How to mix it the cocktail way

Rarely do I have so much time in my hand like now. Working from home has meant eating, drinking and spending more time in the kitchen. As I advised in my previous post Covid-19: Why staying home need not be boring, this is the time to rock that recipe you have always wished you could try out but did not have time for, or that which you have always considered a preserve of the swanky eateries and pubs.

Sampling cocktails is among my best hobbies in normal times. I love the magical infusion of taste and colour in a glass mix. I did not imagine that these pricey drinks could be prepared right inside our own kitchens. I considered them special and difficult to make. So I have been exploring this path lately and, girl, I am thrilled to have brewed the taste of heaven in my kitchen.

It pleases me to share with you my best four so far.

I did not imagine that these pricey drinks could be prepared right inside our own kitchens.

The Dalgona Coffee

I choose to begin with this one because – chances are – you have heard about it. Have you given it a try yet? Or did you chicken out because you heard that it makes one dizzy? If you have not made it yet, please give it a try. I loved the taste of chilled milk and the creamy whisked coffee. Remember; too much coffee may cause insomnia, dizziness and nausea. If you are not a regular user, be moderate.

You will need:

  1. Milk (about 200 ml)
  2. Instant coffee – 3 tablespoons (I did not like mine too concentrated so I used 2.)
  3. Hot water – 3 tablespoons
  4. Sugar – 3 tablespoons
  5. Ice cubes

Method

In a mixing bowl, put coffee, sugar and hot water. Use a fork, a whisk or an electric hand mixer to whisk till it turns creamy and forms soft peaks. Using a fork will take you longer. When creamy, pour ice cubes in a glass, add milk then the cream. See images above for clarity. Garnish with sprinkles or chocolate shavings as in the images. Enjoy!

The Blue Magician

I loved the magical colour I got from this cocktail, so I gave it the name The Blue Magician.

What you need:

  1. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  2. Honey
  3. Ice cubes
  4. Sugar syrup
  5. Tot(s) of gin (optional)
  6. Little mango juice (optional)

Method

Mix honey and lemon juice. Add the mixture into your cocktail glass and add the ice cubes up to 3/4 of the glass. Add the sugar syrup and add gin. Give the mixture a stir. Add a touch of mango juice to break the blue colour, and voila!

In case you are wondering about measurements, I just eyeballed.

How to make sugar syrup (also called simple syrup)

Add one cup of sugar to one cup water. Heat the mixture on medium heat. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
Note: You can use the sugar syrup plain or coloured. I added edible blue colour.

Sexy Lemoscus

How do you like that name? With its alluring pinky red colour, this cocktail looked so inviting. It is the kind you would have on a romantic evening home-date with the person who melts your heart. To give it a befitting name, I combined the first syllables of lemon with the last of hibiscus.

What you need:

  1. Brewed hibiscus tea
  2. Sugar syrup
  3. Lemon juice
  4. Honey
  5. Ice cubes

Method

In your cocktail glass, add the brewed hibiscus tea then add ice cubes.  Add sugar syrup, lemon juice and honey. Stir the mixture until well combined.

The Quarantine Cocobomber

Like a bomb, it will blow your mind away.

Being in self-isolation or home quarantine can be depressing. However, it can also be a time to meditate and reconnect with your inner self. That said, staring at those blank isolation room walls or the ceiling can be bewildering. One way to cope with it is to partake of this blend of coconut flavour, gin and home-made pineapple juice, which I have aptly christened The Quarantine Cocobomber. Like a bomb, it will blow your mind away (but you will survive it, trust me). After that, you can lie on your back, close your eyes and let your mind travel to your favourite beach.

You will need:   

  1. Coconut milk
  2. Gin
  3. Blue sugar syrup (a guide to preparing this is given in the recipe for The Blue Magician cocktail)
  4. Pineapple juice
  5. Ice cubes

Method

In a mixing cup, add the blue sugar syrup, tots of gin, followed by coconut milk, pineapple juice and the ice cubes. Shake the mixture until well combined. Pour into your cocktail glass and enjoy. Simple, isn’t it?

It’s your turn to mix up some stuff, and if you feel experimental, don’t be constrained. Remember to share feedback.

Published by Karimi Writes

The blog is about celebrating life in it's rawest sense. A place to share the joys, the pains and our little, painful uncomfortable experiences. Basically, a place to pour out.

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