Slim Drinks

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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33 & T

Minus 33 is typically enjoyed with a lot of ice, a splash of light tonic and a wedge of orange (or lemon).

INGREDIENTS

25ml Minus 33
125ml Light Tonic
Orange A Healthy Wedge
Hibiscus A Light Sprinkling

If you eat the orange wedge as well, it counts towards your five-a-day right?

Fill a glass with ice, add the Minus 33, sprinkle a few hibiscus leaves in, add the tonic and finish with the orange wedge. Delicious.

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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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