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Lemon Weegie

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 28th July 2014

Lemon Weegie CocktailInspiration for our Lemon Weegie Cocktail came from the need to celebrate the Glasgow Commenwealth Games in July 2014 with a suitable drink. It is a refreshingly simple, long cocktail drink with a gentle surprise in its tail. You might say, easy peasy lemon weegie....!

Ingredients

Preparation

Place plenty of ice in a tall glass, squeeze in a little juice from a fresh lemon, add measures of Limoncello Liqueur and Elderflower Vinegar. Top up with tonic and muddle gently. Garnish with fresh lemon.

Anything else I should know?

Do not be put off by the addition of Elderflower Vinegar in the cocktail. Please be brave and try it, you will be pleasantly surprised!

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Fruity Highlander

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 3rd June 2014

The Fruity Highlander CocktailOur Fruity Highlander Cocktail is a brilliant play on the classic Whisky Mac, the difference being it is very fruity! If you like your drinks fruity and with a twist of ginger spice, then this is possibly it. A simple aperitif that will be hard not to keep sipping.

Ingredients

Preparation

This is a short sipping drink, so choose a generous sized tumbler glass. Add frozen Brambles and a generous quantity of ice to the glass, then pour over the measures of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, optional Demijohn's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky and Ginger Wine. Sip slowly with friends and raise a toast to The Highlanders!

(Please note: The addition of a single shot of Demijohn's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky 40% turns our Fruity Highlander into the Hairy Highlander Cocktail. Be warned, the Hairy Highlander is very strong, but you may have already guessed this!)

How do I buy the drinks for this cocktail?

If you like this cocktail then you can buy the drinks for it as part of our Fruity Highlander Cocktail Set or as single bottles by clicking on the various product links in this recipe.

Anything else I should know?

Inspiration for the Fruity Highlander Cocktail came from a request to donate some of our Demijohn products to an event being held in Germany in June 2014 to celebrate the safe return of The 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Highlanders) from their tour in Afghanistan. So when drinking this cocktail please raise a toast to those brave men and women of The Highlanders who serve for us.

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Midsummer Muddle

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 3rd July 2013

Midsummer Muddle CocktailWe invented our Midsummer Muddle Cocktail on a Summer evening in June when we needed a special drink to celebrate with friends. Having rained all day and with just 20 minutes prior to the first guests arriving at 6pm, the sun finally came out. We decided it was time to be brave and create a new cocktail drink for the new Summer conditions and moved the whole party outside into our garden. Our Midsummer Muddle Cocktail was born, and what a drinks party it was!

Ingredients

Preparation

This drink is designed to be made up in a large pitcher or jug and drunk long in high ball glasses. Add a good quantity of ice to a jug with a squeeze of fresh lemons and slices of lemon and cucumber. Add measures of Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur 17%, Somerset Pomona 20% and Seville Orange Gin 26%. Top up with lemonade. Serve with additional ice in tall glasses.

Anything else I should know?

If you would like add a little extra style to your cocktail, add some of our whole Morello Cherries in Apple Eau de Vie 20% to your cocktails.


Citrus Sundowner

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 25th May 2013

A Ball of Marmalady GinOur Citrus Sundowner Cocktail is a drink designed to make you feel alive and kicking. Best drunk on a warm evening with friends as the sun goes down, it will revitalise the parts that other cocktails fail to reach.

Ingredients

Preparation

This is a long drink refreshing drink, so choose a high ball glass or increase the quantities and add to a pitcher for larger parties. Add the measures of Lime Vodka, Seville Orange Gin, Ginger Wine with plenty of ice to a glass. Then add the juice of a quarter of fresh lime and a quarter of fresh lemon. Top up with tonic water, stirring gently. Garnish with small segments of lime, lemon and orange. Drink slowly facing into the setting sun, and feel happy!

Anything else I should know?

Like all good things in life this cocktail was created by chance and circumstance at a 50th birthday party with friends in Perthshire, Scotland at the end of May. One balmy warm Spring evening, we needed a celebratory drink for the birthday girl, Catriona. With the basic ingredients of Lime Vodka Liqueur, Seville Orange Gin and Ginger Wine to hand, the Citrus Sundowner Cocktail was born, AKA Catriona's Citrus Sundowner. This is a delightful drink that is so fresh it will make you feel young again...well almost!

