Lab update #3 - Fun with Snow
With all my scheduled meetings for the day cancelled, I decided to make the best of this impromptu day-off and use the weather in some drinks.
First I tried a Snow Julep using Jim Beam Green Label Bourbon, it's looks good and I thought it was a nice idea but it was very difficult to drink without a straw.
The next idea (below right) was inspired by Clayton (and I have to admit I feel the same) love of the G Vine ice balls, rather than one big ice ball to add to your whisky why not use a compacted snowball. Once I had packed it together I put it
in the freezer for a minute to let it harden up.
this seems to cool the drink moderately, but not as much as the Gvine cubes.
Below left: you can see a Gin & Tonic, "Evans" style served with another chunk snowball ice.
Some readers may think, using snow ice is all well and good but I would like to be warmed up.
Well I shall introduce you to my simple hot toddy recipe:
1pt Sugar Syrup
1pt Lemon Juice
4pts Boiling Water
I have scaled this up using 500ml whisky, 125ml sugar syrup, 125ml honey, 250ml lemon juice. I added the whisky sugar syrup and lemon juice to a saucepan and gently heated it, I then added the honey,a pinch of nutmeg, and stirred. After heating for a few minutes I removed the pan from the heat. After cooling I strained it and bottled it.
Voila! You have a premix hot toddy, just add hot water (1pt toddy mix : 2parts boiling water.)