There are four things that make sense to do during the Christmas season:
- Flirt with food recipes at home with music on loud.
- Track down new places to unwind and relieve stress.
- Kiss that special person on a date at the movie theater.
- Dance like nobody’s watching… in front of a mirror.
But when that’s all done, go for that sweet sipper and find a cool spot at a bar to drink it down. When comes to sweet sips, there’s nothing sweeter than a well mixed cocktail travelling down your tongue and exciting your taste buds. But some nights might not be exactly ideal for you to visit your local bartender and not to mention, cocktails can be quite pricey.
Thankfully, you can still enjoy a cocktail night in the comfort of your home. All you need is the right ingredients and if you want to have some cocktail fun at home all by yourself or with guests? There’s no need to break the bank when you can be your own mixologist.
Here are 6 simple local cocktails that are easy to mix and and will definitely impress your friends too!
- Zesty Palm Wine
Ingredients: 1 cup fresh palm wine, 2 tablespoon ground ginger, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 3/4 ounce rum, lemon slices.
Procedure: Mix palm wine with the ground ginger and leave to set, then add the lemon juice and rum. Shake with lemon slices on ice and serve.
Recommendation: Try our Fresh Palm Wine 5L
- Zobo Sangaria
Ingredients: 1L Zobo juice (made from fresh zobo/hibiscus leaves), 75Cl red wine, 1/2 cup dark rum, oranges (sliced), pineapples (cut into large chunks), cinnamon sticks, 1 cup sugar.
Procedure: Mix Zobo juice and red wine in a glass jar, add rum, cinnamon sticks, sugar and allow to sit. Next add sliced oranges and chopped pineapples and allow to chill. Serve with orange slices on ice.
Want to get started? Try a bottle of our Cycles Gladiator Belle Epoque Red California 2014 Wine 750ml with your Zobo cocktail.
Ingredients: 3-4 tablespoons Grenadine Syrup/Ribena concentrate, Angostura/Origin bitters, 35cl soda/fanta/sprite, 1/2 orange, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 lime, cucumber slices.
Procedure: Pour Grenadine syrup/ribena concentrate in a glass, top with soda till 3/4 full, add the bitters being careful not to add too much. Then add a squeeze of lemon, lime and orange. Top up with Ice cubes and garnish with cucumber slices.
- Spicy Fruit Shandy
Ingredients: 2 whole fresh fruit (apple, mango or passion fruit), 1 – 2 coins of fresh ginger, 1 – 2 long green chillies, 1/2 cup water, 2 cans lager, 2 cans lemon – lime soda, freshly squeezed lime juice.
Procedure: Blend fruit (from any you can get), ginger, chillies and water till smooth and sieve out fibre. In a jar, combine equal parts lemon and lime soda with lager and add blended fruit-ginger-chilli mix. Serve with a squeeze of lime on ice.
Recommendation: Order your Fresh Fruits from our store.
5. Sugarcane Mojito
Ingredients: 1 oz Fine rum, 1/2 cup fresh sugarcane juice, fresh scent leaves, lime quarters (pounded), lime juice and tonic water.
Procedure: In a glass, add torn and rubbed scent leaves and pour in half cup sugarcane juice with 1 tablespoon lime juice and add lime quarter. Top with 1 tot of fine rum and fill with tonic water. Add ice cubes to chill.
- Tangelo Mimosa
Ingredients: 1 bottle champagne, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 tangelo (freshly pressed), orange peel slices.
Procedure: Pour equal parts orange juice and tangelo (tangerine) into a glass, top with chilled champagne till almost full and add orange peel slices for spice and ice cubes.
Recommendation: Order a bottle of our Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial 750ml for your cocktail pleasure.
What drink are you whipping up this long weekend? Let us know in the comment section below!