"Roses are red, cocktails are blue. And pink. And green"
Love is in the air, and cupid has a quartet of love potions up his sleeve. Learn how to make a flight of 4 impassioned cocktails that will guarantee your crush falls hard for you this Valentine's Day...
Roses are red, violets are blue, and so is this stunning Aviation cocktail.
This cocktail is a classic and a real showstopper, mixing floral and fragrant violet with maraschino. The match of these with the gin botanicals from Hidden Curiosities gin, along with the incredible colour, makes this one a firm favourite.
It's very simple to make, so it's a perfect way to impress your date this Valentine's Day.
• 60ml Hidden Curiosities Gin
• 10ml Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur
• 10ml Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
• 30ml Fresh Lemon Juice
• Maraschino Cherry to garnish
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and vigorously wet shake together with plenty of ice for 30 seconds. Fine strain into a chilled Coupe or Nick & Nora glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
The Hanky Panky cocktail was first invented by Ada Coleman, a famous female bartender who worked at the Savoy Hotel back in 1903. This version is made with Hidden Curiosities gin, Cocchi Torino Vermouth, and Asterley Brothers Fernet which is full of delicious herbs and citrus notes.
• 50ml Hidden Curiosities Gin
• 50ml Cocchi Torino Vermouth
• 5ml Asterley Brothers Fernet
• Orange Peel to garnish
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and vigorously wet shake together with plenty of ice for 30 seconds. Fine strain into a chilled Coupe or Nick & Nora glass, express the oils from orange peel into the cocktail, run it around the edge of the glass and drop in. Alternatively, garnish the rim of the glass with orange peel.
This Japanese-inspired Negroni was designed by Hidden Curiosities gin creator Jenny herself. It was specifically made with those in mind who haven't yet acquired the very bitter taste of Campari. She decided to replace it with Asterley Bros Dispense Amaro, as it has a softer bitter-sweet taste and is full of depth from an array of herbs, citrus and spices, and is less cutting than Campari. She also opted for Mancino Sakura Vermouth, a sweet vermouth with cherry blossom and violet petals, lifting the flavours for a wonderfully bitter-sweet and floral Negroni.
• 30ml Hidden Curiosities Gin
• 20ml Mancino Sakura Vermouth
Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice, add all the ingredients and stir for 20 seconds. Express the oils from pink grapefruit peel into the cocktail, run it around the edge of the glass and drop in.
I Love Yuzu So Matcha
The "I Love Yuzu So Matcha" Navy Strength Negroni is an East-Meets-West take on the White Negroni, using Aranami Navy Strength gin, Belsazar Riesling Vermouth, Suze Bitters, Yuzu Saké, and Ceremonial Grade Matcha.
• 20ml Aranami Strength Gin
• 20ml Belsazar Riesling Vermouth
• 20ml Suze Liqueur
• 10ml Yuzu Saké
• 1/4 tsp Matcha Powder (Ideally ceremonial grade)
Dissolve the matcha powder in a very small amount of warm water. Fill a glass with ice, add all the ingredients and stir for 20 seconds. Garnish with lemon peel or candied yuzu.