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The Tails that make you swing!!!
Author: Neetha Thomas
When you go partying to the Page 3 events you get to hear a lot about them; or when you are having a brunch at ITC we have a large selection to choose from; or when you are dancing into the wee hours of the night you have your girlfriend whispering to you that she would like that…

Hey! These are tails that make us all swing and are soon catching up as a statement in our society are the cocktails & the mocktails. As the monsoon is hitting the hot hot town of Bombay, Get ready to cuddle up at home with our loved ones with a glass of the sensational tinkling drink!

The cocktail, which is a style of mixed drink; first derived it’s origin in 18th century from The Farmer's Cabinet. A cocktail usually contains one or more liqueurs, fruit juices, sugar, honey, water, ice, soda, milk, cream, herbs, bitters, etc. Some of the most exotic cocktails are right here for you to try! So let’s get into the home-bartending!!

Big Apple Martini

- 60 ml vodka
- 30 ml sour apple schnapps
- 15 ml pineapple juice
- 15 ml sour mix
- drizzle of Chambord
Garnish: apple slice

Combine vodka, sour apple schnapps, pineapple juice, and sour mix over chipped ice and shake well in a shaker. Strain into a well-chilled martini glass. Drizzle Chambord through the center. Garnish with a granny smith apple slice on the side of the glass.

Japanese Slipper (the perfect pre-dinner drink)

- 30ml midori (Liqueur is made from melons)
- 30ml cointreau (Liqueur is produced from sweet and bitter orange peels)
- 30ml lemon juice

Fill half the shaker with ice, add other ingredients. Shake and pour into martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon, or a glace cherry at the bottom of the glass.

Kiwi Daisy
(serves 2)

- 60 ml white rum
- 12 fresh mint leaves
- 2 lime wedges
- 1 kiwifruit
- 15 ml honey syrup (1 part honey and 1 part water)
Garnish: 1 lime wedge

Slice kiwifruit in half and use a spoon to scoop out small pieces into a cocktail shaker. Add mint leaves, lime and honey syrup and muddle to combine. Add rum, and shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a glass filled half with crushed ice. Stir briefly and fill glass with crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprig and lime.

Ole

- 1 Fill Blender Ice
- 15 ml Lime juice
- 30 ml Tequila
- 30 ml Triple sec (This liqueur is flavored by oranges. Similar to Curacao but less sweet.)

Fill the blender with Ice, then add the alcohol. Pour glass and enjoy! You can also take the glass and dip it into the blended drink to wet it. Then dip in salt and swing away!

Non-alcoholic mixed drinks (including punches, "virgin cocktails", or "mocktails") are often consumed by children, people whose religion restricts alcohol consumption, recovering alcoholics, and anyone wishing to enjoy flavorful drinks without alcohol. Here are some of lovely drinks for you to try out for adults and kids!

Magic Potion Punch

- 15 ml lime gelatin
- ˝ cup sugar
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 cups cold water
- 60 ml non-carbonated lemon-lime drink, chilled
- 90ml quarts lemon-lime soda, chilled

Dissolve gelatin and sugar in boiling water; add cold water. Transfer to a punch glass. Stir in lemon-lime drink and soda. Add ice cubes if you wish to.

Grape Mocktail

- 2 cups black grapes
- 1 cup fresh low fat curds
- 1 cup low fat milk
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- ice cubes to serve

Blend the grapes, curds, milk and the sugar and pour into the glass. Garnish with a kiwi slice. Add ice cubes if you wish to.

Basil Lemon – Limeade (This is a great “mocktail” to enjoy during pregnancy, especially when it gets warmer out)

- 10ml sugar syrup
- fresh basil leaves
- 15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 15ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 120ml cold water
- ice

Place basil leaves and the simple syrup at the bottom of a large glass pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to bruise the basil leaves a little bit (also known as muddling). Pour in the lemon juice, lime juice and cold water. Stir. Add in ice cubes and lemon/lime slices. Serve icy cold with a basil leaf as garnish.

Last but not the least, the Shirley Temple Mocktail!!! Named after the biggest child star in history every bartender in town knows about it.

Shirely Temple Mocktail

- 90ml lemon-lime soda
- 90ml ginger ale
- 1 dash grenadine
- maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour the lemon-lime soda and ginger ale into a collins glass with ice cubes. Add a dash of grenadine. Stir. Garnish with the cherry. Check the picture out, the grenadine and ale makes distinct layers.

Hope you all enjoyed the drinks, do let me know!

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