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Skinny Kir Royal with blueberries is an elegant, fizzy and delicious cocktail! The perfect companion for any event and fun to look at your blueberries dancing up and down. This version is skinny because I’ve used a simple blackcurrant syrup (0% alcohol) instead of the blackcurrant liquor or cream (approx. 20% alcohol). Also, this syrup got more sugar which makes these two colour fun looking glass. It will end up mixing itself more and more while you drink it, changing flavour all along. Kir Royal is a classic aperitif, cocktail in France, and so simple to make! The word Aperitif (or Apero) is the drink you have before a meal, a stomach starter they say! Often written: Kir Royale in the web-O-sphere, no clue why the ‘e’ made an appearance… Blueberries dancing in the Kir Royal Types of Kirs This drink is one of the only wine “cocktails” out there, with…

Pink pepper Gin Tonic is your next way to start the weekend in good company. This version is a slightly spicy. In Barcelona, the gin tonic is “the drink”, if you go walk around you’ll often see in the windows, “we have 40 types of gin” or similar information. Before moving over sea, I didn’t know a thing about this popular drink, after a few years of experimenting, I’ve learned quite a few variations and this is one of them. This is no funny business here, there is an art to those G & T, and many competitions to find the best around Spain. A few things I’ve learned is, for example, not to add a full lemon wedge to the drink, because the pulp kills the bubbles. Simply rub the side and inside of the glass with a twisted peel of the lime or lemon. I took lime to make a change…

Dirty Cilantro Mojito is a great alternative to the traditional one, this mojito is just as refreshing and tasty as the original. Often in recipes you’ll see mint to be substitute by cilantro or vice versa… Well, I add a bunch of cilantro leaves to use… so guess what I had to try?… a Cilantro Mojito, of course! A great discovery, and delicious one too. It gives the famous drink a second life, a great new dimension to mojito. I’m still a great mint mojito lover but this is equally good, and if you are like me, and like a little change once in awhile, this is the way. Both mint and cilantro are filled with health benefits, minerals and vitamins of all kinds, so no winner on this side. The famous mojito cocktail was created in La Havana, Cuba. I’ve, for my part, discovered mojitos, while backpacking though central America, a few years ago, back…

Peruvian Pisco Sour is a gem, this foamy lemonade cocktail contains a grape distilled liquor called Pisco with limes, syrup and an egg white topped with a few drops of Angostura bitter. I know the egg white can scare a few away… there might be a minuscule risk of getting sick but there isn’t any problem if you get a fresh egg and let me say: the danger is well worth it! This Peruvian Pisco Sour drink is an elegant, fluffy lemonade for grown ups. A Peruvian drink I’ve spend a year in Peru, where on our first night out, we were told to try this foamy and refreshing drink, their national drink. Right on the spot, I’ve felt in love for this drink, this unique drink with its thick foam is so refreshing. It’s the margarita of Peru, everyone passing by, needs to try this famous Peruvian cocktail called Pisco…

Summer is almost here… it’s time for outdoor fun, it’s time for a refreshing Hibiscus Sangria with mango, mandarin, lime and Cava (sparkling wine), to make it fizzy! I’ve seen a recipe not long ago of “agua de Jamaica”, a simple juice made by infusing hibiscus leaves and sugar, then cool it and voila! The picture looked so yummy, and I thought, those flower are so pretty… they must taste pretty good too. Well, I found some hibiscus leaves in the market, tried as a simple tea… without any sugar… wasn’t tasty like they looked…  I was shocked by how unpleasant that infusion was… then I had little Stevia (0 calorie sugar) and cooled it overnight. Wow! the difference it makes with a bit of sugar sometimes… It went from 0 to 1000! Same goes for this Hibiscus Sangria! Health benefits of hibiscus Hibiscus leaves have many health benefits, it help control your…

For those last days of cold, before the heat comes, just a little hot Bloody Mary drink will warm you up! Those are so delicious and different then most cocktails, it’s a bit of everything; spice, veggies, vodka… Back in Canada, where I’m from, they do drink a version with Clamato juice (mildly spicy clam broth and tomato juice) instead of simple tomato juice, they call it Bloody Caesar. Since Clamato isn’t easy to find in  Europe… maybe in latin american stores… I have to use tomato juice, and spice it up. Also add to import a few thing from Canada to make it, like the celery salt, which I think is an important element to this drink. Obviously, living in Spain, I add a little ingredient called “Salsa Espinaler” which is basically a vinegar and paprika sauce instead of the Worcestershire sauce. The origin of the drink isn’t clear, but…

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