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Rhubarb Bellini

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 25th May 2013

Rhubarb Bellini CocktailIf you are a rhubarb fan then our Rhubarb Bellini Cocktail will be your drink. Its creation, using our very popular Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5%, marked the launch of our new Demijohn Cocktail Bar in a muddy field at Scone Palace in Pertshire, Scotland in early July 2012, (well we needed something to raise morale in the rain!).

Ingredients

Preparation

This is a long drink that should be ideally served in Champagne Flutes or another similar tall glass. Stew fresh rhubarb stems for about 5 minutes and sweeten generously with sugar. Liquidize the stewed rhubarb with a blender into a smooth paste. Chill for an hour prior to adding 2 teaspoons full of the fruit purée to the glass. Add a measure of Organic Rhubarb Liqueur 20.5% and top up with chilled Prosecco or Sparkling White Wine.

Anything else I should know?

The original Bellini is a long cocktail drink that originated in Venice in the 1930's. It is a mixture of sparkling wine (traditionally Prosecco) and peach purée often served at celebrations. It is one of Italy's most popular cocktails. Our Rhubarb Bellini's proved to be so popular our customers soon forgot the rain and the mud at Scone Palace and really got in the swing of things!

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Raspberry Fresh

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 24th May 2013

Raspberry Fresh Cocktail and Raspberry and Lime Vodka BallSometimes simple flavours pair together in the most magical way, and such is the case in our deliciously fresh tasting Raspberry Fresh Cocktail. Combining our seriously fruity Raspberry Vodka, zesty Lime Vodka Liqueur and fresh apple juice, this drink can make a long and refreshing way to start a warm summer's afternoon or a night on the tiles.

Ingredients

Preparation

Add Raspberry Vodka, Lime Vodka, Raspberry Puree (optional) and plenty of ice to a High Ball or Collins glass and top up with fresh Apple Juice. Top Tip: To make a Raspberry Puree simply wash a good handful of fresh raspberries, place in a suitable bowl and mash, whizz or pummle them into a paste. A fork would do this as well as a very expensive liquidizer! Easy peasy lemon squeezy :)

Anything else I should know?

Mark and Tim in our York shop have had some great ideas for mixing our unique selection of handmade British drinks, but this is one of their best so far. Be warned however, our Raspberry Fresh Cocktail is so easy to drink it might make you rather fresh too!

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Bloody Pirate

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 22nd May 2013

The Bloody Pirate Gift SetThis cocktail is dedicated to our Demijohn boys in York, Mark Perkins and Tim Fox. They have created a great cocktail drink using our hugely popular Raspberry Vodka and Spiced Rum liqueurs to create a big, strong tasting drink for men. If you like Vodka and Rum then this is your cocktail.

Ingredients

Preparation

Very simple. Pour equal measures of Raspberry Vodka Liqueur and Spiced Rum Liqueur over lots of ice in a rocks glass.

Anything else I should know?

The Raspberry Vodka, or Bloody part of this drink, conveys a fruity taste while our Spiced Rum, aka drink of Pirates, adds a rich caramel treat. The result is cracking cup to start any Summer party! The Bloody Pirate is a ready made gift set, a great present idea for men!

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Demijohn Dark Mojito

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 22nd May 2013

Apotheker 1 Litre bottle of Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%Edinburgh was voted in 2008 as the Mojito capital of Europe, impressed? It is only right therefore that we let you into the little secret of the Demijohn Dark Mojito that may have been encouraging this vibrant trend!

Ingredients

Preparation

Gently crush mint in the bottom of the shaker glass, add quarter of fresh lime, fill up with crushed or broken ice. Shake together the Spiced Rum, Lime Vodka and Lemon Vinegar. Strain into a collins glass and add the soda. Top up with crushed ice if required and gently muddle ingredients together. Add straws and away you go!

Anything else I should know?

Some cocktail trivia to impress your friends: The original Mojito is a Cuban Mint Julep with lime and would be made with white rum, not our dark spiced rum as we are suggesting here. During US Prohibition the old recipe was revived with great success at the Bodeguita del Medio Bar in Cuba. Right, now stop studying and get into action....!

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Dark and Staurmy

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 21st May 2013

Dark and Stormy Palm Trees in BermudaThis cocktail was inspired by our visit to Bermuda for Hogmanay 2010 where we took some of our Scottish weather with us and left Bermuda with unseasonal storms, a temperature of around 13 degrees Celcius and a power cut! The recipe is a play on the classic Dark 'n' Stormy cocktail which uses Bermudan Dark Rum and Ginger Beer. Get ready for a surprise as this Scottish Dark & Staurmy version makes a deliciously tempting drink with warming Glaswegian Spiced Rum and smooth Ginger Wine.

