At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 192
▲ FOOD & DRINK
Native to the Caribbean, rum is another
heavyweight spirit that comes armed
to the teeth. Darker rums are used
in cooking, owing to their strength
and flavour and are even seen on
hrist as uds a ab a e.
To drink it straight is no mean
feat, and this was the drink downed
in anger during battles on the high
seas. However, the majority of people
these days prefer to add Coca-Cola to
ake a ru and coke.
If all of this has you thinking about
eye patches and wooden legs, don't
worry as ru can be a e inine
drink, too - indeed, white rum is a
ne a ter ego.
There are far too many rum cocktails
to mention, but as the Mojito was the
most popular cocktail in Britain last
year it deserves a ew words.
A refreshing rum and soda-based
sweetie, laced with lime and mint, it's
er ect or su
Pina Colada - so popular it has
its own song - is a rum-based taste
of the tropics. The mix of pineapple
juice and coconut milk is a trusty
endorsement of the phrase 'if it grows
together, it goes together'.
Whether you opt for shaken, stirred, dirty or dry,
Martini is a sophisticated choice. The key is in its
simplicity - alongside vermouth, and just an olive
to garnish, this cocktail is the benchmark
by which many bars
cocktail is a
which is both
and served in
a tall glass, so
lasts longer. Mix
gin, lemon juice
and sugar syrup
in a highball glass
with ice, and top
up with soda
A taste of Mexico, tequila can be
clear or various shades of amber.
As with whisky, the older it is, the
darker it is - but all types have
that distinctive tequila smell. This
drink is not or the ainthearted.
Like it or not, a big night out is
bound to end with a tray of tequila
shots. Straight tequila is an acquired
taste and leaves a lasting impression
in the throat... so be warned.
The 'lick, sip, suck' (lick salt, sip the
tequila, then suck a lime) ritual helps
to counteract the shock and the
burn. t east its su osed to.
A SLAMMER IS A SMALL
The traditional way to
GLASS WITH A SHOT
knock back this spirit is
OF TEQUILA AND A
'straight', but, as always,
DASH OF LEMONADE.
there are other ways to
BANG THE GLASS ON
THE BAR, SO IT FIZZES
The classic Margarita
UP, AND KNOCK
cocktail - tequila, orange
liqueur and lime juice - is,
perhaps, the most famous. It can
be served 'frozen' too, over slushed ice.
A beverage with a buzz, it's as popular
a er work on a trendy bar terrace
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as it is accompanying a laid-back
unchti e sa ad.
A Tequila Sunrise is a sweet classic,
popularised in the 70s, that is not
only easy to drink, but will kick-start
your night. The orange juice and
grenadine syrup - unmixed - give
this cocktail that wonderful Lion King
feeling of daybreak.
This is probably the most versatile
spirit of all. While the Russians
and Scandinavians usually drink it
straight, most Brits prefer to mix
it, with either tonic water, Coca-Cola,
orange juice or grapefruit juice.
Alternatively, it's drunk in cocktails.
The 'vodka belt' of Northern,
Central and Eastern Europe is the
historic home of this spirit, where
most is drunk. It includes Poland,
Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania and the Czech Republic.
odka is a we -known con dence
booster and is, therefore, the social
ubricant o any a arty.
Martini is one of
the most decadent
forms of alcoholic
it tastes like a
with bitter and
sweet flavours in
tandem. What's in it?
trong es resso coffee
liqueur and, of course,
vodka make up this
A Bloody Mary is another
vodka-based classic and the
polar opposite of an Espresso
Martini. Simple to make -
tomato juice, Worcester sauce,
lemon juice and vodka
combine to complete this
savory sensation. 'Some
like it hot', so pepper and
abasco are o en added.
Finally, the White
Russian should not be
missed. Fill a tumbler with ice
then add vodka the coffeeflavoured i ueur ah a and
top up with full-fat milk.
Stir to combine. Sweet,
strong, boozy and
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Often drunk as an aperitif and more often than not
with its trusty sidekick, tonic water: a G&T. A good
choice for the novice, gin is more subtle on the
palate than the big guns, whisky, vodka and tequila.
Many people claim gin, in certain quantities,
can intensify emotions and even cause short-term
memory loss. Or, even worse, it can cause shortterm memory loss! So, take it easy to stay in control.
The botanicals in gin make it an extremely
versatile drink. ock ose cottish in, for e ample,
is made with Rhodiola rose, and the aroma alone is
enough to tempt a be-gin-ner, if you will.
Edinburgh Gin (edinburghgin.com) is one of the
most sought-after brands. Its head distiller has
come up ith a collection of avour combinations
that just have to be tried, including juniper, lemon
and spice (Cannonball gin) and scurvy grass, ground
ivy and bladderwrack (Seaside gin). Their gininfused Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur is a sweet and
warming treat - top with prosecco to make a Gin
Fizz and you have summer in a glass.
From classic juniper, to lavender, peppercorns
and even coriander, gin is not only the base of
many cocktails, it's also a key ingredient in the
iconic Martini cocktail.