You have dragged yourself through yet another week of lockdown catatonia. You have lost track of time and place, as you sit in your apartment longing for the impending liberation. Freedom must be right around the corner. Luckily, it is Friday – and there are rules to abide by!
Whip up your laptop, bring out the bottles and set the stage for a virtual Friday bar with the lads. As we always say, there is no need to compromise! To help you keep the refreshments at a pre-lockdown quality, we at Les Deux, are bringing you 5 simple cocktails that will lighten up any Friday afternoon.
So, pay yourself some respect - you have done it again!
The Paloma is the national cocktail of Mexico – and for good reason. The cocktail balances crispy bitterness of grapefruits with the light floral notes of agave tequila. A true thirst quencher. The cocktail is originally made with grapefruit soda, but this variation combines freshly squeezed juice of white grapefruits, golden agave syrup and sparkling water for a homely expression.
50 ml 100% agave blanco tequila – we recommend Tequila Ocho
50 ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, preferably white grapefruit
20 ml dark agave syrup
10 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
40 ml sparkling water
1-2 slices of grapefruit
Serve in: Highball or large lowball glass.
Combine blanco tequila, grapefruit juice, agave syrup and lime juice in a highball or lowball glass. Add ice cubes and stir until the glass is frosty and slightly opaque. Add more ice cubes and top up with sparkling water. Garnish with a couple of grapefruit slices.
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The Hugo Spritz is a summery concoction from the southern part of Tirol. With its herbal freshness, it suits as a light, sophisticated alternative to the Aperol spritz. The cocktail works for any occasion, but is served best on a terrace or the sunny side of a mountain.
20 ml elderflower liquor – we recommend St Germain.
100 ml dry Italian prosecco
40 ml sparkling water
1-2 lime wheels
6-7 freshly picked mint leaves
Serve in: White wine glass
Combine elderflower liquor, sparkling water and prosecco in a wine glass. Gently add ice cubes and mint leaves and stir for around 30 seconds. Top up with more ice cubes and garnish with a couple of freshly cut lime wheels.
No matter what time it is, there is always room for a bloody Mary. This cocktail has gained cult status, as the quintessential hair-of-the-dog breakfast beverage. Balancing salt and body with heat and acidity from chilies and lemon, this cocktail is a meal in itself. And with appearances on the big screen from Wes Anderson to Quentin Tarantino, you can be sure that this cocktail is the epitome of cool.
50 ml vodka – we recommend Ketel One
100 ml tomato juice
10 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
A pinch of salt and pepper
A good dash of Worcestershire sauce
A good dash of quality hot sauce
1 stick of celery
Serve in: Highball glass
Combine all of your ingredients, except the celery, in a highball glass. Add ice cubes and stir until the glass is frosty and slightly opaque. Top up with more ice cubes and garnish with a stick of celery and whatever suits your taste buds. Remember! More is more.
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For many people, the gin & tonic is the designated flavour of the Friday evening. The palette of bitter freshness makes it possible to keep the train rolling throughout an entire night, and with the rise of the early 10’s craft gin madness, the possibilities in mixing are endless. However, our insider secret is the Bergamot Gin from Den Sidste Dråbe. With its pungent citrus perfume, it takes the classic G&T in a new unexpected direction.
50 ml Bergamot Gin – or another citrus based gin
100 ml light tonic water – we recommend Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic.
1-2 slices of lemon
Serve in: Highball or white wine glass
Combine gin and tonic water in a highball or white wine glass. Add ice cubes and stir until the glass is frosty and slightly opaque. Top up with more ice cubes and garnish with a couple of freshly cut slices of lemon.
"The old fashioned" is a format of cocktails describing the combination of liquor, bitters, sugar and ice. You probably know the classic version with American whiskey, but why not try to swap in some Caribbean rum for a bit of fruity funk? It is perfect for rounding off a stressful day at the office, a hectic night out or any other thing that needs rounding off. Give it a try and let its soothing palette put your mind to ease.
70 ml good dark rum – we recommend Plantation Grand Reserve
1 piece, or 1 tsp of sugar
4 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 slice of orange zest
Serve in: Rocks glass
Combine sugar, bitters and rum in a rocks glass and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add ice cubes and stir until the glass is frosty and slightly opaque. Top up with more ice cubes rub the rim of the glass with a freshly cut orange zest. Add the zest as garnish and serve.