..
I looooooove making syrups, purés and reductions of any kind to use in my drinks. It’s fun, easy and delicious!
I made a fresh ginger, red currant and cloves maple syrup. How? It’s super easy. Just put the ingrediens in a pot or a pan, add some water and let it boil for a minute. Then let it rest for a while (as long as u want really, I waited 15 minutes this time, generally the longer you wait the more flavor the water soaks up from the ingredients but that also depends on what ingredients you use) and then add the brown sugar. Use approximately 3/4 sugar to the liquid, but this is also up to you (how thick you want your syrup) and heat it up again until the sugar dissolves, stir for a few minutes and boom ! Finished! You want your syrup cold though so let it set in the freezer until it has cooled down before you use it in your cocktail.
The cocktail I wanted to create required som preparation as you can tell by now, but we were thirsty of course and needed something to tickle our taste buds and senses asap, so I made a starter!
This is Bacardi Carta Blanca, fresh lime juice, brown sugar and fresh mint. Piece a’ cake !
Enjoying my starter while the syrup cools down ;)
I found a large beer glass and a kind of strainer to use as tools for the finish.
The syrup (in the glass jar on the left in the picture) was delicious !
For TWO drinks :
80 ml Bacardi Carta Blanca
30 ml O’Donnells Moonshine
20 ml Shiny fall syrup
60 ml fresh lime juice
* Preferably shake, but I’ve no shaker’s available like in this case you can stirr it.
* Serve in a tumbler with ice cubes
* Garnish with fresh apple and red currant, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon powder and black pepper
If you don’t have a cinnamon/apple whiskey just use a normal bourbon, a little apple liqueur and add cinnamon sticks to the syrup. Just play around with the measurements until you find your preferred balance.
Shiny Fall for you dears 😀 <3
After this session I had the most amazing time at Kater Blau. If you visit Berlin, check it out, I tell you!
Love and light,