Last night I visited my number 1 bar in Oslo; BA53. It is right around the corner from my apartment so I have been to the bar many times. The bartenders are top notch and their coctails can be compared to the masterpieces from Dead Rabbit in NYC, which I visited in june.
I guess I will have many blog posts from BA53, so for today this is the coctail I had last night.
It is created from Bulleit bourbon, cynar, apple and lemon juice.
After the Glühwein I made yesterday I had some Barbera D’Alba left. Instead of a glass of wine I wanted to make a wine coctail. It is oh so sweet and more of a dessert coctail. The Barbera takes the lead but you feel the grappa close behind.
Shake 2 cl grappa, 1/2 lime, 3 cl sugar syrup. Pour it into a martini glass and fill it up with the Italian red wine.
If you have access to some excellent cheese cake; go for it! Salute!
In december 2015 I was strolling around Berlin. Poor, but sexy, as they call the city. When I visit Berlin close to Christmas, I always find myself with Glühwein on Alexanderplatz. Normally its freezing cold, but it was 12 degrees and sun when the warm drink entered my body. The Glühwein in Berlin is way better than mine, but hey! No need to give up. By the way; minus 12 degrees in Oslo now.
First a picture from Berlin, then the recipe of my Nordic version of Glühwein
1 cinnamon stick
2 dl water
1 vanilla bean
1 dl sugar syrup
12 cl aquavit
6 dl red wine (Barbera Alba, this time)
Put orange peel, orange juice, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean (sliced + seeds), cloves and water in a saucepan. Boil for 10 minutes. Pour in the red wine. Gently heat it.
I like to drink it from a red wine glass with sliced orange in it. Don’t forget the aquavit. Prost!
This is a drink that I created last night when I felt that the winter wind was too heavy outside the apartment. I was in need for a summer touch without forgetting the january sight.
I saw a bottle of Ron Zacapa and Bulleit Rye Whiskey. Dangerous combination, but what could I do? I created this:
4 cl whiskey
2 cl rum
4 cl cloudy apple juice
1 tablespoon of vanilla syrup
6 mint leaves
Muddle the orange, lime and mint leaves. Mix it with the other ingredients in a shaker. Shake well for 20 seconds. Strain and pour it into a coctail glass. Fresh without losing the taste of whiskey and rum. The hint of vanilla is perfect.
You need to make your own syrup in order to enjoy the coctail world at home. It is easy to make, it is cheap (the sugar syrup, not the vanilla). Here we go:
one (or two) part sugar
one part water
Bring the water to a boil. Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water and stir like a boxing champion for a couple of minutes until the sugar is dissolved in the water. Then remove the pan and let everything cool down. Pour the sugar syrup into some kind of bottle and put in the fridge for up to one month.
Now you are ready for hundreds of coctails!
If you step it up, you also make vanilla syrup. Use real Madagascar vanilla. Make it like the sugar syrup except that you enter the sliced vanilla beans and the seeds in the pan. Stir and boil for 10-15 minutes and now you are in heaven. Can you smell the vanilla? I will return with recipes of coctails with vanilla. For now, use it in coffee!