About Time Guide to: Burts Chips’ Savoury Crisp CocktailsBy Angelica Malin
Are you a crisp lover? Love a good snack down the pub? You’re not alone. Crisps and a pint is a tried and tested snacking occasion in the UK, and our favourite Burts Chips is encouraging Brits to think outside the crisp packet and enhance their snacking with the latest trend: savoury crisp cocktails. Here’s everything you need to know:
Burtender: The Lowdown
Burts Chips, the artisan hand-cooked crisp company, has created six ‘Burtender’ crisp cocktail recipes. Trust us, you’ll never look at a humble packet of crisps in the same way again. Experts in adventurous snacking, Burts Chips know that a good cocktail is the same as a good snack – it has to have the right balance of ingredients and textures to be satisfying. Burts teamed up with an expert mixologist who selectively combined great cocktail ingredients with Burts’ distinct hand-cooked crisp flavours to ensure each cocktail carries its signature big bold taste, and that there was a drink for all palates, preferences and spirits.
Burtender: The Flavours
From the joining of two classics with Burts’ vintage cheddar & spring onion martini, to a margarita sprinkled with Burts’ Sea Salt & Crushed Peppercorns crisps atop a sea salt foam, and Burts’ smoked crispy bacon Manhattan, there is something to inspire everyone. For the first time, the crisps aren’t just the wingman to your favourite drink, our adventurous cocktails put crisps centre stage, where they belong!
Burtender: The Recipes
- 50ml gin
- 10ml dry vermouth
- 3 – 4 slices of spring onion muddled
Shake and double strain into a chilled martini glass
Serve with cube of mature cheddar on a stick
Enjoy with Burts Chips’ Vintage Cheddar & Spring Onion crisps
Tasting notes: Initial aroma of spring onion, clean and wet on the palate, gin wash, then rising bite of spring onion and vermouth. Strong onion aftertaste, dependent on level of spring onion in drink.
Burts Voodoo Chilli
- 50ml vodka
- 15ml ginger & lemongrass cordial
- 1 – 1/2 red chilli muddled (depending on level of heat desired)
- Shake, strain into ice-filled long glass, top with ginger beer
- Garnish with Burts Chips’ Thai Sweet Chilli crisp, lemongrass and chilli on edge of glass
Cool and refreshing – with sweetness provided by the cordial – a touch of ginger heat followed rapidly by sweet chilli heat, especially on the back of the tongue. Ginger beer fizz completes drink, chilli lingers.
Burts Smoky Mary
- 50ml smoked potato vodka
- 200ml spiced tomato juice
- 1/2 bar spoon grated horseradish
Shake and strain into ice-filled long glass
Garnish with celery stick and Burts Chips’ Devon Roast Beef crisp
Tasting notes: Rich spiced tomato nose, pleasant heat on lips, then intense smoke warmth, zesty bitterness and heat towards the end of the mouth. Tomato lingers.
Burts Peppered Margarita
- 50ml tequila
- 15ml agave nectar
- 25ml fresh lime juice
Shake, strain into rocks glass
Top with sea salt foam and sprinkle with crumbled Burts Chips’ Sea Salt & Crushed Peppercorns crisps
Tasting notes: Sweet and light salt foam, acidic and bitter, meets a sweet challenge from the agave nectar and strong tequila. The salt battles with the margarita, leaving a well-balanced finish. Moreish.
Burts Bacon Manhattan
- 50ml four-day bacon infused bourbon
- 10ml sweet vermouth
- 5ml dry vermouth
- 2 dash angostura bitter
- 5ml cherry syrup from jar
Stir until ice-cold, strain into chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with cherry on a stick and Burts Chips’ Smoked Crispy Bacon crisp on rim of glass
Tasting notes: Strong bacon aroma, mellowed with the sweetness of the vermouth and strong flavours of bourbon. Cherry sweetness comes through on the finish.
Burts South West 75
- 45ml gin
- 15ml fresh lemon juice
- 7.5ml sugar syrup
Shake and strain into chilled flute, top with English sparkling wine
Garnish with a twist of lemon
Enjoy with Burts Chips’ Firecracker Lobster crisps
Tasting notes: Initial aroma of lemon and freshness, taste begins with champagne, cooled down by the aromatic gin and finished with crisp lemon.
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