Ingredients

Preparation

Half fill a highball glass with ice and add Spiced Rum and Ginger Wine in equal measures. Top up with fresh soda and drink with storm screens closed and heating turned up! If drinking in hot weather, add a slice of lime to the mix.

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Raspberry Vodka Martini

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 20th May 2013

ARaspberry Vodka Martini Cocktail Demijohn Classic and a good one to get a party going!

Ingredients

Preparation

Shake and serve over ice.


Morello Fizz

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 19th May 2013

Morello Fizz CocktailOur Morello Fizz Cocktail is designed an an easy, fun cocktail to get your party started! It combines our uniquely delicious Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur simply with fizz.

Ingredients

Preparation

Add the measure of Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur to a Champagne flute glass and top up with Champagne or sparkling wine. Add a single Morello Cherry from our Morello Cherries in Apple Eau de Vie for great visual effect and watch your party lift off as your guests eventually eat the Morello Cherry in their glass!

Anything else I should know?

If you are looking for present inspiration then consider our Damson and Morello gift set, perfect for those who like their Champagne cocktails as both our Damson Gin Liqueur and Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur can be used to make delicious Kirs.

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Evoque

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 18th May 2013

A Ball of Gooseberry GinIf you are a gin and tonic drinker who simply enjoys a delicious tasting gentle drink at the end of a hard day, then our Evoque Cocktail is your drink. At its core is our Gooseberry Gin Liqueur which is a legendary drink in its own right. Full of flavour with an exciting bitterness, its sophistication has even impressed some of the UKs leading wine critics such as Oz Clark.

Ingredients

Preparation

Briefly shake Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17% and lemon juice with ice, strain into a champagne flute or cocktail glass and top up with chilled tonic. Garnish with a slice of lemon or a few red gooseberries for serious style.

Anything else I should know?

Our Gooseberry Gin is simply delightful over ice, but when drunk long with tonic, it will certainly evoque the mood, but not destroy the intention! You might say our Evoque Cocktail is fun, safe and more rewarding than anything else in its class.... a bit like the car that inspired it.

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Frisky MaK

Posted in Cocktail Recipes , by Frances Ferguson, on 22nd March 2013

This is a play on the traditional Whisky Mac Cocktail with a naughty twist at the end! The ingredients produce a deliciously warming and gingery drink with an unexpected cidery note. If you are looking at finishing a dinner party with a buzz of admiration rather than a yawn of dissent, then there is nothing quite like this simple cocktail with which to impress your friends!

Ingredients

Preparation

Shake and serve over plenty of ice in a tumbler (rocks) glass. Garnish with a slice of fresh apple on the rim.


Randy Rider

Posted in Cocktail Recipes , by Frances Ferguson, on 22nd March 2013

Those boys in our York shop, with help from renowned Yorkshire Chef, Phil Leverington, have been up to their ingenious cocktail mixing tricks again to create this punchy little number, the Randy Rider Cocktail. With a fantastic balance of flavours of rich Spiced Rum Liqueur from Glasgow and smooth Apple Brandy from Somerset, this is a drink to sharpen the tongue after a long dinner! Just sit back and sip....

Ingredients

Preparation

Serve over ice in a rocks glass or tumbler.


Atholl Brose with a Difference

Posted in Cocktail Recipes , by Frances Ferguson, on 22nd March 2013

Atholl Brose was traditionally drunk on Burns Night in Scotland and used to sort the men from the boys! This variation of the traditionally recipe retains the oatmeal to make a cranachan type pudding to be enjoyed by all.

Ingredients

Preparation

Whip the double cream until stiff, then gently stir in the toasted pinhead oatmeal and honey. Chill and just before serving, mix in the Demijohn’s Finest Blended Scotch Whisky 40%.

Anything else I should know?

The name Atholl Brose is supposed to derive from the tale of the Duke of Atholl's capture of his enemy, the Earl of Ross, in 1475. The Duke was supposed to have filled a well, from which the Earl liked to drink, with this magical potion. Ross drank deeply and was captured.


Distressed Damson

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Damson Gin Liqueur 22%Our handmade Damson Gin Liqueur is smooth and fruity when drunk straight. Sharpened up with a little lime turns this drink into a deliciously refreshing aperitif.

