Category Archives: Cocktails

Cherry Martini

Shopping List:

  • 1 1/2 shots Gin (preferably Plymouth or Hendricks)
  • 6 fresh cherries (remove the pits)
  • 2 tbs sugar syrup (lemon zest & vanilla infused)
  • Cherry and basil leaf to garnish

And now what?

Muddle the sliced fresh cherries in a shaker. Add the sugar syrup, gin and top with cubed ice. Shake well and strain in a Martini glass. Decorate with cherry and basil leave.

Hendricks Mule

Shopping List

  • 2 cucumber slices
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 shot of Hendricks Gin
  • Squeeze of lime
  • 2 dashes Elderflower Cordial/Syrup
  • Ginger beer

And now what?

Add all ingredients (except ginger beer) in a shaker with ice cubes. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain in a glass with crushed ice and top up with ginger beer. Sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg.

The Perfect Gin Tonic

I had never been a big follower of Gin Tonic. When work brought me to Haiti I was lucky enough to share a year of my life with an Irish-man and a British-man. Drinking G&Ts after long hours of work ended up being a ritual at our house. A week ago my roomate Stavros came back all happy after work bubbling about this Perfect Gin Tonic he had at the bar he is working. The first attempt to do the mixing at the house was not so Perfect but still ok. Then I had this cocktail in a couple of bars around Athens and I got all excited about it cause it is really PERFECT. Cheers Dan and Andy, this post is dedicated to our G&T sundowners with a view… and the whole Cap De Marichaud crew!

The Perfect Gin Tonic

  • 1 1/2 oz Gin
  • 4-5 cardamom seeds
  • Tonic water
  • slice of lime
  • cucumber slice
  • cardamom or celery bitters (optional)
Crash the cardamom seeds in a glass. Add ice, the Gin and top up with Tonic. If you are gourmet enough and happens to have cardamom or celery bitters go ahead and add a couple of drops to enhance the flavours. Add a slice of lime and a good slice of cucumber at the end.
The Gin I recommend for this cocktail would be Hendricks however any good Gin would do. You could also try to extract a little bit of cucumber juice and add 1/2 oz approximately. The way to do it is grate a little bit of cucumber and then crash the puree in your hands to extract the juices into the glass.

The Perfect Gin Tonic

Viva la Margarita!

After public demand from friends in Haiti I am urgently posting my favourite cocktail recipe. The Classic Margarita! However pictures will come later cause it’s early morning here in Greece at the moment and I don’t want to start making Margaritas…

The Classic Margarita

1 1/2 oz Tequila (blanco)
1 oz fresh lime (or lemon-I prefer lemon/lime juice mix) juice
1/2 oz Cointreau liqueur (you can substitute it with Triple sec liqueur but Cointreau is the best option)
Salt (for rimming the glass)

Put salt in a flat plate,preferably use freshly grind sea salt . Moisten the rim of the glass with a lime twist and then carefully dip in salt. Add all ingredients in a shaker filled with 4 ice cubes. Shake very very well until shaker is frozen. Strain in the glass with no added ice. However sometimes I might add some ice cubes in my drink at the end if I want  to take it slowly!

Frozen Margarita

The ingredients remain the same. Instead of the shaker you blend Cointreau and lime juice in a blender with a glass of crashed ice until smooth. Place mix in a glass and at the end add the tequila. The reason you are not blending the tequila from the start is to avoid loosing the basic flavor of the drink. Tequila is loosing the aroma when mixed with water in my opinion. If you don’t have an ice crasher you can place a few ice-cubes in a tea towel and then start crashing it with a heavy item or on the wall.

Frozen Strawberry Margarita

1 1/2 oz Tequila (blanco)
1/2 oz fresh lime (or lemon-I prefer lemon/lime juice mix) juice
5 ripe fresh strawberries (preferable frozen-place them in the freezer for a couple of hours before use)
1/2 oz Cointreau liqueur (you can substitute it with Triple sec liqueur but Cointreau is the best option)
Sugar (for rimming the glass)

Dip the rim of the glass in sugar instead of salt this time. Blend all ingredients apart from Tequila with crashed ice in a blender. Place mix in glass and add the Tequila.