Indian Summer

29 Jan

Happy New Year, cham chamers! How has everyone’s start of the year been? Personally, it’s been really tough getting back into the groove of things. The festive season really took its toll on me, and along with the new year comes all these personal expectations and planning, planning, planning.

I’ve never really understood nor appreciated the notion of New Year’s resolutions. It’s so insincere and so fleeting. I feel that if you were truly honest with yourself, you’ll find that you won’t be making resolutions but goals instead, foreseeable things that can tangibly be achieved with careful planning and a little discipline. So, my plans for 2013? Achieve financial goals, run more marathons, say ‘yes’ more, and the most significant one is to chase after my dreams. Each of us are born with innate talents and we shouldn’t short-change ourselves just because our environment and circumstance dictates otherwise.

Well, to that end, let’s get right back on track and make us some drinks! Today, we’ll be making an Indian Summer. The Indian Summer is a deceptively strong drink. It has a strong coffee note, and can be pretty sweet to taste. If I had to describe this drink, I’d say it’s like drinking a wood scented pot-pouri. Full of flowery tones and pleasantly heavy.

What you’ll need to make an Indian summer is the sun, humidity and droves of children walking to school. I kid! What you’ll really need is gin, vodka, coffee liqueur, pineapple juice, tonic water, and ice. You’ll also need a cocktail shaker.

Indian Summer - What You Need

Everess Tonic; Kahlua; Tanqueray London Dry Gin; Smirnoff Vodka; Just Juice Pineapple Juice

The Recipe:
1 shot vodka
2 shots Kahlua
1 shot gin
2 shots pineapple juice
Tonic water

OK, let’s start! Fill your cocktail shaker till full with ice. Next, pour the measures of vodka, kahlua, gin and pineapple juice into the cocktail shaker.

Indian Summer - Pour

Vodka!                                   Kahlua!                                  Gin!                             Pineapple juice!

Shake until well frosted, and then strain into a highball glass. Leave at least one-third of the glass free for your tonic water.

Indian Summer - Strain

Strain into a highball glass

Next, slowly top up with tonic water. If you’re like me and don’t like things too sweet, just top-up with a bigger splash of tonic water.

Indian Summer - Tonic

Top with tonic water

And there you have an Indian Summer.

Indian Summer

An icy cold Indian Summer

Indian Summer - Cheers

Drink up!


One Response to “Indian Summer”


  1. Orange Buck | Cham Cham Guide - April 24, 2013

    […] I mentioned some of my goals for the year 2013 here before and just to keep myself in check, I have completed my 1st marathon for the year 2013! […]

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