Ingredients

Preparation

Muddle a chopped fresh lime and some blueberries in a rocks glass. Add a large (50ml) shot of our Damson Gin, stir, and top up with crushed ice.

Anything else I should know?

This dring can also be made with great effect using our Traditional Sloe Gin.


Lime Vodka Collins

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Lime Vodka Collins CocktailIf you like your drinks sharp and refreshing then this might be just your tipple!

Ingredients

  • 2 measures Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%
  • 1 measure lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • fill with club soda
  • ice cubes

Preparation

Fill a collins glass 3/4 full with ice cubes. Add the Lime Vodka, lemon juice and sugar. Top with club soda.


Blackcurrant Bomb

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013


Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur 20%Blow your friends away with this one!

Ingredients

Preparation

Garnish with a slice of lemon, serve over ice.

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Pink Gin

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Pink Gin CocktailThe Pink Gin was invented by the British Navy, and the inclusion of our blackcurrant vinegar: a favourite food of blackbirds, and a fruit reminiscent of summer puddings, seems to celebrate its very Britishness - hurrah!

Ingredients

Preparation

Rinse a martini glass with Blackcurrant Vinegar or Angostura Bitters, then add a generous measure of Demijohnnie Gin 50%

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Tam O Shanter

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Acrobats - Apotheker 40ml bottles filled with Demijohn's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky 40%This is a very good cocktail for you to get your Burns Night Supper festivities off to a cracking start.

Ingredients

Preparation

Strain over ice into a chilled high ball cocktail glass and serve. While your guest are consuming your fine cocktail, take your chance to perform Burns' famous Tam O' Shanter poem for them and simply await their applause. Please note, it may take more than one cocktail!


Bloody Rusty Nail

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Antica Quadra 500ml bottle of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23%All credit for this little genius of a drink goes to our erstwhile Edinburgh Shop Manager, Alastair Simpson. Always one to appreciate a good thing, Alastair seems to have found a way of spicing up Oz Clarke's favourite liqueur from Demijohn, our Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, and making a good drink even better. The rich fruity taste of Brambles (or Blackberrys) in the liqueur make this drink seriously fruity with a bloody big punch of whisky!

Ingredients

Preparation

Shake and serve in Boston shot glasses.


Carrie MaK

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Ginger Wine 14.5%Our Shop Manager in Glasgow, Carrie Hay, is credited with inventing this delicious little cocktail. It is simple to make and dangerously easy to consume! Another twist on the traditional Whisky Mac Cocktail, the combination of ingredients here produces a beautifully sweet, smooth and gingery drink. If you like rhubarb and ginger, you are going to love this!

Ingredients

Preparation

Serve over plenty of ice in a tumbler (rocks) glass

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Rhubarb MAkintosh

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Mystic 500ml Stacking bottle filled with Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5%A twist on the traditional Whisky Mac Cocktail, this definitely has its roots in Glasgow. Glasgow's fame for its artists, such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, heavy rain and eccentricity makes Rhubarb MaKintosh an appropriate choice of name for this inspiring cocktail! The combination of ingredients sharpens the rhubarb flavours and produces a dry drink with lemon overtones. Clever, with a few surprises up its sleeve...

Ingredients

Preparation

Shake and serve over plenty of ice in a tumbler (rocks) glass. Add a thin slice of root ginger to the edge of the glass.


Scottish Rose

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Cubana 700ml bottle of Caol Ila Single Islay Malt Whisky 46%The name Scottish Rose does not refer to the colour of the drink itself but rather the colour of one's cheeks after drinking it! This cocktail recipe was created for the Demijohn 2008 Staff Christmas night out by Alastair Simpson at which a cocktail competition was held between our Edinburgh and Glasgow shops. The Glasgow cocktail is called a Strawberry Moscow Mule. Although a draw was declared on the night, your comments on the success of each recipe would be much appreciated and can be posted online if witty enough!

Ingredients

Preparation

Take 2 classic Martini glasses, evenly split the 1/2 measure of Caol Ila between the 2 glasses. Tilt each glass and spin slowly to entirely coat the inside of the glass with a film of the whisky and discard the remainder. Then take a Cocktail Shaker, and fill with ice. Add 2 measures of Demijohnnie Gin 50% and a single measure of Apricot Brandy Liqueur 17%. Shake vigorously and then strain evenly into the 2 prepared glasses to remove the ice. To finish the cocktail, drop in a whole fresh bramble (blackberry) and then serve.


