Its the start of Fashion Week and Kim Crawford wine (official sponsor of WMCFW) has partnered with Canada’s most buzzy mixologist Robin Goodfellow to create a set of fashion week cocktails. Robin has won every mixologist award under the sun and is currently the man behind Bar Isabel craze in Toronto.
Take a look at the series of fashion designer-inspired cocktails that Robin Goodfellow created with Kim Crawford wines.
THE KIM CLUB
Inspired by Pink Tartan
60ml Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
30ml Cedar-infused gin*
Garnish: Grapefruit zest
*Add 100g of Cedar Chips to a bottle of Gin. Shake every 15 minutes for 2 hours. Fine strain with cheese cloth and re-bottle.
**To speed up the process: add 100g of cedar flakes to 100 ml of Gin. Shake periodically for 30 minutes. Fine strain with cheese cloth and re-bottle.
“This simple yet elegant drink evokes a Canadian twist on a popular highball. The pink ribbon wrapped around the glass evokes confidence and can immediately change one’s attitude when carrying it around a party or making it at home, similar to donning something from Pink Tartan. The notes of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc make this Cedar Gin and Tonic slightly less as sweet as the popular classic gin + tonic.” – Robin Goodfellow
THE KIM CRAWFORD PUNCH
Inspired by Mikhael Kale
45ml Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
15ml Green chartreuse
22ml Lime juice
5ml Maraschino liqueur
5ml Dr. Adam’s Teapot Bitters.
10ml Grenadine (sunken)
Topped with Soda water
Garnish: Brandied Cherry
“This is an individually made punch that tastes light, but packs a serious punch. Just as Mr. Kale designs his pieces to live and breathe as an extension of the wearer, this drink will change flavour and colour as the drinker moves through a party or room-to-room at home thanks to the grenadine at the foot of the drink. Wine is an ingredient that works extremely well in punches; the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc used here is a definite highlight.” – Robin Goodfellow
THE KC MARTINI
Inspired by Stephan Caras
45ml Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
15ml Elderflower liqueur
Garnish: Lemon Zest and edible Orchid
“Stephan Caras’ designs are inspired by femininity and he shies away from trends. What is more feminine and classic than a martini? Here, the ratios are reversed not only to promote the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc as the dominant flavour, but also to reduce the ABV (alcohol by volume). Add a bit of elderflower liqueur for a touch of sweetness and you have something elegant, feminine, and delicious.” – Robin Goodfellow
THE CRAWFORD COBBLER
Inspired by Hayley Elsaesser
75ml Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
15ml Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc syrup (2 parts sugar: 1 part Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc)*
20ml lemon juice
4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Garnish: blackberry, raspberry, and pineapple skewer. Served on crushed ice
Bring 250ml of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc to a boil, add 500g of sugar and reduce heat. Stir until fully dissolved then chill.
“Hayley’s style is extremely easy to identify. She successfully combines prints and colours into gorgeous, cutting-edge, explosive designs using classic cuts and stitches. A Sherry cobbler was one of the first drinks you could order at a bar, which inspired me to use Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc two ways in this one to modernize a classic drink. The float of bitters on top and the seasonal berry garnish (which is traditional for cobblers) not only add the finishing touch of flavour, but allowed me to make a drink appear like one of Hayley’s creations.” – Robin Goodfellow
NO ‘NEW ZEALAND’ FRIENDS
Inspired by Sid Neigum
30ml Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
30ml Dark Rum
Garnish: Flamed Orange Zest and hand carved brick of ice.
“There is a clear dark side to Sid’s designs. He uses complex stitching and unique shaping usually in a single colour to make his point. I wanted to stay true to his style by making a twist on a classic called an ‘Old Pal’ which slightly inspired the name. The large cube or hand chipped ice pays homage to the shapes Sid creates. The ingredients, dark rum and the bitter aperitivo speak to the style of his designs. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is used instead of dry vermouth in this cocktail to astonishing success. This drink is serious, minimal, and strong. “ – Robin Goodfellow