Friday, 10 January 2014

Sweet Thang

Out of necessity, I converted a classic orange cocktail into a grapefruit surprise.

The ‘Sweet Patootie’, which blends gin with triple sec and orange juice is a nice enough cocktail. However, our house was an OJ-free zone. Time to improvise.


1 measure Cointreau or triple sec
1 measure gin
1 measure grapefruit juice
Dash of grenadine or hibiscus
Dash of orange bitters.

Shake over ice. Refrain from the grenadine or hibiscus if you don’t have a sweet tooth. I like it either way.

Regarding the name, I’m a little mystified. Literally, it’s US for sweet potato – and the colour matches, but only when made with grenadine. Otherwise, it’s a subtle yellow.


By Pamela Kelt 

If you add the grenadine after the fact, let it sink to the bottom, you can create a 'sunrise' effect.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Union member

This cocktail is a mystery. I found a post-it note in my cocktail bible with the name Union Member, with the following ingredients.

I can’t recall where I found it. I’m guessing it’s close to Union Jack, with sloe gin, more regular gin and grenadine.

It could be that if you use a really dark sloe gin, it comes out a shade of red worthy of a socialist flag. My home-made sloe gin is rather pale, so it's definitely more 'pinko' than truly communist.

So, whatever the origin, here it is:

1 measure sloe gin
1 measure dry vermouth
Dash angostura bitters

Shake over ice – and serve with a maraschino cherry if you’ve any left over from Christmas.

If anyone knows where this originated, I’d love to hear from you.

PS: Here's a sneak preview of the next batch of sloe gin I'm making, which is reminiscent of a murky pond at this stage. A month on, it's now mulberry-coloured, thanks to using brown sugar. We shall see ...