Master mixologist Michael Nawrot gives traditional cocktails a refreshing jolt

Master mixologist Michael Nawrot gives traditional cocktails a refreshing jolt

With a Twist

Culinary Delights

You would be forgiven for thinking you were conversing with a chemist, the way Michael Nawrot discusses libations. Nawrot became intrigued by mixology while working in some of Edinburgh's most prominent bars, and he has been refining his craft for years.

"Creating the perfect cocktail is about balance, knowledge of your spirits and processes, and most of all, it is about understand-ing your customers," says Nawrot, manager of The Caley Bar at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh-The Caledonian, in Scotland.

"We aim to take something you are familiar with and make it a bit more inventive. We take classic cocktails and give them a signature twist. For example, in this Bramble, we use Edinburgh Gin and a twist of orange, which brings a different dimension to the drink."

The Edinburgh Bramble

Orange
Lemon
Sugar syrup (simple syrup)
Grapefruit bitters
Orange bitters
Edinburgh gin
St. Germain elderflower liqueur
Crushed ice
Crème de Mure (blackberry liqueur)

  1. 1 Squeeze a wedge of orange and a third of a lemon into a glass, adding a splash of sugar syrup.
  2. 2 Add dashes of grapefruit and orange bitters.
  3. 3 Pour in 50ml of edinburgh gin and 15 ml of St. Germain elderflower liqueur.
  4. 4 Add crushed ice in stages, stirring the ingredients.
  5. 5 When the glass is full, float a tiny drop of Créme de Mure on top.
  6. 6 Garnish with an orange twist and serve.