Brussels Special
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Brussels Special
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.94 / 5
The Brussels Special is a bold and vibrant cocktail that packs a punch with its powerful mix of spirits. This potent drink originated in Brussels, Belgium and has gained popularity ... more The Brussels Special is a bold and vibrant cocktail that packs a punch with its powerful mix of spirits. This potent drink originated in Brussels, Belgium and has gained popularity for its unique combination of ingredients. It is made with equal parts of vodka, gin, and tequila, giving it a strong alcohol base. A dash of sweet strawberry liqueur adds a touch of fruity sweetness while the top up of tangy passion fruit juice balances out the flavors. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a strong yet well-balanced drink with a hint of tropical flavor. The Brussels Special is best served over ice in a highball glass and garnished with a fresh strawberry for a touch of elegance.
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35.12% | 7.2 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Brussels Special is a fearless blend of strong spirits cut through with a dash of strawberry sweetness and a tangy passion fruit uplift. This intense yet balanced cocktail is a striking choice for those who favor bold flavors with a touch of sweetness.

Method
How to make a Brussels Special

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
First add the gin, then vodka, then tequila, then passion fruit juice to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well and add to the glass
Finish with just a little bit of liqueur of wild strawberries to add colour, then serve

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do I properly shake the Brussels Special cocktail?

To properly shake the Brussels Special cocktail, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the vodka, gin, tequila, and strawberry liqueur. Secure the lid or shaker top and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This allows the mixture to chill and dilute slightly for a smoother taste. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass and top up with passion fruit juice.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the Brussels Special to enhance its flavor?

The Brussels Special cocktail is best served in a chilled cocktail glass to keep it cold and refreshing. Serving it immediately after shaking ensures that the temperature and texture are optimal. For an enhanced flavor experience, you could rim the glass with sugar or a mix of sugar and crushed dried strawberries to complement the strawberry liqueur and passion fruit juice.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another fruit liqueur for the strawberry liqueur in the Brussels Special?

Yes, you can substitute another fruit liqueur for the strawberry liqueur in the Brussels Special if you prefer a different flavor or if strawberry liqueur is not available. Raspberry or cherry liqueur can be good alternatives, offering a similar berry note. Keep in mind that the substitution may alter the final taste of the cocktail slightly.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are most suitable for serving the Brussels Special?

Given its strong alcohol content and fruity flavor, the Brussels Special is particularly suited for summer parties or gatherings where a refreshing yet potent cocktail is desired. It can also be a unique choice for cocktail hour at events or special occasions, providing guests with a memorable drinking experience.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Brussels Special compare to other classic cocktails?

The Brussels Special has an alcohol content of 35.12%, which makes it relatively strong compared to many classic cocktails. For instance, a classic Margarita has an alcohol content of around 26-30%, while a Manhattan is in the range of 30-35%. This makes the Brussels Special a potent choice, suited for those who enjoy a stronger drink.

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