Category: Drinks & Cocktails

Hot Toddy

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My poor beloved boyfriend has been very poorly this week. At least he claims he is, personally I think he’s just milking a cold. However like any diligent girlfriend I have been taking wonderful care of him by  making him a hot toddy each night before he goes to bed. We always have a large stock of whiskey in our house and I’m never without lemons so they’re pretty easy to whip up when your feeling a bit under the weather. I also had the cloves and cinnamon sticks left over from when I made my mulled wine, but if you don’t have them they are not strictly necessary.

Ingredients

50ml of whiskey (Jameson recommended)

200ml of boiling water

1/2 a lemon

1 tablespoon of honey (you could also use brown sugar)

1 cinnamon stick (optional)

5 cloves (optional)

Directions

Slice off a piece of the lemon and stud it with the cloves, then juice the rest of it and put the juice into the glass. Next add the honey and whiskey and stir. Pour in the hot water and stir until the honey has melted into the drink. Finally add the slice of lemon and stick of cinnamon. Drink until you are feeling much better. Repeat if necessary.

Kir Royal

kir royal

There is nothing more I love more than a Champagne cocktail. Christmas is a time to celebrate and I like to do that by drinking copious amounts of alcohol! Now I like to think of myself as a very classy lady, only the finest cocktails for me and on those very special occasions I really like to up the ante and splash out on a bit of bubbly. I’ve been drinking Kir Royals for many years now since the queen of class Mrs. Suzy Potter née Marson introduced me to them many years ago.

If you like these as much as I do then you may not be able to use real champagne every time but since you have the added crème de cassis there’s nothing wrong with using sparkling wine instead. Like I always say, there’s nought wrong with a bit of Asti Spumante. I even decided to treat myself to some champagne glasses this year, Daiso’s finest at 3,000 a glass. Sadly I only bought  two, so we will have to celebrate two at a time in my house.

Ingredients

1 Bottle of Champagne (or the best you can afford)

1-2 tablespoons of Crème de cassis (I found mine in a a bottle shop in Dongdaemun)

Directions

Open your bubbly and pour into a glass (preferably a champagne glass.) Top with the creme de cassis and enjoy. Repeat until you feel like a very classy lady or until the Champagne bottle is empty.

Mulled Wine

Mulled-Wine

‘Tis the season to be jolly, tra la la la la la la la la! Usually the most effective way to make me jolly, is to ply me with booze. So with that in mind, I though it was time to get stuck into the Christmas spirit quite literally and get some Christmas themed booze down my neck as soon as humanly possible. What’s more festive than a glass or 5 of mulled wine? Sourcing the ingredients for mulled wine can be a little tricky if you didn’t bring any from home, but it is certainly possible. The main thing is to get the wine, sugar, and oranges. Then just use whatever spices you can get hold of. They have quite a good selection in the foreign food mart in Itaewon. But various things can be found at Home-plus and E mart so don’t worry if you don’t have everything, just use whatever you can find. The wine is the main feature here.

Ingredients

2 bottles of red wine (nothing fancy here, time to break out the Carlo Rossi)

200g of white sugar

2 oranges

1 lemon

2 cinnamon sticks (Pinoy Mart, foreign food mart)

8 cloves (found at Bangsan market)

2 star anise (foreign food mart)

1 teaspoon of mixed all spice

1/2 teaspoon of Nutmeg

Directions

Pour a glass or two of wine into the saucepan along with the sugar and spices. Bring to boil for about 5- 10 minutes until it has thickened and formed a syrup. Once it has become syrupy, add the rest of the wine and continue to heat until it is simmering. Once it is simmering, reduce the heat to very low. Pour your wine into a glass and enjoy. Repeat until cheeks are rosy and you are full of festive joy and cheer. Merry Christmas!

Breakfast Cocktail

I think most of you know I enjoy a cheeky morning drink on a weekend morning. There’s nothing like a good old breakfast cocktail to get your weekend started. I am obviously a big fan of the Bloody Mary and also the Vodoffee, my own invention. However sometimes I like something a bit fruity. We all know that its important to get our five portions of fruit and veg a day,  raging alcoholism is no excuse for bad nutrition! So I came up with this fruity delight. You may also drink it at any other time of the day.

Ingredients

50ml Absolut Grapevine (you may substitute with any other fruit infused vodka)

100ml pineapple juice.

frozen raspberries

frozen mango

Directions

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until all the fruit has been pulverized. Pour into a glass and serve. Voilà the perfect way to start your morning right. Warning not recommended on weekday mornings unless you are trying to get fired.

Blood Lust

It’s the saturday before halloween and that can only mean one thing, a halloween themed cocktails. I decided I had to go for a blood colored delight. As you may or may not know I am a huge fan of any occasion where I get to dress up and make themed food and drinks. So with that in mind I present to you my blood lust cocktail, not just for vampires.

