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Easy-to-Make Vodka-Based Cocktails

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Make these refreshing vodka-based cocktails at your home. IANS

Self-isolation isnt always a bad thing, especially if you have a well-stocked bar! The only catch, not all of us know how to make our go-to cocktail at home! We called in the experts from Diageo India to help us perfect our amateur run as bartenders.

Our first batch of cocktails is vodka-based, we’ve used Ketel One but these recipes work with all vodka brands.

This by no means should be treated as an encouragement to take to the bottle; we’d like to think of it more as a way to spend time creating the one drink you’d love to sip all evening.

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Pass your time during quarantine by making vodka-based cocktails like Dutch mule or Herbalicious. IANS

Dutch mule

  • 60ml Ketel One Vodka
  • 20 ml Lime juice
  • 15 ml Ginger syrup (Bring to boil 150 ml of water with chopped ginger, add 120 grms of sugar and allow to dissolve)/ add 15 ml sugar syrup & 15 ml ginger juice to your drink
  • Fill your class with ice
  • Top with Ginger ale/ Soda

Method: Build all the ingredients into a tall glass, top with ice, stir and top with ginger ale/ soda

Garnish: Lime & Ginger Slice

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Watermelon Martini

  • 50ml Ketel One Vodka
  • 50 -70 gms cubes of fresh watermelon
  • 2-3 TSP Sugar depends on the sweetness of the fruit

Method: Cut watermelon into 16 segments, chop the flesh from one segment into cubes and muddle in base of skater. Add other ingredients, shake with ice and strain into chilled glass.

Don’t fret over a Martini glass, if you don’t have one, feel free to use any glass.

Garnish: Watermelon slice.

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You need 50ml of Ketel One vodka to make Watermelon Martini. IANS

Herbalicious

  • 60 ml Ketel One Vodka
  • 20 ml Lime juice
  • 20 ml Sugar syrup
  • 4-5 slices of Cucumber
  • 4-5 sprigs of fresh Tulsi/ Basil leaves/ Sage/ Kaffir lime leaves (tear your kaffir lime leaves for best flavour extraction)

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Method: Build up all the ingredient in a wine glass, tap the herbs in your palm before dropping into the glass, top with ice, top with carbonated water, stir well (IANS)

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Don’t Let Lockdown Diminish The Spirit of World Cocktail day

This summer make some amazing cocktails on World Cocktail Day

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This World Cocktail day, be your own bartender. Pixabay

Life in lockdown is hectic, especially with space constraints, privacy constraints, work from home stress, and an overload of work in the home, here’s something you can celebrate— today, is World Cocktail Day!

We cannot help but reminisce the many occasions we have enjoyed our favourite cocktails amongst friends and family. With the on-going pandemic, virtual happy hours have replaced stepping out, but that does not mean one cannot be their own bartender and make themselves a cocktail in the comfort of their homes.

This World Cocktail Day, Diageo helps you set a new tradition, to learn the art of making a few your favourite cocktails at home. Taste summer in a sip with these delicious concoctions curated by Diageo’s finest Brand Ambassadors.

It was on 13th May 1806 when the word �cocktail’ was first officially defined, hence marking the day as World Cocktail Day. Since then cocktails have not only been a celebratory drink at parties but also a beautiful serve we like to order on the regular, when out with our friends. Cocktails have always known to pique the interest of many patrons looking to enjoy their choice of liquor combined with complementary additives.

The Dutch Mule

Ingredients

60ml Ketel One Vodka

15ml Fresh lime juice

15ml Ginger juice

15ml Orange Oleo Saccharums*

120ml Soda water

Method

Add all ingredients to a rocks glass (copper mug if you have one)

Stir to combine

Fill glass with ice

Garnish with a slice of lime

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A refreshing start with some classy cocktails. Pixabay

Tanqueray and Tonic

Ingredients

50ml Tanqueray London dry gin

150ml of Indian tonic water

Method

At first, fill a large wine glass with some ice

Now pour Tanqueray and tonic water together into it

Stir it well and finally garnish with a twist (or slice) of fresh citrus

Johnnie and Lemon

Ingredients

50ml Johnnie Walker Red Label

150ml White Lemonade (Lemonade with sugar and lemon)

Method

In a highball glass filled with ice pour the whisky

Add in the sweet lemonade and stir

Garnish with an orange slice or orange peel

Watermelon Martini

Ingredients

50ml Ketel One Vodka

80 -100 gms cubes of fresh watermelon

2-3 TSP Sugar depends on the sweetness of the fruit

Method

Cut watermelon into 16 segments, chop the flesh from one segment into cubes and muddle in a base of shaker. Add other ingredients, shake with ice and strain into chilled glass.

Don’t mind Martini glass, if you don’t have one, feel free to use any glass.

