Shake up your palate

Often overlooked in favour of the now ubiquitous Mojito, the Caipirinha comes across as a sweeter, more syrupy version of the Cuban classic. Just as Fidel Castro has seen fit to step down from the presidency, perhaps the Mojito…

Often overlooked in favour of the now ubiquitous Mojito, the Caipirinha comes across as a sweeter, more syrupy version of the Cuban classic. Just as Fidel Castro has seen fit to step down from the presidency, perhaps the Mojito will follow suit and relinquish its hold on world’s cocktail consumers.

50ml Rum
Lime into eighths
15ml Sugar syrup

Cut the lime into eight pieces. Muddle the lime and sugar syrup into a boston shaker, add the rum and cubed ice.
Shake a few times.

White Russian
Made famous by the Coen brothers in the slacker classic The Big Lebowski, the image of the White Russian being the perfect cocktail accompaniment for bowling, sitting and recovering lost rugs is forever indelible. But with the current unrestrained rise of the Russian economy it might be worth investigating this cross-cultural charmer. And it’s made with milk so it’s good for your calcium levels too.

50 ml Vodka
20 ml Coffee Liquor
30 ml Fresh milk

Pour the coffee liqueur and vodka directly into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.
Slowly top up with milk while stirring.

Originally conceived as a ‘drinking man’s’ cocktail in the city’s eponymous Manhattan club. Recently this perennial favourite has been somewhat emasculated by the legions of well-heeled New York urbanites that refuse to vacate the screens of our television sets. Widely recommended as ‘one for the ladies’ when in public.

50 ml Whiskey
20 ml Sweet red vermouth
Dash of Angostura bitters
Cherry for Garnish

Stir over ice, strain into a chilled glass, garnish with a cherry and cocktail umbrella and serve.

Long Island Iced Tea
Notable for bearing a distinct resemblance to those concoctions manufactured from the dregs of the alcohol cabinet; the Long Island Iced Tea boldly upholds the American mantra that ‘more is indeed more’ by cramming as much alcohol as possible into a glass, and then making it tolerable to the taste buds by adding Coca Cola.

15 ml Vodka
15 ml Tequila
15 ml White Rum
15 ml Triple Sec
15 ml Gin
25 ml Lemon juice
Dash of Cola

Mix the ingredients in glass over ice, stir, garnish and serve.

Bloody Mary
The Bloody Mary is rare among cocktails as it is often consumed the morning after, as opposed to the night before. Renowned as a method of taking the edge off a hangover, the nutritional value of the tomato juice and fortifying nature of the vodka can have the same effect when employed in other undesirable situations: waiting in airports, when onboard flights and evening trips to the in law’s house.

45 ml Vodka
90 ml Tomato juice
15 ml Lemon juice

Add dashes of the Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper into a highball glass. Then pour in all the other ingredients along with the ice cubes. Stir gently and garnish with celery, salt and a slice of lemon.

The origin of the Margarita is rather hazy and conflicted – perhaps the creators overindulged and forgot the exact chronology of the event. Whatever the true story, it is now well established as a classic in the cocktail world. Nowadays margaritas are enjoyed over ice in cities and on beaches all around the globe.

35ml Tequila
20ml Cointreau or Triple Sec
15ml Lemon or Lime juice

Rub the rim of the glass with a lime slice to make the salt stick to it. Shake the other ingredients with ice then carefully pour into the glass (taking care not to dislodge any salt). Garnish and serve over ice.

Tequila Sunrise
The cocktail that inspired a thousand poorly sung karaoke numbers after The Eagles immortalized the drink in their hit song. The Tequila Sunrise comes across as youthful and zesty in stark contrast with the band. It’s best enjoyed on a large yacht, bought with the proceeds of another successful world tour.

45 ml Tequila
90 ml Orange Juice
15 ml
Grenadine Syrup

Pour the tequila and orange juice into a glass over ice. Add the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom. Do not stir. Garnish
and serve.

Singapore Sling
Invented (and now primarily drunk) in the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, where customers wade through a floor of discarded nutshells in the pursuit of a sip of nostalgia. The Singapore Sling is a rather grandiose cocktail as befits the surroundings in which it was invented, but it is well worth investing the time to concoct, or at least buy one, wherever you are.

40 ml Gin
20 ml Cherry Liqueur
05 ml Cointreau
05 ml Benedictine
10 ml Grenadine
80 ml pineapple juice
30 ml Fresh lemon juice
1 dash Angostura bitters

Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into highball glass. Garnish with pineapple and cherry.

The Mojito invaded America with Tony Montana in the 1980s and hasn’t seen its popularity relent since. It is currently available globally almost anywhere, anytime. Traditionally Cuban and unrivalled in its power to refresh; the Mojito has become almost as iconic as Che Guevera’s bereted adorned head. However the Mojito’s global impact is treated with far greater appreciation in the White House.

3 sprigs fresh mint
2 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 slices of fresh lime
45 ml White Rum
soda water

Crush the mint sugar and lime, lime juice and ice in a glass, ensure the ice is well crushed and the ingredients mix. Pour over the rum, stir, and then top up with soda water.

Pina Colada
Camper than Wham, but with a similar tropical appeal – although unless you make them at home they are unlikely to be free – Pina coladas are (unofficially) the national drink of Puerto Rico. Best drunk next to a sun drenched swimming pool, in tight trunks, and with a bevy of attractive ladies dancing around you.

30ml white rum
30ml coconut cream
90ml pineapple juice
Soda water as necessary

Mix with crushed ice until smooth. Pour into chilled glass and top up with soda water.

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