INTO THE PANTRY, OUT WITH A COCKTAIL

COCKTAILS À LA ISOLATION

COCKTAILS À LA ISOLATION

During this period when staying inside and social distancing have become the new norm, bars are momentarily taking a break as well. While customers are pining for a fun night out at their favourite establishments, some have taken to creating cocktails of their own right at home. Dubbed quarantinis, these drinks have gone far beyond the classic two-ingredient cocktail, and now consist of ingredients that can easily be found in pantries.

REIMAGINING THE REGULAR

REIMAGINING THE REGULAR

As a visit to the supermarket is no longer a simple task, repurposing pantry ingredients can be an unconventional but creative way to flavour cocktails. While leftover drip coffee or cold-brewed coffee is great for adding bitter notes to cocktails, instant coffee crystals can also be repurposed to create a boozy version of the famed Dalgona coffee. If teas are a preferred option, tea-infused cocktails such as hot toddies and spiked ice tea can be easily mixed by incorporating brewed tea into recipes. To make your tea-infused treat visually appealing, try whipping up a fluffy foam topping with aquafaba, the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas commonly used as a replacement for egg whites. Even pantry staples like cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks give a smoky warmth to cocktails too.

UNCOVER SWEET AND SALTY FLAVOURS

UNCOVER SWEET AND SALTY FLAVOURS

Your pantry is home to lots of complex and strong flavours to experiment with. Known for putting the “dirty” in a Dirty Martini, olive brine lends the drink its quintessential cloudy appearance. This salty ingredient provides a tangy aftertaste that punctuates drinks, in a fashion reminiscent to the tart chasers consumed after liquor shots. On the other end of the scale, regular jams ranging from marmalade to berry preserves are versatile alternatives to heighten a drink’s sweetness. In following the golden cocktail rule, jam-infused beverages are shaken to ensure uniform dispersion. The end result is a well-layered, creamier cocktail infused with floral notes and fragrances. Get creative with your pantry staples and try out these recipes for an extra homely touch.

PINK ME UP

PINK ME UP

Ingredients

  • 10 ml MONIN Almond syrup

  • 45 ml Bacardi Carta Blanca rum

  • 20 ml lemon juice

  • 3 fresh tomatoes

  • 1 teaspoon of olive brine

Garnish

  • Olive

  • Basil leaf

Preparation

  • Muddle tomatoes in a shaker

  • Add remaining ingredients then shake well with ice

  • Strain into a glass and serve


 
MRS. WHISKY SOUR

MRS. WHISKY SOUR

Ingredients:


Garnish

  • Lemon wedges

Preparation:

  • Combine all ingredients into a shaker

  • Add ice then shake well

  • Pour the mixture into a glass and serve

DALGONA COFFEE COCKTAIL

DALGONA COFFEE COCKTAIL

Drink Ingredients:


Coffee Foam Ingredients:

  • 30 ml hot water

  • 10 ml MONIN Salted Caramel syrup

  • 3 teaspoons of instant coffee

 

Garnish

  • Chocolate powder

Preparation:

  • Combine all drink ingredients into a glass and add ice

  • Combine all coffee foam ingredients in a bowl and whisk until medium peaks are formed

  • Top foam onto drink and serve