Strawberry Moscow Mule

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%This cocktail recipe was created for the Demijohn 2008 Staff Christmas night out by Carrie Hay as our Glasgow team's entry to a cocktail competition between our Edinburgh and Glasgow shops. The Edinburgh cocktail is called Scottish Rose. Although a draw was declared on the night, your comments on the success of each recipe would be much appreciated and could be posted online if witty enough!

Ingredients

  • 3 measures Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%
  • 6 Fresh Strawberries
  • 3/4 measure Fresh Lime Juice
  • A dash of Sugar Syrup
  • 5 measures of Ginger Ale

Preparation

To start, blitz up 2/3 of your fresh strawberries. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the Lime Vodka, lime juice and a dash of sugar syrup and shake well. Take a Collins glass (or tall straight sided glass), add 2 or 3 blocks of ice and a couple of whole strawberries. Strain your mixed drink into the glass until half full, top up with Ginger Ale. Garnish with half a strawberry, add straws. Serves 2.

Anything else I should know?

To make this sharper and more limey, simply leave out the sugar syrup.


Wee Bloody Mary Doll

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%This is an old favourite of mine for clearing the head on a Sunday morning pre-lunch! The first named Bloody Mary Cocktail was created by Fernand "Pete" Petiot of Harry's Bar in Paris. He is thought to have named the drink after Mary Pickford the famous actress. There is no doubt in my mind that the man deserves a medal as it is a fabulous combination of flavours. Many variations on a Bloody Mary have been thought up since, which makes this a fun drink to make time and again. See my little tips below for some ideas, but I suggest you start with our Wee Bloody Mary Doll to get you off to a good start!

Ingredients

  • 2 measures Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%
  • 1 measure Cucumber Vodka 29.1%
  • 5 measures Tomato Juice 4 drops of Tabasco
  • 1 pinch of Celery Salt
  • 1 small pinch of Black Pepper

Preparation

Shake and strain through a hawthorn strainer (or anything similar to hand!). Serve in a large goblet or tumbler glass with a short stem of celery and its leaves to add a bit of style.

Anything else I should know?

  • If a measure of Tequila is added your Bloody Mary will become a Deadly Mary.
  • If Tequila is used in the place of the vodka this will become a Bloody Maria.
  • If our Demijohnnie Gin 50% is used instead of our Lime Vodka Liqueur 24% and a half a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice is added, your cocktail will become a Red Snapper.

Elderflower Vodka Cooler

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

The ElderflowerIt may look simple, but this drink has the ability to turn spring into Summer, even in Scotland. So, break out your BBQ and head for the garden as our Elderflower Cooler cocktail will start your party with refreshing style!

Ingredients

  • 2 measures of Organic Elderflower Vodka 26%
  • 1 measure of Lemon Vodka Liqueur 22.5%
  • Top up with soda or sparkling mineral water

Preparation

Use an old fashioned tumbler or rocks glass. Pour Organic Elderflower Vodka and Lemon Vodka Liqueur measures over ice, top up with soda and garnish with a slice of lemon. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!


Demijohn Wibble

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Demijohn WibbleMake like an expert mixologist and create this concoction. It’s a bitter sweet drink that’ll warm you and your guests up in a flash. As recommended by Rebecca Twomey in Cosmopolitan Magazine in December 2009!

Ingredients

Preparation

Add the gins, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, sugar syrup and whisky to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

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Grapefruit Vodka Mojito

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%In October 2009, just after we launched our new shop in York, we launched our Grapefruit Vodka Liqueur 20%. Made for originally for us by Ian and Rosemary Mills in Powys in Wales, this is a truely fabulous drink for all citrus vodka lovers. The cocktail possibilites for this drink are endless, but one cocktail creation stands out from the crowd as having been deliciously successful and was developed on the back of the popularity of our Demijohn Dark Mojito. In fact our Grapefruit Vodka Mojito is so drinkable that is now used on a regular basis to start our Demijohn Tasting Evenings. Not a bad way to start an evening I think you will agree!

Ingredients

  • 2 measures Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%
  • 2 measures Grapefruit Vodka Liqueur 20%
  • 2 measures Soda Water
  • 3-4 sprigs of mint
  • Hearty squeeze of fresh lime

Preparation

Gently crush mint in the bottom of the shaker glass, add a hearty squeeze of fresh lime, fill up with crushed or broken ice. Shake Spiced Rum, Grapefruit Vodka. Stain into a colins glass and add the soda. Top up with crushed ice if required and gently muddle ingredients together. Add straws and away you go!

