Cloos Guide: Top 5 Summer Cocktails
How about a delicious Moscow Mule? Or maybe a classic Whiskey on the Rocks? Whatever you have a taste for this summer, we have everything you need to get the summer party rolling. All in the Cloos Style.
The Old Fashioned is considered one of the oldest, if not THE oldest cocktail ever. It dates back to the 18th century and has been modified dozens and hundreds of times since then. What has always remained the same: the combination of sugar, water, spirits and bitters. When it was first created, the Old Fashioned was simply called a whiskey cocktail. The recipe for an Old Fashioned is simple: whiskey, sugar, bitters, orange peel, ice. Stir a little, and you're done. At least, that's what you'd think. But in fact, even professional bartenders argue about how to properly prepare the forefather of all cocktails, whether you need/should/don't garnish it with an orange slice and a cherry, and which whiskey belongs in it. We have tested the most common recipes.
6 cl whisky
0,5 cl sugar syrup
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Orange (from which the zest)
Fill a mixing glass with ice. Pour in whiskey, syrup and Angostura Bitters and stir for about 1 minute. Strain into a tumbler with fresh ice. Spritz with an orange zest and garnish. Drink and enjoy!
The bartender Dick Bradsell invented the cocktail in the early 80s - a model, still unnamed but according to Bradsell now world-famous, entered his bar and wanted a drink "who will wake me up and fuck me up". For anyone who needs a translation for that: the lady wished she was awake and stupid. It's a nice story, an uncomplicated one. And those who drink this drink for the same reasons as the model don't have to worry too much - those who focus on pleasure do. Those who drink an espresso martini want coffee flavour in their mouths - we see the vodka merely as a boozer, an alcoholic filler. If you want something closer to a real martini with this drink, you won't get much out of this mix. For whom the coffee notes are the star, should therefore rather go for more liqueur and espresso. However, do not reduce the vodka any further - this makes the cocktail a little too soft, too mild and it almost tastes like cold coffee.
4 cl vodka
4 cl coffee liqueur
4 cl espresso
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker over ice. Shake until you are afraid that the ice will break the shaker. Strain into a frosted martini glass or coupette. Drink and enjoy!
It is one of our absolute favourite drinks: the gin and tonic. It has to be iced and refined with cucumber or grapefruit juice. It was considered the Queen Mum's favourite drink and after its reputation had become somewhat dusty for many years, it is now returning to all bars as a trendy drink - the gin & tonic. Its composition is naturally reflected in its name: the drink consists of the spirit gin and tonic water containing chinine. It was first mixed by the British in the former British colony of India. The name distinguishes the connoisseur from the philistine: Gin and Tonic is what connoisseurs call it, Gin Tonic exposes the layman.
4 cl Gin
Tonic water Lemon or lime (depending on taste, also herbs, spices, fruits etc.)
Pour the gin into the glass. Then open the bottle of tonic water (only just before use to preserve the carbonic acid). Slowly pour the tonic water into the drinking vessel so that as little carbon dioxide as possible escapes. Now slowly fill the glass to the brim with ice cubes. Stir carefully with a cocktail stick. Finally, garnish the rim of the glass with a slice of lemon or lime, or optionally add the fruit slice to the glass. If desired, you can refine the drink with cucumber or a dash of grapefruit juice.
Insider tip: Add a pinch of freshly ground pepper to the drink.
In the development of this cocktail there are many beautiful parallels between Germany and the USA: In the States this delicious drink was popularized in the 1940s to boost sales of exactly three things: vodka, ginger beer and copper mugs. A manager of the company that had just acquired the Smirnoff Vodka brand met a pub owner who wanted to sell his ginger beer, and somewhere there was a woman who wanted to get rid of copper mugs. While in the 2000s you couldn't get a Moscow Mule anywhere (and if you did, it was with ale), nowadays no bar can do without one.
6 cl vodka
12 cl Ginger Beer
1,5 cl lime juice 3 cucumber slices (optional)
Mint (optional, recommended
Place ice cubes in copper mug. Pour in lime juice and vodka. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with mint and cucumber. Drink and enjoy!
Whiskey on the Rocks
A whisky "on the rocks" is the decidedly cool option for hot days and simply refreshing drinking pleasure. What sounds so urbane, like a natural pastime around a campfire, in an alpine log cabin, or on a rocky lakeshore, is bourbon, rye whiskey, or Scotch blend poured into a glass over ice cubes. The cold affects the taste. It numbs the taste buds and suppresses flavors, which is why chilled whiskey appears smoother. By the way, the "rocks" were actually in the glass long before the invention of freezers. For cooling purposes, river pebbles from the ice-cold streams and rivers of Scotland are said to have been placed inside. A trend that is being picked up again these days. Cooling stones made of granite, soapstone or stainless steel are offered, which are freeze-cooled and placed in the glass. So the whiskey can be drunk chilled but undiluted.
Whiskey of your choice
Put some ice cubes into a short glass and pour the whiskey over it. If you like the drink less strong, fill up the glass with soda water. Drink and enjoy.