Mixology Is So Much Harder Than It Looks


I got an email a few weeks back by the fine folks at Luxx PR and asked if I fancied taking part in a cocktail making challenge? It was in conjunction with Chase spirits and Heartsease mixers, and I just had to come up with a cocktail using their ingredients. Never really had a go at making a cocktail from scratch before, so sounded like a laugh. A few days later a couple of samples of gin and vodka turned up with a selection of the Heartsease products. Time to get mixing!

Well I kind of cheated. I went round to see some friends who kindly volunteered to have a go with me on this. So we ended up coming up with 3 different cocktails. None of them won obviously, but I think one of them came sixth which, for four rank amateurs, was a pretty good result.

Let’s see if I can remember it now…


Counsell’s Winter Warmer

1 shot Chase vodka

1 shot Chase gin

2 shots Heartsease spiced winter cranberry

1 pinch nutmeg

– Shake over ice

– Serve with a handful of frozen berries


I was actually pretty chuffed with the outcome to be fair! Thanks to Ben, Nick, and Mieks for coming up with the mixtures, to Luxx for letting me have a go, and to Chase and Heartsease for supplying the samples.


7 thoughts on “Mixology Is So Much Harder Than It Looks”

  1. Talk about mixing drinks, having worked as a bartender it was not as easy as I thought it was. I actually had to go back to school and study the whole “card” of different cocktails there where and how to mix them and how much to pour from this thing or the other to make it a “good” mix

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