Summer Drinks With An Asian Flair
With summer in full swing and another long weekend coming up – why not host a summer party right at home?
Here are five Asian-inspired cocktails that are sure to please.
- 1 oz. Coconut Rum
- 2 ½ oz. Melon Liquor
- 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
- Rim: Sugar
- Garnish: Orange Slices and Cherries
In a shaking glass, mix ice and all the ingredients together. Strain the mixture into a glass rimmed with sugar and garnish with an orange slice and cherry. Click here to watch the video recipe.
Mango Ginger Martini
The national fruit of India is mango. While there are so many different mango cocktails, take a sip of this martini infused with ginger, another ingredient crucial to Asia’s folk medicine recipes.
- 2 shots Mango Rum
- 2 shots Mango Nectar
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated Ginger
Mix all the ingredients together except for the champagne. Then, strain and pour the mixture and top it up with the Champagne.
The sweet and flowery taste of a lychee makes it very popular in Southeast Asia and China. Often found in your local Asian grocery store, here is how you can mix together a Lychee Martini.
- 6 oz. Vodka
- 4 oz. Lychee Juice
- Splash Vermouth
- Garnish: 2 Lychees
Pour the chilled mixture into 2 martini glasses and garnish with the lychees. Enjoy!
Khaara Masala Spiced Wine
Looking for ways to spice up your wine? Here’s how to incorporate a desi twist to mulled mine. This drink is perfect for those slightly cooler nights.
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 60 grams of Demerara Sugar
- Grated Nutmeg
- 8 cloves
- 2 black cardamom
- 1 orange, sliced in half
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1 cinammon stick
- Optional: 60 ml sloe or damson gin
This recipe requires a saucepan – put the wine with the orange, sugar, bay leaf, and spices together. Heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Once you’ve taken the wine off the heat, feel free to add in sloe or damson gin. Strain into heatproof glasses and serve immediately.
Somaek (Soju Bomb)
This drink is a classic Korean cocktail you definitely need to try. While you can use any beer for the cocktail, we recommend a Korean beer (i.e. Hite) for the most authentic taste. The recipe is as follows:
- 1.5 oz. of Soju
- 3.5 oz. of Korean Beer
There are many games and activities to properly drink a Soju Bomb. The most common method is to first pour the beer into a pint glass. Pour the Soju into a shot glass. Place two chopsticks on top of the pint glass and rest the Soju shot on top. Here comes the kicker – slam your hands on either side of the glass/table so the shot sinks in!
Enjoy these hot summer days & nights and please remember to drink responsibly!