The festive season is here! Everybody happy, snow everywhere, you’re hanging around with a bunch of friends, having a good time. Well, not really, it’s freaking 2020, right? A lot of things changed, and one of those things that are missing is a nice bar, restaurant or a cafe you can hang in with people. You have to amuse yourself at home and stay with your closest ones, and that’s actually not bad at all. Back to the things that really matter, we’d say.
In any case, to give you one more reason not to dwell upon you cruel pandemic destiny, we have not one but two winter Luftbremzer cocktails that you can make at home. For this blog post we have asked our special friend for help. She is a Zagreb based food blogger and influencer with probably the most beautiful Instagram feed on the planet. Her name in Jelena Markota and she made a splendid winter gin based cocktail that is easy to make at home and that vibrates Christmas. Thank you so much Jelena!
Santa stay home!
So, without any hesitation (like I haven’t hesitated enough, already) here it is. We’ll call it ‘Santa, stay at home!’ winter cocktail.
For the cocktail you’ll need:
30ml Luftbremzer Gin
15 ml gingerbread syrup
30 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
100 ml ginger ale
Fresh ginger and dehydrated orange for garnish
For the gingerbread syrup you’ll need:
45 ml water
45 g sugar
½ bar spoon of gingerbread mix (mix of winter spices such as cassia, nutmeg, star anise, clove, ginger, coriander, pepper and cardamom)
Make simple syrup from water and sugar, spice it with gingerbread mix and leave it to cool down. Rim a highball with sugar (wet the highball rim with syrup, than dip it in sugar in order to stick it to the glass). Add the syrup and orange juice to the glass and stir well. Add gin and ice. Top it with ginger ale and gently stir to homogenize the liquid. Garnish with a slice of ginger and dehydrated orange.
Hot Luftbremzer Punch
The other one is a hot cocktail and it works best when made in larger quantities, which makes it a perfect make-up cocktail once the tensions in the house rise to the point a swift peacemaking action is required. And due to the time you’re spending at home these days tensions will surely rise, especially if you’re in quarantine. Anyway, here it is:
200 ml Luftbremzer Gin
200 ml sherry
200 ml cranberry juice
6 - 10 slices of dehydrated orange
1 slice of lemon
3 cassia sticks
1 apple sliced to rings
1-2 star anise
3 spoons of honey
Put cranberry juice, lemon, cassia, apple, anise, nutmeg and honey into a bowl and gently heat it on the stove for around 20 minutes letting all the flavours combine. Add sherry and cook for another 10 minutes. At the end pour in the gin and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes. Serve in porcelain or glass cup and garnish with an orange slice and cloves.
Enjoy your Luftbremzer moment!