8 May 2021

From the bartender’s corner – Coconut Gin and Tonic

Sharmila got coconut water. Ergo, I had to experiment with it in some cocktails. Picked up the first one from a cocktail magazine. Did not turn out to be great. It is lime juice (one spoon) with two ounces each of coconut water, gin and tonic poured in a glass of ice and then stirred.

The coconut was fairly lost and the bitterness of the tonic water somehow came thru more pronounced. Will try something else next time…

2 May 2021

From the bartender’s corner – Lychee Gimlet

Lychees were an interesting fruit growing up. There was the menacing looking outer shell. Fortunately, it came off very easily. And then just as you put the nice luscious fruit in your mouth, you realized there was little truth in the advertisement. The soft fruit pulp came with a humongous seed!

Still, many a summer afternoon was spent eating a few of those juicy fruits. Sweet, great texture and very soft aroma.

Today’s drink is made from Lychee juice. Half an ounce of lime juice, two ounces of lychee juice, one and a half juice of gin, half an ounce of simple syrup, half an ounce of triple sec and ice thoroughly mixed in a glass and then poured in a martini glass first lightly rimmed with some sugar.

Was a big hit at our home this evening. Even Sharmila skipped the evening wine for this cocktail.

Fairly mild on the nose, the palette is that of the lime, sugar and lychee. The distinct finish of the juniper came way at the end.

25 April 2021

From the bartender’s corner – Guava Rum Cocktail

Was getting tired of the tamarind flavor. Looked in the bar refrigerator and found a bottle of guava juice. Some amount of research later, found out this cocktail. If you like guava, you are bound to like this taste. It is geared more for tropical climates though. I will do this one more time when it gets really hot in summer.

This has lime juice, pineapple flavored rum, cointreau and guava juice.

24 April 2021

Tamarind Martini

While looking for cocktails that use Spicy Tamarind vodka, I came across this recipe. It actually does not use tamarind vodka. Instead, it uses tamarind paste (which I had!!).

Thoroughly mix half a lime worth of juice, couple of pinches of Tajin salt, quarter spoonful of tamarind sauce and a spoonful of sugar in a mixing glass. Pour ice, 2 ounces of vodka (I used Tito’s) and 3 ounces of water and mix thoroughly. Pour into a martini glass that has been rimmed with Tajin salt.

Nice tarty taste with a kick from the Tajin salt…

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16 April 2021

From the bartender’s corner – Spicy Mangorita

Found a unique ingredient – Spicy Tamarind Vodka!! Made by Smirnoff. I am sure my friends from India would love it. Made the first cocktail from a suggestion in Smirnoff’s website – Spicy Mangorita!

Used Tajin salt to rim the glass and 5 ounces of mango juice, quarter of lime juice and one and a half ounces of spicy tamarind vodka for the drink. Came out fairly well!!

11 April 2021

From the bartender’s corner – Capricious

It was a great spring afternoon. The temperatures were nice, the sun was warm and not too hot and all of Atlanta was yellow with pollen. Wanted to take in some of the sunlight by the pool. Not that I was looking for something that would change my mood, but went with this cocktail – “Capricious” – from Food and Wine Magazine.

A brief background on this cocktail…

“At Tales of the Cocktail 2008, an annual festival in New Orleans, Eric Alperin created this Martini variation for a party hosted by St-Germain, the French producers of artisanal elderflower liqueur. Because vermouth and gin have lots of botanical elements, they’re natural partners for the lightly sweet, floral liqueur.”

This is 1.5 oz of gin (used Bombay Sapphire), 0.5 oz elderflower liqueur (used St. Germain), 0.5 oz dry Vermouth (used Rivata) and a couple of dashes of bitters (used Peychaud’s)