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Rum & Raisin Smoothie

10 Jul Rum & Raisin - Featured

Happy mid-year, cham chamers! This year has really flown by for me. Forgive me for a little bit of a personal veering-off course.

Turning 28 has really been a strange happening. So much has changed and so much has also gone boomerang on me and returned me to my default setting. I’ve always liked trying and tinkering about with new things and/or subjects and only at 28 do I realise that maybe I should’ve spent a little more time concentrating on my strengths. I think that innate talents are what pushes a person from the ordinary to become someone a little bit EXTRA-ordinary, and that makes all the difference, don’t you think? If you’re gifted in this one field, and you feed that gift with practice and learning, that gift grows exponentially quicker than a non-gifted person even though the two of you may be doing the same thing. The gifted person’s upperhand stems from the intangible, that smug feeling of accomplishment which drives a person to greater and greater heights. I think that’s what everyone means when they talk about finding their ‘passion in life’.

Discovering an innate talent is not easy when it’s not an obvious talent. Some people are natural born actors, some are born teachers, and I think that these things can be seen even in childhood. My brother used to draw amazingly detailed buildings and futuristic cars when he was a wee little kid; he became an engineer. So what happens if you’re a natural born coordinator? You were likely a little hyper organised as a kid and got teased for it, and that innate talent will be buried with you never knowing that you could be amazing at keeping inventory or working with a shipping company. Anyway, I watched this TED Talk and can absolutely relate. Don’t waste away your 20s. Spend the time finding where you fit into the world and happiness will not be as evanescent as it is now.

OK! Back to the bar! Picking a rum & raisin recipe is as therapeutic as it gets.

The Rum & Raisin Smoothie is essentially like the rum & raisin ice cream. The rum flavour is prominent, adding a good bite to the old favourite. The addition of lemon is subtle and gives just a hint of a zesty note. This smoothie is quite possibly the perfect cure to a stressful day/week/month/year/life.

The Rum & Raisin Smoothie is a two-part cocktail. You need to first prepare the rum & raisin syrup, which will take about a week to cure, and then use the syrup as an ingredient in this smoothie. Let’s start with the syrup!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Rum & Raisin - What You Need

Kijang Golden Syrup; Bacardi Gold Rum; Ligo California Seedless Raisins

Rum & Raisin Syrup
The Recipe:
3 shots golden syrup
1 shot dark / gold rum
3 boxes Ligo black raisins
*standard shots are 40ml per measurement

Prepare an airtight container or jar to store the rum & raisin syrup in. Pour the raisins into the jar. Next, pour the measures of golden syrup over the raisins. Finish off with the shot of rum.

Raisin! Golden syrup! Gold rum!

Raisins!                                           Golden syrup!                                         Gold rum!

Close the lid tightly and then shake the jar until all noticeable air bubbles contained in the crevasses between the raisins have been removed, or at least until all the raisins are no longer sticking to the jar. Chuck your container in the fridge to marinate for about one week.

Rum & Raisin Syrup

Place this in the fridge for 1 week

And you’re done with the first part!

<1 week later>

Now to taste the fruits of your labour. What you’ll need for the Rum & Raisin Smoothie is light rum, vanilla ice cream, fresh lemon juice, rum & raisin syrup, and ice. You’ll also need an ice blender handy.

Rum & Raisin Smoothie - What You Need

Philips Ice Blender; Rum & Raisin Syrup; Bacardi Original Premium Rum (white); Lemon; Tip Top Vanilla Ice Cream

Rum & Raisin Smoothie
The Recipe:
4 shots light rum
1 shot lemon juice
2 shot rum & raisin syrup
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
20 ice cubes
*Fills 2 highball glasses or 4 wine glasses

Alright, let’s begin. Prepare your ice blender. Pour in ALL of the ingredients listed above and ending with the ice cubes.

Rums & Raisin Smoothie - Pour

Rum!                           Lemon juice!                Rum & Raisin Syrup!           Vanilla ice cream!

Secure the lid on your blender and then set it to the ice blender setting. Blend until smooth and even.

Rum & Raisin Smoothie - Blend

Set to ice blender setting

Dispense into your glasses and enjoy!

Rum & Raisin Smoothie - Dispense

Pour out and serve. Beautiful!

Rum & Raisin Smoothie

A Rum & Raisin Smoothie, ready for a certified ‘clink’ fest.


Tiramisu Martini

10 May Tiramisu Martini - Featured

For Mother’s Day this coming weekend, we at Cham Cham Guide decided to make a drink just for the moms. Now, the only mom we can speak for is the one that brought us up so, drawing from that inspiration, we made a list of things she likes and things that would go well in a drink. After ticking many pork related things off the checklist, it came down to coffee and cakes.

Now, put coffee and cake together and you have tiramisu. And who doesn’t just love tiramisu?

The absolute best tiramisu I have had to date was at this quaint little Italian restaurant in Plaza Damas called Sure Pizza. This little establishment was run by an all-the-way Italian chef, Paolo who would, on good days, serenade his patrons from beyond his open kitchen. Everything about that place was magical. His handmade tabasco sauce… His zuppa di pesce… His pate and crackers… And the tiramisu just absolutely soaking in coffee liqueur…

Tiramisu @ Sure Pizza

I will be eternally bummed that the place closed down. Sigh.

*wipes away tears*

Our Tiramisu Martini tastes like a thoroughly well soaked tiramisu. A good balance of coffee and sweetness while the Irish Cream gives a nice smoothness to the drink without the creaminess.

OK, to start with, what you’ll need to make a Tiramisu Martini is creme de cacao, coffee liqueur, vodka, Irish Cream, vanilla essence, and crushed ice.

The martini glass rim requires icing sugar, cocoa powder, and instant coffee.

Tiramisu Martini - What You Need

Icing sugar; Milo; Nescafe; Baileys Irish Cream; Kahlua; Grey Goose Vodka; Star Brand Artificial Vanilla Flavouring; Mozart Chocolate Cream Gold

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Orange Buck

24 Apr Orange Buck - Featured

Many things have occurred in the last few weeks. So many changes to adapt to; some daunting, some demanding, some enjoyable. The biggest one that involves all of the above would have to be a fuzzy little addition to my family. Cham Chamers, say “hello” to Muffin! He’s a five-month old Goldendoodle.


Regal as heck

Little Muffin here has been an unending source of comedy and frustration ever since I got him. After having him for one whole month, I have finally gotten him sort of potty trained, to understand ‘sit’, ‘no’ and ‘come here’, and also properly terrified of umbrellas. Can’t wait for him to grow up!

OK, enough about my puppy, let’s get on with the mixing! The Orange Buck is an amazingly well balanced drink. The ginger ale adds a lot of bite so you don’t need to top with too big of a splash. The Orange Buck is not too sweet, not too sour, not too gassy. It’s just perfect in every aspect. This drink gets 5 stars and 2 thumbs up. Highly recommended! Plus, it’s soooo easy to make. It’ll be great for a casual party or game’s night. 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

A Warm Christmas

26 Dec Our Christmas - Featured

Calvin & Hobbes Christmas Eve

The end of the year has been such utter madness. So many hours in the day left unslept, so many vitamins and supplements taken to keep the annual flu bug from visiting, and so many traffic jams to battle. Taking a little time out to prep the house for Christmas celebrations was simply therapeutic. There’s something truly magical about those little fairy lights.

Our Christmas - CollageSetting up the Christmas tree takes a lot of effort! So, we made some really minimal effort drinks with maximum feel-good factor. Beer cocktails! Continue reading

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