Whether you’re looking for something new for a belated Valentine’s Day celebration, Galentines Day or just the approaching end of summer, we know that you will enjoy and savour the taste of this glorious cocktail.
The ‘Oz Pimm’s’ is our ode to summer flavours and was first ‘created’ back in October 2018 at the Wahroonga Food & Wine Festival. Our festival 'neighbour' was Pimm’s and once we started chatting we couldn’t help but try each other’s wares. One thing lead to another and by late afternoon this was our favourite drink!
The great thing about this cocktail is that it’s super easy to make (and even easier to enjoy). For me this drink was perfect. Light, refreshing and not overly alcoholic it worked with meals throughout the summer whether salads, BarBQues, chicken, fish and cheese platters! (Virtually everything except the Christmas roast!)
And just as Pimm’s is perfect for Wimbeldon’s tennis tournament, the Oz Pimm’s was the ideal cocktail for the Australian Open! So go ahead and enjoy a few. (After all summer is over in a fortnight!)
15 ml Riberry Shrub
45 ml Pimm’s Cup #1
Garnish: Strawberry + Cucumber + Orange Slice + Mint Leaves
- In cocktail shaker, muddle Mint Leaves with Riberry Shrub.
- Add Pimm’s and shake to mix.
- Fill ‘Tumbler’ with ice. Pour Pimm’s + Shrub mix over ice.
- Top with Ginger Ale and stir to mix.
- Garnish with extra Mint Leaves + Cucumber + Orange Slice + Strawberry
You can also think of this as a totally historical cocktail as it’s based on Pimm’s Cup #1 (approx. 1850) + vinegar Shrub (approx. 1700’s) made with Riberries (Australian indigenous fruit, approx. 35,000 BC).
It’s always nice to know that you’re enjoying something that’s been around for awhile!
We can’t decide on the best name for our latest cocktail!
Did You Know? – That a Vodka based Martini is also called a Kangaroo?! Neither did we until we did some investigating. It seems the name goes all the way back to the 60’s. Which is why we’re looking for an Oz name for this cocktail created for your summer entertaining menu!
Our inspiration was this beautiful Rainbow cake from @tastethelove_madewithlove at the Rose Bay Market.
We started with a reverse Martini and then decided to ‘even’ up the ingredients. Rather than Gin, we went with Vodka to let the Oz vermouth take centre stage. And of course we needed a Shrub. The Riberry was perfect for both flavour (a touch of spice) and colour.
The first 3 ingredients are equal in quantity and we finished with a flourish of Watermelon Juice with it’s delicate, and light and subtle sweetness. (This ingredient will be a Summer '17 favourite!) The result is a cocktail with style and flavour without being overwhelming. We’re sure it will be a summer favourite!
15 ml Alaskan Rock Vodka
15 ml Animal Spirit Vermouth
15 ml Riberry Shrub
60 ml H2 Melon Water
- Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker and shake to mix well.
- Pour into *‘well dressed’ flute.
*(Rim dipped into Riberry Shrub and then dipped into edible sugar beads to coat the rim. The sweet version of a Margarita presentation.)
Serve & Enjoy!
July is a VERY busy month. If you’re not into skiing, July can be all about short days and cold nights. Just when all you want to do is bundle up and binge watch TV in front of the heater, ‘events’ pop up.
Did you partake in this month’s Dry July for charity? Were you invited to a ‘Christmas in July’ dinner or luncheon. Or maybe you were doing the organising for these events. How did you go?
Our contribution to the menu works for both events. Mulled Apple Hot Toddy is perfect because:
- It’s seasonal thanks to it’s traditional ‘holiday’ flavours and perfect for winter
- It’s non alcoholic
Everyone can enjoy a cup from 4 to 104 (and beyond). Plus it’s quick, easy and inexpensive to make.
