The Bite Magazine - Autmn/Winter 2020 - Issue 28

bitedrinks Lanique - Spirit of the Rose Lanique’s natural rose taste and aroma is the first choice in our selection of pink cocktails. In our previous review, we looked at the history of the drink which was originally created by a princess who owned a distillery close to her castle. The drink became synonymous with luxury and sophistication and can be enjoyed in a number of ways. The original recipe has remained the same for over 200 years. A perfect gift, Lanique Spirit of Rose is a completely natural liqueur made with thousands of handpicked, stem-distilled rose petals, extracting the pure essence of rose. It is perfectly paired with prosecco or champagne and can be served simply with a squeeze of lime. With aromas of delicate rose, ripe raspberry and cherry, and flavours reminiscent of Turkish delight and hints of white chocolate, this beautifully bottled bright pink liqueur is the ideal gift for the experimental cocktail lover. To make Lanique Rose Fizz, add a splash of sophistication to your toast with 25 ml of Lanique topped with your choice of festive fizz. The Winter Rose is a warming treat made by gently heating 50 ml Lanique, 25 ml of cognac, 50 ml of cloudy apple juice, and 5 ml of vanilla syrup in a pan, before pouring it into a brandy glass. Or you can stir 25 ml of Lanique into your hot chocolate and top it up with whipped cream and a dusting of candied rose for the ulti- mate indulgence of Turkish Delight Hot Chocolate. The South American legend meets the East in the Lanique Rose Mojito, add- ing a floral complexity to the classic mojito. Thanks to the liqueur’s natural sweetness, there is no need for additional sugar to enjoy this refreshing con- coction. To make this cocktail, combine the ingredients of 25 ml Lanique, 25 ml Rum with half a fresh lime and top with soda water. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and dried rose petals. It may be a bitter classic, but the floral twist of Lanique will give this Rose Ne- groni a high spirited punch with a delicate rose finish. Mix 12.5 ml Lanique with 12.5 ml Dry Vermouth, 25 ml Gin, and 25 ml Campari and serve over cubed ice with a garnish of an orange wedge. Make a unique twist on the classic G&T with Lanique Rose & Tonic , simply with 25 ml or 50 ml Lanique topped with tonic water. Serve over cubed ice and garnish a lime wedge and dried rose petals. Lanique is available in the UK at Waitrose stores on festive promotion be- tween 2nd and 31st December 2020 and nationwide online at Lanique with free deliveries and shipped by Royal Mail with deliveries within 5-7 days. It is also available from Amazon, 31 Dover, Distillers Direct, The Whiskey Exchange, and Harvey Nichols. Pinkster Gin - Not the Usual Ingredients This British pink gin turned out to be a real hit thanks to its infusion of rasp- berries that rounded off the juniper edges, which is known to be bitter. Thus, it resulted in a deliciously dry gin with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish. Fantastic cocktails can be made with Pinkster Gin in the interest of making your lockdown drinking as fun as possible. Gin ’n’ Jam , the slightly sweet and indulgently lush cocktail, is made by adding 50ml of Pinkster Gin, 10ml of lemon juice and a large spoon of Gin Jam to a shaker with ice. The Pinkster Winter Serve consists of 50ml of Pinkster Gin and Fever-Tree Aromatic Ton- ic. Add the ingredients to a tall ice-filled glass and garnish with an orange slice studded with cloves. The Unique Flavours of Pink Cocktails Images courtesy of MPR Communications