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Juliet and Romeo sloe gin and green smoothie improvisation

February 20, 2022

Juliet and Romeo: a gin cocktail for the gin haters out there. — Anders Erickson

Juliet and Romeo, a gin cocktail created in 2007 by Toby Maloney for the grand opening of The Violet Hour in Chicago.

  • three slices of cucumber
  • a pinch of salt
  • sprig of mint
  • 60 ml London dry gin
  • 20 ml fresh lime juice
  • 20 ml simple sugar syrup

In the small shaker tin, three slices of cucumber, sprig of mint. Muddle, then add ice.

in large tin gin, lime juice, sugar syrup. Shake.

Pour into Champagne coupe.

I lacked dry gin, lime juice, therefore improvise.

  • 60 ml sloe gin
  • 20 ml green smoothie (apple, pear, kiwi, spinach, lime)
  • 10 ml organic agave syrup

Shake and serve in champagne coupe. Garnish with a leaf of mint.

My thinking sloe gin has added sugar, cut down on the agave syrup.

This may have worked with colourless gin, or if sloe gin a cocktail that retains the colour.

Colour and visual appearance not good. Looked like mud. Flavour well balanced. How it compares with the original Juliet and Romeo I do not know.

Espresso martini at The Curiosity Shop

February 17, 2022

I have passed by The Curiosity Shop at the top end of Lincoln High Street, but never passed through the door. Closing in two days time on Saturday. It was Thursday, two days before it closed, and it was raining,  I thought I would take a look inside.

A cocktail bar, the interior belies the frontage.

An espresso martini. How made, espresso?

OK I will have one, and the barman kindly talked me through.

Slightly baffled, no sign of an espresso machine.

A bottle is produced. Contents? Espresso.

Freshly made this morning. It is late afternoon. I am horrified.

A bottle of vodka. Absolut Vanilla. Vanilla flavoured cheap vodka. Yuk.

Coffee liquor. Mr Black? No, far too expensive.

Champagne coupe. Not chilled. No ice.

A good job of shaking.

Injury. £7-50. Ouch.

The taste? Overpowering flavour of vanilla. It was not good.

A sign outside said coffee, though no sign of an espresso machine. The coffee, I do not know, did not ask, but if poor quality coffee, would explain the vanilla flavoured vodka to mask the taste of poor quality coffee, cf syrups in greasy spoon cafes and corporate coffee chains, or chocolate dumped on a cappuccino for the same reason, to hide the bad state of bad coffee.

Grind warn of the experience of poor quality espresso martini. That was my experience of The Curiosity Shop.

We’d had Espresso Martinis before they’re a classic but back then we didn’t realize how many corners were being cut in making them, even in the best places. You see, keeping a proper coffee machine clean and running is a lot of work, and even with the best intentions, standards can slip. After Espresso Martinis were invented in the ’90s, bars first tried using bottled espresso – a pretty miserable fate for coffee. Before long, all sorts of grisly concoctions of E-number flavourings and preservatives were being used. So by the time 2011 came around, even the places we had trusted for a good drink were serving something a far throw from what we imagine genius bartender Dick Bradsell had invented all those years ago. But we didn’t know any of that yet.

The barman was helpful, explained what he was doing, and then wrote out his recipe.

  • 25 ml vodka Absolut Vanilla
  • 25 ml coffee liquor Kahlúa
  • 50 ml espresso

He may have added a little sugar syrup, though Kahlúa coffee liquor is sweet and sugar syrup not necessary (unless again trying to mask bad coffee).

When he created an espresso martini, Dick Bradsell used Kahlúa but that was what was available, the world has moved on, would use Mr Black or a liquor of similar quality.

Note difference in price on Amazon 70 cl

  • Kahlúa – £12-00
  • Mr Black – £29-52

Contrast with The Grind espresso martini as served in their coffee shops and featured in the Grind book.

  • 40 ml vodka
  • 20 ml simple sugar syrup
  • 25 ml espresso Grind house blend

I have changed sugar syrup to agave syrup.

  • 40 ml vodka
  • 13 ml organic agave syrup
  • 25 ml espresso Grind house blend

A couple of days layer, Saturday afternoon, last day, they have to be out by Thursday.

I was going to inquire of the Steampunk paraphernalia in the window, but sadly the windows already stripped. As I walked in I noticed an espresso machine tucked around the corner. Very busy, noisy, but not packed. More staff, who were wearing facemasks. I asked of the coffee. Stokes, a local roastery. It could have been worse, Lincoln Tea and Coffee, vile undrinkable coffee, black oily over-roasted broken beans or catering supply coffee. Did I wish for a coffee? No thanks. I then left and walked down to Madame Waffle for a coffee, as I did two days before.

The Curiosity Shop

February 17, 2022

Popular Lincoln gin and cocktail bar The Curiosity Shop will close this weekend as it has not been able to renew its lease. — The Lincolnite

Curiosity killed the cat.

The Old Curiosity Shop located at the top of Lincoln High Street. I have never passed by and found busy, apart from on a Saturday afternoon, though not having ventured inside it could be busy inside.

The last day Saturday, not wishing to be in a busy bar, I paid a visit two days before it closed, it was raining.

The interior belies the frontage. Quite large inside.

A man spoke to me as I walked in, said it was larger than it looked. Apart from him, two girls at the bar who then disappeared, one and half barmen (one made an occasional appearance), it was deserted.

Loud music, far too loud, and out of kilter with the quirky interior. Loud music not conducive to relaxation with a drink or meeting with friends to engage in conversation.