Mulled Apple Hot Toddie
1 Litre Apple Juice
3 Tbls Mulling Spices (Herbies)
3 Tbls Riberry Shrub
3 Lemon Myrtle Leaves (Herbies)
- Combine all ingredients and microwave for 15 minutes Medium/High
- Cool and refrigerate until needed.
- Reheat approx. 10 minutes on medium/high (microwave) or gently simmer on stove.
- Strain flavour elements out and serve warm.
This mocktail is the reworked traditional Mulled Wine favourite with an added touch of Oz. Our base is Apple Juice and the customary ‘mulling’ spices (cinnamon, allspice orange peel, etc.) thanks to Herbies. We added dried Lemon Myrtle Leaves for their unique citrus flavour and our Riberry Shrub's clove spiciness for a bit of extra Australian flavour.
Remember to serve it warm and don’t forget the presentation. Our cup is the T2 Chai Henna Gold Mug.
March has arrived with it’s shorter days. And to make matters worse Sydney seems to have been wet (and relatively sunless) for what seems like an eternity.
This week the skies are finally drying out (in patches) so here’s our very special version of an Espresso Martini in celebration!
CC Espresso Ribertini
30 ml Vodka Alaskan Rock Vodka
30 ml Strong Coffee – Serious Deliria Cold Brew
15 ml Vermouth – Maidenii Classic – Australian vermouth
15 ml Riberry Shrub
- Combine Vodka, Coffee, Vermouth and Shrub in cocktail shaker.
- Add ice cubes and shake for 10-15 seconds
- Strain into chilled martini style glass, add garnish (optional) and serve.
The secret ingredient for this special cocktail? Our Riberry Shrub! It’s sweet, tart, clove-like, spicy taste is the perfect counterbalance for Serious Deliria’s full-bodied coffee essence and Maidenii’s Oz botanicals. And the Alaskan Rock Vodka is a great base for this serious combination.
I love this classic variation. The Australian botanicals (including strawberry gum and wattleseed) give just the right mix of sweet and dry to the Maidenii Classic Vermouth. (If you prefer a dryer martini go for their Dry Vermouth but stay with this brand for a unique Australian taste twist.)
Have you tried cold brew coffee? It reminds me of the phrase, ‘Same, same but different’. This special manufacturing process yields a beautiful coffee flavour with added richness and no bitterness and/or burnt taste. I love Serious Deliria and it’s now a pantry staple for my recipes that need a coffee ‘hit’.
Vodka is the preferred base for an espresso martini and Alaskan Rock Vodka is perfect. It’s clean, crisp base lets the other flavours shine! And despite it’s name it’s a local spirit well worth stocking.
So how will you be enjoying your coffee this autumn?
Raise your Glass to Summer!
Sydney summers can be brutal but you need to stay positive! Which is why we love this years’ new cocktail the Frosé. (It’s a fancy name for frozen wine!) It’s light, refreshing and VERY easy to make - The perfect way to stay ‘cool’ this summer.
All Frosé starts with a rosé wine. Our wine of choice is a local favourite, A.Retief’s ‘Winbirra’ Rosé from Urban Winery. We ‘upped the ante’ with fresh strawberries, our Riberry Shrub and a touch of ‘something’ extra with a splash of Cherry Heering liqueur added to the fruit. The rosé is dry, beautifully balanced and the perfect match for the sweetened fruit.
How easy was it to make? Just freeze the rosé wine overnight. (It won’t freeze completely because of the rosés’ alcohol content.) In the meantime hull and slice the strawberries (5 - 6). Mix with 30ml of the Riberry Shrub and 15ml of Cherry Heering liqueur. Set aside.
When you’re ready to serve assemble your Frosé cocktail. Start with the frozen rosé then add a quick layer of the marinated fruit. Next a layer of frozen rosé and another layer for fruit. Keep going until you reach the top of your glass, finishing off with the frozen rosé. Garnish with a strawberry!
Our hardest problem was trying to decide if our Frosé was our favourite dessert or cocktail!