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.

2 May 2021

Evening run

Starting to enjoy the runs in the evening. Usually do not have as much energy as the morning runs and towards the evening, I get into a lot of activities competing for time. On the flip side, I seem to consume far less alcohol (or for that matter even food) in the evening and I am having great sleep. Faster to bed and solid deep sleep.

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1 May 2021


So, Facebook has mined my posts and decided that I am probably getting married and going on a honeymoon!! I guess there is a reason we call it “artificial” intelligence.

And you know what Facebook wants me to do? Ask you to donate money to me so I can go on that aforementioned honeymoon!!

To be sure, in an act of over and beyond in helpfulness, Facebook also let me know that based on her prior behavior, my own wife might be a good candidate to ask for donation!!

You cannot make these stuff up!!

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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.

25 April 2021

Great ride with John

After a couple of months, went out with John again. Knowing John, I was guessing that he would show up with yet another bike. He did not disappoint me. In the 40 odd months that I have known him – I met him at the motorcycle safety classes – this Honda Rebel 1100 is his ninth bike that I have seen him with!!!

He is certifiably crazy about bikes.

Had a good time riding around Lake Lanier and then grabbed lunch at Pig Tales.

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…