Garnish: Watermelon slice

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These cool cocktails will keep your spirits high in lockdown. Pixabay

Tanqueray Tom Collins

Ingredients

50ml Tanqueray Gin

1 Lime

20ml Honey

Soda

Method

Fill the shaker with ice cubes

Add Tanqueray, sweetener, squeeze lime, shake well, pour in glass, top with soda

Garnish: Lime Slice

 

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Orange Oleo Saccharum

Ingredients

1 cup Orange peel

1 cup White Sugar

Method

Remove as much as pith (the white bit) from the orange peel as you can

Place the peel in an air tight container with the sugar. Squash it with a wooden spoon/ muddler and refrigerate for 8-10 hours

Strain the contents into a clean bowl and use warm water to dissolve the remaining sugar

Bottle the syrup and refrigerate (IANS)

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Here are Some Cocktail Recipes to Make Your Summers Better

Lockdown 3.0 deserves a whole new cocktail

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There's no reason you can't enjoy a cocktail and make the most of your happy hour at home. IANS

With an extended time in self-isolation, Friday nights are as good and Monday blues.

But there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a cocktail and make the most of your happy hour at home. Try these delicious Jack Daniel’s cocktail recipes for summer flavours while you perch around your house.

THE JACK JULEP

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Splash Water
  • Crushed Ice
  • Mint Leaves

METHOD

In the bottom of a mixing glass, muddle mint leaves with sugar and water. Then fill with crushed ice.

Add Jack Daniel’s and stir gently. Garnish with Mint Sprig.

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Try these delicious Jack Daniel’s cocktail recipes for summer flavours while you perch around your house. IANS

WOODFORD RESERVE BOURBON PUNCH

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 oz Woodford Reservee Bourbon
  • 2 oz Lemonade
  • 1 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • Lemon Twist

METHOD

Add whiskey and pomegranate juice in the glass and churn it with a whisk

Then add crushed ice and top up with lemonade.

Garnish with a lemon peel

THE JACK COLLINS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Part Jack Daniel’se Old No. 7
  • 1 tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • Soda Water
  • Lemon Wheel
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A cocktail is the perfect idea to refresh yourself during the lockdown. IANS

METHOD

Combine one spoonful of powdered sugar, a half lemon squeeze, Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 and ice

Whisk it well.

Shake and strain over ice in a tall glass.

Top with soda water and garnish with a lemon wheel.

SPICED ICED TEA

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire
  • 1.5 oz Apple Juice
  • 1.5 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1.5 oz Unsweetened Tea

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METHOD

Mix all the ingredients in a glass (can be served warm or cold).

Garnish with half a lemon (IANS)

 

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Google India and YouTube Witness Upsurge in Searches Related To Recipies For Panipuri, Kadha

The data revealed that searches for vitamin C surged by over 150 per cent in recent weeks, as have queries for herbs with medicinal properties like 'Giloy' (380 per cent) and searches on ayurvedic home remedies like 'Kadha' saw more than 90 per cent rise

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With social distancing becoming the norm and cash transactions taking a backseat, searches for queries like "how to pay electric bill online" grew over 180 per cent. Pixabay

As the country witnesses lockdown and Indians search for favourite street food and other recipes to satisfy their cravings, Google India saw 107 per cent increase in searches for ‘panipuri’ recipe and ayurvedic home remedies like ‘kadha’ (medicinal decoction) saw more than 90 per cent rise after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to drink it to boost the immune system.

With the closure of restaurants, clubs and food stalls, there has been a 56 per cent growth in searches for ‘5-minute recipes’ on Internet. The Google India report showed that overall recipe-related searches grew by 20 per cent on YouTube in the past few months.

The data revealed that searches for vitamin C surged by over 150 per cent in recent weeks, as have queries for herbs with medicinal properties like ‘Giloy’ (380 per cent) and searches on ayurvedic home remedies like ‘Kadha’ saw more than 90 per cent rise.

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With social distancing becoming the norm and cash transactions taking a backseat, searches for queries like “how to pay electric bill online” grew over 180 per cent. Interestingly, “near me” searches have seen a massive uptick since March 2020. Queries like “pharmacy near me” saw over 58 per cent rise, searching for “grocery delivery near me” increased over 550 per cent and “ration dukaan” over 300 per cent.

“The report provides early insights on how people’s needs and behaviours might evolve as they seek to regain a sense of balance. Some of the trends are likely temporary, but as people are forced to adopt new behaviors, they may begin to see the value of sticking with them even after the pandemic is over,” said Sapna Chadha, Senior Country Marketing Director, Google India and Southeast Asia at Google.

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As the country witnesses lockdown and Indians search for favourite street food and other recipes to satisfy their cravings, Google India saw 107 per cent increase in searches for ‘panipuri’ recipe and ayurvedic home remedies like ‘kadha’. Pixabay

One can clearly see a pattern that demonstrates an evolution in behaviour that was already taking place and is accelerated by the crisis. “We hope these insights will help marketers find the answers to what’s important here now and what is here to stay,” she added. According to the report, Google saw more than 93 per cent increase in questions like “gym at home” in India.

There has also been high growth in queries like “learn online” over 85 per cent, “teach online” over (148 per cent), and “at-home learning” (78 per cent). There is a growing curiosity about cashless transactions and mobile payments in India. As a result, searches like “QR code payment” increased over 66 per cent and “how to change UPI pin” increased by over 200 per cent.

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Indians are using the latest in streaming and video conferencing technology to consult with doctors and therapists, go on online dates, and host virtual streaming parties. In 2020, search interest for overall video streaming platforms surged between 40 per cent to 120 per cent as Indians clocked almost four hours per week per person on video on demand, the report said. (IANS)