It can be a little overwhelming getting started on your own cocktail journey. There are so many possible combinations and a limit to how many of them you can actually drink. However, experimenting is the best way to get some real fun out of your cocktail shaker, so branch away from your safe martini recipe and create the next classic.
The Must Haves
A few classics to have covered are:
Because what is a mojito without mint.
Strawberry is a flexible flavour to suit all taste buds.
An alternative to the sweetness of the fruit syrups and an essential for any Piña Colada.
Bring a taste of the tropics to your cocktails.
The original cocktail fruit is a reliable addition to any cocktail cabinet.
A smooth and sweet accompaniment to many spirits, this is a real staple for the kitchen cupboard. If you’re really hooked on Monin Caramel Syrup you can put it in your coffee too.
Add a little cheer to your beer…
While it’s a lesser known use for cocktail syrups in the UK, the continent has long been experimenting with adding a little pazzazz to its beer. A common drink in Northern France is the bière pèche aka lager with a dash of Peach Syrup. Other popular flavours include the classic Grenadine or Strawberry syrups but perhaps you know better, let us know.
If you want to make further use of your Monin investment, try adding them to coke or lemonade for a non-alcoholic variation on the bière pèche.
A hint, a twist or a dash
Whatever you want to call it, a subtle note of an unusual flavour can change an average cocktail into a legendary one. After all, the infamous Manhattan is completed by a subtle dash of Angostura bitters and complemented by a simple Maraschino Cherry. Meanwhile, the best cocktail recipe I have ever come up with featured toasted rosemary as a discreet yet star flavour. Here are a few suggestions to get you experimenting:
Add a little aromatherapy to your vodka martini with this Monin Lavender syrup.
Try adding this most royal of herbs to your own Daffy’s Gin creation.
For a break in the bourbon add some tarragon.
Give a thai twist to your mojito with this Lemongrass Monin Syrup.
AND IF YOU’RE STILL UNSURE..
Don’t worry you’ve got a lifetime to try all these flavours out and if you still don’t know where to start then give the Monin Cocktail Set a go. It contains 5 of the base cocktail syrups in 50ml bottles; Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Coconut, Mojito Mint and Blue Caracao.