Delicious drink “China Doll”
- 1 1/2 oz Caprock Gin
- 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
- 1 oz Coconut Jasmine Cream
- 5 drops Jasmine Rose Water
- Egg White
Garnish: Edible Rose Petals
In December I celebrated Repeal day (for a reminder of what that is, click here!) and ended up at No Vacancy in Hollywood. First off, I adore the entrance to No Vacancy. I used to go there when it was ‘Jane’s House’ and the building itself is, well, a house! The Houston Brothers totally utilized this look for No Vacancy by creating an elaborate entrance wherein you enter a bedroom and a lady tells you the “house rules”, then the bed splits in half and you walk under it and end up in the main house staircase. Very cool and different. I recommend checking it out when you’re next out in Hollywood.
Anyway, I digress. At the Repeal Day event I tried the above cocktail and it was nothing short of delicious! The original drink recipe was created by Sean Hamilton (Bar Manager of No Vacancy) and I had it made for me on this occasion by bartender Jimmy Avelar. I loved it!
It was beautifully balanced, sweet and creamy but with a delicate feminine quality from the jasmine. From my first sip I knew it had to be a ‘Drink of the week’ on here and because of it’s ‘lady like’ qualities, I plan on serving it at my bridal shower! Clearly it is a recipe not so easy to replicate at home, what with the jasmine infusions, but if you decide to give it a go, I don’t think you will be disappointed. 🙂
- 2oz Metusalum Rum
- 3/4oz Beet Juice
- 3/4oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 3/4oz Simple Syrup
Original UK recipe:
- 60ml Havana Club
- 20ml Beet Juice
- 20ml Sugar Syrup
- 20ml Fresh Lime
This drink popped to mind this morning after I was thinking of Beets in a salad and I remembered the wonderful Beet drink that Brand Ambassador for Havana Club, Meimi Sanchez had created. We had the pleasure (my boyfriend and I) of having an in depth talk with Meimi at London Cocktail Week last year about Havana Club and it’s history. Part of the talk included tasting a number of cocktails, and the recipe above was the one that stood out for me in particular. In true Fussy One style, I admit I had never actually tasted a beet until I had this drink, it was so delicious that I have continued to enjoy the deep red-purple Vegetable ever since.
The beauty of this drink is in the vibrant appearance from the natural colors in the Beet juice, the drink itself has an almost ‘healthy’ taste (if that makes sense) and you can taste the vegetable flavors. I felt like I was cleansing my system even though I was drinking alcohol, hard to describe but it just tastes good for you!
The version we had in London (Uk recipe is above) was created using Havana Club Rum (I adore!). Obviously most people in the US cannot get their hands on Cuban rum due to the Embargo, so Metusalum Rum is a good alternative. The overall drink is sweet, refreshing and stunning in appearance, it’s a daiquiri at heart so great for summer.
Anyway, give it a go and let me know what you think!
The Clover Club
- 2 oz Dry Gin (Martin Millers is my personal preference)
- 1 oz Fresh Lemon juice
- 3/4 oz Raspberry syrup (or Grenadine)
- Egg white
Dry shake ingredients, then shake with ice and serve up or in a sour glass.
Garnish: Original recipe calls for a Marasca cherry, but I like a Raspberry!
It’s VALENTINES week!! So why not enjoy this beautifully pink classic (and my personal favorite) alcoholic beverage. This is the drink I order the most when i’m not in the mood to try something new. It is fruity, sweet, sour and creamy. It is a member of the Sour genre and sometimes referred to as a ‘Gin Rose‘. As with the Whisk(e)y Sour the egg white is not added for the purpose of giving the drink flavor, but used as a thickening agent. When the drink is shaken a foamy head is formed and makes it taste fluffy and light. SO yummy! As with the Whisk(e)y Sour this drink should technically be served in a sour glass, but I do love it in a coupe, it is my favorite glass after all! 🙂
Make sure you go somewhere that uses fresh ingredients to order this drink, I am really picky about raw eggs in beverages but if you go to a good Mixology Bar you will be fine.
Go out with your love this week and order this pink beauty!