Stir, shake, rock!

Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
Feb 25, 2011 01:28 AM IST

Seven easy-to-make cocktails that will delight your guests.

What’s the perfect recipe for a knock out party? Peppy music, great people and some delicious cocktails, right? If you have planned a party at your pad and forgot to order drinks, here’s some help. Whip up some delicious cocktails by following a few basic rules, say experts. Here’s how to get your stirring act right.

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Perfect your measures
Getting the right measures is most important. Rajesh Khanna, F& B Head, The Metropolitan Hotel says, “Even a slight variation in measurements can ruin your drink. Keep in mind what goes into the glass first. High density drinks must be floated into the glass first and lighter ones should come on top,” says Khanna. Do not muddle ingredients too hard, suggests Ganesh Iyer, corporate bar manager, Dish Hospitality. “If you muddle lime too much, it will leave a bitter taste,” warns Iyer.

The right temperature
Make sure the liquor you are using is cooled. “The ideal temperature should be 15°C, else it will make your drink warm. You will end up putting more ice, making your drink watery,” says Prakash Kumar, beverage manager, Kylin. The temperature of the glass should also be kept in mind. “Chill your glasses. The ideal temperature is between 8 °C to 10 °C,” suggests Kumar. Here are a few cocktail recipes that you can easily try at home.

Coconut Pie
Malibu - 30 ml, white rum - 30 ml, coconut water - 60 ml, coconut milk - 2 tbsp Method Blend coconut rum (Malibu), white rum.
Put coconut milk and tender coconut water in a blender.
Rim a Margarita glass with coconut cream (it tastes nice as it touches your lips).
Pour the blend and serve chilled.
Recipe from Kylin

Cranberry Love
Chopped fresh pineapple and sweet lime - 25 gm, lime juice - 15 ml, Vodka - 60 ml, cranberry juice - 120 ml, ice cubes - 4.
Put ice cube in a glass, add lime juice sugar syrup and chopped fruits. Stir and add vodka Top up with cranberry juice. Garnish with a fresh fruit slice.
Recipe from Ignis Bar & Grill

Tangerine Caiprioska
Eristoff Vodka - 60ml, orange wedges - 8 nos, lime wedges - 3 nos,
sugar - 50gms, mint leaves - 10gms
Muddle fresh Malta orange wedge with lemon wedge, sugar and mint leaves.
Pour the mix into a collins glass with crushed ice and mix Eristoff vodka.
Recipe from Tasty Tangles

Berry Sweetheart
Cranberry juice - 88 ml, apple juice - 88 ml, honey - 30 ml, vodka - 60 ml, cherry for garnishing
Put ice cubes in a martini glass.
Pour juices and honey into a mixing glass.
Add vodka and stir.
Pour the contents of the mixing glass into the martini glass.
Garnish with cherries.
Recipe from Golfworx

Sharabi Gola
Gin - 45 ml, Sweet Vermouth - 15 ml, orange juice - 60 ml, crushed ice - 2 tbsp
Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Fill half of a cocktail glass with crushed ice.
Pour the mix over crushed ice and garnish with a slice of orange and cherries.
Recipe from The Metropolitan Hotel

Spring Delight
Gin - 60 ml, grapes - 4 pieces, pomegranate seeds - 4 tbsp, ginger - 2 small pieces, lime - 1 slice, ice cubes - 4
Muddle gin, grapes, pomegranate and ginger in a muddler.
Shake with ice, strain, and pour into a chilled glass.
Recipe from Kylin

Strawberry Martini
Strawberry and a Pick (for Garnishing), Ice-water - 50 ml, Sugar - 1 tbsp, Grenadine - 1 tbsp, Clove extract - 3 drops, Juniper extract - 4 drops
Muddle strawberries. Crunch in a cocktail shaker then add the other ingredients along with lime.
Add ice and shake well.
Fine strain into a Martini glass.
Recipe from F Bar & Grill

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    Shara Ashraf writes on lifestyle, food, fashion, beauty and health, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

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