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Let the Gin Meet the Guinness

The Ginness

St Patrick's Day Cocktail


For St Patrick's Day, we wanted to make something that was truly mind-blowing.

The cocktail we present today is truly unique. In our experiments, we tinkered with the idea of creating something green, but we didn't want our cocktail to fall into the background. We needed something that stood out in both profile and taste yet also screamed Ireland.

We left this job to Matthew, our half Irish geek - St Patrick's day for him is important for a lot of reasons, but the key one being bringing his family all together and celebrating their heritage and faith.  What he concocted was the Ginness!

Yes, you read that right; essentially Gin (not just any gin mind, Minus 33 of course) and Guinness. Now, I know what you're thinking some things should never be mixed, and we'll admit, we were sceptical on this one however, this cocktail blew our minds - it is DELICIOUS.

As we did with the Minus 33 recipe, we even ran it by countless people, to make sure we weren't alone - and people loved it.  If you like Gin and you like Guinness, heck, even if you don't, you HAVE to try this one (disclaimer* it does look a bit like a vodka coke though)

After tasting it and realising that it actually tastes pretty good, your next question may be, but why?

Our answer to that is simple - for the craic, why else?! We both like gin and we both like Guinness, so we thought, why not? It also gave us an excuse to drink Minus 33 and Guinness in the office while we were 'working'.  The end result was even better than we could have imagined!

If you feel like kicking back and starting your St Paddy's Day off right this Friday, have a taste of our Ginness cocktail below:

Ginness

What you will need:

50ml of Minus 33

100ml tonic water

200ml Guinness

Ice cubes

Lime wedge for garnish

 

Method

  1. In a tall hi-ball glass, place the ice cubes in.
  2. Pour Minus 33 and tonic over the ice.
  3. Stir for a few seconds with a long spoon
  4. Slowly pour the Guinness over the Minus 33 mixture.
  5. Add the 'green' lime wedge as garnish.

 

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France 3+3 Nations Cocktail

Allez les Bleus
France knows its food and drink. Although their performance on the pitch has been inconsistent, their culinary skills are anything but. Choosing a drink that incorporated the image of France but also matched their creativity was something special for us. This cocktail will make you feel like a celebrity taking in the views of the French Riviera.
Ingredients
2 dashes of Dry Vermouth
2 dashes of Blue Curacao
50ml of Minus 33
Handful of Pomegranate seeds and a cherry for garnish
Method
Before starting, chill a martini glass in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  1. Take the chilled glass out of the fridge.
  2. Add the dashes of Dry Vermouth and and Blue Curacao into the glass.
  3. Pour Minus 33 over this.
  4. Add five to six pomegranate seeds so they sink to the bottom.
  5. Optionally, you could hang a cherry on the side of the glass.
  6. Bonne journée!
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Italy 3+3 Nations Cocktail

Lo Spirito de Lupo
 
Italy often gets overlooked during the Six Nations, however this is a cocktail you don't want to miss! A light and refreshing cocktail, this will make you wish you were sitting outside, enjoying a local gelato in Piazza San Marco.
Ingredients
75ml of Minus 33
40ml of Triple Sec
20ml of Blue Curacao
Ice
Strawberry and lime wedge for garnish
Method
  1. Add ice and all the liquids to a shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into a martini glass.
  3. Hang a strawberry and lime wedge on either side of the glass as garnish.
  4. Relax and listen to the sweet symphony of the Italian national anthem.
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Wales 3+3 Nations Cocktail

The Red Dragon

 

Having lived in North Wales for a few years, trying to find a cocktail that did the nation justice was a struggle.  Finding a Welsh themed garnish that matched that cocktail was even harder.  Believe it or not, Wales does have vineyards (in the South) so we don't feel like we cheated too much on this one.

Ingredients

30ml of Minus 33

30ml of Grand Marnier

25ml of Blood orange juice (pomegranate juice works well as a substitute too)

20ml lemon juice

A few dashes of grenadine (syrup)

Red grapes for Garnish

Ice

Method

  1. Add the ice and all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker
  2. Shake and strain into a large tumbler glass
  3. Hang some red grapes on the side of the glass as a garnish
  4. Buy an inflatable daffodil, fill your lungs with air and bellow out Bread of Heaven.
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Scotland 3+3 Nations Cocktail

The Blue Warrior

With Scotland being our base, we had to do our best to get this one right.  We have to admit, we slipped a little as calories went completely out the window!  After all, you burn around 800 calories a game, so after all that exercise who really is counting?

Ingredients

50ml of Minus 33

50ml Of Blue curacao

25ml of single cream

Crushed ice

Method

  1. Fill tall hi-ball glass with crushed ice about two-thirds of the way up
  2. Very slowly pour the Blue curacao over the crushed ice
  3. Then again slowly do the same with the measure of Minus 33
  4. Slowly pour the cream over, this should create a layered effect
  5. Put your Scotland jersey on and prepare for inevitably a nail-biting final 10 minutes
  6. Best enjoyed quickly as the cream will eventually set 


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