After the recent passing of David Bowie and Alan Rickman (both heroes of mine), I felt that a tribute drink would be in order. I had thoughts on a Bowie inspired cocktail, but eventually, I settled on something influenced by Mr Rickman as it suits my style a little better.
My first thought was a cognac-based drink, something distinguished to suit the man himself. However, some Googling revealed that his drink of choice was a glass of red wine, so I started looking into Sangaree recipes, an old school cocktail style involving wine that evolved into Sangria further down the line.
I used to be wary of wine in cocktails. However, the wonderful Bakerie in Manchester has a wine based cocktail list that has definitely changed my mind! So, taking some inspiration from them I experimented over Saturday afternoon, which led to my tribute drink, or drinks as I have two variants here. My personal choice would be the first version however The Greedy Girl prefers the latter.
- 2 maraschino cherries (I’ve gone for Luxardo, as they are amazing)
- 45ml red wine (I used a Syrah in my experimentation)
- 30ml cognac
- 10ml sugar syrup
- 10ml cherry liquor
- 1 slice of lemon
Muddle the cherries in the base of a cocktail shaker. Add a good handful of ice and the rest of the ingredients.
Give a good shake for 8-10 seconds
Double strain into a whisky tumbler.
- As above, but without the slice of lemon
Muddle the cherries in the base of a mixing glass. Add a good handful of ice along the other ingredients. Stir for around 10 seconds to mix.
Double strain into whisky tumbler.
I realise there doesn’t appear to be much variance between the two, the first version results in a colder drink and the lemon adds a nice edge, the second is a little warmer which can suit the red wine a little easier depending on your palate.
I’m incredibly happy with how this one turned out. Hopefully some of you will give it a try.
I hope Alan Rickman would approve.
A product of 1974 Mancunia, Mark travelled around Europe and America before returning – hungry and thirsty.
A frequenter of Glasgow’s many restaurants, bars and taverns, Mark can also often be found at home dabbling with homemade cocktails.
There are rumours that these drinks may have caused random bouts of narcolepsy and memory loss, but to date, there have been no recorded fatalities.