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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.


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

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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1 Nov

Aaaaand it’s Movember! The time where men all over the world start sporting the beginnings of soon-to-be epic moustaches in the name of charity and men’s health awareness. Get educated, stay healthy.

As a mo sista and unable to sport a mo myself, I dedicate Mojito November to the men in my life. I will be taking you through a Mojito series this month. It’s gonna be so much fun! And so much yum 🙂

Before we start, here’s a little background on the Mojito. Dating back to the 19th century, it’s said that the mojito was actually a drink created by and for the slaves of the sugar cane plantations in Cuba. Apparently, the use of lime, mint and sugar were to mask the strong unpleasant taste of the rums of that time. The true origins of the Mojito are still up for debate but fear not, we won’t be getting into that here. One fun fact of this brief history lesson is that the Mojito was Ernest Hemingway’s favourite cocktail. (That is one fine looking gentleman in a mo.)

Ernest Hemingway

Alright then, on with the mixing! What you’ll need to make a Mojito is rum, mint leaves, sugar, soda water, and ice. Continue reading

Havana Beach de Coco

22 Oct Havana Beach de Coco - Featured

The Havana Beach de Coco is essentially the ‘pop’ version of the Palm Beach. A happy, sweet cocktail with fizz and crackle, and lacking the substance (it’s not very strong la). We also added some Nata de Coco for fun. Nata de Coco is a coconut gelatin made from the fermentation of coconut cream. Its springy texture and mildly sweet taste makes it a great addition to drinks and desserts. It’s also terribly tropical feel-y which makes it go so well with this beach-y drink, if only we had cocktail umbrellas.

To make a Havana Beach de Coco, you’ll need rum, pineapple juice, ginger ale, nata de coco, ice and a cocktail shaker.

Havana Beach de Coco - What You Need

Nata de Coco; Bacardi Gold Rum; Ice Cubes; Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale; Fruit Tree Pineapple

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