I’ve been currently reading the brilliant Boozehound by Jason Wilson, it’s a travelogue cocktail book and it is enough to turn the most temperant of people into raging boozehounds. Wilson helps give you a firm basis of how cocktails can be mixed and offers a massive range of his very good cocktails and plenty of other cocktail books to get you started. Having filled my drinks cabinet on Wilson’s recomendations I then had a go at making something for myself that tasted like Christmas and also helped use up my massive reserve of sloe gin as I made more than enough to keep me going when I was writing Booze for Free.
Essentially Andy’s Sloe Christmas Cocktail brings together some of the flavours of Christmas that I enjoy the most; the Oude Jenever has whiskey like warming vanilla tones as it has been aged in a barrel for three years and is made with a percentage of malt. This is balanced perfectly with the vermouth botanicals and then lifted by the sloe and the ginger.
I believe that if we are not careful here in the UK that Sloe Gin is in danger of being something that can be rather one dimensional, used only in a few nips now and then. As delicous as it can be, it is is much more in a Cocktail. “Andy’s Sloe Christmas Cocktail”, helps to transform it into something that could easily be served and enjoyed all night.
* Don’t use dry gin as a subsitute, perhaps try Old tom or Plymouth
** If you don’t have time to make the ginger beer then some dry ginger ale will do the job
Rub a cocktail glass with the orange peel. Pour the vermouth, oude Jenever and sloe gin over ice in a cocktail shaker and stir rapidly for half a minute. Top up with the African ginger beer.
Andy’s Sloe Christmas Cocktail is my sixth drink in the 12 drinks for Christmas series. The first was Ethiopian T’ej beer, the second was Bastard Chilli vodka , the third was fruit juice wine, fourth was the Lumumba Cocktail and fifth was the Quick and Easy African Ginger beer that is used for a mixer in this recipe.
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