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Home-made Triplesec

home-made triplesec

Another home-made liqueur still in progress but looking like a winner. If you can stand the wait it’s cheaper than buying an expensive branded triplesec/curacao like Grand Marnier or Cointreau. And kind of satisfying in the process.

Measures & Instructions:

  • 4 large, sweet oranges
  • 2 1/2 cups vodka (ideally a good quality high-proof one but we used smirnoff!)
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar

Peel zest from 2 of the oranges and set aside. Squeeze juice from all oranges into a measuring cup and add water, if necessary, to bring juice to 2 cups. Pour juice, sugar and zest into a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring often (seriously, keep your eye on it… as it starts to caramelize there’s a way higher chance of sticking/burning). Reduce heat and simmer for 10 more minutes. Set aside to cool.

Pour cooled juice mixture and vodka into a jar, stir to combine and seal. Let steep 3-4 months. Strain and filter as needed to remove zest and sediment.

McCartney Margarita


Inspired by one by the same name from the Groucho Club, London.
Trialled at a friends birthday… sore but happy heads the next morning!

Measures & Instructions:

  • 2oz  tequila/reposado
  • 1 1/2 oz  lime
  • 3/4oz  cointreau
  • 1/2oz agave syrup/simple syrup
  • A good squeeze of fresh orange

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker 2/3 full of ice.
Shake & strain into a chilled margharita/martini glass.

The Churchill


Measures & Instructions:

  • 1.5 oz  Scotch whisky
  • 0.5 oz  Lime Juice
  • 0.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 0.5 oz Cointreau

Shake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

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