Written By Shawn Soole Cocktails / Libations Mar 18, 2015 The Romantic Lokum Royale Cocktail SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestMany years ago, working in a restaurant in Brisbane, I went to my chef with a quandary. As a child, I loved the confectionary Turkish Delight, but the flower profile eluded me as it wasn’t really present in anything else I ate — it was, and continues to be, a very specific flavour. We experimented for a few weeks taking the basic ingredients in the sweet and trying to recreate them.All of this happened before cocktail websites were a “thing,” and when the secret ingredient, orange flower water, was still hard to find. It’s still not easy to get, but more speciality markets, such as the Market on Yates, have sections devoted to hard to find ethnic cooking ingredients.Eventually we created a “Turkish Delight” syrup which I mixed with a few other sickly sweet ingredients to what I remember was a tongue cloying, liquid diabetic creation. Luckily, this version is a much more subtle version of that drink, but with the complexity of a Turkish delight along with the clean finish of a sparkling cocktail. When it comes to a few of these ingredients, I always prefer making them myself. The grenadine and cacao can easily be made in house and can give you the control on the sweetness.The Lokum Royale is delicious mix of all the things that remind me of romance, it’s easy to make for your loved one and can be enjoyed before or after a special night’s dinner.Lokum Royale1 oz Beefeater 241/2 oz House made grenadine4 Dashes Orange Flower water3/4 Lemon juiceTopped with sparklingShake first 4 ingredients and then strain into a crème de cacao rinsed glass, top with sparkling and garnish with a lemon twist. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Shawn Soole one of the most recognized bartenders in his homeland of Australia at the time, and relocated here for love with the city’s honest and unpretentious food and drinks (and for his lovely now-wife). In his years here, Shawn has ... Read More You may also like Books / Cocktails / Press Release September 22, 2019 An Expedition to the Land of Great Northern Cocktails Shawn Soole’s latest book swings open the doors to the world of Canadian cocktails CHIPPENHAM, UK, 20 September 2019—Hidden in the vast northern ... Read More Cocktails / Drink / Drink Academy / Drink This / Entertaining / Spirits / Victoria July 3, 2019 An Introduction to EAT’s New Columnists It’s all about cocktails, the home bar, what to buy, and what to serve. Founders Kyle and Nate launched their bar consultancy, The Nimble Bar ... Read More Cocktails / Drink / Drink This / Spirits May 3, 2019 Pink Peppercorn & Thyme Gin Twist featuring Sheringham’s Kazuki Gin It’s almost summertime. And in case you didn’t know, that means gin cocktails on the patio. Vancouver Island has a plethora (yes, I just said ... Read More Cocktails / Press Release / Restaurants February 19, 2019 Lauren Mote and Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler Launch a Multi-Sensory Cocktail Experience Press Release — Legendary mixologist Lauren Mote and Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler have joined forces again to elevate the Spirit of ... Read More Cocktails / Events January 25, 2019 The Complete Bartender Competition 2019 Little Jumbo played host to Nimble Bar Co.’s The Complete Bartender Competition, January 16, 2019 Last Wednesday, I judged my first cocktail ... Read More Cocktails / Victoria November 13, 2016 A Conversation With Super Caesar Fan: Liz McArthur Different cocktails have different philosophical traditions attached to them. At least this is how I see it. I still reject the notion that, just ... Read More Comments are closed.