Anything else I should know?

A little Mojito cocktail trivia to impress your friends: The original Mojito is a Cuban Mint Julep with lime and would be made with white rum, not our dark spiced rum as we are suggesting here. During US Prohibition the old recipe was revived with great success at the Bodeguita del Medio Bar in Cuba. Right, now stop studying and get into action....!

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Somerset Applecart

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Somerset 10 Year Old Cider Brandy 42%This cocktail was created to mark Saint George's Day, normally on 23 April. It needed to be quintessentially English, seasonally fresh and with a bite like Saint George's slain dragon! The result is a sharp, fresh cocktail with a little history of its own. Our Somerset Applecart cocktail combines the brilliantly smooth apple taste of our Somerset 10 Year Old Cider Brandy 42% and the delicious marmalady twang of our Seville Orange Gin 26%.

Ingredients

Preparation

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake and strain cocktail glass. Garnish with slices of lemon and orange. Drink slowly to unleash the dragon!

Anything else I should know?

I always like a twist of cocktail trivia with each of our cocktails as there is generally an underlying reason for each creation. This one certainly appeals to my military roots as our Somerset Applecart is a derivation of the famous Sidecar cocktail created after the First world War at Harry's Bar in Paris. The story recounts that an Army Captain was in the habit of arriving in a chauffeur driven motorcycle sidecar at the Bar and that Harry created a cocktail for him. Using cognac, cointreau and lemon juice he created the drink known now as a Sidecar. Our cocktail uses this marvelous complement of tastes and the best of British handmade drinks to create a new English classic the Somerset Applecart!


Election Twist on a Long Island Iced Tea

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Election Twist on a Long Island Iced TeaThe 2010 election fever certainly needed a little ice to cool it off. We created our Election Twist cocktail to be just the long drink needed to keep us up late and survive a long night of vote counting! Our Election Twist is a Demijohn variation of the seductively sweet classic Long Island Iced Tea cocktail and has been invented by one of our Glasgow team members, Carlos Wheeler. It was first drunk by a group of guests taking part in one of our organised tasting evenings in Glasgow. Their enthusiastic noises of approval have now written it into the official Demijohn Cocktail Book.

Ingredients

Preparation

Describing the preparation of this drink reads like a manifesto. Making our Election Twist is an undemanding labour of love! Start with equal measures of our marmalady Seville Orange Gin 26% and our Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%. Add a conservative measure of Spiced Rum and a splash of fresh squeezed lemon to give a twist of independence and a subtly green feel. Shake and strain into an ice filled Colins (long) or Rocks (short) glass and top up with a liberal dose of full fat Coca Cola.

Anything else I should know?

If you are a monster raving looney and want to make it a classic Long Island Iced Tea, add a half measure of gold Tequila and teaspoon full of egg white. Election night will never be the same again!


Sloe Gin Rickey

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Sloe Gin Rickey CocktailFor Sloe Gin Liqueur lovers this is a must to try. It will wake any party up with is freshness!

Ingredients

Preparation

Squeeze the lime juice directly into a highball glass half filled with ice, add spent shell and Sloe Gin. Mix with spoon and add soda.

Anything else I should know?

Our Sloe Gin 25% can be replaced by our Sloe Sherry Liqueur 18% to make a Sloe Sherry Rickey which is a slightly lighter drink!


Edinburgh Apple Royal

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Edinburgh Apple Royal CocktailEdinburgh Apple Royal was a cocktail created to celebrate The Royal Wedding between Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton which took place at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011. It is a deliciously spring fresh aperitif, with a distinctive taste of apples and a hint of citrus. This drink brings together the finest taste of British apples used in the production of our Somerset Pomona 20% and the Spring freshness of our marmalady Seville Orange Gin 26%.

Ingredients

Preparation

Add ingredients to ice in an old fashioned whisky tumbler, top up with indian tonic water and garnish with a slice from a very British Apple such as Kingston Black, Harry Masters Jersey or Brown Snout!

Anything else I should know?

Our Staff Christmas Party in Glasgow, Feb 2011, with extra hair!Like everything at Demijohn there is a good story behind the creation of this new cocktail drink. Our Royal Wedding Cocktail was to be both fitting, appropriate and drinkable in Royal circles. To encourage some ideas we held a friendly competition between our 3 shops, with the intention of the newly created drinks being judged at our annual Staff Christmas Party. In 2011 it was held in our Glasgow Shop in early February.

