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Minus 33 Mulled Gin Cocktail

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

With the cold creeping in mulled wine and cider are making a re-appearance so I thought why not introduce you to the mulled cocktail.  It’s not a new concept, but for some (bizarre) reason it isn’t as popular as it’s other mulled colleagues.

I find mulled wine can get a bit sickly after a glass or two, and if you spill it, it’ll ruin your night/shirt/carpet.  Mulled ciders also seem to lack that ‘edge’ so here is a simple recipe to make at home.  We made this at our last two events and it is one of our showstoppers, very popular with all that tried it.  Here is what you’ll need to make it at home

Minus 33

Cloudy Apple Juice

1 Lemon

Orange Peel

Cinnamon Sticks

(feel free to sprinkles of cloves, cardamom, star anise too!)

Calories: 134

Pour a litre of apple juice into a pan with the juice of a lemon, throw in one-quarter of an orange peel (squeeze in some juice please) and add the cinnamon stick.  Simmer on a low-medium heat and bring to boil.

Once piping hot, remove the pan and pour a measure or two of Minus 33 into a mug.  (Do not boil the spirit with the other ingredients, the alcohol will evaporate and where is the fun in that!?).  Pour 25ml Minus 33 into a mug and then add 200ml of hot concoction, throw in a thin slice of lemon as a garnish and enjoy with friends.

Trust us, you and all your guests will love it!

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33 Days of Bloom

We have created this new slim cocktail which of course uses Minus 33. Why not give our '33 Days of Bloom' a try today.
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The Beast From the East, Duvet Forts and Snow Days

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It's feeling Minus 33 outside and frankly, when it comes to the snow, as Brits, we tend to do two things:

1) Complain that our country isn't better prepared to deal with 'a little snow'

2) Look out the window, decide that injury or even death at the hands of an inch of snow isn't worth the risk of going outside and voila, you now have yourself a Snow Day.

We have this conspiracy theory, that secretly, we don't want the council and government to improve our snow preparations because if they did we'd all have to go to work. An unwritten code, that we all sign up to ensure we can all milk that one snow day a year.
We all work too hard and so the odd snow day here and there allows us to tuck up on the sofa, wrap ourselves in a duvet with the heating on and 'work' from home.

We say embrace it! Turn your email notifications off, put some crappy daytime TV on, (who knows you may discover you do have some cash in the attic) and just treat yourself to a relaxing day because the other 365 days you work hard enough.

Snow Days when we were at school were great.  But snow days with alcohol are much better.  That said why not unleash your inner child, mix building a strong duvet fort (follow the link for expert fort building tips) with the added grown-up benefits of being able to drink while you do.

To help you relax, we're dusting off a Christmas favourite of ours, the Mulled Cocktail.

Simple to make, and only requires a few basic ingredients. Make your Snow Day Extra Special.

Ingredients:

Minus 33

Cloudy Apple Juice

1 Lemon

Orange Peel

Cinnamon Sticks

Calories: 134

Pour a litre of apple juice into a pan with the juice of a lemon, throw in one-quarter of an orange peel and a cinnamon stick.  Simmer on a low-medium heat and bring to boil.

Once piping hot, remove the pan and pour a measure or two of Minus 33 into a mug.  (Do not boil the spirit with the other ingredients, the alcohol will evaporate and where is the fun in that!?).  Pour 25ml Minus 33 into a mug and then add 200ml of hot concoction, throw in a thin slice of lemon as a garnish and enjoy with friends.

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3+3 Nations Cocktail

 

Crouch. Bind. Set. The Six Nations are back! To celebrate we are uncovering our nation specific themed cocktails.

What better way to show your national pride than shaking up some national pride in a cocktail shaker!?

Keep your eyes peeled as we uncover the full range over the coming weeks.

We have done our usual experimenting and been working hard (cocktail tasting is an exhausting task that requires dedication, and expert hand–eye co-ordination in order not to spill a drop).  Our aim; to create six fantastic Minus 33 based cocktails that represent the respective countries either visually or culturally and the best bit is that they are all incredibly easy to make. So easy, you could probably make all six during the half-time of a rugby match.  

 

 

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I'm Blue Dabadee Dabadi

The Mexican-Inspired Minus 33 Margarita

Aim: 
Recent events, Brexit, Trump, Dry January, has left some people feeling pretty blue so let’s cheer them up by making an awesome cocktail that is bling and brings a bit of Mexico to our Isles.


Hypothesis: 
By working with lime juice and agave syrup we believe we can use tequila based cocktails to inspire a gin twist on a Mexican classic.

 

What We Will Need:

25ml Minus 33

25ml Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

12.5ml Orange Liqueur (we used Suze, but Cointreau works just as well)

12.5ml Curaçao Blue/Blue Bols (If you want to avoid the blue look, add another shot of the Orange Liqueur above)

12.5ml Agave Syrup (Sugar syrup will do)

Sugar or Salt

Lime

Method:

Cut a wedge of lime and run it around the rim of a martini glass or coupette wetting it slightly.

Pour the sugar/ or salt out into a bowl and dip the glass in downwards to create the frosted look.

Pour all the other ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice and shake.

Double strain the cocktail into the glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

Viva la Minus 33 Margarita!

 

Results:

Mexico can keep their tequila, (but pass us the agave syrup please) we’ve found something that is truly exquisite.  Delicious, citrusy and a guaranteed way to get any party started.

We test ran this cocktail late last year with our friends at Macintyres, an Edinburgh-based jeweller, where we cleverly named it the Mac-arita. “And you know, it was very popular, it was great, the greatest cocktail ever. Period. Huge.”  (His words, not ours.)

If you are looking to pull this top trump out at a party we recommend opting for the sugar rim.  It’s a tough trade-off between calories or sodium and all comes down to your own personal taste but people tend to favour sweet over sour.


Conclusion:

We achieved our aim.

At 150 calories (more, if you work your way around the sugar rim), it’s not quite a gin and tonic but if any walls go up and tequila becomes scarce you can’t go too wrong with this tasty number. If it doesn’t put a smile on your face, we’re not quite sure what will.

If you are looking to get the party started, we suggest pairing this cocktail with Gostan - Klanga, a dance anthem that pairs Reagan’s famous Berlin Wall ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech with a catchy saxophone riff.  Alternatively ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ by Pink Floyd won’t hurt either.

Enjoy and let us know what you think.  

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