I love cocktails. I also love miniature things. Possibly unsurprising then that an opportunity to bring these things together was a very exciting event!
The spur for a mini-cocktail event was the question “how can I make a nice range of yummy cocktails and not get everyone sloshed?” and the answer was, of course, “go tiny”.
A good summary of the preparations including a container of softened marmalade (for a Marmalade Cocktail) and one of black rum infused with cinnamon smoke
In total I served 14 different cocktails covering a good range of flavours, though largely sticking to a gin base. The success of the Bacon Me Angry was satisfying (bacon infused vodka with cider and bitters) considering is possibly the weirdest cocktail any of us had ever drunk and the Salty Dog (grapefruit juice with gin in a salt rimmed glass) was delicious enough that it got served twice! Actually so did the Bacon Me Angry.
Of course the small scale did make things tricky at times… creating appropriate size cinnamon sticks for the Northern Expedition (black rum, sherry, cinnamon smoke and bitters) was fun and the umbrellas were a little bit big for the glasses…
Another favourite of the day (my guess at how Double Happiness make their Northern Expedition cocktail), but the tiny cinnamon sticks were a challenge!
Bacon Me Angry with umbrellas
If you look at my stack of glasses, you will see not only the tiny lime wedge on the top glass, but leftover black salt on the rim of glasses two and eleven!
Most of the recipes came from a copy of the Savoy Cocktail Book that I’ve been carrying around for a long time, with only four from other sources. Love that book!
Started with more savoury flavours to go with the nibbles we had and did a mix of long and short drinks to further stave off the getting drunk, before moving into classic sweet cocktails like Brandy Alexander (brandy, creme de cacao and cream) and Fifth Avenue (apricot brandy creme de cacao and creme).
It’s hard to express just how much fun I had doing this. Including the mandatory testing of cocktails in the preceding weeks! Aside from it being a lovely get together of writers (including a Skype appearance by one friend), it was a fantastic way to spend a Sunday arvo. Thanks to everyone who came!