Posted on Thu 27 Oct 16


Cocktails with a Twist to Shake Things Up

Bored of serving the age-old rum and coke or gin and tonic at your house parties? Then these quick and easy herb-infused cocktail recipes by Allen Da’Costa, Assistant Restaurant Manager, The Dining Room, Grand Hyatt Goa, will definitely get the party started.

Lemongrass Gin & Tonic

You need:
Gin                     60ml
Lime                   2 slices
Lemongrass        4 stalks
Tonic water         Top-up
Lemongrass        10ml

To serve: Pilsner glass
Shake it up:
•Take a pilsner glass.
•Squeeze the juice of half a lime. 
•Add few ice cubes and lemongrass syrup. 
•Pour gin and complete it by adding tonic water. 
•Garnish with stalk of lemongrass and a slice of lime.

Aloe Vera Margarita

You need:
Aloe Vera slice/syrup         1 slice or 10ml
Lime                                 5ml
Honey                               5ml
Tequila                              60ml

To serve: Old-fashioned glass
Shake it up:
•Add the aloe vera slice/syrup, tequila, lime and honey in a cocktail shaker or a jar and shake it well. 
•Strain the mixture into a salt-rimmed glass, filled with ice.
•Garnish it with either a lemon wedge or aloe vera slice.

Boozy Basil Lemonade

You need:
Gin                      50ml
Simple syrup        5ml
Strawberry syrup   2 sprigs
Basil                    3 leaves
Rosemary             a few sprigs

To serve: Martini glass
Shake it up:
•Lightly muddle fresh strawberries, basil and rosemary.
•Add simple syrup and pour vodka.
•Serve it in a pre-chilled martini glass.
•Use a few sprigs of rosemary to garnish. 
•To complete the drink, top it with lemonade.

Lime Daiquiri

You need:
Bacardi           60ml
Lime               2 wheels/1 wedge
Lemon juice    10ml

To serve: Martini glass
Shake it up:
•Build the drink in a shaker. 
•Add ingredients with ice and shake well. 
•Pour the cocktail into a martini glass and serve.

Pineapple Basil Mojito

You need:
Sugar Syrup    10ml
Mint                6 Leaves
Basil               3 leaves
chunks            4 pieces
Rum                60ml
Soda               Top up
Lime wedges    3 pieces

To serve: Hi-ball glass
Shake it up:
•Put the basil and two lime wedges in the bottom of a glass and muddle it, either using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. 
•Add pineapple juice, rum, ice cubes and top with club soda. 
•Garnish with a slice of pineapple, lime wedge or a sprig of basil.

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