The theme for the party was A Twist on Burns and those in attendance not only performed acts of poetry and music, in keeping with the tradition of Burns, but they also wore an item of fake hair! The prize for the best cocktail was relief for the creators from the fake hair they were wearing for the remainder of the party. So, competition on the night as you can imagine was stiff, but Demijohn Edinburgh won with their fabulous creation Edinburgh Apple Royal, a fitting and appropriate drink for even the finest State ceremony and certainly a drink to mark the Royal Wedding!


Seabreeze

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 13th March 2013

Seabreeze CocktailI first discovered this drink in Hong Kong when I was involved with its handover to the Chinese in 1997. It was hot, hot, hot and we had many reasons to party. Records do not recount how many of these delightful Seabreeze cocktails were consumed, but their refreshing memory lingers on to this day! If you are having a Summer BBQ and it is a hot day, then I certainly can recommend one of these to wake everyone up and really get things going.

Ingredients

  • 2 measures of Grapefruit Vodka Liqueur 22%
  • 2 measures of fresh cranberry juice
  • Ice

Preparation

Pour Grapefruit Vodka and cranberry juice over lots of ice in cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime. Sip slowly and enjoy the freshness.


Cossack Kiss

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 13th March 2013

Cossack Kiss CocktailYou may not be able to dance like a Cossack, but there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to drink like one! Invented by our York Shop Team in early 2012, this is a fun cocktail combining our handmade Butterscotch Cream Liqueur with real Devonshire cream and our velvety smooth Spiced Rum Liqueur.

Ingredients

Preparation

Using a shot glass or small tumbler, if you are to include ice, pour in the Butterscotch Cream Liqueur first. Then pour the Spiced Rum Liqueur very slowly over the back of a tea spoon that hovers just above the Butterscotch Cream Liqueur. The result should be that the rum successfully floats on top of the cream. If you don't get it right on your first go, then unfortunately you will just have to try it again. Practice, of course, makes perfect and in this case a very jolly night!

Anything else I should know?

The Cossack Kiss Cocktail can be drunk at the start of an evening with friends as a sharpener or after dinner when the liqueurs come round. The combination of Cider Brandy in our Butterscotch Cream Liqueur and dark Demerara Rum in our Spiced Rum Liqueur make this drink an irresistible sip with a little kick in the pants! If you are looking for looking for present inspiration for a rum cocktail drinker then consider our Cocktail Kiss Cocktail Set.

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Wild Plum Bellini

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 13th March 2013

Celebrate with a Wild Plum BelliniOur Wild Plum Bellini Cocktail is a fun play on a classic Bellini Cocktail and was designed specially for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in June 2012.

Ingredients

  • 1 measure of Wild Bullace Liqueur 23%
  • 3 measures of Prosecco (or Champagne or other sparkling wine)
  • Fresh Plums (preferably Damsons) Fresh Mint

Preparation

This is a long drink that should be ideally served in Champagne Flutes or another similar tall glass. Take a good handful of fresh ripe plums (preferably damsons), wash and then liquidize with a blender into a smooth paste. Chill for an hour prior to adding a teaspoon full of the fruit purée to the glass. Add the measure of Wild Bullace Liqueur and top up with chilled Prosecco. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve immediately. Seasonally, and for added effect this cocktail can be made with our Sloe Gin Liqueur or Damson Gin Liqueur and include puréed fruit from Sloe, Bullace, Damson and other plum family fruit trees.

Anything else I should know?

The original Bellini is a long cocktail drink that originated in Venice in the 1930's. It is a mixture of sparkling wine (traditionally Prosecco) and peach purée often served at celebrations. It is one of Italy's most popular cocktails. We are sure that our new style Wild Plum Bellini will not only bring on the Summer sun, but hopefully keep it shining throughout the whole of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year!

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Gin Fresh

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Gin Fresh CocktailThis is quick, simple to make and stylish

Ingredients

  • Double measure of our Demijohnnie Gin 50%
  • Dash of Elderflower Cordial
  • Couple of fresh mint leaves

Preparation

Combine our Demijohnnie Gin 50% and Elderflower Cordial in a tumbler with plenty of ice. Muddle with fresh mint. Hey presto! Warning, this is not for the faint hearted!


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