Drawing on his interests, passions and memorable moments such as holidaying in the Caribbean and his love of hot chocolate, Marvin mixed together flavours and ingredients to create a range of creative cocktails, and is calling on NI cocktail lovers to do the same.
Marvin says, “I’ve enjoyed many visits to Northern Ireland and had a cosmopolitan or two in Café Vaudeville, Belfast – the Northern Irish love their cocktails.
Taking inspiration from everyday life means you can create drinks that you may not otherwise have thought of. It has been fun going down memory lane and thinking about the most important things in my life to spark creativity, and the result has been some fantastic drinks!” “My favourite creation has to be my ‘Rochelle Sundae’, which is inspired by my love for Rochelle and reminds me of when we first met. I’ve found my creative flare working with Smirnoff and realised that all it takes is a little inspiration.
I want to encourage everyone in NI to have a go and see just how easy it can be to create delicious tasting cocktails.”
Marvin’s top tips for successful cocktail making:
1. Be more experimental – never would I have thought to put jam in a cocktail before yet it tastes so good!
2. Think outside the glass – cocktails don’t have to be served out of traditional glasses. When you’re finished with your jam jars, keep them for parties! Not only are they perfect for shaking cocktails in, but they add a twist to the ordinary.
3. Get inventive with ice – jazz up your cocktail with shaped ice cubes, crushed ice and even molded ice that can be used to decorate your drink. Check out my Inventive Smirnoff cocktails including my ‘Rochelle Sundae’ at uk.thebar.com/OutsideTheGlass for some inspiration….
Smirnoff No21 – 35ml
Cherry juice – 100ml (can get this in any large supermarket)
Elderflower cordial – 10ml
Fresh strawberries – x 2 – 3 Fresh Strawbs (or a squeeze of Strawberry Puree instead)
Pour the Smirnoff, Cherry Juice, Elderflower cordial and the fresh strawberries into a cocktail shaker (or Jam Jar if you don’t have a shaker) and lightly shake up and pour over cubed ice into a tall sundae glass. Finish by squeezing a splash of fresh lime on top and a slice of strawberry for garnish.
Rochelle! The cocktail combines all ingredients that Rochelle loves and is inspired by Marvin’s love for her. The sundae glass reminds Marvin of when they first met and enjoyed a drink together – the Rochelle Sundae cocktail would be perfect for sharing….
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