Sunday, 26 March 2023

Frozen Paloma

This drink is named the Paradise Paloma by the people behind the Margaritaville frozen drinks machine. The recipe, which I've tweaked ever-so-slightly, is designed for the automatic batch setting. It makes 3-4 drinks depending on the size of your cups.

Frozen Paloma

5 oz tequila
7 oz grapefruit juice
1.5 oz lime juice
1 oz agave nectar

Frozen Pina Colada

Another batch recipe for the Margaritaville frozen drinks machine, this tropical nectar is a firm favorite for the final drink of the night.

Frozen Pina Colada (makes 3-4 drinks)

6 oz white rum
3 oz pineapple juice
2.5 oz cream of coconut
0.75 oz lime juice

Frozen Margarita

Frozen "margs" are part of the staple diet for the average Austinite. While it's never going to be possible to perfectly recreate the smooth, slushy texture of a commercial frozen drinks machine at home, the Margaritaville machine - with its two-part shave and blend capabilities - comes pretty close. This recipe makes 3-4 drinks using the machine's automatic batch setting.

Frozen Margarita

4.5 oz blanco tequila
3 oz triple sec
3 oz lime juice
3 oz simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water mix)

Frozen Stealth Margarita

This frozen margarita recipe is the genius creation of cocktail bar Ghost Donkey, whose Las Vegas outpost I visited earlier this year. The Stealth Margarita drops the orange liqueur and adds St Germain, cucumber and chili, who play extremely well together. Be warned this drink requires planning.

The following recipe, adapted from an Imbibe article, is designed for the Margaritaville Bahamas machine on automatic setting, making about 3-4 drinks.

Frozen Stealth Margarita

6 oz blanco tequila
2.5 oz St Germain elderflower liqueur
2.25 oz lime juice
1.5 oz agave syrup (1:1 mixture of agave nectar and water)
1.5 oz cucumber puree*
3 tsp chili tincture**

Cucumber puree
Peel and chop 1 cucumber then blend with 2 oz of water

Chili tincture
Combine 5g of dried red arbol chilis with 0.5 cup of vodka. Let sit for 5 days then strain and bottle for use

The Imbibe recipe also provides notes on how to make citrus salt to decorate a cucumber garnish but since I serve my frozens in plastic cups I skipped that bit.

Chili tincture in progress

Monday, 23 January 2023

Ramos Gin Fizz (Again)

Given how few Ramos Gin Fizzes I've actually had the opportunity to imbibe in my drinking life, this silky, fluffy gin beverage has certainly made an impact. It's been 13 years (!) since I posted my first recipe, but recent efforts demand an update. Here follows an improved version.

Ramos Gin Fizz

2 oz Old Tom gin*
1 oz heavy cream
0.75 oz egg white

0.75 oz simple syrup 

0.5 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz lime juice
3 dashes orange flower water
3 oz soda water

Shake all the ingredients (except the soda water!) hard in a cocktail shaker with ice for a very long time, at least a couple of minutes. Pour the soda water into a chilled high ball glass and begin slowly straining the contents of the shaker on top. When the liquid reaches the surface of the glass, imagine you're pulling a pint of Guinness and wait until things settle, before carefully adding the remainder of the drink on top until the fluffy foam begins to rise above the level of the glass. It's a marvel.

*Old Tom gin is sweeter and more full bodied than London Dry. Try Hayman's.

Lemon Drop

At some point during the earlier stages of the pandemic I stumbled across a recipe for the Lemon Drop, a 1970s-era sweet vodka concoction. Lacking vodka, but stocked full of gin, I swapped the main ingredient and made a few other alterations to produce what I insist is a more grownup and fragrant interpretation, whose name I liked and kept.

Lemon Drop

(Serves 2)

3 oz gin
1.5 oz triple sec
1.5 oz lemon juice
0.75 oz simple syrup
1 oz egg white

Dry shake all the ingredients (without ice) until the egg white is pillowy. Add ice and shake again until the ingredients are chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe.

Although not pictured above, I have been known to dash a couple of drops of Angostura bitters on the surface of the drink before serving, Pisco Sour-style.

Mexican Martini


When you want an intenser Margarita, try a Mexican Martini. To the base ingredients of a trad Marg (tequila, triple sec, lime, sugar), we add some fresh orange and a little olive juice, and serve it up like a Martini, garnished with olives. They're big in Austin, where they're often served alongside a baby cocktail shaker containing a bonus second pour. But of course.

Mexican Martini

(Serves 2)

2 oz tequila
1 oz triple sec
1 oz lime juice
1 oz orange juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
0.5 oz olive juice
Olives and salt to garnish

Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe, rimmed with salt if you like. Throw in a couple of olives. Baby shaker optional.