Recipes from The Cocktail Bar 

Thank you SO much, Taryn for inviting me onto your lovely blog again!

One of the most fascinating aspects of creating a novel about a very different kind of cocktail bar was the research that went into it. River Jackson, the protagonist of the story, was hell-bent on offering up the exotic and the unconventional; to be portrayed as anything but the stereotypical bar on the high street churning out Sex on The Beach and Mojitos.

Tasty as both are…

Today I am going to share with you three recipes (they are short and super quick to make!) for some of the more unusual cocktails which appear in the book:

The Frisky Bison

7 mint leaves
2 shots of Vodka
1 shot of apple schnapps
1 shot of fresh apple juice
½ shot freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ shot sugar syrup

Gently muddle the mint in the base of your shaker, add the rest of the ingredients and shake with ice then strain the contents into a chilled glass – ideally a Martini glass.

The following two recipes were contributions from competition winners for the online party event for my debut novel.  I think you’ll agree, both of these very Somerset creations sound delicious!

Tor In The Mist (created by Vanessa Couchman)

Somerset Apple Brandy
Somerset Apple Juice
Mint sprigs arranged to look like trees
1 pellet of dry ice (frozen CO2) to make it fog

One of the most dazzling creations in River Jackson’s bar, no visit to Glastonbury is complete until you have sampled a Tor in the Mist. This liquid sensation is guaranteed to take Instagram, and the Glastonbury Festival foodie stands by storm, in the year that is 2018.

*Dry ice should never be handled directly, but picked up with tongs!*
The pellet drops to the bottom of the glass and dissolves before the drinker can get to it (unless they are a very fast drinker…).

Avalon Amber (created by Ailsa Abraham)

Somerset Apple Juice
Gingerbread Spice Cordial

This non-alcoholic cocktail (the only tee-total brew to be found in The Cocktail Bar), is a simple yet complex concoction comprising of locally grown Somerset apples, with a tot of gingerbread spice cordial for that wickedly subtle hint of spells!

It tastes sublime and is best supped on a cold winter’s afternoon in front of a roaring log fire, preferably accompanied by a book about ley lines or crystals or shamanism.

Thanks so much to Isabella May for these amazing recipes from her latest book The Cocktail Bar. 

Please do share with us when you try these out, and see below for more information on The Cocktail Bar 

Blurb for The Cocktail Bar:

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.

Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one… – Universal Amazon link to buy The Cocktail Bar


Author Bio:

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).

She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!

The Cocktail Bar is her second novel, following on from the hit sensation, Oh! What a Pavlova, published in 2017. Her third novel is currently being polished up and involves copious amounts of churros con chocolate: watch this space…

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Taryn Leigh

Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is available worldwide. She lives in South Africa with her Husband, Son and two Cocker Spaniels.

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