Friday Feeling #2

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I know, I know… I’ve been really slack in delivering these of late, I did one and then totally didn’t for two weeks running. Workload and social life doesn’t leave a great deal of time to play Brian Flanagan, but never mind. In an effort to make up the numbers, I’m going to present a couple of my personal favourites and get this slightly lacking section back on track.

Mojito

Possibly my favourite cocktail, perfect blend of icy sharpness and sugary potency… not to mention the sexy Hispanic name. For the Mojito, you will need:

2 shots white rum (or even spiced rum if you’re feeling a little saucy)
1 shot lime juice (preferably fresh)
2 lime wedges
1tsp white sugar
Mint leaves
Soda water
Crushed ice

Pop the sugar and the mint leaves in the bottom of a highball glass and muddle thoroughly to release all the nice fragrant mint oils. Pour in the rum and the lime juice and then fill the glass with crushed ice. Top up with soda water, then garnish with the lime wedges. Minty, sharp and strong – just don’t drink too many in one night, they’re rather acidic and it’ll destroy your teeth!

Long Island Ice Tea

Also known as ‘Five of the Best’. If you’re looking to get wasted and don’t fancy shots, this badboy is the way forward – five shots per glass, it’s one of the strongest long drinks available and surprisingly palatable given the hi-octane content. You need:

1 shot gin
1 shot white rum
1 shot tequila
1 shot vodka
1 shot Triple Sec
Dash lime juice
Dash lemon juice
Dash sugar syrup
Ice cubes
1 lemon wedge
Cola

Chuck all the ingredients except the cola into your trusty cocktail shaker and give them a good scramble. Fill half a highball glass with the resulting mixture and top up with cola, finished off with the lemon wedge. Strong as hell to drink, and easy as hell to make. If a Mojito is my favourite, this comes a very close second.

Singapore Sling

I must admit I’ve never actually had one of these, but during a conversation with a work colleague it was mentioned as one of her favourites, so I thought I’d chuck it in. You need:

2 shots gin
1 shot cherry brandy
1/2 shot Cointreau
1/2 shot DOM Benedictine
2 shots Grenadine
1/2 shot lemon juice
Dash sugar syrup
Pineapple juice
Fresh lemon juice
Dash Angostura Bitters
1 lime slice
Ice cubes
Chunk of pineapple
Maraschino cherry

All the ingredients go into the shaker… shake well and strain into a highball glass. Garnish with pineapple and cherry.

And there we go! 3 nice little tipples to keep you going for now. Until next time…

James

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