Festive Gin and Tonic – Beautiful Booze
Excited to talk about one of my favorite cocktail party accessories and it's ICE. I am currently obsessed with the Tovolo ice spheres of diversified spectrum products because they are so easy to use and bring another level of celebration to your signature cocktail. I like to put flowers, herbs and fruits in the spheres […]

Excited to talk about one of my favorite cocktail party accessories and it's ICE. I am currently obsessed with the Tovolo ice spheres of diversified spectrum products because they are so easy to use and bring another level of celebration to your signature cocktail. I like to put flowers, herbs and fruits in the spheres and then freeze them for 4-6 hours. After that, they are ready for your cocktail. These spheres are very versatile and I love to use them in everything from Gin and Tonics to old school serving to non-alcoholic serving.

, Festive Gin and Tonic

I especially like making Gin and Tonics which have herbs, flowers, and frozen citrus in the sphere to take the drink from basic to festive. Essentially I freeze the filling in the sphere, so it serves a dual purpose so I don't even need to worry about the filling as it was frozen inside. See the recipe below:

, Festive Gin and Tonic

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of gin (I used Empress Gin, which is blue then turns purple when tonic is added)
  • Garnish with tonic

Method:

  1. Freeze herbs, flowers and citrus fruits in Tovolo Sphere Molds
  2. Add a sphere to the glass
  3. Add the gin then garnish with tonic
  4. Enjoy!

, Festive Gin and Tonic

Some of the main benefits of these and other Tovolo Craft ice cream molds include:

  1. They keep cocktails colder for longer. They melt more slowly so you can enjoy your drink without any dilution.
  2. Adds fresher taste and a sophisticated look and finish to sipping beverages like bourbon, whiskey and gin. Other popular uses are old-fashioned cocktails, milk / cream cocktails, mocktails, iced coffee, and party punch.
  3. You can use the molds for other treats such as popsicles and ice cream scoops for chilled coffee.
  4. Tovolo's plastic ice cream molds have advantages that silicone molds do not: the ice cream holds its shape better, the mold does not retain odors or the burning smell of the freezer resulting from repeated use, and upright storage in the freezer prevents water from spilling out when you place it in the freezer. freezer
  5. Various unique mold options are available for all occasions: golf ball, rose, bulldog, anchor, mustache, skull and tiki ice cream mold are novelty options. There are also heart sticks for Valentine's Day, your classic sphere, Perfect Cube

As a digital nomad, I've always packed them in my suitcase so I can easily make AMAZING ice cream wherever I go. They only take 4-6 hours to freeze, so I make them a lot in advance and keep them in my freezer so I have them on hand at all times.

Besides making your drinks more festive and sophisticated, Tovolo has plenty of products to help you enjoy the holiday season, including whisks, spatulas, baking sheets and much more.

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A little time put into preparation makes for an enjoyable evening. Drinking cocktails should be a fun and relaxing experience, so take a while to think about ingredients in advance, to avoid any rushing around last minute.

One of the foundations of many cocktails is sugar syrup. This can be prepared in advance. Here’s my tip for easy to prepare simple syrup : Add 200 gm white sugar to 200 ml boiling water. Stir till sugar is dissolved, and liquid is clear. Allow to cool then bottle

If you mix lemon juice 50 : 50 with simple syrup, you should have a solid mid-line sweet-sour balance. But remember, every palate is different. to find your own point of balance, mix 15ml fresh lemon juice with 15ml simple syrup, and then dilute the mix with up to 90ml water. Congratulations, you’ve just made fresh lemonade ! If this tastes too sweet or too sour, adjust by adding a little more citrus or syrup. Using this method of calibration, you can adjust any cocktail recipe to suit your own palate.

Ice is the single most over-looked ingredient at any home bar - you’ll be surprised how much you can go through. Cocktails need ice like baking needs ovens. If popping to the shops for ice isn’t an option right now, keeping a freezer bag topped up with ice will ensure you don’t run out unexpectedly. For best quality home-made ice, try using a silicone ice tray with a lid, to prevent your ice from absorbing unpleasant odours. And wash your ice tray after each use.

Where possible always go for de haute gamme spirits, the freshest herbs, and the best juices you can get your hands on. For instance, the taste difference between cheap juice and pressed juice is more than worth the small extra expense.

Try to use glassware appropriate to your drinks. It’s entirely possible to drink a martini from an old coffee mug, but that misses the point of drinking a martini !

If you can make a Whiskey Sour, you can make a Daiquiri. If you make a mean Negroni, you can riff on a Boulevardier. Once you’ve mastered the Manhattan, have some fun in Brooklyn on your way to Martinez. Cocktails exist in family trees. Once you are comfortable the basics of each category the world is your oyster !

You can pre-mix punches in advance - an old trick from the godfathers of bartending in the 19th century. You can bottle punch and store it in the fridge, ready to use on the day, or later that week. If done properly, quality and consistency are assured. If your punch has a fizzy ingredient, such as prosecco, only add this your glass just before serving.

If you follow the Punch Ratio, you can’t go far wrong : 1 part sour ( citrus ) 2 parts sweet ( simple syrup ) 3 parts strong ( spirit ) 4 parts weak ( juices etc ) And don’t shy away from warm spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and mace, to make that punch really sing. Don’t have those spices to hand ? No problem, a few dashes of Angostura bitters will do the trick.

We all have a few unloved ingredients lying around that need using up. For instance, that last bit of red wine in the bottle ? Try drizzling it over your Whisky Sour, and voila, you’ve got yourself a delicious New York Sour ! Do you have some nice but neglected spice mix in the kitchen ? Try mixing a teaspoon or two into your simple syrup as it cools to give your next cocktail an added dimension. Seasonal fresh herbs make a wonderful aromatic cocktail garnish.

So now, you’ve hit your stride and you’re getting creative in your home bar. Great ! Our top tip for cocktail creation ? Write down the juste specifications as you are making it. It’s not always easy to perfectly recall the recipe for that killer petit cocktail the next day !

If all this sounds like a bit of a chore, then keep an eye open for delivery services available from many local cocktail parcs. After all, with the finer things in life, it’s nice to sit back, relax and let the professionals do all hard the work.

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