by Shivani Khanna
A Cocktail is an alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice or cream. ~ Oxford Dictonary
A Cocktail is any of various short mixed drinks, consisting typically of gin, whiskey, rum, vodka, or brandy, with different admixtures, as vermouth, fruit juices, or flavorings, usually chilled and frequently sweetened. ~ Dictionary.com
With the count down to the year end and the feeling of festiveness in the air, I thought why not bring the flavour of the Cocktails into my cakes. Turning recipes upside down or inside out is what I love doing. I’ve taken the popular Cocktails and converted their flavours into cakes. Yes, these cake recipes are not vintage but their inspiration is from heirloom Cocktails of the similar name.
I am a cocktail kind of girl. Maybe the sweetness of the chilled alcoholic beverage is what appeals to me. Wine I find sour, Beer I find bitter and of course Whiskey takes bitterness to another level for me, I’m unashamed to say. I’ve tasted most of the sweet flavoured cocktails and I love most of them.
Developing the recipes, I realised that all the goodness of fresh fruit, dried fruit and herbs was being used to flavour my cakes. So in fact they are nutritious cakes. To add the alcohol or not is an option. I’ve kept the base cake recipe the same, adding flavourings and alcohol according to the cocktail I was being inspired by. The Bloody Mary Cocktail cake is the only savory one in this long list of Cocktail inspired cakes.
Sex on the Beach Cocktail Cake
The cocktail ‘Sex on the Beach’ is made from vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, and cranberry juice.
Appletini Cocktail Cake
An Apple Martini, ‘Appletini’ for short, is a cocktail containing vodka and either apple juice, apple cider, apple liqueur or apple brandy. Optionally, vermouth may be included as in a regular martini. Typically, the Appletini is shaken or stirred with a sweet and sour mix and then strained into a cocktail glass.
Pina Colada Cocktail Cake
The ‘Piña Colada’ is a sweet, rum-based cocktail made with rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with a pineapple wedge, a maraschino cherry or both. The Piña Colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978 ~ Wikipedia
Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail Cake
Daiquiri is a cocktail whose main ingredients are rum, citrus, typically lime juice and sugar or other sweetener.
Mojito Cocktail Cake
When preparing a ‘Mojito’, lime juice is added to sugar syrup and mint leaves. The mixture is then gently mashed with a muddler. The mint leaves should only be bruised to release the essential oils and should not be shredded. Then rum is added and the mixture is briefly stirred to dissolve the sugar and to lift the mint leaves up from the bottom for better presentation. Finally, the drink is topped with whole ice cubes and sparkling soda water. Mint leaves and lime wedges are used to garnish the glass. ~ Wikipedia
Screwdriver Cocktail Cake
A ‘Screwdriver’ is a popular highball drink made with fresh orange juice and vodka.
Margarita Cocktail Cake
The ‘Margarita’ is a cocktail consisting of tequila, triple sec such as Cointreau and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the rim of the glass. It is the most common tequila-based cocktail in the United States. The drink is served shaken with ice on the rocks, blended with ice (frozen margarita), or without ice (straight up). The first known publication of a margarita recipe was in the December 1953 issue of Esquire, with a recipe calling for an ounce of tequila, a dash of triple sec and the juice of half a lime or lemon.
Bloody Mary Cocktail Cake
A ‘Bloody Mary’ is a popular cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and combinations of other spices and flavorings including Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, piri piri sauce, beef consommé or bouillon, horseradish, celery, olives, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and celery salt. It has been called “the world’s most complex cocktail”.