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16/09/2021

Colonsay Cocktails No.22 – Vanilla Laika

Created by Jake Burger in 2002 at Townhouse in Leeds. We’ve reduced the amount of simple syrup from the original and your preference on this (as ours was) will probably be dictated by how sweet your apple juice is. This is a lovely refreshing cocktail, perfect for a warm sunny day! We’ve used a miniature of Absolut Vanilla but if you don’t have any vanilla vodka, then you could of course infuse any vodka with vanilla beans / pods, for a similarly delicious result. We’ve replaced the Creme de Mure... Read More

03/09/2021

Colonsay Cocktails No.21 – Salty Dog

An easy but tasty cocktail that’s been around for many years. Seeing as it’s only 3 ingredients, quality is key. Using our excellent Colonsay Vodka which is made using peated barley. This gives it a slightly smoky flavour, which adds a delicious complexity to this very simple drink. It also pairs beautifully when you taste it with the salt rim. This can be served in a highball over ice, or straight up as we’ve done here. Method and ingredients below: 45ml Colonsay Vodka 15ml Maraschino Liqueur 60ml Pink Grapefruit Juice... Read More

20/07/2021

Colonsay Cocktails No.20 – International Incident

This pairs some Irish Cream with our peated barley Colonsay Vodka, some excellent cold brew coffee liqueur and the deliciously nutty duo of Disaronno almond liqueur and Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. This creamy & tasty number is one we saw on Difford’s Guide website. Method and ingredients below: 30ml Irish Cream Liqueur 15ml Colonsay Vodka 15ml Coffee Liqueur Mr Black Spirits 15ml Hazelnut Liqueur Frangelico 15ml Amaretto Disaronno Shake all ingredients with ice until well chilled, then fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. We’ve decided to serve it on the... Read More

25/06/2021

Colonsay Cocktails No.19 – Yellow Daisy

According to Harry Craddock’s 1930 “The Savoy Cocktail Book”, the Yellow Daisy was the favourite drink of (and was possibly even invented by) Richard William Clarke, who was known as “Deadwood Dick”. Clarke was a onetime Custer Scout, a Pony Express rider, a Deadwood Gulch stagecoach guard and he was the inspiration for 64 “Deadwood Dick” novels by E. L. Wheeler. Clarke was friends with Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickock & Buffalo Bill amongst others and he is buried on Sunrise Mountain, overlooking Deadwood Gulch, South Dakota. I was a... Read More

20/05/2021

Colonsay Cocktails No.18 – Rum Runner

This 1970s Tiki cocktail calls for 151-proof Bacardi, but it’s no longer in production. This gave us a chance to use the 151-proof version of Old J Spiced Rum which is excellent. It may be a spiced rum but it isn’t too sweet, it’s still packed with flavour but it’s not overpowering at all. So good. Just bear in mind that it’s 75.5% ABV, so don’t go overboard haha 😂 This recipe also calls for a Blackberry Brandy, but we’ve subbed in our own fantastic Colonsay Bramble Liqueur, which is... Read More

20/04/2021

Colonsay Cocktails No.17 – Irish Dramble

A Dramble is just a Bramble using Scotch Whisky in place of gin. It was created by Jacob Briars for Dewar’s Whisky. For this version we’ve gone Irish instead though, with the delicious Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey from Dublin 🇮🇪 In place of Creme de Mure we’ve used our very own Colonsay Bramble Liqueur. Method and ingredients below: 60ml Teeling Irish Whiskey 30ml Lemon Juice 12.5ml Colonsay Bramble Liqueur 12.5ml Sugar Syru Shake first 3 ingredients with ice until well chilled, then strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled... Read More

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