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

Cookies for Christmas

21 Dec

Haha check this out! Preparing for the end of the world. Boy, would I love to get my hands on some of those End Of The World wine.

Well anyway, looks like the ‘end of the world’ is passing us by and we’re all still here! Thank goodness coz I was really looking forward to Christmas. Just spending time with family and friends, having good meals. Taking time away from the hectic end-of-year madness to sit down, sip on a cocktail and not worry about whatever pending needs of tomorrow. Something to look forward to next week, but first to get through this week! *wipes sweat off brow*

Christmas Psyche

Guess we can take it easy today and get a little nostalgic. During our childhood days, my brother and I used to always have tea time after our afternoon nap and it’ll always consist of cookies and milo or milk or the occasional sip of mommy’s horribly bitter black coffee. To me, cookies (and McDonald’s sundaes) are what my adolescent years are made of.

Today’s cham cham is a tribute to the little kid in all of us. We’re gonna be making two cookie themed drinks: Chocolate Chip Cookie and Milk & Cookies. They’re drinks ok, not food. We named them so because they really do taste like their names! Continue reading

Santa Suit

19 Dec Santa Suit - Featured

Santa by Thomas Nast

Did you know that the first illustrations of Santa and his infamous fur lined red suit started in the 19th Century? Illustrations by artist Thomas Nast had surfaced in the early 1900s that would later be made popular by none other than the official sponsors of everything, Coca Cola. Though the image of our modern day Santa’s true origins are still very much debatable, his red suit is undeniably Coca Cola. Santa used to also wear green suits and tan suits back then before he got splashed onto Coke’s advertisements wearing the company’s colour and a jolly round belly. Thus was born the era of the red suited Santa.

If you found this little information tid-bit terribly dull, well, so did I. I couldn’t really care much about Santa’s suit, but apparently people on the interwebs do! So, I should too! Here’s my version of the Santa Suit! It’s red and white and fluffy around the edges too.

Santa Suit - Closeup

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White Russian

11 Dec Featured

Did you know that the Russian Mafia have been around since the 1700s? It all started from detractors that stole from the government and redistributed their loot to society. Just like Robin Hood. Well, you know what they say, right? When you take a good thing too far, you become satan. (Ya, ok, no one actually says that.)

After centuries of thievery, the Russian Mafia became well know for being the most brutally violent gangs, garnering so much money and influence that they could even get their hands on missiles and submarines from the Russian army should they ever want or need to. Their influence reaches far across international borders seeing them working together with Colombian drug cartels, the Chinese Triads, and even the Yakuza.

Well anyway, the History Channel’s amazing! You learn so much in a mere 40-minutes. The Russian mobsters are still prevalent to this day but with a much more polished image. In spite of their infamous notoriety (remember those ‘in Soviet Russia’ jokes? “In America, you break law. In Soviet Russia, law breaks you”, “In Soviet Russia, frog dissects you”), there’s really a lot of interesting and beautiful things born of Russian soil such as Russian ballet, intricate porcelain wares, the babushka doll (aka Matryoshka doll), Moscow, and of course, the White Russian. Though the origin of the cocktail is not exactly Russian in heritage, and it was repopularised by an American movie, The Big Lebowski…

Well ok then moving right along, what you’ll need for a White Russian is of course vodka (Smirnoff is a British company so *phew* no illegally remanufactured blue grain alcohol here), coffee liqueur, and heavy cream. Continue reading

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