Having a big Halloween party? Don’t forget to whip up some whisky cocktail drinks inspired by the festival to brew up the spooky factor, says the whisky expert – Rohan Bhardwaj, APAC Brand Ambassador, Grants Whisky
Blood & Sand
Grant’s Family Reserve (50ml)
Orange juice (50ml)
Sweet vermouth (45ml)
GARNISH: Maraschino cherry with a teaspoon of juice
Add Whisky, Orange Juice, and sweet vermouth to a shaker.
Add in a spoon of juice from the Maraschino cherry jar.
Strain and garnish with a Maraschino cherry.
Grant’s Family Reserve (50ml)
Sugar cube soaked in bitters
GARNISH: Lemon twist
Add sugar cube soaked in bitters to a Champagne flute.
Here we bring to you not one but two amazing recipes by Chef Guillaume Lejeune, Director of Pastry Studies, Academy of Pastry Arts, to make your weekend an amazing one. So now you know what you have to cook for the weekend.. here is goes
Financier (Almond based travel cake)
Cook the butter until golden color and nutty in flavour
On the side, combine flour, almond powder and icing sugar
Mix egg whites into the dry mixture
Gently add in melted butter. Make sure the butter temperature does not cook the egg whites
Add chocolate chips last and refrigerate
Bake at 170°C in a silicon rectangular mat for 10mins.
Aloo Foccaccia (Indian Twist for my Indian Readers)
For the topping:
Coriander leaves- 30gm
Sliced onions- 50gm
Green chilli chopped- 3-4 no.s
Garlic chopped- 20gm
Mix all ingredients together and make smooth dough
Grease tray and hands with olive oil before handling dough.
Proof for an hour, punch and shape dough in baking tray
While some whisky lovers will tell you that it is a drink that has been designed to be enjoyed on its own, there is no doubt that it makes some pretty fine cocktails as well. So, here we will have a quick look through some of the finest ones that you can enjoy. The beauty is that a lot of these are very simple to make as well, so if you are not an experienced mixologist, you are in luck!
A lot of whisky cocktails involve a simple syrup. Essentially all you need to do is put equal parts water and white sugar over a medium-heat saucepan, remove it from the heat when the sugar has dissolved and allow it to cool. Which whisky you use depends on your taste, so you may be a Jim Beam fan or you could take a look at a kikori whisky review for something different. So, let’s move onto those cocktails.
Probably the most iconic of them all, Manhattans have been enjoyed for years by many iconic people and characters. The classic way to serve it is to strain it into a cocktail glass with a Maraschino cherry. Your other ingredients are vermouth, bitters, the simple syrup we talked about earlier and lemon peel.
There is something especially great about going up to a bar and ordering an Old Fashioned and it is a cocktail that even many whisky purists enjoy from time to time. It is traditionally served in a short tumbler glass. You will need bitters again as well as the simple syrup, but you will also serve it with ice cubes and some orange peel to garnish. Squeeze the peel to release the oil to drop into the drink.
Though it may not be the right time of year right now to be enjoying one of these, there is nothing like a Hot Toddy during the cold winter months. Originally it was a drink that was designed to cure a whole range of illnesses, though it is not medically prescribed today! As well as your whisky of choice, you will need honey, cloves, nutmeg and lemon to garnish. Place the ingredients in a mug and pour in some hot water while stirring everything together.
The one thing that puts people off this particular cocktail is the frothy raw egg white, so you need to make sure you find the freshest eggs before serving up this particular cocktail. You will need lemon juice and your trusty simple syrup as well as your whisky and egg white. Shake everything vigorously before serving and serve in a glass of your choice.
Though this is only a subtle variation on the Whisky Sour, the club soda that you add to the previous ingredients already listed above give it a different sort of edge. If you aren’t sure which one you prefer, it is worth giving both a go side by side!
In our quest to find the perfect dessert, we always come up with the one thing we know we should avoid, sugar. Sugar turns into fat, which turns into extra digits on the weighing scale. And, yes that tasty cheesecake is sheer heaven on a plate, but all the sugar and carbs will weigh heavy on you in so many ways. The answer? The fat bomb!
Now, the name might not sound like a weight-loss miracle, but they’ve been used as part of the very popular ketogenic diet, where you have no carbs but fill up on fat for weight loss, and the results have been shown to work. If you check out the Bulletproof Diet or the LCHF pages, there are plenty of sources out there that swear by it, not to mention the fact that various types of natural fat are now been shown to very good for you. The great thing about these fat bombs is that they are only a few ingredients and require no baking. Now, there are some great no bake desserts and no bake recipes out there, and these fat bombs are sort of taking the inspiration from them, but have gone low sugar and low carb. So, to get you started, here are a couple of simple and sumptuous fat bombs.
Who doesn’t love enjoying dumplings, so here is a beautiful recipe shared by Chef Anirudh Nautiyal from the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, so don’t just enjoy dumplings, but make them yourself and then enjoy to the fullest
Ingredients and Measures
Light soy sauce
Whole wheat flour
Make dim sum dough by kneading whole wheat flour with water, add little salt to it and keep it covered.
Now make a mixture of vegetables with ginger, garlic and light soy sauce
In the other mixture, add spinach, pok choy and tofu…let the mixture cool down
Now sheet the dough and make dim sum and keep it covered. Apply little oil to the tray so that the dim sum doesn’t stick
Steam the dim sum and serve hot with lemon honey dip