Ingredients 

50ml Raspberry Absolute

100ml ginger ale

6 strawberries (frozen)

A teaspoon of sugar

A couple drops of red food coloring

Directions

Blend the vodka, sugar and strawberries together in the blender, add the red food coloring if you want the drink to look more blood like. Pour into tumbler and top with the ginger ale. Serve and enjoy, repeat if necessary.

Skittles Soju

There are tons of recipes out there for skittles vodka, so I decided to try skittles soju! Soju is crazy cheap here in Korea so it just makes sense to use it instead. I have to confess that my previous experience with skittles vodka was not all successful. My housemates and I threw a couple of  bags of skittles into a bottle of vodka and downed it. We went to a houseparty but ten minutes later I suddenly started to feel very sick and spent the remainder of the night throwing up outside in the bushes. I knew it was time to leave when one of my housemates was carried home over the shoulder of a random man. But don’t let my tomfoolery put you off making this delightful drink. I’m convinced our problem lay in not separating the skittles into individual colors.

Ingredients

5 bags of skittles

5 empty bottles

5 bottles of soju

Directions

Separate the skittles into their different colors then put each color in a different bottle.

Top with soju  and leave for 12-24 hours, shaking every now and then.

When the skittles have dissolved they will leave a white kind of scum at the top. You can remove this by pouring the soju through a coffee filter. Refrigerate and serve. Voilà a kickass rainbow themed party drink.

Lemon Infused Vodka

Saturday is upon us and to me that means cocktail time!!! In fact for us lucky ducks here in Korea its Chuseok which means a 5 day weekend. The contents of my booze cupboard is going to take a serious hit this week. So like any forward thinking alcoholic I like to plan ahead.

I love vodka, in particular flavoured vodka, I have a variety of flavors within my possession but these delicious drinks do not come cheap, especially when they are compared to Soju, which is always cheap and plentiful. So armed with a bottle of Forever Vodka (about 7,000 won) I set about making this yummy lemon vodka.

Ingredients

1 bottle of Vodka

1 lemon (any fruit will work though)

1 glass jar

Directions

Make sure the jar is clean and harbors no smells from the previous occupant. Slice your fruit and add to the jar. Pour in the vodka and secure the lid. Store in a cool dark place for 1 week. You may want to shake the jar once or twice a day to improve the infusion. Voila a deliciously easy homemade infusion.

Fabulous Frozen Cocktail

I like to start my Saturday right, this usually includes a delicious breakfast cocktail. Since summer is almost over, I thought it was about high time I showed you my quick and easy recipe for a fabulous frozen cocktail. I’m very particular when it comes to cocktails so this is one of the easiest ways to make a quick frozen drink with little to no effort. It also contains at least one portion of healthy fruit goodness, making it a very suitable breakfast option for health conscious alcoholics such as myself . This little trick also come in to its own when your not near a bar but need a drink fast. They are also much cheaper.

Ingredients

1 Smoothie/Slushie (I personally favour Smoothie King’s Strawberry lemon twist or Dunkin Donuts Orange mango Coolata)

50ml of your preferred liquor (vodka/rum/tequila all work well)

Directions

Simply go to your nearest smoothie selling outlet (all the big coffee chains sell them). Purchase one drink in your favourite flavour, I recommend ones made from juice rather than those containing milk or yoghurt. Add the alcohol and stir. Voilà a fabulous frozen cocktail.

Strawberry Basil Martini

Cocktail hour is all the rage at my folks pad these days. So to spice up the proceedings somewhat I decided to come up with a new concoction to tantalize their taste buds. My mums a big fan of Martini so I used it as the liquor of the day, but you can substitute for vodka if you wish.

Ingredients

50ml of Martini extra dry

250ml of lemonade

2 slices of lemon

2 strawberries

5 basil leaves

Directions

Slice the lemon and strawberries and put into a high ball glass. Add the basil leaves and ice then muddle with a spoon. Add a double shot of Martini extra dry and top with lemonade. Drink and enjoy. Repeat if necessary.

Pimm’s

There is nothing more delicious on a hot summer day than a glass of Pimms. The ultimate british summer cocktail (almost guaranteed to feature on ever cocktail menu in the country during the summer months). It’s the quintessential english drink. It’s also an absolute favorite of mine, it’s very easy to slip down a jug or two of these babies.

Sadly for those of us living in Korea, it’s not very easy to procure. In fact I have never successfully found a bottle myself, although I still belive they are out there somewhere. I find its easier to always come prepared and pick up a bottle or two at the airport every time I venture home. We also managed to find it in Langkawi when we went to Malaysia last year. If your lucky enough to have a british friend, then beg them to bring you a bottle so you too can revel in this summer delight.

Ingredients

200 ml Pimms

1 liter of lemonade (7up/Sprite USA/CiderKorea)

1/2 Lemon

1/2 Lime

1 Orange

1/2 a Cucumber

5 Strawberries

A handful of raspberries or blueberries (optional)

A bunch of mint

Directions

Chop all your fruit and put into your jug. It’s up to you if you like your fruit little or large. Add the Pimms and lemonade and a few ice cubes and stir. Serve in a highball glass and enjoy. Voilà a delicious jug sized drink.