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Delicious drink "China Doll"

Delicious drink “China Doll”

China Doll

  • 1 1/2 oz Caprock Gin
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Coconut Jasmine Cream
  • 5 drops Jasmine Rose Water
  • Egg White

Garnish: Edible Rose Petals

In December I celebrated Repeal day (for a reminder of what that is, click here!) and ended up at No Vacancy in Hollywood. First off, I adore the entrance to No Vacancy. I used to go there when it was ‘Jane’s House’ and the building itself is, well, a house!  The Houston Brothers totally utilized this look for No Vacancy by creating an elaborate entrance wherein you enter a bedroom and a lady tells you the “house rules”, then the bed splits in half and you walk under it and end up in the main house staircase. Very cool and different.  I recommend checking it out when you’re next out in Hollywood.

Anyway, I digress. At the Repeal Day event I tried the above cocktail and it was nothing short of delicious! The original drink recipe was created by Sean Hamilton (Bar Manager of No Vacancy) and I had it made for me on this occasion by bartender Jimmy Avelar. I loved it!

It was beautifully balanced, sweet and creamy but with a delicate feminine quality from the jasmine.  From my first sip I knew it had to be a ‘Drink of the week’ on here and because of it’s ‘lady like’ qualities, I plan on serving it at my bridal shower!  Clearly it is a recipe not so easy to replicate at home, what with the jasmine infusions, but if you decide to give it a go, I don’t think you will be disappointed. 🙂

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Drink of the Week

Coquito CirocCiroc drink

1.5oz Ciroc Coconut
1/4oz Pineapple Juice
1/2oz Coconut cream
1oz Milk
1 Egg White
1 dash Cinnamon
1 dash Nutmeg
1 dash Allspice

Combine all ingredients. Shake and strain in to a Collins Glass

Garnish: Coconut Shavings

I was totally craving a Pina Colada the other day (no doubt missing Hawaii) when I recieved an email from Ciroc telling me about their signature holiday drinks.  As most of my readers know, I try not to advertise particular brands on this site (unless I think they are necessary for the drink) and I RARELY pick vodka as a base…however this one recipe spoke to me.

Minus the rum, it has all the makings of a Pina Colada but with all the spices and warmth of Fall.  It is creamy, refreshing and tropical but with that wonderful seasonal twist. Quite simply, this is a great Holiday drink that works particularly well for those of us stuck (oh it’s so hard! ;))in warmer climates in the holiday season eg. Australia/Los Angeles/Singapore etc… it tastes like Summer and Autumn in one! 

Ironically I don’t like Coconut shavings or cinnamon, yet I love coconut flavored drinks. This one calls for the shavings on top and the cinnamon is subtle enough so as not to overpower the drink.  If you are totally against flavored vodkas (I totally understand!) you can always substitute the Ciroc Coconut for Rum, Gin, Malibu or just plain vodka. It’s quite a versatile little drink. At the end of the day, the coconut cream and pineapple kind of mask the base spirit. Seeing as this recipe was created by Cicoc, I felt it only fair to write it as they intended but as you know, switching it up is always an option. 🙂

If you want to try something a little different this Winter, I say give this recipe a go.

Enjoy!

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Drink of the Week

 Piña Colada

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz Coconut Cream
  • 1 oz Heavy Cream
  • 6 oz Pineapple Juice

Garnish: Pineapple Wedge

Blend ingredients in a blender or shake with crushed ice, until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass.

Tip: Using soy or almond milk as a substitute for the heavy cream is also an option, it will have a slightly different taste to the original but will mean those with lactose issues can still enjoy it.

Since i’m on a roll with putting up ‘favorite drinks for family members,’ it seems appropriate to put up my Mums drink of choice too, seeing as today is her birthday!

The piña colada is a sweet, rum-based drink made with coconut cream, and pineapple juice and can be served blended (I love) or shaken with ice.  The name itself is Spanish and means “Strained Pineapple” (piña=pineapple and colada= strained)

I personally love this drink, it makes me think of Tiki nights, palm trees, white sandy beaches and hammocks. It is sweet, tropical and creamy.  It is the official beverage of Puerto Rico and has been since 1978, it also (apparently) has more calories than a Big Mac! Sorry mum, deliciousness comes at a price. 😦

First off, there are many recipes for the piña colada with varying proportions and ratios, some do and do not include heavy cream for example.  From what I have been able to find out, the piña colada was created at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by Ramón “Monchito” Marrero on August 16, 1954.  The date is so specific because this is the first time the drink was officially sold there with this name.

According to Monchito, the Hilton management had expressly requested him (as Head barman at the time) to come up with a new signature drink that would delight their celebrity clientele. He supposedly took the task very seriously and spent the next three months blending, shaking and experimenting, until he finally produced the first piña colada.  The above recipe is the original version he created for the Beachcomber Bar.

According to Frommers destination guide:

When actress Joan Crawford tasted the piña colada…she claimed it was “better than slapping Bette Davis in the face.”

I have to say i’m not sure how accurate that quote is, but if it is what Joan said, I think it’s pretty great!

Anyway, when you’re next on vacation somewhere sunny I highly suggest you order yourself this delicious cocktail and if like my mum you’re stuck somewhere grey (like England) why not make yourself a pina colada to brighten up the day!

Happy Birthday Mum!!! xxx

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