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20/04/2021

Colonsay Cocktails No.16 – Long Island Spiced Tea

Quite a lot going on with this one – but persevere – it’s super tasty! A subtle riff on the classic, which is in Difford’s Guide on their website. The spice element is simply that you replace white rum with spiced rum. That provided the perfect opportunity to use Cut O The Rum Spiced Rum, with its delicious vanilla & caramel flavours, tempered by a little peppery spice. This tasty rum is backed up here by 4 more excellent spirits – Cazcabel Tequila Blanco , Colonsay Gin Cait Sith, Puffing... Read More

19/04/2021

Colonsay Cocktails No.15 – Negroni Verdi

As you probably guessed, it’s a green Negroni. The gorgeous colour comes courtesy of P31 Green Aperitivo, with it’s delicious blend of bittersweet herbs and botanicals. We’ve used our punchy Colonsay Gin Tonn Mor Navy Strength gin as the base, to stand up to those tasty & intense herbal flavours. Then some Bitter Bianco rather than Campari (for obvious reasons of colour), and the same goes for Cinzano Bianco in place of sweet vermouth. But the overall taste is unmistakably in the bittersweet spirit of the Negroni style. Method and... Read More

31/03/2021

Colonsay Cocktails No.14 – Greyhound’s Tail

Ant @cocktails_for_breakfast has used our new Colonsay Vodka in a riff on the Greyhound (which is basically just vodka and pink grapefruit juice). He’s added in some Pampelle Ruby Red Grapefruit Apertitif to really ramp up the grapefruit flavour. This delicious bittersweet grapefruit Aperitif is a real flavour-bomb of citrus 😋 he’s also included a little honey syrup, to balance out those predominantly sour & bittersweet flavours. It turned out simple yet delicious. Method and ingredients below: 45ml Colonsay Vodka 15ml Grapefruit Aperitif 60ml Pink Grapefruit Juice 7.5ml Honey Syrup... Read More

21/02/2021

Colonsay Cocktails No.13 – Island Paradise II

Island Paradise II Another great recipe from Ant @cocktails_for_breakfast an improved version of a cocktail we featured a few months ago. The base is our Colonsay Gin – Tonn Mor Navy Strength combined with a Pineapple Gin and for an extra kick and more citrus to back up the Arancione Aperitivo there’s some Blue Curacao – helps with the colour too! Some cinnamon stick and mint leaf ‘palm trees’ on a lemon beach as a garnish. Method & Ingredients: 30ml Colonsay Gin – Tonn Mor 30ml Pineapple Gin 15ml Arancione... Read More

21/01/2021

Colonsay Cocktails No.12 – Gin Pahit

Anthony @cocktails_for_breakfast has given us another great cocktail to try. This cocktail may be small, but it certainly packs a punch! For the base we’ve used Colonsay Gin – Tonn Mor, which is a navy strength London Dry and we’ll explain why later. Firstly, the cocktail: There are some pretty major disagreements around this cocktail, mostly centred around the amount of Angostura bitters used. Difford’s Guide (along with other respected sources) would have you use 2 dashes (some say 3). However, the Raffles Hotel, and also @dradamshob Book Of Bitters,... Read More

14/12/2020

Colonsay Cocktails No.11 – Azure Negroni

Anthony @cocktails_for_breakfast has given us another great cocktail to try. Delicious bittersweet citrus flavours, with our top quality Colonsay Gin – Solas as the base. And of course, who doesn’t love a blue cocktail! Method and ingredients below: 30ml Colonsay Gin – Solas Gin 20ml Bitter Bianco 20ml Lillet Blanc 20ml Blue Curaçao Stir all ingredients over ice until well chilled, then strain into an Old Fashioned glass over large ice cubes. Garnish with an orange peel twist. Simple to make with subtle flavours.

26/11/2020

Colonsay Cocktails No.10 – Nesmith Carioca

Once again we thank our ‘resident’ mixologist Anthony @cocktails_for_breakfast for this fabulous creation. This cocktail was first created by filmmaker Rob Christopher in 2014. Rob named this in tribute to musician Michael Nesmith and his 1979 song Carioca Rob created this with one of his favourite gins, so we’ve done the same and used our Colonsay Gin – Tonn Mor which is a bold, punchy, dry, and, of course, juniper-forward Navy Strength gin. With lime, pineapple, honey and bitters, this is a delicious gin-based Tiki sipper. Method and ingredients below:... Read More

19/11/2020

Colonsay Cocktails No.9 – Suffering Bastard

A Tiki classic, this recipe is courtesy of the @cocktails_for_breakfast. A split base of brandy and gin. Full details below: 30ml Colonsay Gin 30ml Brandy 15ml Lime Juice Cordial 2 dashes Angostura bitters 120ml Ginger Beer Add all ingredients (apart from the ginger beer) to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well chilled. Add the ginger beer, then open pour carefully into a double rocks / OF glass, or a Tiki mug as shown here. Garnish with mint and citrus

06/11/2020

Colonsay Cocktails No.8 – Ampersand

This is quite a boozy brandy influenced affair! Those looking for something sweet may not find it here! Very much for the Martini & Manhattan lover’s out there. This cocktail was first published in the Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book by A.S. Crockett. As Difford’s Guide explains, the name may be a reference to the ampersand (&) in the brand of vermouth that was used. Did you know that the ampersand was once part of the English alphabet? It was more or less the 27th letter, after Z. The symbol didn’t... Read More

26/10/2020

Colonsay Cocktails No.7 – Island Paradise

We just couldn’t resist this fabulous looking creation from Ant @cocktails_for_breakfast ! It’s worth making just for the insane garnish don’t you think!? It’s name is also very appropriate, seeing as we live on the beautiful island of Colonsay, although we’re struggling to find palm trees! Just have to settle for all the exotic flora and fauna in Colonsay House gardens instead! This is not the type of drink you’d normally associate with Scottish gin, but there are plenty of Tiki drinks that use gin as their base, so we... Read More