Five new British-inspired cocktail recipes launched by top mixologists
Collection includes “Brummie Sweet Spice” and “Edinburgh Irn Punch”, featuring unusual ingredients ranging from tea to Bovril
A new range of British cocktail recipes featuring tea, curry and Bovril has been developed by expert mixologists to reflect the tastes of different regions.
A poll of 2,000 British people found the nation’s favourite flavours in each region, with the results used to develop unusual new cocktails.
Almost three in 10 people from Birmingham believe the flavour of a Balti best represents their area, leading to the "Brummie Sweet Spice" cocktail being born. The drink also contains dark chocolate, bitters and Crème de Pêches liqueur.
For Manchester, mixologists created the "Rock My Manchester Gravy Boat", a beer-based cocktail topped off with Bovril and raspberry liqueur.
Louise Lynch, Product Developer for Beers, Wines and Spirits at Sainsbury’s, said: “Having worked in the drinks industry for many years, I’m surprised that we’ve never seen a British cocktail earn its place amongst the classics.
“It seemed like an obvious solution for us to use our new range of cocktail ingredients to create a bespoke collection of cocktails the nation can be proud of.
“Our cities are famous for their identity and we’re confident that these creations represent the charm and character of our home-grown regions.”
Sainsbury's worked with the London Cocktail Club to invent the bold new flavours, culminating in "The Great British G&Tea".
Combining two British favourites, the drink mixes tea with London Dry Gin, a dash of cassis liqueur and a spoonful of blackberry jam – and is served with a custard cream.
JJ Goodman, the founder of London Cocktail Club, said: “We had a lot of fun creating cocktails which represent these great cities.
“The key for me was to keep the drinks simple, but also creatively interesting so they can not only be re-created at home but also feel like a taste of home.
“Sainsbury’s has done a great job with their new range of cocktail ingredients, which help to keep the cost down when experimenting in mixology, and I hope this encourages more people to get inventive with their creations.”
The full recipes are:
The Great British G & Tea
50ml Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Blackfriars 10 London dry gin
25ml Sainsburys crème de cassis liqueur
25ml English breakfast tea
3 teaspoons of blackcurrant jam
8 mint leaves
Glass: Clear jam jar (label off)
Method: Add all ingredients, fill 2/3 with crushed ice, churn with a latte spoon or similar
Cap (top off) with crushed ice
Garnish: Mint sprig and a Sainsbury’s custard cream
The Edinburgh Irn Punch
50ml Sainsbury’s blended scotch whisky
10ml Irn Bru syrup (reduce one can of Irn Bru on the stove until it becomes half the amount, add 100g of caster sugar, stir until dissolved, bottle and refrigerate)
12 drops Sainsbury’s bitters
Method: Stir and strain over cubed ice
Garnish: Long orange zest peeled in a spiral to be placed on the rim of the glass and shortbread biscuit on the side
A Bristolian Perfect Pair
40ml Sainsburys 3yr old brandy
20ml Sainsburys triple sec
20ml fresh lemon juice
50ml Sainsburys vintage cider
1 teaspoon of bramley apple sauce
Method: Shake and strain all ingredients (except cider) over cubed ice in highball
Garnish: Fresh apple and chunk of Cheddar on stick
Brummie Sweet Spice
50ml Sainsbury’s white rum
15ml Sainsbury’s crème de pêches liqueur
35ml spiced mango puree (Sainsbury's mango slices blended with teaspoon of ground cumin and half a medium red chili)
25ml lime juice
1 teaspoon of runny honey
6 drops Sainsbury’s bitters
Method: Shake and fine strain into a Martini glass
Garnish: Mini Sainsbury’s own-brand Jaffa Cake, Cadbury’s chocolate spread on half the rim, top with half of red chili
Rock My Manchester Gravy Boat
50ml Distil No 9 Ukrainian Vodka
15ml Sainsbury’s raspberry liqueur
20ml Hyde and Wild stout
75ml fresh tomato juice
15ml Bovril (2 teaspoons of Bovril, mixed with 200ml hot water)
6 dashes Tabasco
5 dashes Worcester sauce
1 whole sprig of rosemary
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of salt
Method: Shake all ingredients and strain over cubed ice into a Latte glass
Garnish: Rosemary sprig and a chip, with cracked pepper sprinkled on top