Thursday, 15 July 2010

Cocktail Hour

Would you believe if i said I couldn't find martini/ cocktail glasses anywhere in London? I have been in and out of stores, even the high end ones, on the look out for cocktail glasses. I finally found them online at Debenhams only to realize they were out of stock. They directed me to John Lewis and I had to pick up a case of six and pay an exorbitant amount for the same. Not that desperate for a martini glass, you'd think! I harassed Ro for so long and was almost about to pick them up on Amazon when a friend of ours was heading out to Ikea (ya Ikea is pretty far away and not easily accessible) and as luck would have it, found a cocktail glass for a mere 1.38. I would have preferred a wide-mouth martini glass, but beggars cant be choosers innit?
Freaked out on cocktails and I had to post the recipes before the excitement died. Ro was absolutely masculine about it and refused to even taste some ...his loss I'd say :P

Cosmopolitan is an all time fav of mine
Vodka- 35ml
Cranberry juice- 25ml
Orange liqueur- 20ml (I used orange juice, or you can skip this if you don't have either)
Lime juice- 2 tsp
Ice cubes- a lot

It just cant get easier than this...mix all of it into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake till all the ice has melted. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with orange zest.

Monterrey Martini ( a new discovery)
TasteSpotted & Foodgawked

This recipe was found at the back of a hot sauce bottle I'd picked up from Waitrose. It was an altogether different flavour for a martini.

Vodka- 1.5oz
Hot sauce- 1/2 tsp
Ice cubes- a few

In a cocktail shaker, mix the vodka and hot sauce and add the ice cubes one by one shaking gently after each addition. Garnish with olives or jalapeños.

Anjou Gem
Vodka- 35ml
Grapefruit juice- 50ml
Lemon juice- 15ml
Sugar syrup- 15ml
Ice cubes- a few

Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously till the ice has melted and is cold. Pour into chilled martini glass and garnish with a grapefruit slice (if you have any).

Sugar syrup recipe: Bring 1 part water to a boil and dissolve 2 parts sugar into it stirring continuously. Keep aside to cool and thicken a bit. Use for cocktails and mocktails. An easier way would be to just shake in a bottle equal parts of water and sugar till the sugar has melted :)

Notes: All of the above makes one medium size cocktail glass.


Sushma Mallya said...

wow wonderful pics...lovely colour too

Kairali sisters said...

Heey Nisha..We too have mocktails coming on its way!!! Lovely super clicks ketto..

Kairali sisters

aipi said...

awesome clicks.. loved the one with olives.

PJ said...

aha, now i know what all londener's are doing... no wonder all the cocktail glasses are out of stock ;) all the drinks look great, i am specially intrigued by the one with the hot sauce.

Pavithra said...

Wow everything looks marvellous and beautiful pictures... Tempting clicks.

Sippity Sup said...

Hot sauce, huh? So I suppose that is Monterey Mexico... GREG

Turmericnspice said...

Love the colors.....ummm so good !!

Priya said...

Woww wat a fantastic cocktail, looks great!!

Neetz said...

wow!! so many varieities in such simple way :)... loved it..i m sure now i will enjoy telling about these to my hubby :)

Nitha said...

Lovely cocktails.. I ve never tasted these.. But AJ says they wud have definitely been divine...

kirsten said...

I just sent my boyfriend to the store to pick up some vodka. Going to make the Anjou Gem! Thanks.

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

It is completely acceptable to be on the hunt for the perfect glass/plate/spoon/napkin/dish towel. Some people collect Manolos. I collect kitchen doodads so I don't feel bad about it at all. And you shouldn't either, particularly when it results in pictures like these :)

Sayali said...

awesome clicks re :)

Ann said...

Beautiful Pictures...:)

Suja Sugathan said...

Awesome clicks..lovely.

Yummy Team said...

Brilliant pictures, Nisha..

Prerna said...

Love love love the pictures!
beautiful work.. Keep up the good work!

the blogger formerly known as sansmerci said...

looks beautiful nish! can i use promote this post on sansmerci page pls? love it! n u have to make this kinda stuff for us the next time we r there :D

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Love the cosmopolitan. Very bright that my eyes popped open.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Lovely pic of intoxicated :)