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Here at Hen Heaven we’re a big fan of cocktails (not to mention cocktail making!) and let’s face it who isn’t? Even if it means being horribly hungover the next day and having to come up with bizarre hangover cures.
Still with so many cocktails to choose from it’s hard to buy the right ingredients to make them at home and (we don't know about you but) whenever we’re on a night out we tend to always go for the same reliable choices... Well no more! Because there’s a whole universe of drinks to try out there!
So to help you experience a new alcoholic sensation we’ve asked some of our lovely staff what their favourite OTT cocktail is. We then picked the best ones, gathered photos and recipes for you to try (you can thank us later!)
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
Bottle dark rum
Optional:- Whipped cream
In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Refrigerate until almost firm.
Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into 12 small mugs.
Pour about 3 ounces of rum into each mug (filling about halfway).
Top with boiling water (to fill the remaining half), stir well, and serve immediately.
2 parts Bacardi 8 Year Old Rum
2 parts Caster Sugar
2/5 Freshly Pressed Apple Juice
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Put the sugar and bitters into the glass, add a barspoon of water to help dissolve the sugar, muddle well with the base of the barspoon.
Add 2 pieces of ice and some of the rum.
Stir well, add more ice and the rest of the rum till the glass is almost filled with both.
Pour the apple juice at the end and gently stir.
Garnish with orange zest.
1.25cl Sugar Syrup
2cl Lemon Juice
Dash of Wasabi
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted.
Strain into shot glass and garnish with a pea.
50ml Cazadorez Blanco Tequila
25ml Lime Juice
25ml Agave Syrup
1 Egg White
20ml Squid Ink (because everybody has squid ink lying around the house...)
Combine all the ingredients and shake hard.
Pour into a rocks glass with cubed ice and garnish with a pickled shrimp.
28ml bacon flavoured vodka
114ml tomato juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 to 2 dashes of hot sauce
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 teaspoon dried ground horseradish
1 slice of cooked bacon
1 celery stalk
A sprinkle of seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper
Various pickled vegetables and crispy bacon if desired
Fill a shaker with some ice
Add remaining ingredients and give it a good shake
Pour it into a seasoned salt-rimed glass and garnish with a piece of cooked bacon, a celery stalk and your favorite pickled vegetables
28ml Irish cream
28ml chocolate liqueur
Drizzle of chocolate sauce/syrup
Optional:- Chocolate lollipop
Put all the ingredients in a shaker, add ice, and shake.
Drizzle chocolate syrup along the inside of a glass, and then add the beverage.
Garnish with a chocolate lollipop.
3 to 4 fresh strawberries, de-stemmed (hulled) and cut into small pieces
1 lime, cut into quarters
3 sprigs of mint
1 tablespoons granulated sugar
60 ml rum
Splash of club soda
Optional:- Garnish with a mint leaf and half a strawberry
Add the strawberries, mint and sugar to a cocktail shaker or large drinking glass.
Muddle until strawberries are broken down and mint leaves are torn apart.
Add the rum and shake well if using a cocktail shaker. Stir well if using a glass.
Pour rum/strawberry mixture into a tall glass. Finish filling the glass with ice and top off with club soda.
Mix gently with a straw
Garnish with a mint leaf and half a strawberry
24ml honeydew melon, puree (put melon in the blender)
24ml triple sec
85ml fresh lime juice
14ml simple syrup (to make dissolve one part sugar in one part boiling water)
Shake all ingredients with ice, pour into a glass and garnish with melon balls.
Salt on the rim is optional.
85ml clear creme de menthe liqueur
28mls Irish cream liqueur
Optional :- Whipped cream and Chocolate shavings
Pour clear creme de menthe in bottom of glass.
Slowly add Irish cream liqueur down inside of glass to form a second layer.
Add whipped cream so it mounds above glass rim.
Garnish whipped cream with chocolate shavings.
Do not stir; the liqueurs will subtly blend into one another, but keep their distinct tastes as they are consumed.
85ml pineapple juice
Optional: garnish with pineapple slice or leaf
Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled stemmed glass.
Garnish with pineapple slice or float a leaf from the fruit in the drink.