Lots of people including us are looking at possible holiday destinations for our well deserved first trip after lockdown. With so many options it’s tough to decide whether to go on a cultural holiday to remind yourself of how diverse the world is, - an adventure trip to see how far you can push yourself and see the most stunning views you could possibly experience, - or simply a relaxing holiday with cocktail in hand and feet in the sand.
Whatever you decide, make sure it’s for you because this is the year of self love and appreciation. We have in anticipation created a list of 5 fun and quirky cocktails from around the world to enjoy at home - so you can have a little taste of what’s to come!.
Chile - Vaina
This cocktail is a creamy and chocolaty dream that can, despite it’s decadence, be enjoyed in hot climates such as Chile. It’s perfect for sun lovers with a sweet tooth!
Pour into a blender 1 ½ ounces of Ruby Port, 1 ounce of cognac or brandy (whichever you prefer), 1 ounce of dark chocolate liquor add 3 teaspoons of confectioner’s sugar and one raw egg yolk - obviously don’t forget ⅓ cup of crushed ice. Once blended till it’s nice and foamy, fill it into a flute glass and garnish with a pinch of cinnamon and it’s ready to enjoy!
Japan - Tamagozake
For most people this will fall more under the quirky rather than fun category but despite its simplicity it is a very complex experience. The Tamagozake is unrivalled in its creaminess and is a must whilst sitting in a small restaurant down one of Japan’s famous busy alleyways.
Heat up ½ a cup of your favourite sake (in our case plum sake) over low heat in a small pot. Once heated grab a bowl and crack an egg, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar. Add a tiny bit of the warm sake and mix it to ensure the egg warms up slowly. With the egg having somewhat acclimated to the sake add the rest VERY slowly to ensure the egg doesn’t coagulate. The wanted consistency is smooth and foamy. It's like drinky sweet silk!
Columbia - Refajo
This next cocktail will most likely remind you of a shandy but believe me when I say that you will not be able to drink it like shandy! Columbia loves putting a refreshing twist on classic beverages and the Refajo does not disappoint.
Grab a cold pitcher and add as per your own taste some cola, pale ale, a bit of Orujo, lime and orange and you don’t even have to stir! There you go, a perfect summer drink that will have you dancing late into the tropical night!
Brazil - Capeta
Brazil’s aptly named “Devil’s Cocktail” is a deceivingly sweet experience who’s effects will sneak up on you when you least expect it. Best enjoyed with carnival in mind, in a flamboyant outfit listening to some samba!
Simply fill a blender with ½ cup of ice cubes, 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon and honey, another tablespoon of guarana powder and unsweetened cocoa powder and finally a 1 ½ shots of vodka. Blend until smooth. Remember not to spill it whilst shaking what your momma gave you!
India - Mojito Cooch Behar
One of the more exciting cocktails on this list due to it’s spice and tang. Although usually served with food do ensure to have a glass of milk to hand if you can’t handle the spice!
Grab a jar and fill it with 60ml of Rum, 10ml of fresh Lime juice, 20ml of Ginger flavoured sugar syrup. Chop a piece of Lime into chunks and throw it in with 12 Mint leaves, ½ teaspoon of Jeera powder, ⅓ teaspoon of Chaat masala, ¼ teaspoon of Salt. Mix 1 tablespoon of raw Mango paste and a ⅓ teaspoon of green Chilli paste into the mix and add Ice, fill the rest with 60ml of Soda water. This cocktail is a cultural flavour explosion and accents and indian cuisine!
We hope to have enticed you to try out any of the above cocktails or at least helped you figure out where to go! Do you have any of your own twists on classic or new cocktails that you would like to share, just head to our discussion board and join in!
Love your Polished Team xo