Thursday, 4 March 2010

Failure and Compensation

Right.. So ive been asked to make some macarons for a friends event... because i love putting my big foot in my big mouth i said yes... knowing that in all my years ive only ever succesfully made macarons once. Thants ONCE out of about 30 tries lol. As a result they were obviously a failure, but ive got a month so ill keep trying... These were the result of my failed almond treats.... they bassically tasted like sugary paper rather than ealgrey infused light almond shells :(

Ah well...

So after my failure i was talking to a friend of mine who i use to work at a cocktail bar with... She also knows a thing or two about food stuff but eventually she concluded that i suck lol... so unhelpful.

But it did trigger my memory as to when i started as a cocktail barman. I found it difficult to judge what liquers would go well with others, as well as what fruit to use or even if they deserved to be paired with somethng creamier.

We had to learn over 50 cocktail in 3 days... was very challenging but we all managed to do it. And of all fo them my favourite was my own variation on a Key West Cooler... which i embarasingly called Fooler Cooler (because i messed up the original so many times, but this one tasted better in my opinion lol).

So colourful and easy to drink, i gaurantee u guys will be trying this out at your next BBQ! The original recipe calls for peach schnaps, but I used malibu as the drink was introduced to the bar during a heatwave in England... and I trying to be all tropical lol... in england... the nonsense of it!

First off your gonna need to have these two bad boys at hand!

Malibu is a Coconut infused carribean rum... Im not sure if it counts as a liquer or a rum, but its deliscious and very fragrant. the coconut really comes through in it. If you cannot get hold of this (you should be able to... its like EVERYWHERE) then another coconut liquer or sum will do just fine.

As well as!

Midori! This is probaably my favourite liquer. The word Midori is japanese for "Green" which is pretty obvious. The colour is amazing and adding it to any drink will make it stand out really. Asides from the colour the taste is of sweet melons. Midori and lemonade is a classic... but its easily drinkable with coke as i have found.

Ok. Lets begin.


12.5ml Midori
12.5ml Malibu
12.5ml Vodka
50ml Cranberry Juice
50ml Pineapple Juice
Some ice
1 slice of Kiwi and Orange (optional, decorate it however u want)


1: Pour the Midori and Malibu into an empty glass, then add one of the fruits to the glass.
2: Add ice up to the top of the glass
3: SLOWLY pour the cranberry juice over the ice so that it sits ontop of the alcohol at the bottom (cranberry juice is very light and sits ontop of most things... but vodka is even lighter!)
4: in a seperate tumbler (or boston glass if u have one) add the pineapple juice to the vodka and stir about 10 times. (DO NOT SHAKE, pineapple juice goes frothy and discoloured when shaken)
5: Now slowly pour the pineapple and vodka mixture ontop of the cranberry juice. It should sit on top of the cranberry juice because the vodka has lightened the pineapple juice. Decorate with the other slice of fruit on the side of the glass and add straws.

There we go! That wasnt too hard now was it... Drink responsibly guys... im gonna try those macarons again.... back to the kitchen!

Until next time... Enjoy!


Zia Elle said...

Don't warry and ty again, they will be perfect, I'm sure!!
Even big chefs sometimes have failures in the kitchen, why not us??????

Pam said...

Good luck with the macarons, I know you can do it! That cocktail looks mighty yummy to me! Just wish I was in the tropics drinking it!

Fortunas said...

Thanks so much for the encouragement guys! lol i have a month to try and sort them out!

Ill do it for sure... and then ill show everyone else who struggles with them just how to do it!

The cocktail is so good in a tall glass with lots of ice on a really hot day... The cranberry makes it realllllllyyy refreshing!

Mary said...

Sooner or later you'll get the macaroons right. They are sensitive to humidity. Your dink recipes sound wonderful. I love your blog and will be back often to see what is going on. Have a great day...Mary

Fortunas said...

Thnkyou very much Mary... I didnt know that they were sensitive to humidty actually. ill deffinatly take that onboard...

Lol got until the 21st to perfect them! fingers crossed lol!

Following your blog. nice! :D

Bugaboo said...

I love these damn cocktails. Midori = awesome. Malibu = super. Pair 'em and it's bound to be fantastic!


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