Cocktails for the Kenya Coast
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There are many coastal scenes where the picture is complete if a cocktail is in hand - sitting at a hotel pool bar, lying on a lounger under a palm tree, relaxing on a lamu bed on the verandah of a typical coastal house or sitting with your feet in the sand at dusk watching the rolling waves crash onto the beach.
There isn't a right or wrong cocktail to compliment any of these scenes. The rule is simple - drink whatever you're in the mood for! But to assist in ascertaining what your taste buds might be craving, kenya-coast.com have a few recommendations...
- Crushed ice
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 fresh lime quartered with skin on
- 1 dawa stick (muddler) coated thickly with honey
- Grab a whiskey tumbler and squeeze in the lime and sugar (leaving the squeezed lime quarters in the glass)
- Add the crushed ice and then pour in a double measure of vodka
- Then twist the dawa stick in some honey and add the stick to the drink
- Muddle the limes with the dawa stick and drink. As you are drinking continue to muddle the ingredients together - the more you muddle the sweeter the drink will be.
Pimms No 1.
Pimms is a gin based liquor and is great as a pre-lunch cocktail by the pool.
- Lemonade (or Ginger Ale is a good alternative)
- Slice of lemon
- Sprig of mint
- Slice of cucumber
- Pour a measure (or 2) of Pimms into a tall glass with ice
- Add half the lemonade and half the soda (a combination of the lemonade and soda works well so the drink is not too sweet)
- Garnish with the lemon, mint and cucumber
Note: If you fancy a bit of a 'kick' pour in a splash of gin!
A seabreeze is a refreshing perfect summer cocktail and can be enjoyed pre-lunch, post-lunch or to kick start the evening after a stressful day lying on a lounger and walking a long the beach!
- Cranberry juice
- Grapefruit juice
- Pour a couple of measure of vodka over ice served in a tall glass
- Pour in the cranberry juice (3/4)
- Pour in the grapefruite juice (1/4)
- Garnish with a wedge of lemon
A cocktail list is never complete without the good old Bloody Mary. This cocktail is perfect anytime - pre-lunch, mid afternoon, pre-dinner or at breakfast to smooth the head after a big night and kick start your day!
- Tomato juice
- Worcestershire sauce
- Tobasco sauce
- Lemon juice
- Salt & pepper
- Pour 2 measures of vodka into a large glass filled with ice
- Add the tomato juice, worcestershire, tobasco, lemon juice, s&p and mix well. The amount of worcestershire and tobasco is very personal - best to start with just a few drops of each, do the taste test and add more if necessary.
- Garnish with a celery stick
If you are at the coast mangoes are plentiful and so sweet and delicious so it would be sacriledge not to indulge and enjoy a cocktail made from this luscious fruit.
- 2 Mangoes
- 2 measures White Rum
- 1 measure Vodka
- Lemon juice
- Sugar syrup
- Crushed ice
- Combine the mango, rum, vodka, splash of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of sugar syrup in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add the crushed ice and blend again until just combined
- Pour into a cocktail glass and serve immediately
Note: For the sugar syrup, combine 1 1/2 cups caster sugar and 1 1/2 cups water in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high. Bring to the boil. Pour into a jug. Refrigerate until cold. Makes 2 cups.
If alcohol is not your thing but enjoying the party atmosphere and colourful drinks are all the above cocktails can still be enjoyed without the alcohol - the favours are still delicious. The Mojito is another one that is full of flavour and a very refreshing coastal drink.
- Handful of mint leaves
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- Juice of one fresh lime
- Soda water
- Crushed ice
- Place meet leaves in the bottom of a glass
- Add the crushed ice, sugar and lime juice and muddle
- Pour in the soda and garnish with mint leaves
Note: to make an alcoholic mojito simply add a measure of rum at stage 2 and continue as per instructions.