As we’re sure you’ll know by now
- here at in-the-spirit we don’t need any
excuse to try out new cocktail ideas. We also
have no trouble finding inspiration to make up
some new ones either!!
With this feature, we’re trying to banish
thoughts of the cold wet UK climate and dream about
exotic and unusual places where we would like to
go on holiday. So take a mini world tour with us
to get ideas of cocktails you could be drinking
if you decide to holiday in the parts of the world
we have chosen.
stop on the “in-the-spirit world
tour” is South Africa where our
favourite cream liqueur Amarula is made.
When in Capetown after visiting one of
the world’s most astonishing sights – Table
Mountain - take a pause at the Victoria
and Alfred waterfront and have a “Springbok” cocktail.
We’re not sure whether this cocktail
was named for the South African rugby
team or the springbok gazelle, but which
ever story you prefer, we know that you
will love this sublime concoction of
Amarula Cream and De
de Menthe. Its like a liquid peppermint
Aero bar – yummy!
Next on the whistle-stop cocktail tour of
the world is India. Our Madras cocktail is named
India’s 4th largest city (which has now been
renamed Chennai). As a port Madras has always attracted
merchants and traders making it a booming cosmopolitan
city – particularly well known for thriving
film industry. The Madras cocktail is striking
to look at because of the vivid colour of the ingredients
used – vodka with cranberry juice
and orange juice – reminiscent of the colourful
herbs and spices which make Indian food so enticing.
The cocktail ingredients are mixed by building the cocktail in a highball
glass over ice and
garnished with a slice of orange.
Travelling North East from India, we are taking
you to the Orient next for a taste of China.
Here we have a delicious cocktail called Jasmine which
has a bitter sweet flavour to echo the essence
and aroma of this healing plant found in China.
The Chinese name for Jasmine is “mo li hua” and
there it is often taken with tea. Used as an essential
oil in aromatherapy, Jasmine is believed to relieve
depression, lift the spirits and boost confidence.
Of course, we can’t promise that our “Jasmine” cocktail
can do all that, but we are sure that when you
taste this luscious combination of the aromatic
flavour of gin, Campari
bitters and the tangy flavour
of De Kuyper Triple
Sec – we feel sure
you will find it irresistible.
¡¡Y Arriba!!!! Travelling east around
the world, next we arrive in Mexico! Whether your
idea of the perfect holiday is to be a culture
vulture visiting ancient Aztec monuments or a beach
lover lazing under a large sombrero on Acapulco
beach, you can’t go to “Mehico” without
partaking of one of their traditional cocktails – the
Margarita. This is a classic cocktail using the
Mexican national drink – tequila – which
is made from the agave plant. To make it you
also need De Kuyper
Triple Sec, lime juice and
sugar. All you do is shake all the ingredients
together, pour into a martini
glass and enjoy!
Last but not least after all that travelling,
we finish up somewhere you can completely relax
and chill out. Imagine yourself lying under a
large palm tree on an idyllic beach with white
with sea a cobalt shade of blue so clear that
you can still see your feet in it - somewhere
the Bahamas. Our next suggested recipe for you
to try has a name that is inspired by paradise – the
Lagoon. Made from gin, vodka and
De Kuyper Blue Curacao with lime juice and caster
sugar – this is a delicious, beautiful
cocktail to look at as well as to drink.