WEST ELEVEN COCKTAILS - Elderflower Collins Video Feature - Ready Made Cocktail



WEST ELEVEN COCKTAILS - Elderflower Collins <font color=red>Video Feature</font>
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The Collins was invented in the late 1800s by a gentleman whose surname was, you guessed it, Collins. It was originally invented as a refreshing drink that could be consumed in greater quantity without getting too drunk. Unlike many drinks of that era that were incredibly strong and often contained nothing but alcohol, this drink was served long and called for soda water to lengthen and lighten its potency.

West Eleven chose to use 100% grain vodka in this recipe despite the fact that the original recipe called for gin (the original name of Tom Collins was given to the drink as the recipe called for a particular style of gin called Old Tom - a gin that was heavily laced with sugar to mask its unrefined taste). This, West Eleven, mixed with exact proportions of lemon and sugar to balance the drink perfectly.

They wanted to add a British twist to this drink and maintain a refreshing summery element so chose elderflower, and set about tasting as many variations as they could from organic cordials to presses. Their final recipe uses natural elderflower extract.

Watch the YouTube video by Ben Reed, manager of London's first celebrity, hotel and members Bar - the Met bar in the '90s. He was at the forefront of the cocktail revolution and has been blazing trails ever since.

Category(s):     Puree ,   RTD'S (Ready to Drink)

Producer: West Eleven Cocktails   -   www.westelevencocktails.com
ABV:   8.1%
Brand:   West Eleven Cocktails
Country of Origin:   England


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With cheesy disco drinks a thing of the past and dressing garish blue cocktails with sparklers a distant memory, people are waking up to the fact that the cocktail is not just a means to an end. It certainly doesn't belong solely on your best friend's hen night or during the first week at the Freshers' week.
The cocktail has recently been going from strength to strength. After a period in the doldrums during the '80s it has found its feet again and since the Millennium the mixed drink is back, it's here to stay and it's a little more grown up this time.
With cocktail bartenders looking to chefs and sommeliers to understand flavour, balance and depth of taste, today's cocktail is infinitely more refined than that of yesteryear.
But away from style bars or five star hotels where do your get hands on one of these delights?
We tried, couldn't and decided we wouldn't (ever again).
And then we thought, "if a jobs worth doing its worth doing yourself!"

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