Combining the same classic ingredients for nearly 200 years, Angostura bitters are a key ingredient in many famous cocktails, often paired with gin and rum to great effect. Despite the name, its flavour is not bitter at all, with the strong aromatic flavour, powerful with gentian and spices. Many cocktails simply wouldn’t be the same without a dash or two of Angostura bitters and it’s the complex herbaceous nature of the product which allows it to offer additional depth and dimension to cocktails.
Bursting with flavour and welcome acidity, passion fruit’s flamboyant flavour gained it a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Whether you’re hoping to have your wicked way or not Funkin Passion Fruit puree is brought over from Ecuador and has a delicate balance of both vibrant fruitiness and biting acidity. It’s an absolute must if you’re attempting a Pornstar Martini but the flavour is powerful and enticing enough to work with almost any partner.
A young Havana Club offering, this 7 year old Cuban rum gets its amber hues from the bourbon casks it’s matured in. The aroma is reminiscent of first thing in the morning, rich in roasted coffee with vanilla and gingerbread coming through too. Vanilla fudge is the prominent flavour when you take a sip and it’s soon paired with sweet dairy chocolate, fruit trifle and woody oak notes. The end result is a warm, rounded rum which is wonderful when mixed with ginger or lime, or both!
Gabriel Boudier’s extravagant range of liqueurs and crème should all be tasted once and this Crème de Cassis is one of the oldest, classic flavours in the collection. Macerated blackcurrants are balanced against sugar to ensure the acidity of the fruit is enjoyable. On opening the bottle memories of freshly cooked blackcurrant pie come with a rich aroma and flavour follows balancing the tartness of the berries with a much needed sweetness.
Maraschino Luxardo is a classic Italian liqueur and is presented in its traditional way, straw covered bottle and all. The clear hues hide a flavour which is simply bursting with marasca cherries and a typically pungent aroma in which the cherries seem to invite you to take that first sip. Smooth on the palate initially, leading into a sharpness which is short lived but satisfying. It’s the aroma of this one which will have you back for another sip, lingering long after tasting.