I can hardly believe that it was all the way back in September 2016, that I created this cocktail and that it has taken me more than six months to write a post about it. In the run up to Christmas, I was kept so busy, painting, that I had to temporarily halt the Bespoke Cocktail Service, but it is now available again, so it feels like the perfect time to share the story of the 'Wonderland XXX'.
This cocktail was commissioned by a very thoughtful lady, to celebrate her friend's 30th birthday. Using the information she provided about her friend's drinking preferences and her unique insight into her character, I was able to create a Bespoke Cocktail that I hope, encapsulated all those elements.
The name, 'Wonderland XXX' was playing on the Alice in Wonderland theme, with the 'XXX', implying, not only the strength of the drink, but the roman numeral for '30'.
The drink features Bloom Gin, Cointreau, Aperol, prosecco, cherry concentrate and lemon juice, creating a fruity cocktail with plenty of zing and fizz.
Bloom Gin provides a delicate backdrop to the contrasting, sweet and bitter orange elements of the Cointreau and Aperol, whilst the cherry concentrate provides a natural cherry flavour and lots of lovely vitamin C, to help mitigate some of the alcohol (although I suspect this is not NHS approved...).
50ml Bloom Gin
25ml Cherry Concentrate
15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
Prosecco to top up
Fresh cherries and a twist of orange zest to garnish
Begin by squeezing half a small lemon to extract the juice.
Add the Bloom Gin, Cointreau, Aperol, cherry and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker, half filled with ice.
With the lid firmly closed, shake for about half a minute.
Strain into a chilled champagne coupe and top up with prosecco, to taste.
Garnish with fresh cherries (stones removed) and a thin strip of orange zest.
The painted glassware was created especially for this cocktail, but you can find similar pieces in the 'Drink Me Alice' section of the Toasted Glass website.