Shoddy reporting by The Lincolnite (nothing new), why not investigate why the lease is not being renewed?

Lincolnshire Live part of failing Reach Group little better (again nothing new).

A popular venue on Lincoln High Street is set to close this weekend. The Curiosity Shop, located just at the bottom of Steep Hill.

Lazy journalism, post picture scraped from Google Maps, regurgitate what is posted on facebook. No, it cannot be on the High Street and at the bottom of Steep Hill. It is located at the top of the High Street, at the beginning of The Strait, It is NOT located at the bottom of Steep Hill.

I assume the Lincolnshire Live scribbler did not visit, did not carry out real journalism, if had, would know where located, and would have posted a picture from the visit.

Strange use of ‘popular’. If a popular venue deserted, what does an unpopular venue look like?

Not bad tenants, not causing a nuisance in the High Street, the same cannot be said of the binge drinking bars in the High Street and the drunken scum they attract. Barman confirmed, it was very rare they had trouble. I guess overpriced cocktails not somewhere the drunken scum will visit when all they want is cheap booze to get pissed.

I asked why was the lease not being renewed? Either did not know, or told to keep quiet. But at a guess did not know, sadly it is the norm for employees to be kept in the dark.

Why is the lease not being renewed? At a guess, greedy landlord has a better offer and quite happy to destroy a local business.

The word on the street is All Bar One has acquired the lease. Bad news if true, a crap corporate chain kills a local businesses.

Note: All Bar One deny they are opening in Lincoln.

Quirky bar, steam punk gear in the window, made to look like an old tavern on the interior, books stuck to the ceiling.

I decided to stay. Ordered an espresso martini. Not very good. £7-50. Ouch. The barman was helpful, talked me through the making and kindly wrote out the recipe.

As I was thinking of leaving, a pretentious group walked in. The usual clientele? I do not know, but time to leave.

I walked down to Madame Waffle for an espresso.

The Grind espresso martini

February 14, 2022

My third attempt, second if discount improvised shaker using e-coffee cup.

The Grind espresso martini as served in their coffee shops and featured in the Grind book.

  • 40 ml vodka
  • 20 ml simple sugar syrup
  • 25 ml espresso

This I have modified using agave syrup for the sugar syrup.

  • 40 ml Amos Owen moonshine vodka
  • 13 ml organic agave syrup
  • 25 ml Grind house espresso

A subtle change. Pour from large shaking tin into small tin. Then into glass.

Method used by cocktail maestro Stasi Apostolou at The Third Room.

I may have also marginally improved my use of cocktail shaker.

The Grind espresso martini served at Grind and featured in the Grind book.

I am not impressed by the Grind house blend as espresso, but works well in espresso martini.

The closest I have come to the espresso martini made for me by cocktail maestro Stasi Apostolou at The Third Room. I filmed the making of, but stupid me neglected to hit record.

Note: For the pedantic, yes I know extraction from a Grind capsule using an Opal One is not an espresso but it is a good approximation to make an espresso martini.

Amos Owens moonshine a very smooth vodka. Batch 1 bottle 233.

Espresso martini create by Dick Bradsell in the late 1980s.

The Grind espresso martini

February 12, 2022

My first attempt at espresso martini was an improvisation using an e-coffee cup in lieu of a cocktail shaker. Not a great success.

This my first real attempt with a two-piece Boston shaker and a Hawthorne strainer.

The Grind espresso martini

  • 40 ml vodka
  • 20 ml simple sugar syrup
  • 25 ml espresso

I have modified that from Grind, substituting agave syrup for the sugar syrup. Agave syrup one and a half times as sweet, thus need less for same level of sweetness. Martini glass instead of Champagne coupe.

  • 40 ml vodka
  • 13 ml organic agave syrup
  • 25 ml espresso

note

  • sugar – sucrose
  • agave syrup – glucose fructose

Agave syrup a big improvement. Shaker and strainer and different glass may have made a difference other than visual.

Larger ice cubes used and for the ice use water used for coffee not tap water.

The Grind espresso martini served at Grind and featured in the Grind book.

I am not impressed by the Grind house blend as espresso, but works well in espresso martini.

The closest I have come to the espresso martini made for me by cocktail maestro Stasi Apostolou at The Third Room. I filmed the making of, but stupid me neglected to hit record.

Note: For the pedantic, yes I know extraction from a Grind capsule using an Opal One is not an espresso but it is a good approximation to make an espresso martini.

Amos Owens moonshine a very smooth vodka. Batch 1 bottle 233.

Espresso martini create by Dick Bradsell in the late 1980s.

Espresso martini

February 8, 2022

It sounds too good to true. An urban myth.


Espresso martini: I invented this at Fred’s Club in the late eighties, when a young model who’s now famous walked in and said: ‘Can you make me a drink that will wake me up and the then fuck me up?’. — Dick Bradsell

An attractive you lady walks into a bar, says to the barman: I want something to wake me up, fuck me up.

The barman was Dick Bradsell and thus was made the espresso martini.

The model now famous rumoured to be Kate Moss. If it was Kate Moss, she would have been a teenager in her early teens.

Dick Bradsell is the barman credited with creating the London cocktail scene of the 1990s. Espresso martini was one of several cocktails he created.

espresso martini at The Third Room

October 12, 2021

Foolish me I forgot to hit record.

Cocktail maestro Stasi Apostolou at The Third Room made an espresso martini.

Something I have never tried but have intended to make. It was excellent.

An excuse to return and this time hit record.


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