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Chocolate Raspberry Dream

20 Mar Raspberry Dream - Featured

Easter’s rolling round the corner! Have you seen all the candy and chocolate bunnies in the supermarkets lately? So much fun! 😀 But first, let’s take some time to learn just a bit about Easter and what it really means.

So, of course chocolate eggs are a derivative of an age-old tradition, just like every other holiday we modern day folk celebrate. But even so, so what? I say it’s all in good fun. We could use more excuses to make a fuss over.By the way, have you people seen these series of videos called How It’s Made? Check out how chocolates are made.

OK, enough with the educational videos! Let’s mix some booze! In commemoration of Easter, I present to you the Chocolate Raspberry Dream.

The Chocolate Raspberry Dream looks great for an afternoon tea-party, though the taste can be a tad bit strong for the day. It’s not a very sweet cocktail as the only sweet ingredient is the crème de cacao. The raspberry taste is mild giving a hint of a sour note while the crème de cacao adds a fragrance. Continue reading

Spotted Bikini

4 Mar Spotted Bikini - Featured

I know this is really nothing new, but it’s 11pm and I’m on a bit of a diet. So, obviously I’m browsing food porn endlessly! Just done updating my Flipboard with food related content. Browsing through imgur for cute cats but keep clicking on stuff like this, this, and oh-god-this. And then, there is this; the motherload: FoodPornDaily.

Brownie Cheesecake

Will you look at that! Omaigod. Thank goodness it’s too late for a cake run.

Alright, as a distraction to myself, I will teach you how to make a cocktail. We tried making the Spotted Bikini a few weeks back and was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Milk and passion fruit make a very pleasing pairing.

The Spotted Bikini is a very exotic tasting cocktail as it really plays up the taste of the passion fruit. The prominent sour tones are perfectly balanced with the addition of milk. The taste of this cocktail is rather mellow, with hints of sweetness from the passion fruit. Continue reading

Indian Summer

29 Jan Indian Summer - Featured

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. Continue reading

Lychee Mojito

29 Nov

Movember is coming to a close! How are your ‘mo’s doing? Mine’s doing just dandy!

Did you know that in year 2011 alone, Movember had raised AUD $124m for the funding of men’s health research? Look at the chart over the years!

Movember Global Funds Raised

See here for this year’s numbers: http://au.movember.com/leaderboards/

What a fun and effective way to raise funds for such a serious cause. I knew a father who left the world at his prime; a life cut short from prostate cancer. And I’m sure too many of you would know of someone fighting a similar battle. Continue to spread the word and create awareness.

Ok then, let’s get on with it! Our final mojito for Movember is the Lychee Mojito! What you’ll need to make a Lychee Mojito is soda water, rum, lime, mint leaves, sugar, and canned lychee. Continue reading

Blueberry Mojito

18 Nov

It’s a Sunday night! Let’s play some games 😀

Ahh 🙂 That was fun.

Alright then, onwards! What you’ll need to make a Blueberry Mojito is of course blueberries, lemonade, and the standard lime, mint leaves, sugar, rum and soda water.

Blueberry Mojito - What You Need

F&N Soda Water; Waitrose Cloudy Lemonade; Bacardi Gold; Blueberries
On Plate: Lime; Sugar Cubes; Mint Leaves

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Kiwi Mojito

10 Nov Kiwi Mojito - featured

Since we’re doing a kiwi mojito, I think it would be good to get to know this fruit a little better. Personally, I find them strange. Not sure I trust furry fruits, but goes to show never to judge a book by its cover, eh? Within the fuzzy dull brown leathery skin of the kiwifruit is a strikingly beautiful work of art.

Kiwifruit Varieties

The many varieties of kiwifruit

So, did you know that the kiwifruit originated from China? Only in the early 1900s did it make its way over to New Zealand and some many years later, the “Chinese gooseberry formerly known as Macaque Peach” would come to be what’s now known as the kiwifruit.

Alrighty, let’s get on with the mojitos! What you’ll need for a Kiwi Mojito is the usual mint leaves, lime, sugar, soda water and rum, alongside the additional ripe kiwi and lemonade.

Kiwi Mojito - What You Need

Waitrose Cloudy Lemonade; F&N Soda Water; Bacardi Gold
On plate: Kiwi; Mint Leaves; Lime; Sugar

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